GOOD OL’ FREDA

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 86 minutes

You would never, ever suspect that this private, low-key brunette was once hand-picked by manager Brian Epstein to join the Fab Four’s coveted inner circle…


Posted on September 6, 2013 by

PIETA

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

Sure, “Pieta” is disturbing, but its shocks are strictly been there, done that…


Posted on July 12, 2013 by

BLACKBIRD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

It really pissed me off – and I mean that as the highest compliment…


Posted on July 1, 2013 by

SOMETHING FROM “NOTHING”: INTERVIEW WITH AMY ACKER AND ALEXIS DENISOF

On May 16th, Denisof and Acker joined Whedon for the Seattle International Film Festival’s opening night gala, where “Much Ado about Nothing” would screen to a sold-out audience. Prior to their walk across the red carpet, however, both actors discussed much ado about life in the Joss Whedon “Family”…



Posted on June 23, 2013 by

HER AIM IS TRUE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Her Aim is True,” Karen Whitehead’s thoughtful, engaging documentary, both acknowledges Dellaccio’s visual contributions to rock history and embraces her refreshingly positive spirit…


Posted on June 9, 2013 by

FATAL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Fatal” is the anti-Tarantino, and the antithesis of Charles Bronson’s “Death Wish.” Retribution is dealt in sloppy strokes by fumbling fingers…


Posted on June 8, 2013 by

FUREVER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Step into Finkel’s visual kennel and become enlightened to our society’s $52 billion dollar love affair with domesticated animals – one which continues well into the afterlife.


Posted on June 8, 2013 by

BYZANTIUM

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 118 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Jordan succeeds in the ironic task of gifting his fantastical, undead immortals with a grounded, believable humanity. It’s a bloody good yarn…


Posted on June 6, 2013 by

THE SWEET SMELL OF SIFF 2013, PART II

The Seattle International Film Festival 2013 has hit full roar,,, and it feels like a caffeine-fueled finals night at college…



Posted on June 3, 2013 by

THE SWEET SMELL OF SIFF 2013

The smell of SIFF is in the air. Only this year, thanks to Washington Marijuana Initiative 502, it’s a sweeter, more pungent aroma. The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, running from May 16th through June 9, has a pretty sweet line-up as well.



Posted on May 23, 2013 by

KUBRICK’S CUBE: INTERVIEW WITH “ROOM 237″ FILMMAKER RODNEY ASCHER

AVAILABLE ON CABLE, VOD AND ITUNES! Think Jack Torrance was tormented by inner demons in “The Shining”? Compared to the fixated folks in “Room 237,” he’s as mellow as Mister Rogers on quaaludes…



Posted on March 29, 2013 by

BEWARE OF MR. BAKER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

If you’re looking for the kind of left-field drum fills that gave other rock docs like “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” and “Last Days Here” particularly unique grooves, “Beware of Mr. Baker” offers nothing new. But for filmic confirmation that Baker was arguably the greatest and most influential skin-slammer of all time, Bulger’s movie delivers in sonic spades…


Posted on March 21, 2013 by

DON’T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

I would love to have Arnel Pineda as a friend and neighbor. But I’m not as enthusiastic about watching another movie about him, unless it cuts deeper than this one.


Posted on March 19, 2013 by

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

By taking its time, “Like Someone to Love” achieves a refreshingly unforced intimacy. We feel invested in the unlikely relationship forged by the film’s two leads…


Posted on February 23, 2013 by

THE IMPOSSIBLE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 114 minutes

Several days after the screening, I still can’t wash away the film’s awful images of bodies bouncing down liquid obstacle courses teeming with swaying power-lines, propane tanks, and pick-up trucks…


Posted on January 9, 2013 by

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