KILLER JOE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: NC-17
Running Time: 103 minutes

“Killer Joe” fails by trying to be all perversions to all people. It’s darkly funny, uncomfortably cringe-worthy, goofy again, then jarringly brutal…


Posted on July 9, 2012 by

SIFF 2012: SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA, PART 5: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN

As the Seattle International Film Festival draws to a close, William Friedkin – the maverick who invented contemporary car chases and demonic horror – would seem the ideal filmmaker to conjure forth the event’s Grand Finale…



Posted on June 13, 2012 by

SIFF 2012: SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA, PART 4

The 2012 Seattle International Film Festival, a magical, mind-expanding, eye-feeding carpet ride for those fond of falling deep into moving-picture hypnosis, continues into its third amazing week…



Posted on June 7, 2012 by

SIFF 2012 – SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA, PART 3

So far, I’ve surfed through only three of the 13 theaters participating in SIFF, and already seen truly magnificent stories (“Eden”) as well as pompous drivel (“Dreams of a Life”). It’s all good, even if it’s bad…



Posted on May 30, 2012 by

SIFF 2012: SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA, PART 2: “EDEN”

Each year, there’s a SIFF movie that knocks my socks off and resonates long into the summer. For SIFF 2012, it’s “Eden,” a troubling stunner…



Posted on May 27, 2012 by

SIFF 2012: SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA

Skies are so oppressively black, it seems a strange, novel oddity when the sun actually does peek through. So why does 2012’s Seattle International Film Festival further enhance the drizzle, with so much celluloid sadness and digital despair? Forget SAD. This is Seasonal Affective Cinema…



Posted on May 23, 2012 by

HEADHUNTERS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

Calling all flick-freaks who share a venomous contempt for arrogant yuppie scum! “Headhunters,” Morten Tyldum’s Norwegian nerve-jangler, is cause for vindictive celebration…


Posted on May 1, 2012 by

THE RAID: REDEMPTION

5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 101 minutes

“The Raid” is a perfectly calibrated, precision-made machine – the Swiss Watch of shoot-out films…


Posted on April 9, 2012 by

DAYBREAK: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKERS DON ARGOTT AND DEMIAN FENTON

Via telephone transmission from Pennsylvania to Tacoma, this flourishing filmmaking team explains that despite the miles worn by both their subject and his band, “Last Days Here” prefers to embrace the future and not wallow in the past…



Posted on April 4, 2012 by

LAST DAYS HERE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Curators of aging vinyl discs, demo tape cassettes, and fading concert shirts will instantly identify with Pelletier’s devotion to a troubled heavy metal hero…


Posted on March 21, 2012 by

HEALING THE FATHER WOUND: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER JUSTIN HUNT

“Absent” director Justin Hunt discusses the Father Wound, Metallica’s James Hetfield, and why “That’s Not Possible” will never fit into his filmmaking vocabulary…



Posted on December 26, 2011 by

HELL AND BACK AGAIN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

Ultimately, the message of “Hell and Back” is clear. For many soldiers, life on the battlefield carries with it a crucial sense of clarity and mission…


Posted on December 12, 2011 by

ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 115 minutes

Screw the Dark Knight. In Brazil, a Battalion Beret is mightier than the Cape…


Posted on December 2, 2011 by

ABSENT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

John Eldredge, author of “Wild at Heart,” speaks of the Father Wound – a permanent, life-shaping sense of mourning and misdirection that results when dad ditches the family nest…


Posted on November 17, 2011 by

THE THING (2011)

1 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

A new “Thing” has slithered into town. It still has the tentacles and slime, but no balls…


Posted on October 14, 2011 by

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