POINT BLANK

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

BOOM! “Point Blank” will shoot you from a cannon, and you won’t hit the ground until its closing credits…


Posted on July 25, 2011 by

THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

2011 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “The Whisperer in Darkness” conveys a sense of human sanity being unraveled by too much forbidden fruit…


Posted on June 25, 2011 by

ROADIE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2011 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Roadie” scares the hell out of me. It’s like “Anvil” without the uplift, a true horror movie for those fortysomething rockaholics who find themselves unwillingly trading in raging for aging…


Posted on June 17, 2011 by

DARK HORSE: INTERVIEW WITH CINDY MEEHL AND BUCK BRANNAMAN

Cindy Meehl and Buck Brannaman talk about on “Buck,” an extraordinary documentary and one of the best films at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival…



Posted on June 11, 2011 by

FINDING KIND

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 77 minutes

2011 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! According to Lauren Parsekian’s “Finding Kind,” teen girls aren’t made of sugar, spice, and everything nice. They wield emotional daggers, striking often and with extreme prejudice…


Posted on June 9, 2011 by

DONOR

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

2011 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Hate men? “Donor” will feed your fire. Lumbering towards its staggeringly depressing finale, Mark Afable Meily’s potent downer rolls out a human doormat, then soils it with the dirty feet of an immature sociopath…


Posted on June 8, 2011 by

BLACK DEATH

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

After its final, cringe-worthy set piece, you’ll swear off horseback riding for life…


Posted on March 22, 2011 by

GORE-GEOUS: INTERVIEW WITH “I SAW THE DEVIL” DIRECTOR KIM JEE-WOON

With translator in tow to cut through the language barrier, Kim Jee-woon promotes his supremely scary film before its stateside release in March…



Posted on March 4, 2011 by

I SAW THE DEVIL

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 141 minutes

“I Saw the Devil” is a gorgeous film about horrible things. Days after the screening, I still carry its unsettling baggage with me…


Posted on February 27, 2011 by

FOR COLORED GIRLS

1 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 134 minutes

Even as I respect Perry, I loathed “For Colored Girls,” a jarring blend of cringe-worthy domestic violence and over-baked melodrama…


Posted on November 8, 2010 by

TEN OF THE MOST MONSTROUS MOTHERS IN MOVIES

Halloween’s Grim Reaper will soon come calling. What better time of the year to celebrate the cauldron stirring, broom-riding witches and bitches of cinema history?



Posted on October 21, 2010 by

ANIMAL KINGDOM

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 112 minutes

With “Animal Kingdom,” filmmaker Michod suggests that when the chips are down, we’re not here to walk old ladies across the street for merit badges. We’re here to survive. Period.


Posted on October 4, 2010 by

TWICE BITTEN: “LET ME IN” VS. “LET THE RIGHT ONE IN”

Burned one too many times by lousy American remakes of foreign films? Keep the faith. “Let Me In” is a rare movie miracle that does the job right…



Posted on October 4, 2010 by

MACHETE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

Robert Rodriguez is the Mexican Dr. Frankenstein of film, and “Machete,” a South-of-the-border variation on “Mad Max” with exaggerated, “Mexploitation” politics, is his monster creation…


Posted on September 6, 2010 by

SEEING DOUBLE MESRINE: INTERVIEW WITH VINCENT CASSEL

As real-life French madman Jacques Mesrine, Vincent Cassel blasts us with both barrels in “Killer Instinct” and “Public Enemy No. 1”…



Posted on August 11, 2010 by

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