CHEAP THRILLS

IN LIMITED RELEASE AND ON VOD! Pat Healy nails his performance as Craig, providing us with someone who dives headfirst into a cesspool of moral ambiguity. We understand the pressure he is under to provide for his family, we can feel his mental and physical pain…

Posted on February 21, 2014 in Reviews by

THE CRASH REEL

After screening “The Crash Reel,” you will never again delight in televised images of skiers and snowboarders wiping out on the slopes. Guaranteed.

Posted on December 16, 2013 in Reviews by

THE PUNK SINGER

IN LIMITED RELEASE! It is absolutely essential viewing for anyone interested in learning about the feminist pioneers who dared to stand up for themselves. It is a celebration of how far women have come as well as a call to arms because the fight is nowhere near over…

Posted on November 29, 2013 in Reviews by

SHORT TERM 12

IN LIMITED RELEASE! There’s a real understated power to “Short Term 12″ that I appreciated because, for such a touchy subject, it’s easy to clumsily manipulate an audience. Instead the film opts for layers of terrific writing, filming and character development combined with simple brush strokes that add depth to characters and situations rather than going for low hanging, tear-jerking fruit…

Posted on August 24, 2013 in Reviews by

DRINKING BUDDIES

IN LIMITED RELEASE! As a long-time fan of Swanberg’s films, I was admittedly a bit skeptical when I first learned about “Drinking Buddies,” mostly because I did not expect Wilde and her cohorts to be up for the task; but, thankfully, I was proven wrong, and the actors go places that I would never expect studio-seasoned actors to go…

Posted on August 24, 2013 in Reviews by

PIETA

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

Posted on July 12, 2013 in Reviews by

BLACKBIRD

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

Posted on July 1, 2013 in Reviews 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 in Interviews by

9 FULL MOONS

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Writer/Director Tomer Almagor’s debut film is an uncommon love story that is driven by complex characters that need each other more than they realize…

Posted on June 12, 2013 in Reviews by

SIFF 2013 – ONE CRITIC’S OVERVIEW

[SIFF is like] running an independent film marathon (only with a whole lot more sitting)…

Posted on June 11, 2013 in Blogs by

LAST I HEARD

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! If it takes us anywhere that we haven’t been before, it’s because we wouldn’t have wanted to go there in the first place…

Posted on June 11, 2013 in Reviews by

HER AIM IS TRUE

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 in Reviews by

FATAL

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 in Reviews by

FUREVER

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 in Reviews by

IL VOLTO DI UN’ALTRA (ANOTHER WOMAN’S FACE)

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! I’m pretty sure the entire script is built around the idea of spraying a dazzling white room, filled with alabaster-garbed narcissists, in liquid shit…

Posted on June 7, 2013 in Reviews by

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