I love the idea that writer-director Jeff Nichols was so transfixed by a book of 1960s counterculture photojournalism that he was inspired to bring the photos back to life in a narrative movie. The bo…
Death taking the shape of a filthy bedraggled macaw---who shows up to take life with the fanning of a wing---is a fascinating, kind of beautiful image. As Death appears to each person, one begs to be …
Just a week ago, I “swam” in Puget Sound (note the liberal quotes) in mid-May for a solid ten minutes. I was quite pleased with myself for my endurance (I was paddling around with friends) and I decid…
I was not a fan of Mad Max: Fury Road. I remember leaving the screening with a bit of a 3D headache, partly due to the skip-a-frame herky-jerky cinematography, and partly due to the fact that it was e…
It's a wrap! The SIFFTY-th (sort of 50th) Seattle International Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday night. Even though the festival is relatively truncated these days, running for a week and a half (un…
I noticed a recurring theme in several of the films I saw at SIFF: the preservation of art, culture, and ideas in a rapidly changing world. Whether inspiring, thought-provoking, or heartbreaking, thes…
Art can come from a source of joy, pain, or strife, as shown in these wildly different portrayals of creators... Rainier: A Beer Odyssey (6/8) Anyone who grew up or lived in the Pacific Northwest …
It's refreshing to see a variety of films about aging, where older actors are front and center, not relegated to supporting role. It's a no-brainer that people with a few years under their belts have …
I have to admit, this movie had to slowly win me over (and it had plenty of time to do that with its 2-1/2 hour runtime). In the three previous Planet of the Apes "reboot" films, the arc was completed…
What to see? What to see? The pared-down Seattle International Film Festival is shorter and leaner, but still filled with so many intriguing-looking movies hard it's hard to narrow things down. There …
Part of the fun of going to film festivals is enjoying the unique treat of watching a movie before anyone else... but fests also offer a terrific opportunity to see movies that are building buzz on th…
When posting my reviews of fest films, I like to group them by theme or subject matter rather than just randomly dumping them by day-of-the-week. But, every year, there are a handful of docs that, for…