Ma’ Rosa (2017): SIFF Review

Ma’ Rosa (2017) dir. Brillante Mendoza written by: Troy Espiritu starring: Jaclyn Jose    Between the best actress award at Cannes and its entry as the Philippines’ foreign language feature at last year’s Oscars, Ma’ Rosa developed a hearty reputation for its… Continue Reading

SIFF 2016 Review: Complete Unknown

Complete Unknown (2016) dir. Joshua Marston written by: Joshua Marston, Julian Sheppard starring: Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Azita Ghanizada, Michael Chernus, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover   3.25 out of 4 stars I was fortunate enough this week to catch two movies starring Rachel Weisz.  The Lobster… Continue Reading

SIFF 2016 Review: Morris from America

Morris from America (2016) dir. Chad Hartigan written by: Chad Hartigan starring: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Lina Keller, Carla Juri   3.5 out of 4 stars Race relations in the past few years have produced contentious debates regarding the treatment of minorities in the United States… Continue Reading

SIFF 2016 Review: Equals

Equals (2016) dir. Drake Doremus written by: Drake Doremus, Nathan Parker starring: Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver   3.25 out of 4 stars There is so much bad will heaped upon Kristen Stewart since her mistaken choice to blink heavily through five… Continue Reading

SIFF 2016 Review: Goat

Goat (2016) dir. Andrew Neel written by: David Gordon Green, Andrew Neel, Mike Roberts starring: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas   2.5 out of 4 stars Sundance premiere Goat garnered attention due to its brutal portrayal of fraternity hazing in college Greek life.  Having participated in two… Continue Reading

Seattle International Film Festival: Movie Week Ahead – 5/27 through 6/2

Upcoming Movies Week 5/27 through 6/2 This has been quite an adventurous week of sitting quietly in the dark.  Week 1 of the Seattle International Film Festival was a 7-for-7 day movie watching experience, oddly enough highlighted by movies outside… Continue Reading

SIFF 2016 Review: Little Men

Little Men (2016) dir. Ira Sachs written by: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias starring: Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Jennifer Ehle, Greg Kinnear, Paulina Garcia   2.5 out of 4 stars Ira Sachs has been exploring homosexual life in unique ways.  Keep the Lights… Continue Reading

SIFF 2016 Review: Miles

 Miles (2016) dir. Nathan Adloff written by: Nathan Adloff, Justin D.M. Palmer starring: Tim Boardman, Molly Shannon, Missi Pyle, Paul Reiser   2.5 out of 4 stars The first weekend of SIFF was full of multiple firsts for me.  It held my first… Continue Reading

SIFF 2016 Review: Indignation

Indignation (2016) dir. James Schamus written by: James Schamus starring: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond   3.5 out of 4 stars It pains me to watch a movie adapted from fiction if I have not yet read the source material.… Continue Reading