Seattle Film Blog
Seattle Film Blog is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kathy Fennessy
As it stands, Shirley fails to fully capture Jackson's brilliance -- or even Moss's -- even as it attempts to echo the style of one of her shadowy stories, but if it inspires greater interest in the author and the filmmaker, I'd call that a win.
Posted Jun 4, 2020
How to Build a Girl (2020)
If I found the ending a little too good to be true, I can't say I wasn't moved.
Posted May 15, 2020
...it does mean you're better off reading Peter Carey's novel, a rip-roaring work of historical fiction that truly does its namesake proud.
Posted Apr 30, 2020
La Casa Lobo is the kind of film that needs to be experienced, because it's unlikely you've ever seen anything like it before.
Posted Apr 30, 2020
If the ending is too neat, it's also emotionally satisfying...
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Beanpole (Dylda) (2020)
Beanpole is strikingly shot and framed by 24-year-old cinematographer Ksenia Sereda who uses color as a narrative device.
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Color Out of Space (2020)
Despite the surface similarities to Mandy, Stanley's cinematic return doesn't measure up to those lofty standards, but it's worth seeing if any of the factors that went into its making appeal to you...
Posted Jan 23, 2020
There's enough material to get a taste of her fiery shows, uninhibited lyricism, and arresting fashion sense - silver-sequin hot pants above all - but not enough to fill out the standard running time.
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Three Christs (2020)
A film doesn't have to answer every question it raises, but this one leaves too many unanswered.
Posted Jan 9, 2020
QT8: The First Eight (2019)
If her approach is largely uncritical, I'm okay with that. If you enjoy Tarantino's work, it's an opportunity to go behind the scenes...
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019)
[The film] takes a critical, yet sympathetic look at a seriously flawed, but not completely un-redeemable human being. An uncut gem indeed.
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Knives and Skin (2019)
If the weirdest stuff in the film falls the flattest, like a couple of food-throwing scenes, I found the end unexpectedly touching. Turns out the filmmaker had one more 1980s-oriented magic trick up her sleeve.
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019)
In the end, Synonyms... isn't a tragedy, but it's hardly a comedy either. It's more like a love story between a man and a country -- two countries, really -- that don't love him the way he wants to be loved.
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Report (2019)
That isn't a knock against The Report, which is definitely worth seeing, but it hits familiar--if welcome--beats along the way, while the article presents a far thornier reality.
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Making Waves may not have been intended as a love letter to Murch, but it plays that way, and I can't imagine that any true movie lover will mind.
Posted Nov 1, 2019
First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019)
Viewers scarred by Miike's more extreme entries may be surprised. It's not so much that he's never made a a film as zippy as this one, but that the more outrageous fare attracts more attention.
Posted Oct 4, 2019
The Sound of Silence (2019)
Sometimes you have to hit bottom to see your life clearly for the first time. It's a relatable (if somewhat clichéd) sentiment...
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The writer-director-producer's interest in father-son relationships isn't, I don't think, merely theoretical. If Depraved is a lesser work in his canon, it adds to a larger conversation around his abiding interest in this area.
Posted Sep 17, 2019
The Nightingale (2019)
Set 194 years in what should be a remote and distant past, The Nightingale feels timely in ways that should make all of us uncomfortable.
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Klute is a cool film about a cool customer, but it's all a façade... [I]t's more of a character study in thriller garb, and Bree's cool affect is mostly a well-honed act.
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Marianne & Leonard is a lovely, touching film that never dares to suggest that a relationship that didn't follow the conventional romantic template doesn't deserve as much respect as those that do.
Posted Aug 2, 2019
In Chuck Smith's bittersweet profile, critics, filmmakers, and friends pay testament to Rubin's talent, energy, and startling lack of inhibition.
Posted Jul 26, 2019
From its velvety opening frames, in which his subject speaks slowly and thoughtfully to a radio interviewer, Abel Ferrara's 20th feature film feels like something the Italian-American iconoclast was born to make.
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Burning Cane (2019)
When I say that Pierce lights up the screen: I mean it literally. Here's hoping Youmans achieves that level of mastery someday.
Posted Jun 7, 2019
It wouldn't work if Lumbly didn't capture Davis's grumble, so it's fortunate that he does.
Posted May 30, 2019
Q Ball (2019)
Tolajian has made a worthy film about a worthy subject, but it wasn't quite as involving as I hoped...
Posted May 24, 2019
Charlie Says (2019)
I'm not sure it's possible to make a completely successful film about the Manson Family, and the director dances around the edge of disaster at most every turn, but [the final] moment -- and Hannah Murray's ability to sell it -- is worth the wait.
Posted May 17, 2019
Her Smell (2019)
There's something about watching a filmmaker go for broke that's simultaneously fascinating and frustrating, even if this one leans more heavily on the negative side of that equation.
Posted May 3, 2019
This 2019 release feels uncomfortably apt.
Posted Apr 23, 2019
This Martin Scorsese-produced film has a plainspoken, slightly hypnotic feel, which fits his seemingly quotidian subject matter.
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Daly gives the kind of lived-in performance that rarely generates awards consideration, though it really should.
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The film has nothing to say about loneliness that you haven't heard before, i.e. it's for losers and loonies. Except that it isn't. And I wish the very talented Neil Jordan had made a film about that.
Posted Mar 1, 2019
On Her Shoulders (2018)
s a filmmaker, [Alexandria] Bombach (Frame by Frame) treats her with respect, but stops short of full-fledged worship.
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Toni Erdmann (2016)
If the 162-minute film threatens to wear out its welcome, [director Maren] Ade brings everything home with a humanist's light, loving touch.
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018)
[Director Nadine Labaki] paints a multi-faceted portrait of life among Beirut's underclass.
Posted Feb 8, 2019