Thursday, May 26, 2016

SIFF 2016: 'Alone' (2015) Movie Review


When a photographer witnesses a horrendous crime on the rooftop of a nearby building, he attempts to take a picture of the event. The assailants see him, hunt him down, and bludgeon him do death with a hammer in his own low-rent studio. And that’s just the jumping off point for South Korean director Park Hong-min’s (A Fish) twisted, nightmarish thriller, Alone, which makes its North American debut at the Seattle International Film Festival.

SIFF 2016: 'If There's A Hell Below' (2016) Capsule Review


The Seattle International Film Festival offers no shortage of political intrigue, including Nathan Williams’ gorgeous, filmed-in-Washington debut feature, If There’s a Hell Below.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SIFF 2016: 'The Blackcoat's Daughter' (2015) Capsule Review


There are things that writer/director Oz Perkins’ (who acted in one of my all-time favorites, Not Another Teen Movie) horror thriller, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, does well. And things it does not.

SIFF 2016: 'Demon' (2015) Capsule Review


Demon may ultimately be best known as the last film director Marcin Wrona completed before his suicide last year, but the Polish-Israeli co-production showing at the Seattle International Film Festival is worth looking at on its own merits.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

SIFF 2016: 'The 1000 Eyes Of Dr. Maddin' (2015) Movie Review


Guy Maddin makes unusual movies. That's why he has, for the vast majority of his 30-year career, remained a definitively singular filmmaker. His body of work is certainly not for everybody, but he has his style, distinctive aesthetic, and there aren't many movies like his to be found.

Monday, May 23, 2016

SIFF 2016: 'Tickled' (2016) Capsule Review


A documentary about a sport called Competitive Endurance Tickling has to be a hoot, right? David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Tickled is certainly hilarious, but as the tagline states, “It’s not what you think.”

SIFF 2016: 'Carnage Park' (2016) Capsule Review


Mickey Keating’s aptly titled Carnage Park is a gritty, nasty piece of business. And I mean that as high praise. Set in 1978, this blanched-out grindhouse throwback follows the aftermath of a bank robbery gone bad. The two crooks flee the scene with a hostage, and things take a turn when they encounter a deranged former sniper who hunts them through the wilderness.