Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 164 mins, USA, 2014)

Boyhood may be director Richard Linklater's best film.  It's certainly his most ambitious, shot over 12 years using the same principle actors to cover a 12-year-period in the main character's life. That main character is Mason, Jr. (Ellar Coltrane).  He lives with his mother Olivia ( Patricia Arquette) and older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater).   … Continue reading Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 164 mins, USA, 2014)

SIFF 2014: Centerpiece Film, Q & A, and Gala–Saturday, May 31

The film Boyhood may be Richard Linklater's best film.  It's certainly his most ambitious.  Shot over a 12-year period using the same principle actors, the film follows Mason, Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) from 1st through 12th grades.  A full review will have to wait until it's released in July.  For now, I will focus on the Q & … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Centerpiece Film, Q & A, and Gala–Saturday, May 31

The Seattle International Film Festival Turns Forty

This year, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) turns 40, which means that some surprises are in store.  In addition to announcing the opening night film before the festival begins (as is customary), Moira Macdonald published an article today in The Seattle Times that lists some of the guests, including Richard Linklater (for Boyhood, which will … Continue reading The Seattle International Film Festival Turns Forty

SIFF 2013: Week Two, Part Two

I apologize for the three-month hiatus from writing about SIFF 2013, but I got caught up working on other projects and had to set aside work on these posts for awhile.  Over the next few weeks, I hope to finish up the last of these entries about the festival. Thursday, May 30 Aloha Thursday started … Continue reading SIFF 2013: Week Two, Part Two

SIFF 2012: Galas, Tributes, Parties, And Other Happenings

First, I should mention that I didn't go to every party, and even fewer Galas (movie+party).  I didn't go to the Opening Night Gala because no one told me I could, until after I had made plans.  Then, I didn't get invites to the first couple of parties because I wasn't on the staff-generated email list. … Continue reading SIFF 2012: Galas, Tributes, Parties, And Other Happenings