Jimi: All Is By My Side (John Ridley, 118 mins, United Kingdom/Ireland 2013)

Jimi: All Is By My Side tells a fascinating story with interesting people, but somewhere along the way, the makers of this film forgot to add any energy to their finished product.  It begins at the Savoy Theatre, where Hendrix is about to go out and perform, before the film flashes back to a nightclub in … Continue reading Jimi: All Is By My Side (John Ridley, 118 mins, United Kingdom/Ireland 2013)

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: Closing Night Gala, Final Thoughts, and Thanks

Closing Night Gala--Sunday, June 8 Like last year, the Closing Night Gala was held at the MOHAI.  Unlike last year, I had to work, but my shift ended early enough that I got to the museum in plenty of time.  It helped that I got a ride there from one of my friends (a different … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Closing Night Gala, Final Thoughts, and Thanks

Lucky Them (Megan Griffiths, 96 mins, USA 2013)

Two years ago, Megan Griffiths wrote and directed Eden, a film that deals with human trafficking in America.  Now she had directed a comedy, using a script written by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko (from an original idea by Caroline Sherman).  While I admired the first film, I find myself loving the second. It starts 10 years ago, … Continue reading Lucky Them (Megan Griffiths, 96 mins, USA 2013)

SIFF 2014: Week Three Wrap-Up

Sunday, June 1Me, Myself, and Mum (Guillaume Gallienne, 95 mins, Belgium/France/Spain 2013)Guillaume Gallienne plays both himself and his mother in this film about his upbringing...as a girl.  When he finds out he has to be gay to like boys, he sets out to discover whether he is gay or straight.  The film switches between a … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Week Three Wrap-Up

SIFF 2014: 40th Anniversary Special Presentation of The Whole Wide World–Saturday, June 7

The first Seattle International Film Festival began on May 14, 1976, at the Moore Egyptian Theatre and ended on May 31 (there was no 13th Seattle International Film Festival, which is why this year is the 40th Seattle International Film Festival).  Dan Ireland and Darryl Macdonald (which I've also seen spelled MacDonald) started the festival … Continue reading SIFF 2014: 40th Anniversary Special Presentation of The Whole Wide World–Saturday, June 7

SIFF 2014: Quincy Jones, Part 3/3–An Evening with the Justin Kauflin Trio

Thursday, June 5 Before Thursday's concert, I had never been to the Triple Door.  If you have the money, it's a beautiful venue, though watching a show there and eating dinner will put you back $60 or more. I got there early and saw Justin Kauflin enter the building, along with Candy, his guide dog, and … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Quincy Jones, Part 3/3–An Evening with the Justin Kauflin Trio

SIFF 2014: Quincy Jones, Part 2/3–An Evening with Quincy Jones

Wednesday, June 4 Introduction The next Jones event was the tribute to him, where he received the Lifetime Achievement Award.  I was there in the morning when they brought in a piano, though it wasn't for Jones, but for Justin Kauflin, a young blind pianist who was discovered by Clark Terry (or "CT," as Kauflin refers to him), … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Quincy Jones, Part 2/3–An Evening with Quincy Jones

SIFF 2014: Quincy Jones, Part 1/3–The Pawnbroker

Tuesday, June 3 The Pawnbroker (Sidney Lumet, 116 mins, USA 1964--released 1965) As part of the Quincy Jones tribute at SIFF, the festival showed the first film he ever scored.  Carl Spence introduced the film by saying it was picked in 2008 by the Library of Congress as a significant film.  When Spence said it … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Quincy Jones, Part 1/3–The Pawnbroker

The Fault In Our Stars (Josh Boone, 107 mins, USA 2014)

The flaws in The Fault of Our Stars happen early, in the first half of the film.  Augustus "Gus" Waters (Ansel Elgort) seems too upbeat, while Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe), the author of The Imperial Affliction, seems too cruel, his reason for being cruel too cliched.  And yet, despite that awkward scene with Van Houten … Continue reading The Fault In Our Stars (Josh Boone, 107 mins, USA 2014)