Kathy Fennessy

Kathy Fennessy
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) It was an attractive work, in terms of the cinematography, editing, and graphic design. That can't be said about all making-of documentaries, especially those made by inexperienced or under-funded filmmakers. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
91% Leap of Faith (2019) ...it's more of an introduction than an overview, but it's an insightful one. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
84% Sixteen Candles (1984) Sixteen Candles is a genuinely funny film with plenty of throwaway gags that betray Hughes' Lampoon origins. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) The tragedy of Possessor is that Colin never fully becomes Taz. He knows what he's doing, but he doesn't know how to stop it. She doesn't either. But Brandon Cronenberg does. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Once I got over my surprise, I was able to more fully appreciate what Seimetz was trying to do. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
46% Times Square (1980) It isn't the most realistic story, and I'm not so sure that was the intent, but the friendship is what endures, and it's one of the reasons why people keep coming back to the film. That and the amazing soundtrack, of course. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
100% Suzi Q (2020) All told, it's a good, solid documentary that lacks any shocking revelations or tear-stained redemption arcs, and that's kind of refreshing, really. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
79% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
95% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
No Score Yet The Point (1971) There may be better family films, but few that are more personal and less condescending to young people. - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
88% Swallow (2020) If the ending is too neat, it's also emotionally satisfying... - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Beanpole is strikingly shot and framed by 24-year-old cinematographer Ksenia Sereda who uses color as a narrative device. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
86% 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... - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
83% Betty: They Say I'm Different (2018) 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
45% Three Christs (2020) A film doesn't have to answer every question it raises, but this one leaves too many unanswered. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
91% 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... - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
92% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
68% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
88% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
82% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
97% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
65% 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... - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
84% Depraved (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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
86% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
93% Klute (1971) 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
100% Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (2019) In Chuck Smith's bittersweet profile, critics, filmmakers, and friends pay testament to Rubin's talent, energy, and startling lack of inhibition. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
80% Pasolini (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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
89% Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola) (2018) Arantxa Echevarría's assured debut revolves around two Roma teens... The potential for tragedy comes from their patriarchal community's inability to accept same-sex romance, but the possibility for triumph lies with their stubbornness and strength. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
81% Go Back to China (2020) The film is almost more interesting for what it isn't than for what it is, i.e., one devoid of white leads and a love interest. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
92% Monos (2019) Recommended mostly for the jaw-dropping topography, Mica Levi's synapse-scrambling score, and the Apocalypse Now-level cinematography. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
75% Swinging Safari (2019) There's a lesson here about the limits of permissive parenting, but it's mostly a Martin Parr-like evocation of a cartoonishly narcissistic time. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
91% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) It's better than most music biopics, and not so much for what it has to say -- it's a fully authorized motion picture, after all -- but for the visual flair Fletcher brings to it. - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
92% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) It wouldn't work if Lumbly didn't capture Davis's grumble, so it's fortunate that he does. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
91% Q Ball (2019) Tolajian has made a worthy film about a worthy subject, but it wasn't quite as involving as I hoped... - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
59% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
84% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) This 2019 release feels uncomfortably apt. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
93% Diane (2019) This Martin Scorsese-produced film has a plainspoken, slightly hypnotic feel, which fits his seemingly quotidian subject matter. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) Daly gives the kind of lived-in performance that rarely generates awards consideration, though it really should. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
60% Greta (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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
96% On Her Shoulders (2018) s a filmmaker, [Alexandria] Bombach (Frame by Frame) treats her with respect, but stops short of full-fledged worship. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
93% 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. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) [Director Nadine Labaki] paints a multi-faceted portrait of life among Beirut's underclass. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) As set-ups go, it's a familiar one, but it's always a pleasure to watch Kusama shape genre to her own ends as she did in Girlfight. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
88% Love, Gilda (2018) The result is an unavoidably slight, if touching portrait of a talented woman who deserved more time to find a creatively fulfilling second act. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018