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
Rating Title/Year Author
3 Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement (2019) Kathy Fennessy The DC punk scene (1976-1984) takes the spotlight in James June Schneider and Paul Bishow's long-gestating, crowd-funded documentary. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
3 Flash Gordon (1980) Kathy Fennessy Once upon a time, comic book movies weren't always such serious affairs. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2021
Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Kathy Fennessy's more of an introduction than an overview, but it's an insightful one. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Sixteen Candles (1984) Kathy Fennessy Sixteen Candles is a genuinely funny film with plenty of throwaway gags that betray Hughes' Lampoon origins. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
Possessor: Uncut (2020) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Kathy Fennessy Once I got over my surprise, I was able to more fully appreciate what Seimetz was trying to do. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
Times Square (1980) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Suzi Q (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
Shirley (2020) 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
How to Build a Girl (2019) Kathy Fennessy If I found the ending a little too good to be true, I can't say I wasn't moved. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Kathy Fennessy does mean you're better off reading Peter Carey's novel, a rip-roaring work of historical fiction that truly does its namesake proud. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
The Wolf House (2018) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
Swallow (2019) Kathy Fennessy If the ending is too neat, it's also emotionally satisfying... EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Beanpole (2019) Kathy Fennessy Beanpole is strikingly shot and framed by 24-year-old cinematographer Ksenia Sereda who uses color as a narrative device. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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... EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Betty: They Say I'm Different (2017) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Three Christs (2017) Kathy Fennessy A film doesn't have to answer every question it raises, but this one leaves too many unanswered. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
QT8: The First Eight (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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... EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Kathy Fennessy [The film] takes a critical, yet sympathetic look at a seriously flawed, but not completely un-redeemable human being. An uncut gem indeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Knives and Skin (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Synonymes (2018) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Report (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
First Love (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
The Sound of Silence (2019) Kathy Fennessy Sometimes you have to hit bottom to see your life clearly for the first time. It's a relatable (if somewhat clichéd) sentiment... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Depraved (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Klute (1971) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground (2018) Kathy Fennessy In Chuck Smith's bittersweet profile, critics, filmmakers, and friends pay testament to Rubin's talent, energy, and startling lack of inhibition. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Pasolini (2014) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Burning Cane (2019) Kathy Fennessy When I say that Pierce lights up the screen: I mean it literally. Here's hoping Youmans achieves that level of mastery someday. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Kathy Fennessy It wouldn't work if Lumbly didn't capture Davis's grumble, so it's fortunate that he does. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Q Ball (2019) Kathy Fennessy Tolajian has made a worthy film about a worthy subject, but it wasn't quite as involving as I hoped... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Babylon (1980) Kathy Fennessy This 2019 release feels uncomfortably apt. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Diane (2018) Kathy Fennessy This Martin Scorsese-produced film has a plainspoken, slightly hypnotic feel, which fits his seemingly quotidian subject matter. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) Kathy Fennessy Daly gives the kind of lived-in performance that rarely generates awards consideration, though it really should. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Greta (2018) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
On Her Shoulders (2018) Kathy Fennessy s a filmmaker, [Alexandria] Bombach (Frame by Frame) treats her with respect, but stops short of full-fledged worship. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Toni Erdmann (2016) Kathy Fennessy If the 162-minute film threatens to wear out its welcome, [director Maren] Ade brings everything home with a humanist's light, loving touch. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Capernaum (2018) Kathy Fennessy [Director Nadine Labaki] paints a multi-faceted portrait of life among Beirut's underclass. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Kathy Fennessy 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019