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
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