Avengers Spoiler Alert: Andy Serkis is playing WHO?

Ms. Marvel, White Wolf, Mantis, Drax, Falcon, Peter Dinklage as Pip the Troll!… Just when you thought the burgeoning cast of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe couldn’t get any more crowded, Hollywood Insider has gained access to leaked scripts for an as-yet-untitled Avengers movie due out in April 2020 that reveal a veritable avalanche of new characters, and a stunning new merger of beloved comics franchises. Continue reading “Avengers Spoiler Alert: Andy Serkis is playing WHO?”

Movie Mondays: Happy Birthday, David Lynch!

Director, artist, musician and all around good guy David Lynch turns 68 today. Lynch is indisputably one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary cinema, a man whose style has often been aped but never replicated. No other director can so often scare the pants off me and wow me with intense beauty, often in the same picture. If you’re new to Lynch, I would like to happily recommend some films to get you through these long winter nights. Continue reading “Movie Mondays: Happy Birthday, David Lynch!”

Movie Mondays: (Good) movies I never want to see again

Every once in a while a movie comes along that I appreciate and admire, but don’t “like.” They are provocative and disturbing. I’m glad I saw these, but for me, once was enough.

Click here to view Kids in the SPL catalogKids (1995), written by then 19-year-old Harmony Korine (director of Spring Breakers), follows Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), a reckless teenager whose mission is to deflower virgins. When Jennie (Chloë Sevigny) finds out she’s HIV positive from an encounter with Telly, she searches for him through raves and the streets of New York City to prevent him from infecting another young girl. This portrayal of aimless, amoral teens – there’s hardly an adult to be seen – is bleak and depressing, yet remarkable for its realistic depiction of a world most of us have not seen, and extraordinary performances from first time actors Fitzpatrick, Sevigny and Rosario Dawson. Continue reading “Movie Mondays: (Good) movies I never want to see again”

Documentaries from SIFFs gone by

As I pore over the hundreds of screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival every year, I find myself focusing on two categories – documentaries and Scandinavian films. Here are some of my favorite documentaries from SIFFs gone by.

Click here to view Every Little Step in the catalogEvery Little Step is about the making of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway. Yes, it’s about actors auditioning for a musical about auditioning for a musical. Interviews with composer Marvin Hamlisch when the musical premiered in the mid-1970s are interspersed with actors auditioning for roles and the producers making casting decisions for the 2006 Broadway revival. It’s every bit as Continue reading “Documentaries from SIFFs gone by”

The Life of Words

A word is dead when it’s been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day. – Emily Dickinson

The characters I read about come to life in my imagination. I sometimes dream about them, their lives continuing to resonate with me long after I finish the book. Some characters move me in such a way that it’s hard to let them go, and I imagine how their lives might continue outside of the novel. However, the ability to transform fictional characters into living people might be beyond my powers! The following movies show the power of words and how they can give life – or take it away. Continue reading “The Life of Words”