Now Showing: “Güeros”, a lovely Mexican road movie

The bracing, beautifully made Mexican film, Güeros, is the kind of unabashed ode to cinema we rarely see on our screens these days (and when…

Viral Video: Ebullient promo for classic Beach Boys’ tune

One of the many delights in the new film Love & Mercy, about the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, is the lighthearted recreation of a promo…

Now Showing: “Love & Mercy” sending out very good vibrations

The musical biopic is the Trojan Horse of the movies. It arrives bearing the gift of song only to empty its belly of clichés. Upon…

Now Showing: Nothing to care about in “Heaven Knows What”

The mangy hell of heroin addiction is explored in the new film Heaven Knows What, from moviemaking brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie. Set within the…

Viral Video: Louis C.K.’s “most offensive SNL monologue ever”

One tweet called it the "unfunniest, most offensive SNL monologue ever.” Another monologue viewer tweeted that her "heart aches for humanity" after watching it. Deadline.com said…

Viral Video: Here’s looking at Eric Andre

The Eric Andre Show? Yep, he’s for real. Eric Andre, a former sitcom actor who created this late night talk show in 2012, shooting it…

Viral Video: The late, great Mary Ellen Mark

The formidable photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who died last week at age 75, will forever be linked to the streets of Seattle. Her series of…

Viral Video: SIFF’s bewitching, “Be Watching” trailer

The Seattle International Film Festival is in full swing right now, offering the usual overdose of features, shorts, documentaries and special events, aimed right at…

Now Showing: “Blackhat” from Michael Mann, action painter

Even on his worst day Michael Mann can run circles around nearly every other director working today. His frenetic set pieces and gorgeously fluid camera…

Gulf oil disaster film: The last word belongs to …?

The invisible in Margaret Brown’s documentary The Great Invisible (available on Netflix and online on PBS’s Independent Lens until May 21) refers to both the damage…

Viral Video: Parodying Amazon’s “Life in Seattle”

Amazon’s employment division (Amazon.jobs) created a video in late 2013 called Amazon: Life in Seattle, intended to help future job applicants “learn a little bit…

Now Showing: Mountain air does little to lift film’s heaviness

The weirdly named new film from director Olivier Assayas, The Clouds of Sils Maria, refers to an actual phenomenon that occurs in a mountainous region of…

Viral Video: “About a Son” peers into Kurt Cobain’s troubled soul

This is the other Kurt Cobain documentary, the one released in 2007 and now being ignored in the wake of the so-called “authorized” doc, Kurt…

The Restless Critic: Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is named for a mix tape the musician made in his misfit years, when he was spending days on end…

Viral Video: World’s Worst Mom

“Helicopter parents” is the term used to describe hovering, hyper-success focused moms and dads, but the parents featured on the Discovery Life channel program, World’s…
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