SIFF Recent Additions to SIFF Notes
posted by June 6 at 15:59 PMon
We’ve recently added reviews of…
The Great Buck Howard (me: “The film is as inoffensive and even-keeled as its protagonist, and the only thing you’re likely to remember a week later is the single character indulgence John Malkovich allows himself: a wild handshake that rolls like an earthquake and lasts so long you’d think aftershocks were involved”).
Hidden Face (Charles Mudede: “The movie is in fact a propaganda film for Alcoholic Anonymous”).
Choke (Paul Constant: “It’s certainly no Fight Club”).
Chrysalis (Bradley Steinbacher: “Director Julien Leclercq (Transit) has obviously spent a lot of time watching Hollywood thrillers—and he has the clichés to prove it—but outside of some pounding action and a handful of interesting ideas, the result is an over-stylized and noisy mess”).
Letting Go of God (Jen Graves: “The stage monologue is filmed and performed so smoothly that the live and movie audiences feel united by the end, but more importantly, some of Julia Sweeney’s insights reach the heights of the paragon of the form, the great, questing, poetic, one-woman vehicle written by Jane Wagner and performed by Lily Tomlin, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe”).
Summer Heat (Bradley Steinbacher: “This overbaked “erotically charged” thriller—in which an oft-shirtless National Geographic photographer finds himself embroiled in a drug deal gone wrong—offers skin to spare, but very little else”).
And star intern Roxanne Emadi has an interview with Island Etude director (and Hou Hsiao-hsien cinematographer) Chen Huai-en over in the film section.
More to come!