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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade


    SIFF 2018: Film #8
    I could not possibly ask for a better way to end the Seattle International Film Festival than with a screening of A24's joyous Eighth Grade and Q&A with director Bo Burnham and star Elsie Fisher.

    Eighth Grade succeeds by how sincerely it handles the problems and emotions facing protagonist Kayla, and how it uses its impressive cinematography and a unique aural experience to pull us so completely into her head. The plot of the film is…

  • Hereditary



    Hereditary is a new modern masterpiece of the horror genre. Not only has Ari Aster crafted a debut film that effortlessly cultivates a pervasive sense of dread and foreboding that has eluded more experienced horror maestros, but he has dreamed up revolutionary new techniques to elicit scares from his audience.

    It is a film that has invaded my mind, lurking in my thoughts with imagery and emotions that will haunt me until the end of my days. Most modern horror…

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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp


    Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun film that improves upon its predecessor in many ways, yet it is still lacking that spark that would elevate the Ant-Man series out of its position in the least essential corner of the Marvel universe.

    The story of Ant-Man and the Wasp follows Hank and his daughter Hope's quest to construct a device that will safely take them into the Quantum Realm to locate and rescue Hank's wife Janet, who has been lost…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love


    Breathtakingly gorgeous cinematography creates a languid, seductive atmosphere.

    Precise, yet invisible editing creates a lazy rhythm to the scenes that allow every shot to land with maximum impact.

    Brilliant colors make every frame drip with eye popping reds, pulse with cool greens, and draw you in with inky shadows.

    In the Mood for Love showcases how technical mastery in film can heighten the humanity at a film's center, drawing the viewer in until they feel every emotion. It is truly a modern masterpiece.

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    Black Panther is the pinnacle of super hero movies, a film that works both as a part of the MCU mega-franchise and as a standalone creative vision defined by Ryan Coogler's direction. By choosing to forego the tired origin story format, and focus instead on T'Challa assuming the Wakandan throne, Black Panther is able to deliver a dense, compelling story that effortlessly immerses the viewer in the vibrant world of Wakanda. The film is populated by an incredible cast of…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name


    Call Me by Your Name is a gorgeously shot film that depicts a coming-of-age story of the type that is rarely ever shown on screen. The tender story of Elio and Oliver's gradual attraction and eventual romance is at times sweet, funny, joyous, and ultimately heartbreaking.

    Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer have incredible chemistry and an easy rapport that makes the screen practically spark whenever they share a scene. While both of their performances are Oscar worthy, Chalamet in particular…