Author Brandon Hart

Brandon is attached to all forms of media, whether TV-related or social, but loves film the most. He strives to watch as much as possible, whenever possible.

Film Festival A Ghost Story (dir. David Lowery, 2017)
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My three favorite films of SIFF 2017 didn’t necessarily share themes – they spoke to their own themes, and they did it well, yet they found themselves in opposing genres, tones, and visual stylings. But those differences have no bearing on my feelings toward any of them; one is the moving story of two Korean-American brothers in LA fighting to stay afloat amidst the Rodney King riots, one is a hazy…

Film Festival The Trip to Spain (dir.  Michael Winterbottom, 2017)
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SIFF 2017’s diversity in theme didn’t just put us under the boot of an oppressive power to give us interesting and diverse perspectives – no, it also elucidated those perspectives by challenging their basic, human beliefs. Three films I saw did this extraordinarily well; one challenged a high school graduate’s supposed understanding of his peers with the looming unknown of college, one contrasted the…

Film Festival City of Ghosts (dir. Matthew Heineman, 2017)
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Seattle’s 43rd International Film Festival saw an incredibly diverse selection of films, giving attendees more options from more countries than ever before – but in themes, the selection was just as diverse. One pattern I saw, in particular, was films about inescapable powers. As for what powers those might be, well, it varied from film to film, but three in particular stood out to me. One was about the…

Film Festival I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (dir. Macon Blair, 2017)
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It’s clear why Amman Abbasi has a background in music; his score for Dayveon can only be described as a thing of beauty, swelling into focus underneath striking images — two youths biking down a trail as sunlight creeps through the canopy above them, for example. Grief festers in the home and leaves us vulnerable when anywhere else, as Abbasi tells us during…

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Two years ago, directing hatred toward Ouija was practically a communal exercise within the moviegoing public. It was only natural, then, to see the same behavior resurface this year as we approached its follow-up’s release. And poor Ouija: Origin of Evil, this aforementioned follow-up, the prequel (not sequel) to an ostracized failure; all signs, from …

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Gran Torino, an ill-advised sympathy play for its lead veteran, a man content at home in a crockpot of post-war racism, who exits said stew to become his Hmong neighbors’ white savior, a role depicted as necessary for their general well-being. American Sniper, a potential analysis of PTSD, military …

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It’s incredibly fun watching the young, aspiring rapper Morris (supremely talented newcomer Markees Christmas) come both of age and into himself, but observing his arc next to that of his father (Craig Robinson, in his deepest role yet) warms hearts faster than Chad Hartigan’s stylish direction attracts …

Film Festival Carnage Park (dir. Mickey Keating, 2016)
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Mickey Keating’s latest film is a ’70s grindhouse throwback that has a bit of an identity crisis but, with time, is rewarding enough. When this Tarantino/Rodriguez/Coens cocktail focuses its sights on not saturating any one influence, it’s pretty killer, but seems to function solely as a throwback, despite a fantastic Pat Healy and potential for cult fandom. Keating is…

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