Third Time’s the Charm – Thoughts on Cinequest

On my third day of actually seeing films I finally seemed to get it right. I took today easy on the film side due to that whole it’s a weekday and I should be an adult and do professional things. But I took the time to catch two films and I finally chose a selection … Continue reading

Cinequest Continues

Yesterday evening at Cinequest I saw an incredibly powerful and well made film, an entertaining short, and a feature which was underdeveloped and all too predictable. Sadly I saw the films in that order – and so ended with the least inspiring film of the night… To begin with I saw the feature We Were … Continue reading

Back at the Movies

It’s that time of year again. And yesterday I spent the afternoon at Cinequest seeing several films and found – I’m less excited about it than last year. To be fair – I’m comparing the net effect of last year’s festival with only the beginning of this years – so ask me next week and … Continue reading

Another Day at the Movies

Today I saw a collection of shorts in addition to one feature film, How to Cheat. However I don’t have time at the moment to review all of the shorts. But if you like the unexpected and sometimes creepy/horror genre then the Shorts 5 collection has enough good stuff to be worth your time. They … Continue reading

Tuesday at Cinequest

Today I saw 2 films – but due to entering one of them late, I feel it would be unfair to give a review based on an incomplete viewing. The film Four Lovers was not what I expected – when one hears there’s a film about sex, couples and exploring relationships there’s the certain amount … Continue reading

Another Day at Cinequest

So today I’ve seen three films. But only two new ones. I started the day seeing The Other Family (La Otra Familia) which I also saw last week. Refresher for those who didn’t see that post my comments on that: “Charming, nuanced, not cheesy, enough of a bite to be real and enough sweetness to … Continue reading

Young Film Makers at Cinequest (And Prop 8 is live streamed as a play)

Today I saw three productions – two at Cinequest, and one online. The online one was AFER‘s production of 8 – a play which takes dialog directly from the court transcripts of the prop 8 trial before Judge Walker. I always fear watching young film makers first works. On one hand the age means we … Continue reading

An Evening in the California Theater

Today I saw two films at Cinequest, both screened in the California Theater. First “L!fe, Happens” a charming buddy film about two roommates and how their lives change when one has to adjust to having a baby while the other remains committed to her professional ambitions. While it had all the elements of a cheesy … Continue reading

So Gay… (in that 1950s way that actually means cheerful)

So this week I’ve got three pieces of LGBT news in the arts: I saw La Otra Familia (The Other Family) at Cinequest in San Jose and WOW. Charming, nuanced, not cheesy, enough of a bite to be real and enough sweetness to tug at the heart strings. Basic plot is the son of drug … Continue reading