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

SFIAAFF30 – Nice Girls Crew

Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing a Center for Asian American Media produced project, Nice Girls Crew with a sold out screening at the Kabuki Theater. Sheetal Sheth, Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen were stellar in their performances of three long time frienimies who attempt to start a book club but instead use the … 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

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

Coming soon – SFIAAFF!

Just a quick head’s up to what’s on the horizon other than all the Cinequest films I’m still trying to squeeze in: the 30th Annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. With 102 Films and Videos in 98 Screenings I’m sure there’s something for absolutely everyone… I’m excited that among the 10 World Premieres, … Continue reading

Mixed films at Cinequest – “Mixed Kebab”, “Love, Wrinkle Free” & “Forgetting the Girl”

Yesterday I saw three films at Cinequest. I began at the San Jose REP to see Mixed Kebab which presents the story of a young Belgian Turk, Ibrahim, as he tries to juggle his homosexuality with societal expectations before an arranged marriage. Meanwhile his brother’s trouble making leads him to religious extremism after he lands … 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