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Cinequest 2016: Encores and Last Chances

We’re down to the wire at Cinequest! Late last night, the Cinequest encores were announced.  These make up the bulk of Sunday programming in the festival’s final day. As I predicted, there are still too many great films to see them all. … Continue reading

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Cinequest 2016: Catch-up Reviews

Reviews from Cinequest 2016: Demimonde, Eye in the Sky, Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends, Lost In Munich, Parabellium, The Phoenix Incident Continue reading

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Cinequest 2016: Embers

It’s a quiet armageddon. Every day you wake with a limited knowledge of the world, of yourself, and of those around you. Some smaller things do stick, but the cohesiveness of what we were, of who we were, is gone. Waking experience teases some of this out to consciousness, but we still see a stranger in the mirror. Continue reading

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Cinequest 2016: Sight Unseen Recommendations

Now that Cinequest is fully upon us, I need to touch on a small subject of interest to those of you going to the festival. There are WAY too many great films to see everything. Way too many. And some are terribly hard to review for reasons that will be obvious in a few paragraphs. But luckily those same programs are very easy to recommend, and do fall on my “Don’t Miss” list.
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Cinequest 2016: The Brainwashing of My Dad

A longer commute, talk radio, a loving father turns into an angry, bitter, obsessive… brainwashed by a poisonous media. Continue reading

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Cinequest 2016: Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends

My first must-see entry from the Cinequest film festival is a sexy story that takes the “friends with benefits” motif to the next level. Continue reading

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A Favorite from Cinequest 2014: Nothing in Los Angeles

Cinequest never fails to bring in a ton of innovative, inspiring, thought-provoking, and amazing films to San Jose. Here’s one I missed reviewing in 2014…
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Cinequest 2015: Short Catch-Up Reviews

Although I’ve written up a good many of the films I’ve seen at Cinequest, there are several I just hadn’t gotten to yet. Given this is the closing weekend and we have a day of encore showings on Sunday, I wanted to get some notes out to you and hopefully help your viewing decisions. Continue reading

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Cinequest 2015: Bad Exorcists

In the end this film delivers a lot of laughs, mixed with just enough shocks and scares. And that’s exactly what I was looking for. Continue reading

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Cinequest 2015: The House On Pine Street

The House on Pine Street is both a well-crafted traditional horror story, and a modern exploration of what haunting and haunted actually mean. More than a little is left up to your interpretation at the end. But that’s cool, because a film like this should haunt you long after you leave the theater. Continue reading

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Cinequest 2015: Clew

If you like puzzles, especially those that expose a new puzzle when you’ve gotten past the first answer, Clew is for you. Continue reading

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Cinequest 2015: Astraea

In a market where every post-apocalyptic movie has it’s heart in an alien invasion or zombie uprising, we’re faced in Astraea with an all-too-possible scenario where a disease quickly and efficiently wiped out most of the population. The few survivors are crafty and cautious, knowing that men are far worse danger than any rotting corpse. And that making connections with the few remaining good folks is probably the most precious thing to pursue. Continue reading

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Cinequest 2015: Aspie Seeks Love

Bringing this picture of a different form of coping, admittedly still full of personal frustration and failures, is the real gift of this movie. Continue reading

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Cinequest 2015: Beast Of Cardo (Bestia de Cardo)

The answer is either ethereal or blunt, depending on your interpretation of metaphor or perhaps a truly disturbing potential ramification of their actions. You can have it both ways I suppose, but like Moira and Hermes I just want to escape Cardo.
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Cinequest 2015: Afterlife (Utoelet)

So, not exactly Ghostbusters in its scope or plot, but this film does deliver a lot of fun and charm as we watch the dour Mozes struggle through afterlife with father. Continue reading

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Cinequest 2015: Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows: The movie musical is a very strange animal. Here is the second of two Cinequest musical offerings, and why even though they’re very different, you’ll want to see them both. @leg_stand #cinequest #songsshewroteaboutpeoplesheknows Continue reading

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Cinequest 2015: Booze Boys and Brownies

Booze Boys and Brownies: The movie musical is a very strange animal. Here is the first of two Cinequest musical offerings, and why even though they’re very different, you’ll want to see them both. @bbbthemusical #cinequest Continue reading

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Cinequest 2015: My Daily Film Journal

For this year’s Cinequest, I’ll be journaling the films I watch to help you decide if you want to catch them later in the festival. A little background information about the festival, Fanboy Planet, and what you can expect. Continue reading

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