We have all the time in the world

(above: the coat of arms of the Bleauchamps; like Richard III, Blofeld has a swine on his shield.)

Charles Helftenstein of CommanderBond.net just did a book (with some trace amounts of source material from me) about the 007 movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969); remembered by the public as the one with that Australian git [...]

Oscar Weeners

The parade of the dead is one of the main reasons I watch the Oscars, and they muffed that proper, first by deep-sixing Farah, second by getting Demi Moore to be Charon’s Girlfriend, thirdly by filming the whole thing from ultra-long lens perspective so you couldn’t see who from whom. Closeups on sobbing faces of [...]

Cinequest Mar 6: Oh, Mother, can this really be the end

When hanging out, pre-Zwigoff dogging, at the press lounge, heard a really, really young filmmaker talking about how he’d closed down the Cinebar the night before: glad to hear Cinebar is hosting a one year anniversary screening of Whiskey Tears tonight at 4:30pm.

As for Zwigoff: talked to him at Sabor afterwards, and felt slightly better [...]

Cinequest Mar 2

So tonight is The Girl With the Exploding Dragon Tattoo. Oh, wait, they’re different films. One must admit a tattoo of an exploding dragon would be sweet. 9pm at the magnificent California Theater: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on the Scandinavian best seller about a pair of investigators tracking down the real story [...]

Gabi on the Roof in July review, by RvB

Nudity has been called “the most inexpensive F/X” and Gabi on the Roof in July (Mar 3, 5pm, Cam 12) uses it thoroughly. But after a while you get used to the jaybirdocity of Gabi (Sophia Takal, who co-directed) and get more interested in the arguments she and co-director/co-writer Lawrence Michael Levine make about ways [...]

Nancy Kwan at Cinequest

Nancy Kwan, star of “Flower Drum Song” and “The World of Suzie Wong” appeared in person at Cinequest over the weekend for two screenings of “To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey,” a new documentary about her life and work. On the right she poses with Cinequest’s Halfan Hussey (left), Kathleen Powell and director [...]

Cleanflix at Cinequest

Tonight’s best bet is definitely “Cleanflix,” a surprising documentary. At first, I thought there would be no trouble looking down my nose at the Mormon entrepreneurs who wanted to take the sex and violence out of DVD releases of Hollywood hits. How dare they invade the sacred artistic decisions of film directors? Admittedly, some of [...]

Cinequest Mar 1

These quieter days are the best ones for the festival, as far as networking goes. The program today includes: The Days of Desire (12:30, Camera 12), which promises Bela Tarr-style Hungarian angst in a film that, synopsis-wise, sounds like The Maid.

One of Charlie Cockey’s picks, Border (4pm, Cam 12) concerns an incident of a buffalo [...]

Cinequest 2/27

So Nancy Kwan will be showing up in San Jose for tonight’s world premiere of the documentary on her life: To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey; and she’ll be there for the subsequent screening on Sunday at 7. There are some elders who still refer to the dress that Cantonese call a cheong-sam, [...]

The New Distribution

Cinequest Film Distribution Panel

It’s here. We know it’s here. We know it’s the future. But we don’t know how to make it pay.

Such was the consensus at this afternoon’s (Feb. 26) panel at SJ Rep about the new frontiers of film distribution.  As moderator Peter Belcito of Film Finders put it, “The march of technology [...]