Strigoi at Cinequest

More on this later, but I was most pleasantly surprised by “Strigoi,” a British vampire comedy that is as dry and amusing as a fine martini. This very accomplished film is, surprisingly, the first effort by director Faye Jackson. The action takes place in a small Romanian village, where a young man, conveniently named Vlad, [...]

1st Annual Cinequest Twitter winners 2009

A laurel and a hearty-handshake to three Twitterati who kept the conversation going during (literally during, if they were posting in dark  theaters) Cinequest, 2009:First Prize:”Puppymeat”, whose tweets are sampled below:puppymeat#cqrvw JOHNNY MAD DOG: Awesomely brutal, brutally awesome–on crack.puppymeat#cqff19 Rumor/scandal?! RAGING GRANNIES should be RAGING OLD LADIES. At least one not a grandma yet? Are [...]

Cinequest Farewell for 2009

The Nature of Existence crew at the premier and closing night of Cinequest (from left to right) editor/producer Paul Tarantino, director/producer/cinematographer/composer Roger Nygard andcComposer/cinematographer Billy Sullivan (photo by Felipe Buitrago)


Tonight’s best bet at Cinequest is The Last Lullaby, showing at 7 pm at the California Theatre.

ONE OF THE most promising films at Cinequest plays at the very end of the festival. Tom Sizemore stars in The Last Lullaby, Based on the Max Allan Collins’ short story “A Matter of Principle.” This beautifully understated crime [...]

Maverick Lou Gossett Jr.

Lou Gossett Jr. talks to the Cinequest audience at his Maverick Spirit event. (Photo by Felipe Buitrago) 

Cinequest Celebs: Kevin Pollak

  Kevin Pollak plays to the crowd Wednesday as Cinequest honors him with a Maverick Spirit Award. (Photo by Felipe Buitrago)  

Cinequest Mar 4, Meet, Greet and Critique

Hung out at the lounge on the second floor of San Jose Rep and met Corpse Run‘s director John-Michael Thomas, who is proceeding onward to the Phoenix Film Festival; this self-taught filmmaker was talking about how he cast star Brea Grant right before she went up to the big time in TV’s Heroes. He [...]

Cinequest for March 4

Tonight’s best bet is definitely Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman, a documentary about the religious rocker. It shows at 9:30pm at Camera 12.
Read Richard von Busack’s review at

Tonight is also Kevin Pollak night, 7pm at the California Theatre. In a interview, Pollak reminisces about his early stand-up days in the valley.

Also of [...]

Documentary Day at Cinequest

Two good documentaries to choose from today at Cinequest according to Metro’s critics. 

Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes

(U.S.) Gently guiding an eclectic, eccentric ensemble of singers and performers through the down-home radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion for more than [...]

Cinequest’s First Maverick for 2009

Sweet Lou

Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award winnerLou Gossett Jr. brings new film to festival

The actor Louis Gossett Jr. co-wrote one memorable antiwar song, “Handsome Johnny”; as played by Richie Havens, it was a celebrated moment at Woodstock, a 1969 outdoor concert full of “people listenin’ to Mick [...]