Cinequest, 2008—“How to Wrangle a Star…” like pulling teeth…

“It’s a Saturday afternoon and everybody’s hung over…” – Jens Hussey

Such was the general malaise of the crowd and presenters at Cinequest’s March 1 panel “How to Wrangle a Star…and the Money” at the San Jose Repertory Theatre.

Walden Media Business Affairs head Jim Meenaghan and Comerica Entertainment Group vice president Jeff Colvin looked and sounded [...]

Cinequest, 2008—K.K. Downey Is an Upper’s reviewers keep working their DVD players overtime previewing Cinequest films (read full coverage of festival). Richard von Busack found this gem and recommends it to both film and book fans:

*Who Is K.K. Downey?

(U.S.) “He said, ‘Hey, kid. Do you want to snort some China?’ I liked the way it sounded, like I could fit [...]

Movie Vehicles at Cinequest 2008

They often call movies “vehicles,” and the point was driven home Friday evening (Feb. 29) on Day 3 of this year’s Cinequest film festival in downtown San Jose. For the premiere showing of  Sherman’s Way, a comedy about a California road trip in a classic MGB convertible, some cherry examples of the lead roadster [...]

Cinequest 2008, San Jose—Enlightened Blood

Talk about Jumper. In the Mexican feature Enlightened Blood (La Sangre Iluminada), which played Friday, Feb. 29, at Cinequest in San Jose, some kind of cosmic nose bleed sends characters careening into the bodies—and lives—of complete strangers. With both the memories of past lives and all the cares, joys and woes of new lives, they [...]

Cinequest 2008 Documentaries—Mardik Martin

Some excellent documentaries are on tap at this year’s Cinequest in San Jose.’s Richard von Busack wrote at length about This Dust of Words and Sputnik Mania. I would recommend getting in line early for Mardik: From Baghdad to Hollywood, which shows March 2 and 4 at the festival. This chronicle of the life of one of new [...]

Cinequest 2008—Let the Coverage Begin‘s extensive coverage of Cinequest 2008, running Feb. 27–March 9 in downtown San Jose, can be read here. We’ve got reviews of a big chunk of the films—features, documentaries and shorts—showing at the festival, just about everything that would actually play in our DVDs (some global agency, maybe the U.N., needs to put an end [...]