Cinequest starts its 18th year on Feb. 27 (read Metroactive.com’s coverage), so it’s too soon to know which films will separate themselves from the pack and earn a theatrical run. Coincidentally, this coming Friday, one of 2007′s best Cinequest films, the satire Military Intelligence and You, gets its shot at the Lumiere and the Shattuck in the Bay Area; maybe soon, a San Jose house will pick it up.
Here’s what we wrote when the film ran at last year’s Cinequest:
Dale Jutzera’s spoof of World War II propaganda looks more authentic than The Good German, with a clever mix of black-and-white re-creations, footage from Army training films and clips from some jingoistic wartime features. Patrick Muldoon (Richard from Melrose Place) turns out to be as capable a comedian as Maj. Nick Reed, who pushes his operatives to the breaking point while trying to rekindle his romance with Lt. Monica Tasty. The humor is sometimes just silly (a German town is called Riboflavin, over and over again), but the mock narrator and portentous dialogue (“Raise the treat level from orange to tangerine”) prove to be irresistibly funny. Of course, the real target here isn’t World War II, it’s Iraq (Pearl Harbor is renamed 12/7), and the film strafes Bush and Co. for their own misuse of military intelligence. To paraphrase Rummy, “When evil strikes, we go to war with the intelligence we have, not the intelligence we wish we had.”