Cinequest Best Bet, Bone Man, Feb. 24

The Bone Man

(Germany; 121 min.) Already a sensation in Germany and Austria, this third film adaptation of co-screenwriter Wolf Haas’ Simon Brenner detective novels is a dark, club-footed waltz between old and new Europe. Circumstances reduce hangdog ex-detective Brenner (Josef Hader) to chasing a stolen VW Beetle into a seedy Bratislavian resort with a sinister [...]

Cinequest Critic’s Pick for Wednesday, Feb. 24

Top pick for Wednesday (Feb. 24) at Cinequest is a fascinating documentary about, of all things, military cuisine. It shows tonight at 6pm at Camera 12
in San Jose.

Cooking History

(Slovakia et al.; 88 min.) Ever find yourself waiting in a dentist’s office thumbing through a New Yorker magazine, when you get sucked into a seemingly uninteresting [...]

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, [...]

The Good Heart, Cinequest opener

Looking forward to the opener at the California Theatre Tuesday Feb 23: first off because The Good Heart is another marker in the history of booze-soaked cinema (top 5 being, at this writing Barfly [no matter what intrepid tavernaut R. Meltzer thinks about it], Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth, Cry Danger,  Leaving Las Vegas and uh, [...]

Cashing in at Cinequest

(After the opening-night fervor dies down, it’s time to do some serious planning for Cinequest. The big feature for Thursday looks to be the superlative Johnny Cash documentary)

THE THOUGHT has been attributed to George “Machine Gun” Kelly: “Everyone in jail is innocent, and yet everyone in jail knows that [...]

Corpse Run at Cinequest

Corpse Run is an entertaining coming-of-age movie about a group of PC gamers. It’s a low-budget Reality Bites, with a lot more beautiful people then you would expect see playing video games 24/7. Director and writer John-Michael Thomas creatively uses random inserts of game modes, voice-overs and the Windows blue screen of death to keep [...]

Adventures in Movie Marketing

At this year’s Cinequest film festival in San Jose, one of the filmmakers’ panels included some intriguing—and distressing—talk about this year’s buzzword, “viral marketing.” One suggestion for flogging an indie film included inviting bloggers who write about film to get in at the beginning and visit the set and watching the making of a [...]

Yesterday, and today at Cinequest (March 3 and 4)

Saw a good part of Una Vida Mejor on the grounds that I’d run into Atlanta filmmaker Andrew James at the lounge upstairs at the Hotel Montgomery. He seemed a little perplexed by the reception of his film; there’d been walkouts. His film, which means “A Better Life” in Spanish, is an impressionistic series of [...]

Cthulhu calls at Cinequest

*The Call of Cthulhu
Even The Yemenite—we don’t pronounce the Mad Arab’s proper name around here, because you never know who or what is listening—might have shuddered at Andrew Leman’s loving and ambitious 45-minute pastiche of German Expressionism. Using vintage costuming, black-and-white photography, make-up, miniatures, music and stop-motion animation, the director and Lovecraft cultist shows [...]

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 [...]