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Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.

Week in review: Happy dancing, Cinequest Film Festival and Loreto

We can't help but smile everytime we watch the Loreto Happy Dance video produced by Jane Lurie. How can you not enjoy watching the jubilation of so many across the scenic landscape of Loreto? As I write this week in review in the LAX Alaska Lounge I still feel the same...

Kevin Pollack brings a few good laughs (and impressions) to Cinequest

Pollack mentioned he joined Twitter only 16 days ago, and already has over 80,000 followers. (video after the break)

Cinequest Film Festival: ‘The Least Among You’ screening and maverick spirit award for Louis Gossett Jr.

The Cinequest Film Festival, now in its 19th year, is in full swing, and last night Loni and I had the pleasure to attend a special screening of Louis Gossett Jr's latest film.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ review: Clever and energetic with Bollywood dancing included

I thought for a moment it could not be true: a Bollywood movie with no musical dancing number? Say it ain't so. But then again, this was an edgier style of Indian movie, not just a feel good dance fest, so maybe it did suit the occasion to not...

Cinequest Film Festival 2009 will transform the mind, body and soul of the city of San Jose

Every year, the Cinequest Film Festival sprouts up in San Jose, California, transforming this mecca for engineering and scientific innovation into an art and film lover's paradise for two weeks. You can read my review of "The Art of Travel" from last year's film festival here. The theme for this year's...

‘The Dark Knight’ combines epic storytelling, visceral action and Joker redux

Almost 20 years ago, Jack Nicholson, dressed in outlandish purples, greens with an electronic Prince soundtrack thumping in the background bellowed "Wait'll they get a load of ME!" It was one of several memorable quotes from Tim Burton's successful vision of Batman that re-ignited the series as serious blockbuster...

In Review: ‘Groundhog Day’ reveals the meaning of life in a single day

'Groundhog Day' is like a simple magic trick with three parts that will leave you titillated. The pledge (where the magician shows you something ordinary) A simple set of characters, a disgruntled weather man (Phil Connors), a pretty news producer (Rita), and a socially-challenged camera man (Larry). A simple premise that...

In Review: ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ provides some unforgettable laughs

This past Friday was movie night again. It was a toss up between 'The Dark Knight' (the latest in the Batman movie series) or 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'. In the end, humor won out and we chose the latter, a comedy. Initially, Clint described this movie as a chick flick. However...

Joan Crawford’s All Dressed Up with Ax, Wig and Mascara and People to See in 1964’s ‘Straight-Jacket’

Straight-Jacket (1964) 89 min. / Black & White imdb User Rating: 6.6 StarkSilverCreek Rating: 8 out of 10 "A camp classic" A woman scorned is...

‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008) Review: James Bond’s Return to Form Short-Lived

Quantum of Solace (2008)104 min.StarkSilverCreek Rating:5 out of 10imdb User Rating: 7.2 It seemed doomed from the outset: a big budget and a bad title....