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Cinequest 25 - Art Film Bay Area

Coming Soon: Cinequest Turns 25 et al.

San Jose-based film festival Cinequest began in 1990 with screenings at the Camera 3 Theater which attracted 3,000 attendees.  This year, the festival co-founded by Halfdun Hussey and Kathleen Powell turns 25.   Over 100,000 people now attend the festival, which has expanded to several different venues in San Jose’s downtown including the California Theatre and the […]


My Top 20 2014 Films: A Quirky Countdown (Part 1)

Sorry sexist online trolls, but Guardians of the Galaxy was not the greatest film of 2014 in my books.  Nor does hearing right-wing sorts claiming watching The Interview was a patriotic mandate cut any ice with me…even before factoring in the Asian stereotypes factor. The fond memories of my 2014 in cinema came from being exposed to forgotten French […]


Second Chances And Last Chances (12/3/14)

STILL IN THEATERS Antarctica: A Year On Ice at the Opera Plaza Cinemas, the Rafael Film Center and the Shattuck Cinemas Awake: The Life of Yogananda at the Rafael Film Center Birdman at the Embarcadero Center Cinemas, the California Theater, the Shattuck Cinemas, the Piedmont Theater, Cinearts Marin, the AMC 1000 Van Ness, and the Sundance Kabuki Citizenfour at […]


Glen Campbell May Forget Nowadays, But We Won’t

Who could have imagined watching a documentary about the mental decline of an Alzheimer’s sufferer could be sad, empowering, and joyous in equal measure?  Yet that’s the effect those with a heart will have after seeing James Keach’s moving documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, which is currently on its last showings at the AMC Metreon 16. […]

Dubbed Anime And "Rocks In My Pockets"

Dubbed Anime And “Rocks In My Pockets”

Watching badly dubbed American anime taught me one truth about voice work in English-language animation.  Good voice work gives life to the hand-drawn characters seen onscreen.  Bad voice work undercuts the power found in the moving drawings and objects. Signe Baumane’s voice work on her animated film “Rocks In My Pockets” unfortunately falls into the […]


Last Chances & Second Chances (11/12/14)

Last Chances Foreign and indie films closing out their theatrical screenings on Thursday. Balboa Theatre:  Pelican Dreams Opera Plaza Cinemas: Keep On Keepin’ On, Plot For Peace, Pride Roxie Theatre: 21 Years: Richard Linklater Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley):  Kill The Messenger, Tale of the Princess Kaguya Second Chances Foreign and indie films getting second run screenings this week. […]


How Economics Encourage Indie Film Sameness

Ever wonder why it seems that independent films nowadays seem to feature primarily character-based stories or aren’t the breeding grounds for Jean-Luc Godard’s successors?  Ted Hope posted a dozen thoughts on the subject here.  A couple of points are worth emphasizing: 6. To maximize revenues, films must play well on all screens, including small mobile devices, encouraging […]


A Welcome Mat Made Of Film Frames

Welcome to Art Film Bay Area, whatever reason brought you here.   The collapse of the San Francisco Bay Guardian left you without a central location for finding out about foreign and independent films screening in the S.F. Bay Area,  Watching La Dolce Vita or Blue Is The Warmest Color left you with a hunger to find […]