Archive for February, 2008

Cinequest Film Festival Opening Night

Sherman's Way
Joaquin Sedillo and Craig Saavedra

The night began in the Filmmaker’s/Press Lounge (refreshments and computers) at the Hotel Montgomery. There were only three other people in the room with me. One was a member of the Cinequest staff, and it thrilled me to find that the other two were filmmakers!

Director/Producer Craig Saavedra (Rhapsody In Bloom) and Director of Photography Joaquin Sedillo (Veronica Mars) were checking things out on the computers when I approached them for an interview.

The unbounded enthusiasm of these passionate filmmakers fueled my desire to be in the audience on the 29th for the World Premiere of ‘Sherman’s Way’

Scheduled Screenings

Hitch a ride Start it up Watch the trailer.

I said goodbye to the guys and walked over to the California Theatre.

Opening Night Film: Eden Court

I was sitting alone in the beautiful California Theatre when I noticed Jason. He was front row and center. I asked if the seat next to him was taken. It turned out to be a good choice. Where better to enjoy a film than to next to the #1 movie fan!

Jason Watches Movies

Jason Watches Movies

Eden Court:

The proverbial mid-life crisis is an overused premise in modern film making, but I found Eden Court so entertaining I hardly noticed. The laughs came on cue.

With the approach of Duncan’s 30th birthday he chooses to run away rather than face the hard truths of his life. He tells a friend that he will find the American Dream, even if he must move to Australia to do it.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s (Bonnie Duncan) performance could have so easily gone over the top, but she held it to perfection.

Stephnie Weir (Barb) kept on a pink robe and a smile on me.

Eden Court is the movie to pull out on a dreary day.

Almost Free

m.jpgThis Thursday and Friday participating McDonald’s is giving away a free sausage McSkillet Burrito with a medium or large drink purchase. This offer will be during breakfast hours only.

Are you lovin’ it?

Details here

San Jose: Cinequest Film Festival 18 – Discover

[AROUND THE BAY screenshot courtesy Alejandro Adams]

I like to consider the Academy Awards Show a nice little warm-up to our 12 days and nights of film excitement. One of the most influential film festivals of the year is happening in downtown San Jose. We will be presented with 250 screenings, 80+ films, with 40 U.S., North American, and World Premiers from which to choose.

This year’s Maverick Award recipients:
Danny Glover – (The Royal Tenebaums, Lethal Weapon)
Michael Keaton – (Batman, Night Shift, and one of my all time favorites – Mr. Mom)
Michael Arndt – (Little Miss Sunshine)
Bobby Moresco – (Million Dollar Baby)

I know I won’t be able to take it all in, so I am going over the film schedule trying to fit in as much as possible.

The Alejandro Adams film AROUND THE BAY featuring local talent Steve Voldseth, is one film I am making a point of screening.

As the title implies the film uses many locations, places we here in the South Bay see everyday. The film will open the doors of an upper-middle-class life. Will we see one of our neighbors or might it hit closer to home?

Sharks at the NHL Trade Deadline

SharksNewLogoToday was the NHL’s trade deadline, noon Pacific Time.

The Sharks big deal of the day was the acquisition of “puck-moving” defenseman Brian Campbell from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for right wing Steve Bernier and a first-round pick in this year’s draft. Campbell should be a help on the struggling power play.

Campbell, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, he rejected the Sabres offer of a three-year deal worth more than $17 million. Doug Wilson must be ready to offer a better deal this summer.

The Sharks also traded defenseman Rob Davison to the New York Islanders for a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft.

The Sharks did sign a veteran goaltender Brian Boucher to backup Nabokov. Boucher does have NHL playoff experience.

Many fans and the press were calling for Patrick Marleau to be traded; I was not one of them. Marleau is having an off-season, big time. Let us hope that with the passing of the trade deadline he turns things around.

The Detroit Red Wings from the L.A. Kings acquired former Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart.

The number one deal of the day was forward Brad Richards going to the Dallas Stars from Tampa Bay. Look out for Dallas.

The Sharks did improve; however, so did Detroit, Dallas and Anaheim the last few weeks.

Changes Brewing at Starbucks

logo_top.gif Dear Mr. Schultz,

Regarding the changes coming to a Starbucks near me, I have been warned that the warmed breakfast sandwiches will be discontinued by the end of the year. They do not fit with the pure coffee shop experience. One thing that will harmonize with coffee, and please customers, is the idea of free Wi-Fi.

I am intrigued with what you call Art of Espresso.
The three-hours of training that will refresh the baristas knowledge.

I do appreciate your efforts in keeping Espresso standards high, but why stop there? Shouldn’t every beverage made, be one of perfection?

February 26
Starbucks to close from 5:30p – 8:30p

695 Coleman Ave @ Taylor

Bay Area Crime Stoppers

police carBay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is a way for the community to inform law enforcement of tips regarding crime.

The toll-free number 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) covers all nine Bay Area counties and your call is completely anonymous. The 24/7 call center has multilingual operators.

“Callers are never asked to identify themselves and there is no equipment in the call center that records voices or traces telephone numbers. Anonymity is guaranteed. Those who call Crime Stoppers receive a code number that allows them to claim a reward once an arrest and indictment has been made.”

Tip: program the number into your phones.

More information here.

Subway Sandwich at Santana Row

A Freebie at Santana Row!

Today, what’s left of it, and all day tomorrow buy any 6-inch Subway sandwich and get another one for free.

(I didn’t ask but it is most likely: Get another of equal or lesser value for free.)

377 Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
Ph. 408-984-7821

Eclipse over San Jose


It was pretty hazy in San Jose which made it hard to focus on the moon. Regardless, what we could see was pretty cool. Here’s hoping the next lunar eclipse (2010) will happen on a CLEAR winter night.

Amgen’s Tour of California Rolls into San Jose.

The road
Looking over Silicon Valley from Sierra Road.

2/20: Stage 3 – Modesto to San José:

The race begins this morning in Modesto at 10am. It will be a great triumph just getting to San Jose. The route will take the riders to Patterson then up and over the 4360-foot summit of Mt. Hamilton. This is a beautiful drive by car, but not an easy feat by bike. The weather could add extra caution to the 18-mile descent.

Once here in the valley, the cyclists will be directed north on Piedmont Road and then unbelievably they will be asked to make it up Sierra (Grade) Road. This ‘hill’ of 1,943 feet in 3.7 miles may very well be the decider of today’s race. The downhill run from Calaveras Road to Piedmont Road, and then to City Hall should be a welcome breeze.

The CHP will be restricting motorized traffic during the day:

Calaveras Rd. – closed 1 to 3pm

Rolling Closure Areas:
Piedmont Rd.
Mabury Rd.
becomes Taylor St.
N. 2nd St.
St. James

3rd St. – closed between St. James and San Fernando noon to 6pm

Santa Clara St. – closed from Second to Fourth early morning to 6pm
and from Fourth to Seventh will be closed to 8pm.

Finish @ City Hall


Comcast TV
Wed, Feb 20, 8:00p – 9:00p

Total Eclipse Of The Moon


There will be a total lunar eclipse of the Moon Wednesday evening (February 20) beginning at 5:43 pm for the partial eclipse phase. We will miss the early stages of the partial eclipse because it begins before moonrise; also, your viewing location may be a factor.

The total eclipse phase, when the Moon is completely in the Earth’s shadow, begins at 7:01 pm and ends 50 minutes later. During this phase, the Moon will be a dark red or orange color. This is cool, having watched the previous total eclipse last August.

Unfortunately, the weather may not cooperate. Too bad, the next total eclipse is December 20-21, 2010.

Way too much info from NASA

Images from the August 28, 2007, Lunar Eclipse

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