By Randy Myers
It’s the final day of Cinequest due to the Coronavirus. Sadly, the closing night film with Jesse Eisenberg — “Resistance” — won’t be shown. I love that film.
Here then are my recommendations on what to see today in San Jose:
“Opposite Directions”: A sexy melodrama about love and lust. Gorgeous stars and gorgeous settings.
“Watch Me Kill”: Woefully underrated thriller featuring a female assassin in the Philippines and the young girl who becomes her surrogate daughter. Twists galore.
“Faraway Eyes”: Inventive romantic sci-fi drama that’s too long for its own good, but captivating nevertheless. Christina Ricci costars. It’s a keeper.
“Small Time”: One of my favorites from the fest. A precocious and optimistic young girl weathers her parents battles with addiction and PTSD. Don’t miss this one.
“Breaking Fast”: Enchanting romance between two hunky guys, one a Muslim with a lovable family and another a charismatic guy he meets.
“Survival Skills”: Another knockout from the fest that’s framed as a VHS training tape for cops going into the force. Unpredictable and smart.
“Like Reply Share”: Scrappy and shot on the cheap, this two hander delves into connections made through accidents, not on social media.
“The Night”: Ominous, claustrophobic and unsettling, this horror hybrid set in L.A. finds a couple haunted by decisions in the past. Shahab Hosseini stars, and he couldn’t be finer.