Saturday, January 5, 2013

Phil wishes all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!-January 1, 2013

Me at Cinequest 22 Film Festival in San Jose.
Hello everybody and welcome to 2013!! The Mayans predicted the end of the world would arrive on December 21, 2012, but here we all are!!

The year 2012 will go down as one of my busiest years of all time. Since launching my movie blog back in March of 2011, I was able to attend several film festivals! My very first festival that I covered was also my most favorite of all: The Cinequest 22 Film Festival! This film festival is my absolute favorite fest to attend and since it's right here in my hometown of San Jose, it felt like I was coming home. During Cinequest I attended 56 screenings in 13 days!! This was an all-new personal best for me! Let's see if I can top that at this year's festival! Keep your fingers crossed for me and hope I don't go blind!!

With friends Jason Weiner & Elijah Berry at the SF Silent Film Festival.
After Cinequest 22, the floodgates opened and I found myself at a plethora of film festivals and events: A week after Cinequest ended I was at the 30th Annual San Fransisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), then I was at the magnificent art deco Paramount Threatre in Oakland attending the exclucive 5 1/2 hour epic screening of Abel Gance's 1927 long, lost silent film classic NAPOLEON!!

Me & Rena Riffel at the SHOWGIRLS 2 show at the Castro,
In April I was back out at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum attending their 10th Anniversary celebration of Gilbert Anderson aka Broncho Billy and the Essanay Studios coming to Niles as well as their Annual Earthquake show. There were a lot of other cool events at the museum, such as their Charlie Chaplin Days, their world famous Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival, their encore screening of Sutro's Baths documentary, as well as their weekly Saturday Night shows!

Other festivals and events included the 17th San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Miss Misery's 5th Annual Nightmare To Remember International Horror Film Festival, the Midnites For Mainacs movie events and the Peaches Christ Experience shows at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco! I was also at the RiffTrax Live broadcast events at the Cinemark Century 20 Oakridge Mall, the Indiana Jones Marathon at the AMC Mercado 20, the very first Miss Misery's Days Of Terror Horror Convention at the at the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento, the Back To The Future trilogy at the Retro Dome in Saratoga.

Me & actress Debra Lamb at Miss Misery's Days of Terror Con.
I also found myself being contacted by directors to review their films. Director James Cullen Bressack contacted me through Facebook and asked me to review his new horror film entitled  HATE CRIME. In my review I stated that, "No other horror film has left me this disturbed in quite some time."Well, turned out that Bressack liked my review and he used that particular quote in the film's trailer!! This was truly a memorable moment for me as a film reviewer and a movie blogger!!

In October I once again did my annual horror movie marathon, where I watched and reviewed one horror movie throughout the month. This has inspired me to one again rethink about relaunching my horror movie blog The Midnight Horror Sinema Show! So look for that happening in the next few months!

Me & Horror Movie Hostess Miss Misery at the SJ Toy Fair.
Then there were all the movies I saw at the Camera Cinemas in both Downtown San Jose and in the Pruneyard Campbell. It was at the Camera 3 where yours truly hosted the Cult Move Series and I was there for almost all of the Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings, hosted my good friends Barely Legal Productions!!

Overall 2012 was a epic year for me. It goes without saying that 2013 will be an even more exciting year! And of course, I would like to thank all of you who joined me on my cinematic adventures!! I hope you enjoyed my reviews and thoughts. Now let's say goodbye to 2012, and welcome 2013 with a bang!!

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!


  1. And if it wasn't for me, you wouldn't have know that James Cullen Bressack used your quote in the trailer for Hate Crime.

    A busy 2012 indeed. Here's to a better 2013

  2. 2012 was indeed a busy year. And it looks like 2013 will be even busier!