My QFest 2011 Schedule

Links:  My Schedule & Reviews | @thecorefiles | #qfest | Official Site

QFest is here again! I’ve scheduled 32 movies for this year with another 5 maybes depending on mood, weather, and word of mouth.  Hope to see you around town and at the movies!

Recommendations

Eating Out – Drama Camp
Q. Allan Brocka’s reliably delivered fun films in previous years.

Finisterrae
“Spanish. Unclassifiable. Award-winning.”  Therefore, a must-see for me.

Jitters
Iceland produced two of my favorite shorts in previous years.  Time to try a feature.

The Night Watch
Waters’ Affinity and The Secret Diaries of Miss Annie Lister are two of my top rated.

Karate-Robo Zaborgar
Such films can be hit or miss. When they hit, I need a respirator; e.g., Surive Style 5+

My QFest 2011 Page

Check out my web page for schedules, reviews, and running tallies on this year’s QFest. My goal is to update it daily before my first film, but a long night before an early weekend film may cause some lag.  For up-to-the-minute information, follow me …

On Twitter as @thecorefiles or with hashtag #qfest

This year I will continue to tweet movie and event reviews along with general festival goings-on.  The official hash tag this year is simply #qfest, so please remember to tag when you tweet about the festival so all fest-going Twitterers can see.

Philadelphia QFest 17 Official Website

Many of the films this year have trailers, so check them out if you’re undecided from the blurbs in the guide.There don’t seem to be many changes in the website itself this year.  It’s perfectly functional, although I do miss the social media features when B-Side hosted it.

My Lastest Gastropub Hat Trick

Philadelphia has a diverse food scene, but sometimes a boy just needs to stick to the basics. As much as I love variety in food (and “other things”) I had no trouble hitting pubs with lunch partners three days in a row:

Thursday: Moriarty’s Pub with Craig. Mushroom burger and fries. Boddingtons Pub Ale.

Friday: Good Dog Bar with Hazel. Duck pot pie and blueberry cornbread. Southampton Double White Ale.

Saturday: Race Street Cafe with Joe. Cubano sandwich and fries. Great Divide Chocolate Yeti Imperial Stout.

Best food goes to Good Dog.  The duck pot pie is excellent by itself but not quite filling. That’s an excellent excuse for a side of crumbly butter-slathered blueberry cornbread.

Best brew goes to Chocolate Yeti. Rich, dark, and heavy but not too thick in the nose or on the tongue. I must admit, I had two and was feeling the 9.5% ABV on our stroll along the absolutely amazing Race Street Pier 11 Park (which words or pictures cannot do justice).

Honorable mention to Race Street Cafe for getting back on track with their fries. Some kitchen staff changes led to a period of fry inferiority, but they’re back in running for best fries–a competition almost as fierce as the years-running win-win Burger Wars that escalated into open conflict this year on the streets (and grills) of Philadelphia [2011 Burger Brawl].

The only sour note was Boddingtons is no longer on tap at Moriarty’s.  I’d normally rate it a solid B, but the canned experience was underwhelming; I’ll have to pay more attention to the draught list next time.

Dan Savage and The Choicer Hypothesis

Dan Savage has an interesting hypothesis about anti-gay arguments based on the false premise that it’s a choice around 09:30 into this web-only interview with Keith Olbermann: The people making these argument are gay or bisexual people who have chosen to be closeted and deny their own natures.

The idea that the loudest homophobes have issues with their own sexuality is nothing new, but it’s a fascinating possibility that they argue being gay is a choice because they themselves have chosen to deny their own sexuality.  They want it to be a choice as a framework for their own self-delusion, and their vitriol against the out and proud is a mix of jealousy and a real threat to the rationalization they use as a coping mechanism.

Even so, I can’t feel much sympathy for such people. They cause as much harm–maybe more–than people like Santorum who use gay rights as a hot-button issue for political or financial gain. I just hope that increasing gay visibility now inoculates future generations against hurting themselves and others because of lives constructed on such faulty premises.

The Bleat of Cthulhu

Oh, Internet!  Yet again you have brought me something seemingly tailor-made for my personal insanities.  Take a sheep, some carnivalesque music, and add effects that make this beast seem less like Mary’s little lamb and more like the Scape-sheep of Azathoth

UPDATE 03:02 — This is not the artist’s only glimpse into an electro-pop Lovecraftian nightmare. There is also this: The Cows of Cthulhu get down in the Meadows of Madness …

Dog pee can’t stop Santorum

One of the (ahem) dark spots on Pennsylvania history was electing nut-job Rick Santorum to the United States Senate. Apparently he had his own dark spot–with Spot–before that.  Rachel Maddow brings us this story of the Frothy Mix’s first “man on dog” encounter …

Ricky Gervais is the New Face of Atheism

Ricky Gervais shows off his new Easter card on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in this webclip. As the newest face for Atheism, Gervais could have greater influence than other public atheists to date. His working-class heritage and ability to speak to emotion as a comedian won’t set off the knee-jerk anti-intellectual reaction that Dawkins evokes in the people we most need to reach.