August 31, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
San Jose’s internationally famous Psycho Donuts has a cameo in Of Two Minds (playing Sep 1 at 7pm at the United Film Festival in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater). Directors Doug …

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The Help
August 9, 2011 – 4:11 pm | No Comment
The Help

by Richard von Busack
THE ROOTS of the story of Titus Andronicus go back to the Roman poet Ovid. The Help (a relatively benign and bloodless variation on the tale) proves once again that Shakespeare certainly …

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
August 4, 2011 – 11:35 am | No Comment
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

By Richard von Busack
It’s surprising how much you want to see a gorilla in a helicopter, without every really knowing you wanted to see it until you see it. Rise of the Planet of the …

Project Nim
August 4, 2011 – 10:50 am | No Comment
Project Nim

by Richard von Busack
CAN’T CALL IT anthropomorphosis, when the subject is an anthro already. Elizabeth Hess’ book Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human is the source for the new documentary by James Marsh …

Sita Sings The Blues
August 4, 2011 – 10:05 am | No Comment
Sita Sings The Blues

by Richard von Busack
(Plays Sat, Aug 6 at noon in San Jose at Camera 12.)
THE RAMAYANA tends to be too complex a story for unsophisticated Western minds, so Nina Paley’s heartbreak—chronicled in her lovable, jewel-colored …

The Forgotten Bomb
August 3, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment
The Forgotten Bomb

by Richard von Busack
At the San Jose Peace and Justice Center 7pm, 48 S. 7th in San Jose, 7pm.
Aug 6 and Aug 9 are the 61st anniversary of two world shaking calamities. Commemoration can …

Rapt
July 29, 2011 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
Rapt

by RIchard von Busack
KIDNAPPING thrillers are mostly dull. The ones that aren’t (such as the two versions of The Vanishing and Kurosawa’s High and Low) are exceptions that prove the rule. But Lucas Belvaux’s Rapt …

Cowboys and Aliens
July 28, 2011 – 10:36 am | No Comment
Cowboys and Aliens

By Richard von Busack
Its high concept idea is thoroughly chewed over by a group of writers, certainly exceeding the already big number of scriptwriters credited. Cowboys and Aliens never rises above its generic title, or …

Captain America: The First Avenger
July 21, 2011 – 4:41 pm | One Comment
Captain America: The First Avenger

By Richard von Busack
It starts where Frankenstein ends, in the realm of ice. Captain America: The First Avenger is an optimistic spin on the story of a man-made creature. It is indeed American; it fits …

Tabloid
July 19, 2011 – 5:09 pm | No Comment
Tabloid

by Richard von Busack
GIVEN ITS essential talking-heads quality (albeit dressed up nicely with graphics and a few props), the new Errol Morris documentary, Tabloid, is as salty as it is strangely lighthearted. No one’s life …

Neds
July 13, 2011 – 5:09 pm | No Comment
Neds

(Jul 14 at 7pm,  and Jul 16 at noon at Camera 3 in San Jose)
By Richard von Busack
Neds (part of the From Britain, With Love series) shows us the miseducation of a violent kid in …

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