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No Strings Attached
January 27, 2011 – 12:50 pm | No Comment
No Strings Attached

by Richard von Busack
Some two years ago, it must have been thought that the phenomena of sleepover friendship was going to be the next frontier in the rom-com. In this crowded field (Love and Other …

Worst in Show, SF Indiefest 2011
January 27, 2011 – 12:06 pm | No Comment
Worst in Show, SF Indiefest 2011

by Richard von Busack
Worst in Show, about the Petaluma based Ugliest Dog Competition (Feb 9 and 13th at San Francisco’s Indiefest) demonstrates that this contest is no place for the merely rough-looking dog, the dog …

Biutiful
January 25, 2011 – 6:14 pm | No Comment
Biutiful

By Richard von Busack
It may get the Oscar for best foreign film, but it’s first award is for most depressing director; swiping the crown of thorns from Gaspar Noé’s brow is Alfonso González Iñárritu (Babel, …

2011 OscarTM Nominees: the scores and the bores
January 25, 2011 – 1:40 pm | No Comment
2011 OscarTM Nominees: the scores and the bores

by Richard von Busack
The Oscar nominee list is out very early this AM, and the leader of the pack is The King’s Speech (my review here) a surprisingly un-Masterpiece Theater style drama of royal healing.
Heading …

The Green Hornet
January 13, 2011 – 7:45 pm | No Comment
The Green Hornet

by Richard von Busack
A movie about a slouchy superhero didn’t have to be a slouchy movie, but The Green Hornet is thoroughly slouchy work. Even the main villain (played by Christopher Waltz of Inglourious Basterds) …

Blue Valentine
January 6, 2011 – 11:31 am | No Comment
Blue Valentine

By Richard von Busack
The mood of Blue Valentine is like the Dave Alvin song “Fourth of July” set to film. It’s July 3 for a working couple in Scranton, PA.: Cindy (Michelle Williams) is a …

10 by Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)
January 3, 2011 – 1:00 pm | Comments Off
10 by Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)

(as King Lear, in 2008)
The rumbling, knob-nosed, rough-looking Pete Postlethwaite, who died yesterday, was the kind of integral character actor who could always rest assured that his ten minutes of a movie would be sensational. …

Anne Francis (1930-2011)
January 3, 2011 – 10:56 am | No Comment
Anne Francis (1930-2011)

As per the old joke, titillating an ocelot, is the beautiful Anne Francis, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer this morning. Never to be forgot by spy and science fiction fans, Francis had two particularly iconic …

The Worst of 2010: a preview from Wikileaks
December 31, 2010 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
The Worst of 2010: a preview from Wikileaks

(as reposted by Richard von Busack. Above: The cast of Nutcracker 3D welcomes you to Hell.)
Jan 2, 2010 CE
From: His Imperial Sulfurousness, Beelzebub
To: Assistant Director of Infernal Leisure Services Bastophet
CC: Vice Presidents, Deadly Sins Administration, …

Little Fockers
December 28, 2010 – 1:33 pm | 2 Comments
Little Fockers

by Richard von Busack
Essentially Little Fockers is a variation of Saw, with more genitorture, and more self-awareness of the comedy in its premise…not that either franchise, Fockers or Saw, is what you’d call funny ha …

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