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The White Ribbon
January 22, 2010 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
EVEN THE TITLES for The White Ribbon inform us of director Michael Haneke’s rigor: tiny type, white on black, lingers onscreen to try to get us used to the slower tempo of …

Tooth Fairy
January 22, 2010 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
Tooth Fairy
(PG; 101 min.) It might rekindle your child’s faith in the tooth fairy, but it won’t do their faith in the movies any good. Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. the Rock, stars as …

35 Shots of Rum
January 20, 2010 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
More a luminous artwork than a movie, Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum is a story about a cluster of people connected to the transportation industry. It’s a small world of the …

The Book of Eli
January 12, 2010 – 6:15 pm | 3 Comments

by Richard von Busack
This one goes out to the lighthouse keeper in the Pitcairn Islands who never saw a dystopic downer before. We, however, saw a dozen of them last year alone, just never a …

The Lovely Bones
January 12, 2010 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
Any film adaptation of a celebrated novel is a sort of X-ray; any manipulation or self-importance in the text will be laid bare.
The success of the book The Lovely Bones is easy …

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
January 5, 2010 – 8:18 pm | One Comment
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

by Richard von Busack
FOR Terry Gilliam, Don Quixote is still the ur-text. Despite the various stops and starts he has had adapting the Cervantes classic, Gilliam repeatedly makes films about fantasy as an escape from …

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
January 5, 2010 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
THE 1920s-era anti-heroine of The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is named Fisher Willow; this is the most alluvial name since James Joyce’s Anna Livia Plurabelle. No surprise that Fisher (Bryce Dallas …

Youth In Revolt
January 5, 2010 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
ONCE, I GOT called a pseudointellectual by a person who pronounced it “sweedo.” Youth in Revolt is a date movie for all of us movie sweedoes: people who brandish copies of La …

Crazy Heart
January 5, 2010 – 10:09 am | No Comment

HAVEN’T READ Arizona writer Thomas Cobb’s 1987 novel Crazy Heart, although it was praised by both Kinky Friedman and Donald Barthelme. The novel might have provided a key for the failure of guts in the …

A Single Man
December 30, 2009 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

Closet Drama
Colin Firth plays an unopenly gay man in
early 1960s Los Angeles in ‘A Single Man’
A HANDY WINNER of the award for Most Improved Performer of 2009 is Colin Firth, whose performance in A Single …

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