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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Carnage
January 12, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment
Carnage

A QUARTET of nasty bourgeois, played by four top-drawer actors with crack timing, make Roman Polanski’s Carnage (showtimes here) a civilized entertainment. Based on Parisian author Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage, the film is …

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
January 8, 2012 – 6:41 pm | No Comment
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

By Richard von Busack
Should-have-been successes, musicians’ musicians that they were and are: Fishbone are profiled in Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler’s delightful Everyday Sunshine, playing at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco through Friday.
Fishbone had …

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Gary Oldman interview
January 3, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Gary Oldman interview

By Richard von Busack
Gary Oldman was in town to promote his lead role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (showtimes here) as John le Carre’s smaller than life mole-hunter George Smiley. Oldman is tightly focused, shrewd …

Director Tomas Alfredson on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: becoming “voyeurs to a filthy game.”
December 30, 2011 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
Director Tomas Alfredson on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: becoming “voyeurs to a filthy game.”

By Richard von Busack
Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson follows up the best vampire movie of the last few years with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. It’s about a different breed of parasites:  justifiable (sometimes self-justifiable) as Britain’s last …

War Horse
December 21, 2011 – 1:37 pm | No Comment
War Horse

By Richard von Busack
ONLY Steven Spielberg could do what is done in War Horse. Only he could have authorized the expensive World War I re-creations: a sumptuous cavalry charge, with officers Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom …

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
December 17, 2011 – 2:09 pm | No Comment
Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol

By Richard von Busack
Show up early and get into the sweet spot in a 70mm Imax Theater  meaning, near the center and back a row or two. Not only will you be the first person …

Michael Fassbender interview
December 16, 2011 – 1:54 pm | One Comment
Michael Fassbender interview

By Richard von Busack
After concluding an exceptionally busy year, the Irish/German actor Michael Fassbender is sure to be short-listed for the Oscar nominations for his role as the sex addict Brandon in Shame.
The poster, showing …

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
December 14, 2011 – 11:53 am | No Comment
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

By Richard von Busack
In setting up the career of the ultimate arch-villain, Arthur Conan-Doyle may have introduced him wrong-way round. We don’t witness the moment of discovery when Sherlock Holmes first pieces together the vastness …

Young Adult
December 9, 2011 – 2:37 pm | No Comment
Young Adult

By Richard von Busack
Sometimes a movie is particularly irritating just because it’s about 10 degrees away from something that might have worked.
In Young Adult, Diablo Cody gets away from the arch slang of Juno: Oscar-winning …

Outrage
December 9, 2011 – 1:05 pm | No Comment
Outrage

by Richard von Busack
TAKESHI KITANO’S new film is almost plot-free but rich with incident, visual skill and loads of violence. Outrage shows the Japanese filmmaker at the top of his craft. The action consists essentially …

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