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Christmas in Acidland Dec 5-6, Roxie Theater in San Francisco
December 4, 2011 – 6:41 pm | No Comment
Christmas in Acidland Dec 5-6, Roxie Theater in San Francisco

by Richard von Busack
“On, Slasher! On, Flasher! On, Basher and Bitchin’! On, Vomit! On, Stupid! On, Bummer and Nixon!”–National Lampoon, c. 1975
Two day’s worth of coal lumps await patrons at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater, as …

One Dozen Notes for a Ken Russell Obituary
November 29, 2011 – 7:49 pm | No Comment
One Dozen Notes for a Ken Russell Obituary

(Russell in 1971 on the set of The Boy Friend)
By Richard von Busack
As most cineastes have heard already, Ken Russell died in his sleep Sunday after a long and flamboyant career of more than 50 …

Into the Abyss
November 18, 2011 – 12:51 pm | No Comment
Into the Abyss

By Richard von Busack
(Opens today at CineArts at Palo Alto Square).
Introducing the year’s best documentary… Some might be avoiding the new Werner Herzog film Into the Abyss because of its subject matter: a triple murder …

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
November 16, 2011 – 11:32 am | No Comment
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview

by Richard von Busack
“People like symbols. I’m the symbol of certain things.” At about age 40, Steve Jobs unfolded on his career to journalist Robert X. Cringely; a small portion of this interview was used …

Immortals
November 11, 2011 – 12:48 pm | No Comment
Immortals

By Richard von Busack
In the ancient days, the godless tyrant Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) is on the warpath, furious that the Gods let his family die despite his prayers. On his murderous path is a small …

J. Edgar
November 9, 2011 – 1:04 pm | No Comment
J. Edgar

Right Turn, Clyde
By Richard von Busack
Clint Eastwood’s muddled, stodgy, peculiar, and shot full of curare bio-pic J. Edgar is ultimately nothing but ambitious, and perhaps it’s the ambition that’s making big-name critics call it a …

Not Necessarily Noir II: Roxie Theater, San Francisco, Nov 4-8
November 3, 2011 – 7:52 pm | No Comment
Not Necessarily Noir II: Roxie Theater, San Francisco, Nov 4-8

(above: Johnny Guitar. Plays Nov 6.)
by Richard von Busack
Trannies, girl gangsters, cowboys and weirdoes: Elliot Lavine’s mini-retrospective in glorious 35mm at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater is titled Not Necessarily Noir II, and in an era …

Oranges and Sunshine
November 1, 2011 – 2:28 pm | No Comment
Oranges and Sunshine

By Richard von Busack
The slightly soggy and obvious Oranges and Sunshine sources Margaret Humphreys’ book Empty Cradles; the director is a debuting Jim Loach, Ken’s son. Whatever its limitations, it tells a story that at …

Ip Man: The Legend is Born aka Ip Man Zero
October 28, 2011 – 5:11 pm | No Comment
Ip Man: The Legend is Born aka Ip Man Zero

by Richard von Busack
Director Herman Yau prequalizes the wing chun master’s career and tells of a rivalry that the long time fight-movie fan will be able to discern from the first moment we meet the …

The Skin I Live In
October 28, 2011 – 1:39 pm | No Comment
The Skin I Live In

by Richard von Busack
IN THE operatically pervy The Skin I Live In, Antonio Banderas is clearly a mad doctor. Dr. Robert Ledgard is a wealthy plastic surgeon of Spain’s Toledo, with a sealed-off estate lined …

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