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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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TV Noir at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater (Sep 30-Oct 6)
September 30, 2011 – 12:40 pm | No Comment
TV Noir at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater (Sep 30-Oct 6)

(above: Charles Bronson in the tv show Man With A Camera; episode “Second Avenue Assassin” plays Oct 6 in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater.)
Old-media magnate and maniac Johnny Legend—archivist, wrestling promoter and rockabilly bastard—is …

5 Music Videos Directed by Movie Directors
September 1, 2011 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

This month marks the 30th anniversary of MTV, the channel formerly known as Music Television.  While it’s now mostly known for teen moms and Jersey sleazeballs, the channel started by playing nothing but music videos. …

The Little Foxes – William Wyler
February 2, 2011 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
The Little Foxes – William Wyler

Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes concerns the Hubbard clan, a ruthless, upwardly mobile family who play out their drama against a backdrop of the South in transition. Crushed by the terrors of reconstruction, the romanticism …

Monkey Business – Howard Hawks
February 2, 2011 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
Monkey Business – Howard Hawks

Monkey Business is a comedy about rejuvenation, a serious theme; how­ever, director Howard Hawks’s treatment of the subject does not emphasize this seriousness. His approach is to make the situations resulting from the premise as …

The Apartment – Billy Wilder
February 2, 2011 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
The Apartment – Billy Wilder

Originally branded “a dirty fairy tale,” Billy Wilder’s The Apartment com­bines irony, burlesque, soap opera, and truth into a morality play whose message is “be a mensch,” a Yiddish term for a human being. Filmed …

Sabrina – Billy Wilder
February 2, 2011 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
Sabrina – Billy Wilder

Comedy in any medium depends a great deal upon the mixing up of mes­sages, the deliberate switching of a communication context, and the swapping of labels on statements. Billy Wilder’s comedies generally avoid slapstick switches …

Some Like It Hot – Billy Wilder
February 2, 2011 – 2:20 pm | No Comment
Some Like It Hot – Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot is an outrageous, satirical spoof of the 1920′s in which Wilder deftly spends two hours milking one joke, that of two musicians on the run from Chicago mobsters, who …

Witness For The Prosecution – Billy Wilder
January 30, 2011 – 11:22 pm | No Comment
Witness For The Prosecution – Billy Wilder

The witness for the prosecution, a surprise witness, is Christine Vole (Mar­lene Dietrich), presumably the wife of the man on trial for murder, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), a ne’er-do-well gadget peddler. She claims that she …

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Rouben Mamoulian
January 24, 2011 – 1:42 am | No Comment
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Rouben Mamoulian

Very few characters have struck the chord of man’s imagination with more resonance than Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll, for in his duality he represents the struggle of good and evil within the individual. It …

Golden Boy – Rouben Mamoulian
January 23, 2011 – 1:42 am | No Comment
Golden Boy – Rouben Mamoulian

When Columbia first announced its purchase of Clifford Odets’ Group Theatre play Golden Boy, it seemed a strange choice, because that studio had never favored dramas of strong social significance. Odets was not hired to …

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