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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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The Rite
January 28, 2011 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
The Rite

by Richard von Busack
That girl-power answer to St. Michael, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) once described something that “gave her the wig,” ventriloquist dummies. The rest of the show’s cast leaned in expectantly, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Made in Dagenham
December 27, 2010 – 2:11 pm | No Comment
Made in Dagenham

By Richard von Busack
Here’s a piece of strayed history:
watch?v=7Lg4gGk53iY
That 1978 advertisement, a piece of a vanished world (perhaps it’s not dead but only sleeping) is the subject matter revived in Made in Dagenham.
With its thin …

Rare Exports
December 23, 2010 – 3:32 pm | No Comment
Rare Exports

by Richard von Busack
As Jean Sibelius once wrote, “once you get to the last Lapp, you’re at the Finnish line”. Jalmari Helander’s Rare Exports (in limited release) is set in the land of the Sami, …

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