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The American
September 4, 2010 – 10:38 am | No Comment
The American

by Richard von Busack
THE SLOW-COOKED existential spy movie The American breaks no new philosophical ground. Still, it has the true resonance of the spy movie: that summing up of men’s alienation, fear of betrayal, and …

Machete
September 1, 2010 – 10:46 am | No Comment
Machete

by Richard von Busack
Cinema is a study of contrasts. Take the face of Danny Trejo, star of Machete. If you don’t have a picture of him, you can easily make a model by acquiring some …

Awfully Great Films – The Room
August 26, 2010 – 1:43 pm | No Comment
Awfully Great Films – The Room

“The Room…yeah The Room, ever heard of it?”
MrMovietimes.com
Yeah, it’s great to watch a great movie, one with incredible storytelling, great acting, and wonderful technical skill.  There’s also something to be said for watching an absolutely …

Winnebago Man
August 25, 2010 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
Winnebago Man

by Richard von Busack
As the poem has it, why should not old men be mad? Jack Rebney, star of Ben Steinbauer’s wrath-of-a-salesman documentary Winnebago Man, (playing at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater Aug 27-Sep 2) became …

Dark in August: three vampire films at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center
August 25, 2010 – 1:08 pm | One Comment
Dark in August: three vampire films at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center

by Richard von Busack
There was a time when vampires didn’t suck: once they were frightening figures instead of big haired, emo-drunk metaphors for teen angst. “Dark in August,” this weekend at the Yerba Buena Center …

Lebanon
August 25, 2010 – 11:00 am | No Comment
Lebanon

by Richard von Busack
It’s obvious that much of what one sees in Lebanon comes from personal experience. Israeli director Samuel Maoz was wounded in the 1982 Israeli excursion into Lebanon (a piece of history recently …

Animal Kingdom
August 24, 2010 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
Animal Kingdom

Jacki Weaver (left) and Joel Edgerton in Animal Kingdom
by Richard von Busack
Supposedly, an Old West mountain man is listening to a civilian describing the Apaches: “They don’t know the difference between right and wrong!” He …

Eat Pray Love
August 14, 2010 – 1:16 pm | One Comment
Eat Pray Love

By Richard von Busack
An animator who helped shrink Julia Roberts to Tinkerbelle size for Hook told me “Even six inches of her is too much.” This seemed too mean a comment to repeat until …

Alamar (To The Sea)
August 5, 2010 – 3:08 pm | No Comment
Alamar (To The Sea)

by Richard von Busack
Even without the explanatory title at the end of the film, it’s clear that the Banco Chinchorro—site of the film Alamar—is one of the rarest places on Earth.
Already a marine sanctuary, this …

Middle Men
August 5, 2010 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
Middle Men

by Richard von Busack
The worst creeps are the most self-righteous ones, and the creepy Middle Men specializes in justifications. In the ee cummings phrase, it stinks of excuse. As he rigorously emulates the Goodfellas flash …

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