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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I Wake Up Dreaming 2012: The French Have a Name For It. Week One
May 10, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
I Wake Up Dreaming 2012: The French Have a Name For It. Week One

By Richard von Busack
Beautiful and doomed, the denizens of the two week retrospective at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater carry out their appointed fates: victims spared from the American movie industry’s insistence on the punished villain …

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
May 10, 2012 – 3:03 pm | No Comment
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

By Richard von Busack
IF The Avengers featured British pensioners, it would be The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tickets and showtimes here.)  Senior citizens deserve this reward; they’re good and faithful moviegoers. …

Dark Shadows
May 9, 2012 – 2:04 pm | One Comment
Dark Shadows

By Richard von Busack
It didn’t live fast, but Dark Shadows (Dark Shadows tickets and showtimes here) leaves a beautiful corpse. The clown-white makeup on the haunted Collins family alone gives this pulseless reboot the look …

Monsieur Lazhar
May 2, 2012 – 5:14 pm | No Comment
Monsieur Lazhar

By Richard von Busack
You can recognize the shape of the Canadian Oscar nominee Monsieur Lazhar (showtimes and tickets here) at 500 yards. It follows the pattern of legions of films from Goodbye Mr Chips to …

The Avengers
May 2, 2012 – 3:28 pm | No Comment
The Avengers

By Richard von Busack
Joss Whedon’s simply colossal The Avengers (The Avengers tickets and showtimes here) applauds the beauty of cooperation. Not such a stupid idea, considering what the lack of it is doing to our …

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
April 27, 2012 – 9:05 am | No Comment
The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Has the world suffered enough from pirates? In one of the best jokes in The Pirates! Band of Misfits (showtimes here) a crewmember observes, “You can’t just say ‘arrr’ and make everything better.’
This …

Coriolanus
April 26, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment
Coriolanus

by Richard von Busack
One of the most exciting films of 2012 finally arrives in Santa Cruz at the Nickelodeon: Ralph Fiennes’ version of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (other locations besides Santa Cruz here.). This obscurer play has …

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
April 24, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

(Opens Apr 27 at the AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco and the AMC Cupertino 16 in Cupertino.)
By Richard von Busack
Likely you’ve heard the Tolstoi parable about how when a person goes to heaven, God …

My Way
April 22, 2012 – 1:19 pm | No Comment
My Way

By Richard von Busack
There comes a point in watching a modern-made, post Private Ryan war movie where you wonder what you’re supposed to be feeling. The explosions and bullet-ballets shake you into an ADD state. …

This Is Not a Film
April 6, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment
This Is Not a Film

By Richard von Busack
“If we could tell a film, why make a film?” That’s the question in This Is Not A Film, opening for a week long run at the SF Film Society Cinema in …

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