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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 …

Mirror, Mirror
March 29, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
Mirror, Mirror

By Richard von Busack
“One bad apple” says the poster, and that’s about the size of it. Director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar (whose best film remains The Fall) takes on the folk tale “Snow White and The …

Napoleon (1927) at the Paramount Theater in Oakland.
March 24, 2012 – 5:05 pm | No Comment
Napoleon (1927) at the Paramount Theater in Oakland.

By Richard von Busack
Pardon me for a quick act of recycle: a comment on a 2001 film titled The Emperor’s New Clothes:
The emotions stirred by the name of Napoleon are summed up in some words …

Hunger Games
March 22, 2012 – 11:54 am | No Comment
Hunger Games

By Richard von Busack
Hunger Games (showtimes and tickets here) requires a pinch of amnesia. No young person wants to be told that their hero Katniss Everdeen and her futuristic gladiator games is a film that’s …

October Baby
March 19, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
October Baby

by Richard von Busack
October Baby’s directors Andrew Erwin and his brother Jon, who photographed, co-wrote and produced, were inspired to make this slow and sticky propaganda film by the activism of Gianna Jessen, who claims …

Jeff Who Lives At Home
March 15, 2012 – 12:30 pm | No Comment
Jeff Who Lives At Home

by Richard von Busack
If only M. Night Shymalan’s Signs had been profound instead of ridiculous, the movie Jeff Who Lives At Home argues, it wouldn’t be a shame to take it as gospel. Jeff (Jason …

Shuffle (Cinequest, Mar 11, 5pm, Camera 12 Theater).
March 11, 2012 – 6:02 pm | No Comment
Shuffle (Cinequest, Mar 11, 5pm, Camera 12 Theater).

by Richard von Busack
Lovell Milo (TJ Thyne) becomes unstuck in time in Shuffle, Kurt Kuenne’s feature film follow up to his film-fest hit documentary Dear Zachary. (Shuffle is dedicated to the lost baby who was …

George the Hedgehog (Jez Jerzy) Cinequest Mar 10, 9:45
March 10, 2012 – 5:44 pm | No Comment
George the Hedgehog (Jez Jerzy) Cinequest Mar 10, 9:45

by Richard von Busack
Based on Rafal Skazycki’s comic books. “Jez Jerzy,” a rutting little cartoon hedgehog, shows signs of emulating The Simpsons’ “Poochie” with his backward baseball hat and his skateboard. But this critter (a …

Game Change (HBO, March 10, 9 PM PST)
March 10, 2012 – 5:38 pm | No Comment
Game Change (HBO, March 10, 9 PM PST)

“I know what I know what I know,” says Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) in Jay Roach’s reenactment of Palin’s nine flabbergasting weeks as a vice presidential candidate. Clumsily vetted by the team of Sacramento’s Steve …

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