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13 Assassins
May 25, 2011 – 11:42 am | No Comment
13 Assassins

by Richard von Busack
TAKASHI MIIKE’S 13 Assassins isn’t nearly as shocking as some of his films but does provide a novel take on the samurai film; it mulls over the terrible thought of being transfixed …

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
May 23, 2011 – 11:54 am | No Comment
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

by Richard von Busack
Let me quote Brian Lee O’Malley on the hero of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: “Scott Pilgrim is 23 years old, living in the big city with his gay roommate, just trying …

Pirates of the Caribbean IV: On Stranger Tides
May 19, 2011 – 12:58 pm | No Comment
Pirates of the Caribbean IV: On Stranger Tides

By Richard von Busack
The rather beautiful posters show Captain Jack Sparrow firing his flintlocks in both directions. That says it all. He is completely aimless here. He is the emblem of a franchise where everything …

I Wake Up Dreaming 2011, Roxie Theater, San Francisco May 13-26
May 12, 2011 – 1:05 pm | No Comment
I Wake Up Dreaming 2011, Roxie Theater, San Francisco May 13-26

(Adrienne Barrett in Dementia, 1955)
by Richard von Busack
Down with critics trying to sum up the themes and variations of a film festival when they could be talking about the movies themselves! (Blame editors looking for …

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
May 5, 2011 – 1:35 pm | 2 Comments
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

by Richard von Busack
DESPITE the deaths of Welles and Heston, cinematic narration muddles along somehow. We do have the molasses-drenched tonsils of Morgan Freeman, still the voice of Jehovah’s own unequivocation, and we …

Meek’s Cutoff
May 4, 2011 – 4:33 pm | No Comment
Meek’s Cutoff

By Richard von Busack
For every Jim Bridger or Kit Carson, there must have been a dozen fools like the hoarse-voiced, lying guide Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood). Kelly Reichardt’s neo-western Meek’s Cutoff shows us a group …

Thor
May 4, 2011 – 11:24 am | One Comment
Thor

By Richard von Busack
Putting Chris Hemsworth in close-up on the poster for Thor was a big risk. A big risk for him, anyway: if the movie didn’t work, he’d have this comic book part hung …

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
April 29, 2011 – 12:45 pm | No Comment
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

By Richard von Busack
Much of Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zen is golden superhero garbage, with Donnie Yen dressed in the black livery and visor mask of Kato from the Green Hornet, …

The Princess of Montpensier
April 28, 2011 – 7:29 pm | No Comment
The Princess of Montpensier

by Richard von Busack
SWASHBUCKLING in widescreen, photographed as close to Technicolor as you can get today and with a percussive soundtrack by Philippe Sarde, Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier re-creates a visually grander era …

Reel Work 2011
April 28, 2011 – 7:16 pm | No Comment
Reel Work 2011

by Richard von Busack
THE INVALUABLE labor film festival Reel Work now enters its 10th year with screenings in Silicon Valley and beyond, providing directions out of a world of nouveau feudalism—one’s alternative to Atlas Shrugged: …

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