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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Secretariat
October 7, 2010 – 2:06 pm | No Comment
Secretariat

By Richard von Busack
Today’s riddle: when is a horse a bum steer?
I was ready to believe that Seabiscuit ended the Depression—as far as I was concerned, they could have had the pony rescuing FDR from …

Let Me In
October 1, 2010 – 2:09 pm | No Comment
Let Me In

by Richard von Busack
OBVIOUSLY, Let Me In is a movie that wouldn’t exist if Americans had better subtitle-reading skills. Still, director Matt (Cloverfield) Reeves’ respect for the original Swedish film, Let the Right One In, …

The Social Network
September 30, 2010 – 6:19 pm | No Comment
The Social Network

by Richard von Busack
LET’S LEAVE aside the social problem of Facebook as a privacy violator. I’m not up to the depths of tireless radio investigator Dave Emory, who reached for his Foucault when titling a …

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
September 29, 2010 – 10:23 am | No Comment
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

by Richard von Busack
SOME WRITERS work from the ending backward, and the newest Woody Allen film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, shows signs of such reverse engineering. The ending neatly matches elderly pessimism …

Spike and Mike’s New Generation of Animation
September 25, 2010 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
Spike and Mike’s New Generation of Animation

by Richard von Busack
The Spike and Mike New Generation of Animation (now playing in limited engagements) continues the good work done in recent years. As for the parallel Spike and Mike Sick and Twisted Fest, …

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
September 25, 2010 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

by Richard von Busack
The new Oliver Stone film starts with a critique of capitalism that doesn’t really want to critique capitalism and keeps going. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps unfolds into a good father/bad father/“but …

Catfish
September 22, 2010 – 10:46 am | One Comment
Catfish

by Richard von Busack
The new documentary Catfish does for social networking what 1999’s Blair Witch Project did for hand-held film. In Blair, a fictional group of filmmakers was done for by the unseen. Heather and …

The Town
September 17, 2010 – 10:16 am | No Comment
The Town

by Richard von Busack
Not a movie star, but a man who plays one in the movies, director-actor Ben Affleck is a hunk-sized hole in The Town. The intriguing previews disguise a Dennis Lahane knock-off wounded …

Easy A
September 15, 2010 – 12:05 pm | One Comment
Easy A

by Richard von Busack
OLIVE (Emma Stone) is a high school student in Ojai, population 8,000; her dirty-minded best friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka), invites her over for a party, but Olive declines and fibs about having …

The Bridge on the River Kwai, Castro Theater Sep 10-16
September 11, 2010 – 2:00 pm | No Comment
The Bridge on the River Kwai, Castro Theater Sep 10-16

By Richard von Busack
The first and last thing we see in 1957’s The Bridge on the River Kwai is a flight of vultures. The epic, digitally restored and now playing Sept 10-16 at a long …

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