Movie Times Vault

  • 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 been done by everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Brooke Smith. And seeing the pastel wigs, fun fur, velour and Modern Roman décor of the elite of the future dystopia Panem, you may well ask “Where’s Captain Kirk?” Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss, a coal miner’s daughter of .....

  • Does A Hunger Games Bow & Arrow Mak...

    We have gone absolutely Hunger Games crazy here at HQ - so much so that we took the afternoon off and spent a few hours at the archery range with they sort of bow and arrow Katniss would be comfortable with.  We thought that we would be hitting bulls eyes within a few minutes, but in fact we ended up looking like total dorks.  In fact, we looked like such un-sexy dorks on the range that we were inspired to see how others actors look with a bow and arrow.  Here are the results: SEXY [c.....

  • Richard Iii (1955): Olivier, Mc Kel...

    Richard III (1955) plays three nights Mar 20-22 at 7:30pm in Palo Alto, at the Stanford Theatre) Fun is no measure of greatness, but Laurence Olivier’s Richard III (1955) is certainly the most sheer bloody fun of all his renowned Shakespeare adaptations: it is a celebration of fatal mischief. In breaking the fourth wall—in all but sticking his midnight-black Bettie Page-wigged head out of the screen, Olivier set the bar high for villainy and it hasn’t been reached since. It’s .....

  • 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 she was aborted at 7 months via saline solution and survived. Jessen naturally had terrific health issues, redefined here as some unexplained ‘hip surgery’ Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) once endured. The fictional Hannah is a 19 year old college student collapses wit.....

  • 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 Segel), a hulking Baton Rouge child-man, is aptly described by his brother (Ed Helms) as “a Sasquatch.” He’s entombed with his bong in his mom’s laminated-wood paneled den. Gnawing on Pop Tarts and staring off into space, Jeff is not completely inert: he’s waiting for a sign from God. An a.....

  • Shuffle (Cinequest, Mar 11, 5pm, Ca...

    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 the subject of Kuenne's film.) Emulating the glowing black and white of film noir, Kuenne creates a mystery in the story of how Milo is dashed from time to time: one moment he's a little boy, another moment full-grown and married. The constant in his life is the aptly-named G.....