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  • Christmas In Acidland Dec 5 6, Roxi...

    by Richard von Busack "On, Slasher! On, Flasher! On, Basher and Bitchin'! On, Vomit! On, Stupid! On, Bummer and Nixon!"--National Lampoon, c. 1975 Two day's worth of coal lumps await patrons at San Francisco's Roxie Theater, as archivist/nostalgist/bon vivant Johnny Legend dives for various holiday pearls. Here are relics of what the season used to mean in the early days of television. That is:, fuggly, skeevy puppets, inebriated midgets, bearded weirdos cackling like Batman villa.....

  • Awfully Great Films Manos: The Ha...

    Yeah, it’s great to watch a great movie, one with incredible storytelling, great acting, and wonderful technical skill.  There’s also something to be said for watching an absolutely awful film, one so bad that you shake your head in disbelief as your laughing at the unintentional humor.  In an ongoing (read: infrequent) series, I’ll explore my favorite awfully great movies and what makes them horribly awesome. I went to a fairly prestigious film school in the early 90s, during the golden.....

  • One Dozen Notes For A Ken Russell O...

    (Russell in 1971 on the set of The Boy Friend) By Richard von Busack As most cineastes have heard already, Ken Russell died in his sleep Sunday after a long and flamboyant career of more than 50 years; he was the most successful and long lived of a flying squad of British Fellini-Goes-To-Soho directors: Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell, Peter Greenaway and, far away in Australia, Baz Luhrman. In some ways these directors were the descendants of Michael Powell; the pre-title sequence .....

  • Let's Go Bowling: The Weird, Wonde...

    Lakewood, California is just north of Long Beach, and is best known for being the birthplace of the Denny's restaurant chain.  It's one of those post-WWII boom towns just blends into the rest of the towns blanketing the Los Angeles basin.  There's a lot of tract housing, some small mom and pop stores, some industry.  Really, there is nothing that distinguishes Lakewood from any other cities in Southern California.  Yet, it was here, in this nondescript place, in front of a bowling alley, .....

  • Into The Abyss

    By Richard von Busack (Opens today at CineArts at Palo Alto Square). Introducing the year’s best documentary… Some might be avoiding the new Werner Herzog film Into the Abyss because of its subject matter: a triple murder case by a pair of then-teenagers. One of the convicted was the chipmunk-like Michael Perry who, as of the time of the film, was scheduled to be executed on July 1, 2010 by the state of Texas. His partner in crime, Jason Burkett received a life sentence; when Bur.....

  • Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview

    by Richard von Busack “People like symbols. I’m the symbol of certain things.” At about age 40, Steve Jobs unfolded on his career to journalist Robert X. Cringely; a small portion of this interview was used for the 1995 TV documentary Triumph of the Nerds. Most of this is being aired for the first time. Jobs describes childhood fascination with computers in a long-gone Valley. As a 12 year old, he got Bill Hewlett’s phone number out of the telephone book and called him up, speaking wit.....

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