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  • Cowboys And Aliens

    By Richard von Busack Its high concept idea is thoroughly chewed over by a group of writers, certainly exceeding the already big number of scriptwriters credited. Cowboys and Aliens never rises above its generic title, or its air of being an assignment handed down by a producer. (Steven Spielberg is involved, and yes, he does manage to work the Nazis into the story, through a visual reference to their wartime crimes). Lightly based on a comic book, it seems really to have been based .....

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    By Richard von Busack It starts where Frankenstein ends, in the realm of ice. Captain America: The First Avenger is an optimistic spin on the story of a man-made creature. It is indeed American; it fits in our national habit of taking a tragedy and reversing it with New World hopes of redemption and wisely-used power. “The American bugbear of Possibility,” as novelist Robert Stone put it. The adventure is played out with simple but never simplistic heroics. Chris Evans, who twice play.....

  • Tabloid

    by Richard von Busack GIVEN ITS essential talking-heads quality (albeit dressed up nicely with graphics and a few props), the new Errol Morris documentary, Tabloid, is as salty as it is strangely lighthearted. No one’s life is at stake this time, as was the case in The Thin Blue Line. Instead, there is merely the question of whether Joyce McKinney, a Wyoming beauty queen, committed a very unusual sexual assault 30 years ago. “It’s a love story,” McKinney insists. And if you believe her.....

  • Neds

    (Jul 14 at 7pm,  and Jul 16 at noon at Camera 3 in San Jose) By Richard von Busack Neds (part of the From Britain, With Love series) shows us the miseducation of a violent kid in 1972 in suburban Scotland. Johnny is an altar boy, a highly intelligent student with hopes of going to college. He gets pushed into the thug life for a number of reasons. First, there are familial expectations; he’s the little brother of a feared local ass-kicker. Second is the pressure of his vicious, dr.....

  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallow...

    By Richard von Busack The result of an expositionus awkwardus spell, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 follows up last years hit with a rapid wrap up. It really presumes you just left the first movie and walked into this one. The first confused images—viper-visaged Voldemort blasting the heavens with a wand—doesn’t refresh our memory. The wand is one of the Deathly Hallows, a semi-legendary artifact that makes one the most powerful wizard in the world. But it has its own .....

  • Henri Georges Clouzot's Inferno (Dvd)

    by Richard von Busack THE PROJECT was called "Hell". That's exactly where the famed French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear and Diabolique) sent himself. Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (Flicker Alley, $39.95) tries to reconstruct L'Infer, the film that nearly killed the director. Some 185 cans of not-yet-dubbed film remain from the 1964 feature; at peak production, Clouzot had three separate units shooting, with no end in sight. In the lead: Romy Schneider, star kn.....