Johnny Depp IS Captain Crunch in Captain Crunch: The Movie!

Nothing like a chat with Alan Moore, as part of Entertainment Weekly’s (or eeeeeeeww, as we like to call it) Watchmen coverage. The great man doesn’t mention our hero Batty at all. He says in effect that he doesn’t give a toss about the new Watchmen movie and predicts that Hollywood will eventually disappear into [...]

Brideshead Revisited Again

(Ben Whishaw goes boating in ‘Brideshead Revisited.’ Nicola Dove/Miramax Films)

‘Brideshead Revisited’: It’s a Catholic Thing; you wouldn’t understand

THIS REVISIONIST version of Brideshead Revisited stars one original cast member from the 1981 BBC series. Welcome back to that ageless star: Yorkshire’s Castle Howard reprises its performance as Brideshead. There’s a segment [...]

Step Brothers — Sibling Rivalry

Step Brothers
(R; 98 min.) Crisp, well-written and satisfyingly crude high-concept comedy sort of based on The Parent Trap. It has the usual livery of a Judd Apatow comedy: the ’80s references, the thrift-shop T-shirts, the general air of spoiled male folly. But the film moves faster than usual; maybe the Jon Brion soundtrack seems to [...]

Maddin Matters

Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg is tenatively slated to open July 25 in the San Jose/Silivon Valley area. Or maybe later. These days, indies have a hard time finding a local screen. In the meantime. Richard von Busack got hold of the director for an interview about his new project and the vagaries [...]

Yeah, Dark Knight Is That Good

Dark Knight of the Soul

(Christian Bale might want to complain that all the reviews will focus on Heath Ledger’s Joker, but those are the breaks. The film, as Richard von Busack reports, is a winner all the way around. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. TM&© DC Comics)

AN EMOTIONAL wipeout and an incomparably grand spectacle, a [...]

Hell Is Other Hellboys

Ron Perlman and Doug Jones battle evil in ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army.’

(Egon Endrenyi © 2008 Universal Studios)

To ‘Hellboy’ and Back

A BAD WEEK for those with ears: on the one hand a symphony of ABBA in Mamma Mia!, brewing on [...]

“The first thing you should know is that we have people everywhere.”

The trailer for the new Bond film—Quantum of Solace—can be seen here. It features loads of sharply edited mayhem and paranoia, with some supersecret organization hinted at. If they can’t call it SPECTRE, at least let it be SPECTRE with the serial numbers filed off. 

WALL-E World—An Interview With Andrew Stanton

Just in time for the June 27 opening of WALL-E, Richard von Busack caught up with director Andrew Stanton and talked to him about his newest cinematic baby.

PIXAR’S Emeryville campus is inviting from the first look. In the parking lot, workers were emerging from their Priuses, carrying acoustic musical [...]

Sir Ben Guru

I got a quick phone interview with Ben Kingsley in ’05 before he turned up at Cinequest, the San Jose Film Festival. I listened raptly while he told a few stories about growing up in north England, playing in a skiffle band, seeing an Italian neo-realist movie and what not. I didn’t have room to [...]

List Mania

Separated at Birth? 

Innocently seeking a cheap, no-redeeming-qualities evening in front of the TV, I innocently rented something called The List from Netflix. I thought I was getting the new erotic thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman about a sex club whose rich and powerful members are recorded on “The List.” Sort of [...]