Dueling Critics

Having listened to outtakes of Siskel and Ebert bitching at each other, I was pleased to discover Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo, two hip, passionate but very funny and self-deprecating film critics who have a weekly show on BBC radio (you can find the podcast on iTunes or go to BBC site). They are smart enough to [...]

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 [...]

Editors Onscreen

Always on the lookout for cinematic portrayals of the oft-maligned newspaper editor, I was pleased to see 1948′s That Wonderful Urge (part of a great new 10-film set of Tyrone Power movies from 20th Century Fox). As the rapscallionesque scandal reporter Tom-Tom Tyler, Power bedevils Duffy (vet character actor Lloyd Gough) at the New York [...]

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 [...]

Dr. Horrible Arrives

 Yes I should have known about this earlier, but I know about it now, so that counts for something. Go to www.drhorrible.com and prepare to have your soul shriveled starting today when the first episode of this Internet-only mad scientist musical by Josh Whedon unveils! Fear!  

Silent Film Festival in San Francisco


The Silent Film Festival this weekend at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco is covered in this week’s Metroactive.com, but here’s even more to whet the appetite of golden-era fans:

The Silent Enemy (July 13, 1:10 pm) Only six members of the Ojibway Indian band seen in this film had ever [...]

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 [...]