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Richard von Busack

Richard von Busack
"This case has a lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what have yous"--Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski "Dunk your whiskers in this."--William Demarest, feeding a snake in The Lady Eve Those are two favorites--Preston Sturges' films are probably the most quotable of them all. As for film reviews: "The sisters aren't just doing it for themselves, they're doing it to themselves"--Pauline Kael on the movie Beaches "The film I Walk Alone should, like three or four other pictures, walk alone, tinkling a little bell and shouting "Unclean!" (This quote's only funny if you know about the medieval custom of making lepers announcing their presence whenever in a town. David Thomson on the ending of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and its punchline. "No sirt! This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Thomson's response: "Adherence to the legend at the expense of facts will ruin America--the work is well under way. And lovers of the movies should consider how far film has helped the undermining."

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 64% Spectre (2015) "Rich with style....Waltz is a sterling Blofeld, the living embodiment of the eye that never sleeps, the ear that hears all. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Nov 17, 2015
3/5 86% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "Very likable, often poignant, and, ultimately, protective of the delicate comic strip from which it was sourced. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Nov 5, 2015
95% Casino Royale (2006) "Why see yet another James Bond movie? Because Casino Royale, Martin Campbell's rewiring of the series, is a real movie, and not just a James Bond movie. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Nov 2, 2015
65% Quantum of Solace (2008) "Forster doesn't stint on the trauma of Bond, whom we see shaken and stirred during the course of a six-martini flight across the Atlantic. You love to watch him run, but you don't especially want to be him this time around. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Nov 2, 2015
2/5 33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "Like late-period Barbra Streisand, Sandra Bullock is changing from someone who we sympathize with, right or wrong, to someone who is always right, no matter how crazy she gets. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Oct 29, 2015
78% GoldenEye (1995) "In GoldenEye, one of the very best of the Bond movies, Pierce Brosnan knows he's trying on something mythical. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Oct 28, 2015
1.5/5 84% Steve Jobs (2015) "Sorkin has got to the point that most scriptwriters arrive at: the point where the belief that there's no business like show business evolves into the belief that all businesses are like show business. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Oct 26, 2015
93% Skyfall (2012) "If a Bond movie is essentially a string of sequences, Skyfall's contributions delight. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Oct 4, 2015
4.5/5 93% The Martian (2015) "Epic, and yet surprisingly playful. It contrasts the vastness of space with the intimacy of a DIY podcast. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Oct 3, 2015
2.5/5 75% Black Mass (2015) "Scott Cooper makes the deeds of Bulger and his Winter-Hill gang a depressing roster of slightly escalating crimes-not only does crime not pay, it's not very much fun. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Sep 17, 2015
4/5 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "These nighttime musings of the greatest and most influential American actor of the 20th century. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Aug 10, 2015
4/5 71% Welcome to Me (2015) " No dramatic actor could have had as much fun with the principle "crazy in the head, crazy in bed" as Wiig does here. If she were a man, she'd be getting the reviews Bradley Cooper got in Silver Linings Playbook. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Aug 10, 2015
4/5 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "A touching and elegant film, with a deep, pellucid poignancy softened by Carter Burwell's soundtrack. There's nothing pandering about McKellen's foxy yet affecting performance. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/5 42% Irrational Man (2015) "Clumsiness abounds in the bald way the women in this movie talk to Abe-they don't converse with him, they stage interviews with him...How out of it this once pace-setting director is today. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3.5/5 79% Ant-Man (2015) "When one of his pet ants is killed, Scott (Rudd) threatens the villain with a wee fist: "You're going to regret this!" This movie about shrinkage has a nice sense of proportion. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 16, 2015
10% Elektra (2005) "Every line, every plot twist, every digitally processed so-called fight scene will be easily foretold. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 14, 2015
87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "Lack of dramatic ground work leads to the uninspiring finale: a moment of caped and cowled menace made dismayingly, ineptly comic. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 13, 2015
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "This isn't a bad diversion, and it'll drive all the thoughts out of your head for two hours, but ultimately all you can feel is the pressure as it tries to break your heart. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 13, 2015
5/5 96% Amy (2015) "What happened to Amy Winehouse is like the old-time London sport where you throw a terrier into a pit of rats. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 8, 2015
89% Spider-Man (2002) "Sam Raimi's fine slapstick skills shine to their best advantage. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 7, 2015
2.5/5 80% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "is more like family life remembered after years of therapy. Forbes' take is anecdotal, and pre-sweetened-Infinitely Polar Bear is shaped for the network TV audiences' perspective. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/5 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Noble old killbot! They have a star--I just wish they had more of a movie. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jul 2, 2015
93% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) "It all would have been my kind of fun if I could have had a better look at it. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jun 23, 2015
4/5 98% Inside Out (2015) " Inside Out shows you how much fun it was being daddy's little monkey. It won't show you the power of those moments when you were a kid and you really let the gorilla out. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jun 23, 2015
90% District 9 (2009) "The storytelling method is all jitter and no pulp. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3/5 82% The Yes Men Are Revolting (2015) "Reveals the Yes Men's self-congratulatory side...But they're brave-or at least brazen-and they're bringing news that the average person can use. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3.5/5 90% When Marnie Was There (2015) "Uncommonly delicate. Ghibli's artists delight in the natural: the sea birds, the clarity of the light, the patterns of foam on the lapping waves. They're also are fascinated with the unnatural-a pretty, staring phantom with shining eyes. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3% Battlefield Earth (2000) "Plan 9, at least, was a protest against nuclear proliferation --- what the hell is Battlefield Earth about? Is it supposed to be a tribute to man's ingenuity? If so, why is it so shoddily built? " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jun 3, 2015
4/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Joss Whedon again works out a way to make world-destroying forces colloquial, keeping the humanity in superhumans. Because of that humanism-it's a pessimistic film, certain that the sun is setting on the human race-Ultron works as mammoth entertainment. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Apr 30, 2015
5/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) "A masterpiece. Alex Garland puts teeth and a chill into what has either been an empty sci-fi threat, or else has been sentimentalized to death, as in the very bad Chappie. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Apr 22, 2015
4/5 85% Cheatin' (2015) "By far the best of the four or five of the seven Plympton features that I've seen. What he used to do with faces, he now does with figures, abstracting them to Plastic Man arms and s-curves. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Apr 17, 2015
92% Children of Men (2006) "In Children of Men, the astonishing director Alfonso CuarĂ³n has created a menacing future-shock thriller. And his scenes of a sinking England are too plausible for the good of your nerves. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 31, 2015
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) "Williams can hit the notes; she's slight, thin-legged, a serious waif. We can worry about her easily enough. The problem is that nothing sticks out more than poised acting in a naturalistic film. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 27, 2015
4/5 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) " A tender counterpoint to Whiplash. Anyone in any field of artistic endeavor could learn something about their struggles from watching Bernstein's patience, and by listening to his arguments against the importance of fame " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4.5/5 96% It Follows (2015) "It Follows deserves to be a hit; it's the pearl you search through loads of home-brewed horror to find. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 18, 2015
95% Star Trek (2009) "There is still life and romance in these movies. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 17, 2015
4/5 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "Ronit Elkabetz holds the camera with great skill. Through its claustrophobia and muted hues, this drama gives you a new appreciation of color and freedom. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 95% Wild Tales (2015) "A banquet of bad behavior. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 5, 2015
5/5 99% Leviathan (2014) "is, among other things, the ultimate fictional study of life under Putin, and I don't doubt it's the kind of film they could kill you for making. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4.5/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "Lots to love here. The directors match a universally loved topic with an undertone about life in a very remote city, reflecting the poignant side of being undead in an unlively town. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Feb 27, 2015
86% Chicago (2002) "More and more I'm beginning to suspect that what killed the musical was the introduction of 1960s fast-editing styles. What revs up the energy in a thriller or a modern love story doesn't function as well during a musical number. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Feb 25, 2015
98% The Hurt Locker (2009) "Boal's script discovers the hollow inside the brave James: the missing part that made him never stop to realize why he did his job. That final revelation is smart filmmaking. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Feb 25, 2015
75% Crash (2004) "The message of brotherhood here is so unsubtle the cast might as well be asking the audience to sign a petition. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Feb 23, 2015
76% Gladiator (2000) "Gladiator is a remarkable spectacle of unforgivable length. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Feb 22, 2015
92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) "The grottiness and the torture sequences are just window dressing to make the fluff seem real. It does the opposite, making the real seem fluffy. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Feb 22, 2015
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) "Morose vagueness will get No Country for Old Men called a classic, instead of what it is: an often effective but pompous grindhouser. Its pretensions are so big, you couldn't fit them in Texas. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Feb 22, 2015
1/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Thelanguage of 50 Shades is actually of the financial deal and the job interview, replete with the kind of counter-intuitive sloganeering we hear in advertisements. So much of what Christian Grey says is what money would say if it could talk. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Feb 13, 2015
91% The Departed (2006) "The Departed has the sense of a 14-hour movie carved down to a fraction. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 23, 2015
80% Human Capital (2015) "Troubled young romance gives shape, flavor and hope to the story of downfall. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 23, 2015
1.5/5 72% American Sniper (2015) " It's been called a neo-western, but is that fair? When was the last western they made where the Indians were all bad Apaches? " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 16, 2015
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