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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
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) "In buttfloss rollerskate shorts, and a kinderslut outfit, complete with bubblegum and pigtails, Robbie wobbles between daft child and supposedly irresistible femme fatale. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 66% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) "A bracingly nasty piece of work, contrasting brutishness at the bottom and condescension from the top. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jun 24, 2016
5/5 91% The Exiles (1961) "The exiles of the title mean the Indians-exiled from their land and with no connection to the white-run city around them. The title also means us: anyone who has ever been trapped in a late-night city, caught by the neon's glare like a moth. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jun 20, 2016
2/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) " Visible here is the usual trouble with prequels, especially prequels with four credited writers. It could be advertised as, "Here, after the fact, is an inferior predecessor to something we later perfected." " ‐ MetroActive
Posted May 26, 2016
4/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "This satisfying adventure is rich with the things Marvel comics always did best: critiquing the consequences of power in explosive, four-color form. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted May 18, 2016
3.5/5 92% Margarita with a Straw (2016) "Radiant and unusual. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted May 18, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) "It's worth the compromises to see Cheadle playing this titan of 'social music,' to witness the actor at his meanest and bleakest since he played the psycho Mouse in Devil In A Blue Dress. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/5 53% Demolition (2016) " If there's such a thing as artisanal soap, there must be artisanal soap operas. There hasn't been a movie about grief this awkward since Reign Over Me. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Apr 11, 2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "Fields -- in nearly every scene -- savors the material and runs with it. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 100% Trapped (2016) "One is reminded of the anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's famous quote-because if ever there was a case of laws being chains for the poor and cobwebs for the rich, here it is. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 23, 2016
5/5 98% Zootopia (2016) "It acknowledges problems that no bumper-sticker can patch over, and yet it leaves room for an exploration of a seriously charming world. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 23, 2016
4/5 62% Creative Control (2016) "It's not easy to make a satire like this without crankiness, or to bring a new talent to the buckshotting of that sitting duck known as Nouveau Brooklyn, where "Namaste" is the Tibetan word for "f--- you." " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Mar 23, 2016
4.5/5 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) "A charming memoir of a smelly, prickly old lady. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 29, 2016
5/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) "One of the finest films ever made about the Holocaust. Saul's seizure of his own humanity through an insistence of a proper burial is a grand act of defiance " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 26, 2016
4/5 82% The Revenant (2015) "Within the extremities and occasional nonsense in The Revenant is a superb blood-and-guts Western, positively bubbling over with shock and sweeping visual scope. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 6, 2016
94% Room (2015) "Larson's impressively focused acting never lets you blink-she's bonded in a tight inner circle, with the superb, young Tremblay. Whenever director Lenny Abrahamson has the two together, he never goes wrong. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/5 94% Carol (2015) "A cold fish of a film, beautiful but taxing. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 28, 2015
2/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "Grindhouse nihilism with acromegaly. Going full barbarian, QT has made his nastiest, least appealing movie. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 28, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "The title character seems along for the ride in George Miller's very good looking reimagining of the post-apocalyptic fantasy world he first delivered in 1979. " ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 2, 2015
4/5 65% 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 87% 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 35% 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 86% 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 92% 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 73% 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 88% 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 44% 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 81% 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
86% 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 95% 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 79% 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 79% 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 92% 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 75% 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 93% 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 86% 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
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