GrouchoReviews.com http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:47:22 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Calvary (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4717 /reviews/4717 The resulting mystery-play-goes-mystery-movie allegory may have a heavy hand, but it also has its finger on the pulse of the struggles facing the [Catholic] Church and the emotional needs of its drifting parishioners. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:52:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Expendables 3 (2014) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4716 /reviews/4716 It‘s a bit like watching old friends drunkenly mud wrestle: it‘s good to see them, but not like this. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Giver (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4715 /reviews/4715 Too bad that this junior version of Fahrenheit 451 turned out drippy...It‘s odd to watch a film about the rediscovery of love, faith, passion, and color, and for the film to be so by-the-numbers colorless. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:23:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4714 /reviews/4714 This GMO hybrid of foodie drama, culture-clash comedy, travelogue, and romance gently establishes, in middlebrow just-go-with-it fashion, the tone of a fable. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:19:51 GMT Peter Canavese Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4713 /reviews/4713 To be fair, this isn‘t War and Peace. It‘s a movie with a nunchuk-wielding reptile standing over six feet tall, drooling over pizza, and making boner jokes about Megan Fox. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:14:00 GMT Peter Canavese Into the Storm (2014) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4712 /reviews/4712 It‘s ironic but true that Twister remains more palatable by being a consciously entertaining action fantasy, a cinematic roller-coaster, rather than a hellish ‘you are there‘ safari tour through death and destruction. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:08:29 GMT Peter Canavese Need for Speed (2014) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4656 /reviews/4656 Like throwing a pile of car parts at the wall to see what‘ll stick. Spoiler: nothing. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Magic in the Moonlight (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4711 /reviews/4711 While it‘s not unpleasant, this Magic disappointingly fails to capture the imagination. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:24:00 GMT Peter Canavese Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4709 /reviews/4709 Lurches along a bit awkwardly, but always with utterly dazzling visuals and a goofy gag at the ready. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:52:24 GMT Peter Canavese Lucy (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4708 /reviews/4708 Besson reminds us how limber he can be...The material is always cheeky in its sense of humor and stylistic and cultural allusions...and frequently, if not fundamentally, provocative... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Chris Mulkey…Last Weekend, Twin Peaks…5/2/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/395 /interviews/395 Malcolm is a totally different kind of role than I‘ve ever played. He‘s a listener. And that‘s a really powerful thing to be able to do...Hank Jennings was a duplicitous guy... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:37:46 GMT Peter Canavese Fading Gigolo (2014) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4676 /reviews/4676 At times thuddingly earnest...at times, jazzily, goofily endearing...Turturro‘s romanticism keeps undercutting the humor before it has a chance to get satisfyingly irreverent. Call it comoedia interruptus. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:27:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Richard Linklater…Boyhood…7/17/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/402 /interviews/402 At the end of the shoot, I would talk to the actors, like ‘Okay, next year, here‘s what‘s coming.‘ And then I had the year to think about it, and so did they. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:13:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Rob Reiner…And So It Goes, The Case Against 8…6/19 & 6/20/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/400 /interviews/400 I enjoy the creative process. I love the writing part of it, the editing…one of my favorites. But I also like the production process. It’s just fun to do. That’s what I’ve discovered, you know, as I’ve gotten older. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Boyhood (2014) [****] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4707 /reviews/4707 Cinematic poetry...As that greatest of screen rarities…a potentially mainstream experimental film…the writer-director earns a bit of slack in gratitude for the strange and wonderful gift Boyhood is... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese Operation Petticoat (1959) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4702 /reviews/4702 Hasn‘t aged especially well. Still, on the strength of Grant and co-lead Tony Curtis, Edwards‘ film remains a diverting enough escape from reality. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:20:08 GMT Peter Canavese Radio Days (1987) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4706 /reviews/4706 [A] ridiculously entertaining nostalgia exercise...Radio Days emerged from a highly fertile period for [Woody] Allen, and the film bubbles with creativity and Allen hallmarks. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:33:32 GMT Peter Canavese Le Week-End (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4705 /reviews/4705 Little satisfies more at the movies than the relatively cheap special effect catalyzed by putting together a couple of great actors and letting them (figuratively speaking) dance a lengthy pas de deux. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:02:15 GMT Peter Canavese Blue Ruin (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4700 /reviews/4700 A hauntingly memorable, even thoughtful shoot-‘em-up. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:02 GMT Peter Canavese Sex Tape (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4703 /reviews/4703 A sometimes amusing R-rated comedy that never quite hits the spot. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wish I Was Here (2014) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4704 /reviews/4704 Were you to sit down and write a movie with the instruction that it be funny, sad, and inspirational, you‘re likely to come up with better ideas than...this tepid Generation X version of a James L. Brooks film. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:44:50 GMT Peter Canavese An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4701 /reviews/4701 Thrilling…you are there at the inception of Doctor Who!…and deeply poignant, sometimes at the same time...with actors like Bradley and Cox in place, it‘s difficult to imagine a better treatment. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:54:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rio 2 (2014) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4667 /reviews/4667 Rio was pretty generic to begin with, and the follow-up doesn‘t fly far from the nest...[it‘s the] vocally virtuosic amorous aria, ‘Poisonous Love,‘ that is the picture‘s hands-down highlight. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Paul Haggis…First Person, Casino Royale…6/11/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/401 /interviews/401 Never, ever date a writer. It’s always a mistake. Just do not trust us. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:32:58 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo…The Case Against 8…6/19/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/398 /interviews/398 [Katami:] You know, watching the film did one thing for us. It made sense of what happened, because when you‘re living it, it‘s very odd to have to go to court and defend your life, and have to testify about your love and how that cannot change. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2012) http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/253 /features/253 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! No one would say that the San Francisco Film Society has had an easy time of the last few years, but its Filmmaker360 program to support and fund independent film can (and does) boast successes like Beasts of the Southern Wild and Fruitvale Station, and with new Executive Director Noah Cowan in place, st... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:10:11 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2013 Top 10 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/252 /features/252 The Year‘s Best Films             1. Her  The “zeitgeist“-y American movie of the year is a slightly futuristic tale that reflects blindingly on our present. Written and directed by Spike Jonze with elegant, melancholy calm, Her functions as a sincere and most unusual romance…between a human and a f... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:40:59 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: Mill Valley Film Festival 36 (October 3-13, 2013) http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/251 /features/251 In the fall, a young film‘s fancy heavily turns to thoughts of awards. Long well-positioned as a harbinger of Oscar attention to come, the Mill Valley Film Festival brings out big films and big stars as part of an eclectic slate of studio and indie films, fiction films and documentaries, tributes and panels, a Childrens‘ Film Fest, concerts in the... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:18:28 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2012 Top 10 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/250 /features/250 The Year‘s Best Films             1. This is Not a Film  This is the rare film that is more: a rebellious yawp over the rooftops of the world, a vital social document, a moral but illegal political statement. World-class filmmaker Jafar Panahi (Crimson Gold) has frequently tangled with the... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:26:04 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 17th San Francisco Silent Film Festival (July 12-15, 2012) http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/249 /features/249 In the last few years, leaps and bounds have taken The San Francisco Silent Film Festival to new heights of ambition and stature. The 17th San Francisco Silent Film Festival running July 12-15, 2012 at the Castro Theatre bears that out in what has been the institution‘s banner year thus far. The Fest topped itself with its historic presentation, ea... Sat, 07 Jul 2012 06:32:00 GMT Peter Canavese