Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:06:24 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Patterns (1956) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4968 The main draw remains Serling, whose story seems every bit as relevant…indeed, more so…today. There is efficiency but also music in his theatrical language... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:40:00 GMT Peter Canavese Deepwater Horizon (2016) [***] /reviews/4976 Hammer[s] home what the news media didn’t much convey in 2010: the human-level horror of being on the rig and the sheer scope of the unnaturalness of the enterprise. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:56:43 GMT Peter Canavese Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) [ 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4932 The fact that Mike and Dave will inevitably turn into a rom com blunts its potential as a black comedy of comeuppance for the titular jerks. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:51:00 GMT Peter Canavese Queen of Katwe (2016) [***] /reviews/4975 A co-production of Disney and ESPN Films, Queen of Katwe unsurprisingly has a calculated quality to it...What’s thrilling is the story’s girl power, with Phiona described as an aggressive player of ‘astonishing power.‘ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese Blood Simple (1984) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4966 Simpleness and crime have consistently fascinated the pair, who may as well be praying at the temple of Atë...the Coens preach a healthy respect for the randomness and chaos that ensues from our desires. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese Beauty and the Beast (1991) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3863 As far as ‘Classic Disney,‘ Beauty and the Beast pretty much has it all. Y‘know, for kids (of all ages). Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Storks (2016) [***] /reviews/4973 Samberg’s jittery-nerdy energy comes through, and Stoller applies a level of taste and restraint to the film’s use of source music and amusingly awkward pauses. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:22:13 GMT Peter Canavese The Dressmaker (2015) [***] /reviews/4974 Part slow-burn mother-daughter drama, part slow-burn suspense thriller, and part slow-burn romance, with a few twists for good measure as the town begins to come apart at the seams. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:13:51 GMT Peter Canavese Snowden (2016) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4971 Born on the Fourth of July for millennials...Stone effectively streamlines Snowden’s story for mass consumption, edification, and identification. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:17:00 GMT Peter Canavese Captain America: Civil War (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4911 A direct sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier...a crazy-cool superhero team-up/smackdown movie to make Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice look like a tea party, and a franchise-launching introduction to the new Spider-Man... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:33:00 GMT Peter Canavese Bridget Jones‘s Baby (2016) [** 1/2] /reviews/4970 As artless as it can be…and as thuddingly predictable about the baby’s parentage and whom Bridget will end up with…even grumps will admit to scattered amusing bits...and the likeability of Zellweger and Firth. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Bigger Splash (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4969 The significant visual appeal and magnetic turns by the leading players make this four-hander a diverting dip into human nature: specifically, jealousy and the folly of opting for interiority over communication. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese Marguerite (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4902 Why is Marguerite so funny to us, and why is her public humiliation allowed to continue for so long? The answers plumb both the best and worst instincts of human nature, and give Giannoli’s film a strong heartbeat. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4965 The story, the effective acting, and the period-specific recreations of Kabuki would be enough for most films, but this one has Mizoguchi behind the camera, applying his rigorous formalism. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:17:27 GMT Peter Canavese Sully (2016) [**] /reviews/4967 The so-called ‘untold story‘ is essentially nonsense...The struggle is real for screenwriter Todd Komarnicki... Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:44:44 GMT Peter Canavese Night Train to Munich (1940) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4964 Double-crosses and disguises, captures and escapes make up the momentum of Reed‘s nicely pacy adventure. Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:31:59 GMT Peter Canavese The Night Manager (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4963 A story that succeeds in the telling: in the work of Hiddleston, Laurie, and Colman and the steady hand of their director: notable feature-film helmer Susanne Bier. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese Now You See Me 2 (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4926 Not only can the center not hold, but there is no center to begin with...The story mostly speeds along at an obnoxious rate and pitch, the better to misdirect from the next dumb abracadabra plot twist, but good luck hanging in for over two hours of it. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Immortal Story (1968) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4951 A dreamy fable of just-so proportion and asethetics...this literate and richly strange film has layers of meaning available to the viewer. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Morris from America (2016) [***] /reviews/4962 An amiable, gentle, light drama with coming-of-age and outsider elements...a movingly attentive Robinson has never been allowed to be this warm on screen. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:34:02 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Gregg Henry…Guardians of the Galaxy, Body Double, Jason Bourne…08/28/2016 /interviews/449 The first thing I did with De Palma was Scarface...A De Palma set is a very different kind of set than a James Gunn set or a Paul Greengrass set...He likes it extremely quiet on the set... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:37:16 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Sean Gunn…Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls…8/28/2016 /interviews/448 [Vol. 2] starts only a couple of months after the first one...understand, from Kraglin‘s point-of-view, that Quill did double-cross them...And so the movie starts from that jumping-off point of ‘I‘m not sure everything is feeling great in Ravager-ville.‘ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:07:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Rick Cosnett…The Flash…08/27/2016 /interviews/447 People[‘s]...imaginations are going crazy as to what [Eddie] could be next. And I would love him to have powers and come back. Especially now with ‘Flashpoint‘... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 02:12:54 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: John Krasinski & Margo Martindale…The Hollars…8/21/2016 /interviews/446 [Krasinski:] I needed to make sure that we weren‘t making a ‘movie family,‘ that you could project your own family into them. It had to feel like your family, it had to feel like your had to feel like you were living through this with them. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:26:31 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez, Raúl Castillo, Lauren Weedman & Daniel Franzese…Looking…6/26/2016 /interviews/445 [Groff:] We‘re seeing Patrick become a man and sort of come into his own. And be okay with not having an answer...I didn‘t consciously try to put myself into Patrick, but inevitably...when I‘m playing a character, it starts to bleed into my everyday life. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:35:22 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 /features/257 Thanks to prime mover Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, San Jose now has its own “Comic-Con“: the Silicon Valley Comic Con. San Jose has been home to many science-fiction/film and TV/comic-themed toy shows or conventions over the years (many of us still have fond memories of TimeCon at the old San Jose Convention Center), some of them pretty rink... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2015 Top 10 /features/256 The Year‘s Best Films                     1. Chi-Raq  The right film at the right time, Spike Lee’s latest is his most creatively fertile and socially immediate narrative feature in years. A grabber from its opening sequence, a lyric video for Nick Cannon’s gut-punching... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:03:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) /features/255 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! By my count, this year‘s San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) features 58 narrative features, one for every year in the fest‘s history. That‘s on top of 34 documentary features, 6 shorts programs, and a panoply of awards presentations/tributes, live performance events, lectu... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:59:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2014 Top 10 /features/254 The Year‘s Best Films                   1. Boyhood  The deceptively simple idea behind Richard Linklater‘s magnum opus was to shoot a few days a year for twelve years, and thus capture the growth and development of a middle-class Everyboy (Ellar Coltrane) and his family. Linklater‘s rest... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:34:27 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2014) /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 19:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese