Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:21:55 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Boyhood (2014) [****] /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 Interview: Richard Linklater…Boyhood…7/17/2014 /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. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:13:26 GMT Peter Canavese Operation Petticoat (1959) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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] /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] /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] /reviews/4700 A hauntingly memorable, even thoughtful shoot-‘em-up. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:02 GMT Peter Canavese Sex Tape (2014) [**] /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) [*] /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] /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] /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 A Hard Day‘s Night (1964) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4698 It‘s more than a movie; it‘s a key artifact (minus must or muss) of a cultural phenomenon. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:55:00 GMT Peter Canavese Tammy (2014) [**] /reviews/4697 McCarthy delivers another all-in performance, but so much so as to be more sad than funny much of the time. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:03:00 GMT Peter Canavese Third Person (2014) [**] /reviews/4696 The tasteful austerity of style and solid performances can‘t overcome a script that largely stands between emotional humanity and the viewer. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 04:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese Snowpiercer (2014) [*** 1/2] /reviews/4695 A movie-movie, with edgy cred and a vivid dystopian vision that, while ostensibly futuristic, speaks harshly to the class divide already defining us. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Paul Haggis…First Person, Casino Royale…6/11/2014 /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 Masters of Sex: Season One (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4694 Like Bill Condon‘s seriocomic film Kinsey, Masters of Sex takes a sociohistorical perspective on a subject of inherent fascination to us all. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: The Next Generation…Chain of Command (1992) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4693 Considerably ahead of the curve in taking on the character and meaning and consequences of torture as a fruitless and brutal human rights abuse...shows The Next Generation operating at the top of its game. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:58:01 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: The Next Generation…Season Six (1992) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4692 By its sixth season, Star Trek: The Next Generation had figured out how to maximize its cast and characters. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:11:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jersey Boys (2014) [** 1/2] /reviews/4691 Neither theatrical fish nor cinematic foul...literalized on film, the theatrical reduction of the [Four Seasons]’s story has an anemic complexion. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese Obvious Child (2014) [** 1/2] /reviews/4690 Robespierre has conceived something you don‘t see every day: a feminist rom-com that unapologetically allows its flawed protagonist to let it all hang out...But [it‘s] one of those pictures that‘s just good enough that you dearly wish it were better. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:12:37 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo…The Case Against 8…6/19/2014 /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 Interview: Josh Wiggins & Kat Candler…Hellion…4/28/2014 /interviews/392 [Wiggins:] He really does have a good heart. He just doesn‘t know how to use it...‘cause he‘s been polluted by all this stuff that‘s happened in his life......there‘s a lot of stuff going on in that head of his. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:22:04 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen & Michael Lomenda…Jersey Boys…6/16/2014 /interviews/397 [Young:] Valli offered me much more help than he ever knew. Because I stole from him shamelessly every time I‘ve seen him over all of these years. You can learn something about somebody‘s psychology more by what they choose to evade... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:13:09 GMT Peter Canavese 22 Jump Street (2014) [**] /reviews/4689 Purposely blurs the lines between the actors and their characters for ‘meta‘ gags, but it doesn‘t change what the movie is: just another dumb sequel. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:03:16 GMT Peter Canavese How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) [***] /reviews/4688 While delivering the epic goods, the How to Train Your Dragon franchise continues to keep its eye on helping kids become better people, and that‘s a cause worth fighting for. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:39:43 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2012) /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 /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) /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 /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) /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