GrouchoReviews.com http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:34:09 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5038 /reviews/5038 It‘s easy enough to appreciate The Tree of Wooden Clogs as a painterly near-documentary, shot and edited by a director who got his start in documentary films...or a spacious moral fable about humility and trust in following the righteous path. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nocturnal Animals (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5003 /reviews/5003 A moody and deeply unsettling look at a pair of failed relationships, regrets and recriminations, and measures of emotional violence…oh, shall we call it ‘lashing out‘?…symbolized in physical violence. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Manchester by the Sea (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4999 /reviews/4999 In its broad strokes, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t explore anything new...[but Lonergan] is the master of telling behavior and conversational nuance. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Strange (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4993 /reviews/4993 Doctor Strange looks at urban architecture through a twisting digital kaleidoscope, next-stepping from Inception to an M.C. Escher-esque action aesthetic that amounts to three-dimensional chess.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Damien Chazelle & Justin Hurwitz…La La Land, Whiplash…10/6/2016 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/450 /interviews/450 [Chazelle:] See if you can marry two things that feel like they should not exist in a movie together: the heights of musical spectacle that we‘re used to from Old Hollywood with a more documentary-informed sense of realism... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Logan (2017) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5039 /reviews/5039 There‘s a resonant motif in Logan that times have changed for the worst, but this dystopian world revives the humanity in these characters, a development that‘s all for the best. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Bill Nighy…Their Finest…2/16/2017 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/452 /interviews/452 I‘m a science-fiction freak...I dig that sort of stuff. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese by Sidney Lumet (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5034 /reviews/5034 Like Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow‘s De Palma (also released in 2016), by Sidney Lumet has one undeniable result: it instills a fervent wish to watch the director‘s entire output from beginning to end... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Cure For Wellness (2016) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5036 /reviews/5036 Distinctive, invigorating creativity at work...far from perfect, but this treat for the eyes with ideas to consider feels like a miracle of a movie by offering so much more than we expect from the jump-scare horror to which we’ve resigned ourselves. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5033 /reviews/5033 Makes the case for the Wick franchise as a kind of bizarro James Bond...This antihero may not be licensed to kill, but now he lives in a similarly slick universe of action fantasy and exotic settings. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5032 /reviews/5032 Full to bursting with Easter Eggs for longtime Batman fans...Zany, frantically paced, and busy, busy, busy. For some, that...will be a bit exhausting, especially in brain-fatiguing LEGO-construction-block animation. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Space Between Us (2017) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5031 /reviews/5031 Despite the multiple genres, The Space Between Us feels thin in its plot, and corny in the telling... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Comedian (2016) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5030 /reviews/5030 Surprise, this is a romantic comedy...this stand-up gives you no reason to sit down. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pinocchio (1940) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/3362 /reviews/3362 Expertly balances whimsy, adventure, terrifying perils, music, comedy, and warmth on the way to a reassuring worldview of moral order, of virtue rewarded and the bosom embrace of familial figures. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Dog‘s Purpose (2017) [*] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5029 /reviews/5029 In this sort of Quantum Leap for dogs, a soulful, gender-confused, repeatedly reincarnated canine goes on a magical journey of Hollywood formula. Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure manipulation. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Light Between Oceans (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4961 /reviews/4961 Cianfrance makes intimate, psychologically penetrating films, with quiet spaces and moments of brutal intensity...As unlikely as the story is, Cianfrance deftly steers the material through elemental themes... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Inferno (2016) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5024 /reviews/5024 You won‘t ever find me calling Inferno a good movie, but I won‘t deny that, in dribs and drabs, it gets closer to the marks of fun and quality than I thought possible from this picturesque but dopey franchise. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Gold (2016) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5028 /reviews/5028 In its broader themes of ‘selling a story‘ to investors and the blinding power of money, Gold has little new to offer, but in its particulars...finds deposits rich enough to make the trip worthwhile. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 20th Century Women (2016) [****] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5023 /reviews/5023 Empathetic and self-searching...a highly witty, deeply humane look at people who may be too conscious for their own good, people who think and feel too much ever to be truly happy. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Founder (2016) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5022 /reviews/5022 Call it ‘Big Mac-beth.‘ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Silence (2016) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5020 /reviews/5020 Slow going...But Silence also represents consummate filmmaking. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese xXx (2002) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/497 /reviews/497 Superficially, it resembles exhilarating action films of the past, but the paint-by-numbers approach just doesn‘t do the trick. With all-around bad acting, hyperactive production, and a script that passes ‘camp‘ and goes right on through to ‘bad‘... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2016 Top 10 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/258 /features/258 The Year‘s Best Films               1. Moonlight  In skillfully adapting Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unproduced play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, writer-director Barry Jenkins shows a deep curiosity about one person’s development and inner life. We see this person grow from boy to teen... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Mike Mills…20th Century Women, Beginners, Thumbsucker…12/19/2016 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/451 /interviews/451 How did I get to be this person? What‘s the history of me? And is it the right story?...And I like trying to get people I‘ve known right on screen. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Gregg Henry…Guardians of the Galaxy, Body Double, Jason Bourne…08/28/2016 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/449 /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... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Sean Gunn…Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls…8/28/2016 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/448 /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.‘ Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/257 /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... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2015 Top 10 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/256 /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... Thu, 01 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/255 /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, 01 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2014 Top 10 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/254 /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... Wed, 01 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese