GrouchoReviews.com http://new.grouchoreviews.com/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:48:07 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5048 /reviews/5048 A deeply disturbing study of mass hysteria, a lasting cultural document of “a shameful memory“...and a culturally specific but widely relevant snapshot of that late-‘60s moment of student rebellion being met by violent institutional crackdowns. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 20th Century Women (2016) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.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 Boss Baby (2017) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5049 /reviews/5049 Fairly one-note in its humor, and not as lively as you would assume it would be [but with] all-around strong voice work and a predictably sweet message about sharing the love...it’s all, as they say, good enough for government work. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Last Word (2017) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5047 /reviews/5047 A serious case of the cutes...Pellington knows his movie is more or less bad, but Shirley there’s an audience for it. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Personal Shopper (2016) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5046 /reviews/5046 A meditation about our own ephemerality on this supposedly corporeal plane. In the end, the truly inescapable horrors are, sure, okay, death, but also living with one’s own mind and the uncertainties of human existence. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sing (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5045 /reviews/5045 Sing is pleasant enough...but scrutinize it, and you‘ll find that it‘s neither very musically accomplished nor very funny. The tone is bright and colorful but still evinces a kind of joyless duty... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Beauty and the Beast (2017) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5043 /reviews/5043 Pound for pound, scene for scene, there’s not a sequence here that the original film doesn’t execute better in the clean lines of hand-drawn animation and the crisp vocals of the original cast. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Being 17 (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5044 /reviews/5044 Its emotional beats strike honest notes, well played by the actors in the clutch moments...Téchiné and Sciamma prove that there is, in truth, beauty, as in youth and mountain greenery, as in nature‘s need and human nature‘s desire. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Catherine Eaton & Teddy Sears…The Sounding, 24: Legacy, The Flash…3/3/2017 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/454 /interviews/454 [Sears:] The greatest part of being an actor, I think, is that wonderful thing that happens between two people who are really listening, really responding... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Ritesh Batra…The Sense of an Ending, The Lunchbox…2/21/2017 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/453 /interviews/453 It‘s really about pissing off those you love to impress those you will never meet. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Moana (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5000 /reviews/5000 When it’s cooking, Moana prepares tender, slip-off-the-bone meat on the tried-and-true bones of the Disney formula. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Kong: Skull Island (2017) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5042 /reviews/5042 Builds to the fulfillment of the ‘MonsterVerse‘ promise (further teased in a post-credits scene) of monster-on-monster action...It‘s all very silly...and also a kind of bruising primordial thrill ride. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 45 Years (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4877 /reviews/4877 Implications, about the long odds for romance, the deeper psychology of mating, and the devastating possibility that love isn’t an absolute but a willful, occasionally mutual, delusion. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Moonlight (2016) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5040 /reviews/5040 Filled with extraordinary performances, Moonlight explores the tension between private and public selves for a closeted black individual who feels pressure to conform to traditional but arbitrary standards of masculinity. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Cameraperson (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5037 /reviews/5037 Smart enough to make implications but let us draw our own conclusions about what these images, individually and collectively…and the art form to which they belong…mean to their photographer, to us, and to human society. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Get Out (2017) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5041 /reviews/5041 What‘s most interesting about Get Out is how it taps into the same idea to fuel both its comedy and horror: the recognition of social truths. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.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://new.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://new.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://new.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://new.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://new.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://new.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://new.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 Feature: 2016 Top 10 http://new.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://new.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 Feature: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 http://new.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://new.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://new.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://new.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