GrouchoReviews.com http://grouchoreviews.com/ Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:48:36 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Terminator Genisys (2015) [*] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4807 /reviews/4807 Any senses of suspenseful stakes or human-scale relationships have turned weightless, leaving us with crashing and bashing, running and gunning, and a whole lot of head-scratching. The experience is utterly numbing... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Tab Hunter--Damn Yankees!, Tab Hunter Confidential--6/20/2015 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/417 /interviews/417 It‘s not an easy business... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:36:00 GMT Peter Canavese Max (2015) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4806 /reviews/4806 Links all-American patriotism with military righteousness, religious faith, and socially conservative family values...when Max isn’t leaping around, Max rolls over and plays dead. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:38:47 GMT Peter Canavese Inside Out (2015) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4803 /reviews/4803 Like a cross between Wreck-It Ralph and Mr. Rogers‘ Neighborhood, Inside Out dazzles while taking care to send positive messages about the roles of feelings and the value of recognizing and embracing them... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:37:00 GMT Peter Canavese Chappie (2015) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4800 /reviews/4800 I fervently hoped that some particularly annoyed soul would create a ‘Slapheads Yell “Chappie“!‘ supercut...to refine the movie to its purest form of annoyance. As of this writing, internet, you disappoint me. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4805 /reviews/4805 A disappointing ‘film‘ but, at least for its target audience of white middle-class teens (and probably their parents), a deeply satisfying ‘movie.‘ Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, & RJ Cyler…Me and Earl and the Dying Girl…6/5/2015 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/412 /interviews/412 [Mann:] It‘s about the importance of opening up, or letting people in, and making real connections. Even if you‘re facing rejection, it‘s ultimately more fulfilling, and you at least can learn something from it... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 21:17:19 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon…Me and Earl and the Dying Girl…6/5/2015 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/411 /interviews/411 The script already has such a beautiful rhythm...quite playful and fun...As he starts to come of age, the movie starts to be still and quiet, and so that‘s the kind of big picture that we set out to design the film together. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 20:49:06 GMT Peter Canavese Jurassic World (2015) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4804 /reviews/4804 The culture has had just enough time to miss this franchise, and director and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow...has met the challenges with an appealing self-awareness. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese Love & Mercy (2015) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4802 /reviews/4802 Honorable...deeply moving...takes a considered approach to Wilson, sound in dramatic and editorial construction and insightful in its psychological subtexts. Fri, 05 Jun 2015 20:14:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wild Tales (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4779 /reviews/4779 Like Tarantino‘s films, Wild Tales will rub some the wrong way by taking glee in the violence that comes from our worst selves, but the catharses have a positive social function...there‘s no doubt Szifron intends cautionary Tales. Fri, 05 Jun 2015 01:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Welcome to Me (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4799 /reviews/4799 Wiig plays her role with total commitment, fearlessness, and lack of vanity...the movie we deserve in the age of social media and cable television, a satiric child of Paddy Chayevsky‘s Network in its autopsy of “vox populi“ viral video... Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:29:29 GMT Peter Canavese When Marnie Was There (2015) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4801 /reviews/4801 This latest gentle, sensitive, unhurried tale from Studio Ghibli...excels not only at natural beauty, touched with supernatural flourishes, but also at acute psychological perceptiveness... Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:48:17 GMT Peter Canavese Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4798 /reviews/4798 Workman has done a service in making a broadly accessible history of Welles that stands a chance of drawing younger generations of film buffs, like moths, to ‘the master‘‘s flame. Fri, 29 May 2015 19:05:43 GMT Peter Canavese San Andreas (2015) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4797 /reviews/4797 Succeeds at exploiting a proven disaster-movie formula without troubling itself much with little things like plot, character, and dialogue. Fri, 29 May 2015 16:57:14 GMT Peter Canavese Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4795 /reviews/4795 Our American addiction...bloodsucking from humanity in order to maintain the lifestyle to which we are accustomed. By the time Hess wearily muses, “I‘m tired of this existence,“ it‘s more or less clear he means a spiritually empty capitalist existence... Wed, 27 May 2015 22:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Aloft (2015) [*] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4796 /reviews/4796 At times one feels there‘s an interesting film here struggling to break free (free as a bird!)...but what‘s made it to screen sends eyes aloft in its symbolism and its character dynamics. Tue, 26 May 2015 19:46:43 GMT Peter Canavese Tomorrowland (2015) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4794 /reviews/4794 Curiously vacant characters and curiously pulse-less whimsy...lumbers, middlebrow and tiresome, when it should be daytripping the light fantastic... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Leviathan (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4793 /reviews/4793 Zvyagintsev literally and allegorically depicts modern Russia‘s runaway corruption but also captures universal fears about the shaky ground on which we construct our lives. Fri, 15 May 2015 21:48:27 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Gaspard Ulliel…Saint Laurent, Hannibal Rising…4/26/2015 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/410 /interviews/410 It‘s a prison movie when you think about it....you know, his being watched, infantilized. And yeah we‘re talking about this specific period of his life and his career where it‘s a dialectic between work and life, and enjoyment and freedom... Fri, 15 May 2015 16:18:57 GMT Peter Canavese Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4792 /reviews/4792 Though the thrill of invention is gone, there‘s enough comic fertility and accumulated goodwill to sustain Pitch Perfect 2 through to its splashy and socially optimistic finale... Fri, 15 May 2015 14:38:03 GMT Peter Canavese Masters of Sex: Season Two (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4791 /reviews/4791 Showrunner Michelle Ashford has played slow and loose with the facts, but in ways that achieve thematic resonance in a speculative, provocative dialogue with history. Mon, 11 May 2015 19:48:24 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Jason Schwartzman & Bob Byington…7 Chinese Brothers…5/2/2015 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/409 /interviews/409 [Schwartman:] This kind of guy is in a fog type of alcoholism...you can have a period in your life...where you look back and you go ‘Gosh. I was in a stasis then. I didn‘t do anything.‘ There‘s no movement. And I think Larry‘s in that zone. Fri, 08 May 2015 22:43:00 GMT Peter Canavese Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4790 /reviews/4790 Assayas implies that what transpires between the characters of Clouds of Sils Maria, between artists and art, and between art and audiences contains its own beautiful mystery that‘s nourishing, maddening, and essential. Wed, 06 May 2015 14:06:25 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Turner (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4760 /reviews/4760 Revives an era in astonishing, delicate detail, then moves through the space with a documentarian‘s eye. Leigh takes Turner out of art history and puts him back in the world. Mon, 04 May 2015 17:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) http://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, 23 Apr 2015 16:59:01 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2014 Top 10 http://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... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:34:27 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2014) http://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 19:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2013 Top 10 http://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://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