GrouchoReviews.com http://new.grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:40:52 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Don‘t Breathe (2016) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4960 /reviews/4960 Once Don’t Breathe detonates its big twist...some audience members will feel the film stops being fun while others will feel the fun has started in earnest. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hands of Stone (2016) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4959 /reviews/4959 The film works as well as it does on the strength of its acting. DeNiro is in fine, grounded form, and his verbal sparring with Ramírez, [et al]...elevates the film, the overlapping dialogue highly effective in infusing naturalistic energy. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:50:12 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: John Krasinski & Margo Martindale…The Hollars…8/21/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/446 /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 hometown...it had to feel like you were living through this with them. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:26:31 GMT Peter Canavese Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4955 /reviews/4955 I‘ll say this for Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. It‘s a film that takes a big roll of the dice. Is it wrenching? Is it wacky? Well, it‘s definitely weird. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:43:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4952 /reviews/4952 It‘s difficult to imagine how Ash vs Evil Dead could be any more fan-pleasing than it is...packed with all sorts of looney fun that conjures back up the “splatstick“ style Raimi and friends popularized. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hell or High Water (2016) [*** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4954 /reviews/4954 Old-school bank robbery meets the new economy…and the New West…in Hell or High Water, a lean tale of cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, and customers and bankers. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:07:06 GMT Peter Canavese War Dogs (2016) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4953 /reviews/4953 Captures something of runaway modern greed, played out as a bro movie from bro stars and a bro filmmaker...[but] might have been a fresh classic of political satire instead of a crime comedy that plays as sub-Scorsesean riff. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:56:06 GMT Peter Canavese A Taste of Honey (1962) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4950 /reviews/4950 Pushed the culture-shock of kitchen-sink drama further with its female protagonist and depictions and discussions of interracial coupling, teen pregnancy, the possibility of abortion, and homosexuality. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:21:17 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez, Raúl Castillo, Lauren Weedman & Daniel Franzese…Looking…6/26/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/445 /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 Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4949 /reviews/4949 Bergman‘s effortlessly poetic diary and letters provide more evidence, though patently unnecessary, of her artistic temperament, her lyrical view of experience. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:05:10 GMT Peter Canavese Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fifth Season (2011) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4946 /reviews/4946 It‘s comforting to know Once Upon a Time is there as an entertainment families can rally around, and one that will challenge them thematically as much as it panders by playing in the Disney sandbox. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Anthropoid (2016) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4948 /reviews/4948 While Anthropoid tends to the sober and dour, it also breaks into the brutal, the intense, and the emotionally devastating, all the right ‘moves‘ for a war story of moral heft compromised by Pyrrhic victory. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4947 /reviews/4947 A legitimately fascinating central character...Not surprisingly, Streep expertly shades every eccentricity, embodying Jenkins in her musical waywardness... Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Blacklist: The Complete Third Season (2013) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4943 /reviews/4943 Season Three of The Blacklist upped the show‘s game with slightly more adventurous writing that made the show a more consistent bet from week to week. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 20:51:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mother‘s Day (2016) [ 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4909 /reviews/4909 A movie so far up its own posterior that it includes the threatening exchange ‘They made a womb float for Mother’s Day?‘ ‘I can’t wait to see what they do for Father’s Day!‘ Well, I can. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:16:00 GMT Peter Canavese Suicide Squad (2016) [**] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4944 /reviews/4944 A novel but muddled supervillain action movie...Some comic-book fans will lap it up, but Suicide Squad is all sauce and no meat. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Think Twice (2016) [***] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4945 /reviews/4945 Pinpoints a creative community that’s never been explored in a narrative film...its wistful, naturalistic presentation of a thirtysomething turning point…a forced maturation of sorts…rings true. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Ira Sachs & Theo Taplitz…Little Men…4/29/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/442 /interviews/442 [Taplitz:] Life may not always be fair, or good, but there‘s certainly moments of it that can be quite amazing...What [Jake] learns from Tony is to be sure of himself, to be there and to be proud of your decisions. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Mike Birbiglia…Don‘t Think Twice…6/9/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/443 /interviews/443 No one knows how to direct a movie, no matter what anybody tells you. Nobody knows how to direct a movie until you‘ve directed a movie. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:20:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nerve (2016) [*] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4942 /reviews/4942 When this thriller has to turn the screws of its climax, its fundamental stupidity surfaces. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:21:31 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Matt Ross…Captain Fantastic, Silicon Valley…7/7/2016 http://new.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/444 /interviews/444 On a daily basis, you‘re re-calibrating, if not an hourly basis, trying to do the right thing by your children...They‘re only in the house so long, and I‘m curating their lives. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:34:42 GMT Peter Canavese Jason Bourne (2016) [* 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4941 /reviews/4941 Terrified to do anything different (which, believe it or not, would be entirely possible)...it only takes a moment of awareness to step outside the movie and see how poorly written, insultingly recycled, and anti-creative Jason Bourne is. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek Beyond (2016) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4940 /reviews/4940 What works (marginally) in this instantly forgettable entry: a few diverting character moments...fan-serving fairy dust...action, action, action. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) [*] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4937 /reviews/4937 The mammoths and their mammalian buddies...take direction from [a] lunatic weasel...to SAVE THE WORLD by DIVERTING THE PATH OF AN ASTEROID (emphasis mine). Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:18:52 GMT Peter Canavese Captain Fantastic (2016) [** 1/2] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4939 /reviews/4939 The film’s saving graces are the uniformly strong performances...and its intriguing subject matter...[but it] develops third-act problems as it devolves into calculated contrivances, didacticism, and sentiment. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:55:06 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... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:56:00 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... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:03:00 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, 23 Apr 2015 16:59:00 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... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:34:27 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2014) http://new.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