GrouchoReviews.com http://grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:44:17 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) [ 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5064 /reviews/5064 Military-Industrial Uncomplicated...Despite the theme that “Magic does exist” (“It was found long ago. Inside a crashed alien ship”), The Last Knight is all mirthless jokes and thrill-less mayhem. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Beatriz at Dinner (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5062 /reviews/5062 It’s no great leap to see Strutt as Trumpian, but Beatriz at Dinner has bigger fish to fry than any one figure...make[s] our nation‘s political intractability the stuff of comedy and...dramatizes the spiritual exhaustion of our time. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Cars 3 (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5061 /reviews/5061 Gets the franchise back on track with a story that U-turns to the heart of the 2006 original. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Mummy (2017) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5060 /reviews/5060 As a story to speak to our hearts and minds, it‘s an utter failure, and perhaps so too even as a disposable corporate product.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wonder Woman (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5059 /reviews/5059 A sturdy origin story, this education of Miss Diana Prince, establishing her as a compassionate badass who consistently proves her bravery, strength, and commitment to justice. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Everything, Everything (2017) [*] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5058 /reviews/5058 Soft-touch kids may enjoy the smooth-jazz romance of this ludicrous fantasy, with true love challenged by caring but misguided parental overprotectiveness, but the story fails to deal honestly with its what-if scenarios. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Space Between Us (2017) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5057 /reviews/5057 This newfangled Arthur comes up short on grandeur or even old-fashioned matinee adventure, trading them in for cosmetic Game of Thrones grot. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Dog‘s Purpose (2017) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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 Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2016) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5056 /reviews/5056 Tower only reveals what he’s willing to reveal...Still, the focus should remain, and does, on the food itself, and the tenacious, productively persnickety, beautiful mind it took to serve it up. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5054 /reviews/5054 The pivotal realization--that, in the end, using your heart beats using your head--works as a pithy instruction manual for this diverting but disposable adventure. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Norman (2016) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5055 /reviews/5055 Norman’s thoughtful dramatic construction, built around a central symbol of a pair of shoes, addresses politician’s voracious desire to ‘go places,‘ ever outpacing forethought of where that ambition will take them... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Woman of the Year (1942) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5053 /reviews/5053 An effervescent but edgy rom-com about love, career, the insecurities men and women felt (and, sadly, still feel to some extent) around burgeoning feminism. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Colossal (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5052 /reviews/5052 We find ourselves, with Gloria, neck-deep in an allegory of id. You can hope and pray otherwise, but your inner demons will always come out: some way, somehow, some day. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Brett Haley & Katharine Ross…The Hero, The Graduate…4/12/2017 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/457 /interviews/457 [Ross:] One of the most rewarding things about working with Brett is the word ‘options.‘ He likes options. And that‘s very stimulating for an actor. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: James Gray…The Lost City of Z, Two Lovers…4/9/2017 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/456 /interviews/456 Art is my form of religion. It‘s my way of dealing with mortality...I never saw Fawcett‘s story as a tragedy. There was a level of transcendence to it. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Frantz (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5051 /reviews/5051 Interjections of color…and the narrative implications of them…are but one way in which Ozon creates and subverts expectations...Ozon remains interested in the stories people tell to one another, the horrible truths and the comfortable lies. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Going in Style (2017) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5050 /reviews/5050 Polished but hollow...It’s another sign of the times that Hollywood thinks we can no longer handle the original storyline.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rogue One (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5009 /reviews/5009 Will give die-hard Star Wars fans multiple orgasms...runneth over with Star Wars spectacle. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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://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://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 Interview: Catherine Eaton & Teddy Sears…The Sounding, 24: Legacy, The Flash…3/3/2017 http://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://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 Interview: Damien Chazelle & Justin Hurwitz…La La Land, Whiplash…10/6/2016 http://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 Feature: 2016 Top 10 http://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 Feature: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 http://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://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://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://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