GrouchoReviews.com http://grouchoreviews.com/ Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:22:32 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5088 /reviews/5088 [SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:] Johnson sticks with the Star Wars house style and seems pleased to have the opportunity to inspire children with this story of overcoming inner conflict to become one’s best self, the key ingredient being hope. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Disaster Artist (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5087 /reviews/5087 Like the hilariously inept melodrama of The Room itself, Tommy Wiseau offers Franco a gold mine of oddities. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Lady Bird (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5086 /reviews/5086 Lady Bird’s unvarnished, unglamorized high-school drama has the quirky humor one expects from Gerwig...Ultimately, it’s a mother-daughter love story, replete with the tribulations of painful individuation. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Logan Lucky (2017) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5072 /reviews/5072 Soderbergh’s here to have fun, and his mood is contagious. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Coco (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5085 /reviews/5085 A harmonious set of themes, about vocation and ambition...the role of family...and the meanings of life and death. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Justice League (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5084 /reviews/5084 These comic-book cinematic universes...train audiences to see the forest for the trees...Enjoy the trees. For the forest is a tad gnarly. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Atomic Blonde (2017) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5070 /reviews/5070 Isn’t about anything more than the spy game and how to make it to the end of the board...Then, too, there is Theron, whose kind of un-performance in repose keeps breaking out into ferocious fighting that suggests a feral Jackie Chan. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Daddy‘s Home Two (2017) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5083 /reviews/5083 Only insurance premiums can say whether we’re in for a Daddy’s Home 3 that adds Dick Van Dyke as Lithgow’s dad and Clint Eastwood as Gibson’s dad. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Thor Ragnarok (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5082 /reviews/5082 A rollicking comedy...Waititi revs up this vehicle for a wild ride... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wonderstruck (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5081 /reviews/5081 On balance, Wonderstruck should capture the imaginations of precocious kids up for something a little deeper than usual. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Only the Brave (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5080 /reviews/5080 An old-fashioned action-adventure story with star performances, given a sacred tinge by its real-life roots. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Todd Haynes…Wonderstruck, Superstar…10/13/2017 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/460 /interviews/460 This age, which hasn‘t been named yet, it hasn‘t been mapped yet, it hasn‘t been defined and labeled: everything‘s possible...There‘s an intimacy that you can have with your same-sex friendships...that you may never achieve again in life.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Columbus (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5079 /reviews/5079 Kogonada’s cleverly integrated use of the architecture, beautifully framed from visual and narrative standpoints, lends his freshman feature a sense of modernist mastery... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5078 /reviews/5078 A strange and beautiful beast indeed, Blade Runner 2049 is a science-fiction epic for adults, somehow released in 2017...Blade Runner 2049 dreams big. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Made (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5077 /reviews/5077 Seal’s story is a fascinating one worth investigating...As played by Cruise, he’s like Maverick gone to seed. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Stronger (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5076 /reviews/5076 Catches one off guard with the characters’ open-hearted gestures under duress...feels as if it single-handedly restores humanity to the movies. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese American Assassin (2017) [ 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5075 /reviews/5075 Has a mindset trapped in the 1980s, when Chuck Norris ruled the roost of disposable shoot-em-ups. This repulsive macho fantasy seems expressly designed to appeal to the readers of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Mummy (2017) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] 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 It (2017) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5074 /reviews/5074 Strong performances and production carry the day. This pop culture psychodrama still works, and linked up to its pending sequel should add up to a bit more than the sum of its parts. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Certain Women (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4990 /reviews/4990 Reichardt in no way pushes her material, instead giving the viewer the space to live in this space with the characters, observe them and listen to them, and then draw one’s own conclusions about thematic import. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Trip to Spain (2017) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5073 /reviews/5073 If the dish has lost its pizazz, it remains comfort food for comedy connoisseurs. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Kyle Mooney & Dave McCary…Brigsby Bear, Saturday Night Live…7/15/2017 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/459 /interviews/459 [Mooney:] It is nice, though, these pieces that get cut have a chance to live somewhere and that people can watch them. So there‘s certainly disappointment when your sketches keep on getting cut, but... 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 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 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