Blu-Ray Video Reviews Wed, 11 Nov 2015 04:53:42 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. In Cold Blood (1967) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3342 One of the most creditable true-crime films ever made. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:13:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Holmes (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4814 McKellen dazzles...Mr. Holmes spins a tale about the falsely drawn lines between stories and our perceptions of real life, between celebrity image and genuine persona, and between upper and lower classes. Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:53:00 GMT Peter Canavese Inside Out (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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... Wed, 04 Nov 2015 02:37:00 GMT Peter Canavese The End of the Tour (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4823 Its prismatic philosophical and cultural observation...offers plenty of angles on the true value of the subjective fictions and supposedly objective non-fictions some create and others consume. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 21:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese That ‘70s Show: The Complete Series (1998) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4848 Depicts the teenage slacker ethic of avoiding responsibility whenever possible and clinging to youthful good times while they last. The show did the same, taking eight years (and 200 episodes) to depict [three]. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 01:46:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mulholland Dr. (2001) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/496 Begin by imagining that a single story is being told in multiple ways throughout the film: a story of naive hopes, heartbreak, jealousy...Erotic, fear-ridden, and beautiful, Lynch‘s primal imagery has the abhorrent and alluring pull of death itself. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:16:00 GMT Peter Canavese My Fair Lady (1964) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4847 The well-nigh-irresistible 1964 film version of My Fair Lady...comedically softens Shaw‘s ending but nevertheless nearly single-handedly transcends the material‘s sexist leaning through the sheer humanism of Hepburn‘s deeply felt performance. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pixels (2015) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4817 Resembles its own remarks about predictable patterns in the circuitry of arcade games: here is a series of crass caricatures, obvious setups and payoffs (not to mention a woman problem...), further suffocated by overweening commercialism... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 01:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese Aladdin (1992) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4843 The film‘s conspicuously irreverent style suggests that, blithe offenses aside, writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker...have their heart in the right place: firmly situated in the anarchic comic tradition of Warner Brothers‘ Looney Tunes. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:26:00 GMT Peter Canavese Cinderella (2015) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4777 A lavish, classy affair...But while long on beauty, Branagh‘s film falls short on whimsy...[and] the film‘s most affecting emotional moments...stand apart from the story‘s central conflict. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:52:00 GMT Peter Canavese Moonrise Kingdom (2012) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4346 Moonrise Kingdom’s heartfelt search and rescue of a feel-good result provides a perfect, even musical counterpoint to its regimented summer camp. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:42:00 GMT Peter Canavese Love & Mercy (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4802 Honorable...deeply moving...takes a considered approach to Wilson, sound in dramatic and editorial construction and insightful in its psychological subtexts. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:14:00 GMT Peter Canavese Two Days, One Night (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4764 Cotillard‘s heartbreakingly raw work carries the day, as she fleshes out both Sandra‘s suffering and emotional endurance on a journey of discovery that the latter, not the former, defines her. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:55:00 GMT Peter Canavese Gotham: The Complete First Season (2014) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4833 At times suffers from dull, dunderheaded, or dead-end plotlines [but]...There‘s enough here to keep hope alive that Gotham could grow into more of a weekly treat than a fanboy obligation. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Blacklist: The Complete Second Season (2013) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4827 A week-in, weak-out study in same-y procedural storytelling and mythology stalling that‘s powered by the usual salacious crime exploitation and the unusual lead performance of James Spader. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:50:44 GMT Peter Canavese Citizenfour (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4736 A film every single American and, indeed, every world citizen should see and contemplate. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Midsummer Night‘s Sex Comedy (1982) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4825 Pure mid-period Allen, a muscle-stretching ensemble comedy with dramatic undertones and playful philosophical musings...Allen‘s characters ponder the permeable divide between lust and love, and the meanings of sexual intercourse... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:09:06 GMT Peter Canavese Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4824 Another solid entry in the DCU line, Justice League: Gods and Monsters works best as an entrée into what should be a fascinating and highly entertaining series of its own. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 23:57:52 GMT Peter Canavese True Story (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4786 Does a lot of its work with its tongue-in-cheek title, a meta commentary on the not-so-broad spectrum of liar, actor, fiction writer, filmmaker and journalist. Fri, 07 Aug 2015 03:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese House of Cards: Volume Three (2013) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4816 ‘Do what you have to do.‘...Netflix‘s flagship series addresses this dictum to many characters grappling with tough choices, but the core subject of [Season Three] the marriage of Frank and Claire Underwood. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:22:04 GMT Peter Canavese