DVD Video Reviews Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:24:17 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Blood Simple (1984) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4966 Simpleness and crime have consistently fascinated the pair, who may as well be praying at the temple of Atë...the Coens preach a healthy respect for the randomness and chaos that ensues from our desires. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese Beauty and the Beast (1991) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3863 As far as ‘Classic Disney,‘ Beauty and the Beast pretty much has it all. Y‘know, for kids (of all ages). Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Captain America: Civil War (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4911 A direct sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier...a crazy-cool superhero team-up/smackdown movie to make Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice look like a tea party, and a franchise-launching introduction to the new Spider-Man... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:33:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Bigger Splash (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4969 The significant visual appeal and magnetic turns by the leading players make this four-hander a diverting dip into human nature: specifically, jealousy and the folly of opting for interiority over communication. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese Marguerite (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4902 Why is Marguerite so funny to us, and why is her public humiliation allowed to continue for so long? The answers plumb both the best and worst instincts of human nature, and give Giannoli’s film a strong heartbeat. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4965 The story, the effective acting, and the period-specific recreations of Kabuki would be enough for most films, but this one has Mizoguchi behind the camera, applying his rigorous formalism. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:17:27 GMT Peter Canavese Night Train to Munich (1940) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4964 Double-crosses and disguises, captures and escapes make up the momentum of Reed‘s nicely pacy adventure. Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:31:59 GMT Peter Canavese The Night Manager (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4963 A story that succeeds in the telling: in the work of Hiddleston, Laurie, and Colman and the steady hand of their director: notable feature-film helmer Susanne Bier. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese Now You See Me 2 (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4926 Not only can the center not hold, but there is no center to begin with...The story mostly speeds along at an obnoxious rate and pitch, the better to misdirect from the next dumb abracadabra plot twist, but good luck hanging in for over two hours of it. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Immortal Story (1968) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4951 A dreamy fable of just-so proportion and asethetics...this literate and richly strange film has layers of meaning available to the viewer. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4956 An abundance of fun, with high-spirited action (including dazzling space battles and impressive lightsaber duels), dry wit, and dramatic contributions to the Star Wars mythology.  Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:40:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Jungle Book (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4906 Favreau and Marks have obviously put some thought into the film’s visual approach and the messages...: the animal kingdom’s unexpected threats and opportunities...the work Mowgli puts in to come of age...his casual kindheartedness... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Equals (2016) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4958 Too closely resembles the narcotic world it depicts. Without ever doing anything conspicuously wrong, Equals plays like one big miscalculation... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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] /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 A Taste of Honey (1962) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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 Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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] /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 The Blacklist: The Complete Third Season (2013) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /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] /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