GrouchoReviews.com: DVD Video Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:52:59 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Grandma (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4831 /reviews/4831 Tailor-made for the great Lily Tomlin...Yeah, the circumstances are contrived, but easy enough to accept as long as they’re forcing interesting dynamics into seriocomic confrontation. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:11:00 GMT Peter Canavese Let There Be Light: John Huston‘s Wartime Documentaries (1946) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4881 /reviews/4881 Clearly, the breadth of Huston‘s Army Signal Corps films show a Blakian passage from innocence to experience, unquestioning jingoism to a recognition of war horrors. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Undesirable (1914) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4876 /reviews/4876 The cheap-looking production lacks visual flair and lines up undistinguished performances on the way to a clumsy, half-hearted resolution...And yet, to film historians and Curtiz fanatics, The Undesirable is a gift horse not to look in the mouth. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 23:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Bridge of Spies (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4880 /reviews/4880 Steven Spielberg goes into Stanley Kramer mode for Bridge of Spies, a socially conscious tale of touch-and-go diplomacy at home, at the office, and on the global stage. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:51:00 GMT Peter Canavese Truth (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4846 /reviews/4846 Though the [film]...cannot pretend to be free of its own leanings, Vanderbilt allows a reading of Mapes’ tragic errors amidst its melancholy diagnosing of TV-news’ slow, painful death march from the public trust into modern corporate product. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Of Mice and Men (1992) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4875 /reviews/4875 Classic-literature-adaptation demureness...but it‘s impeccably cast and mostly quite faithful. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 22:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese The New Girlfriend (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4873 /reviews/4873 A strong thematic undercurrent pits bourgeois social conventions against authentic self-definition and ultimate freedom to live without shame or undue social limitations. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:23:00 GMT Peter Canavese Chi-Raq (2015) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4870 /reviews/4870 When Lee cooks up a stew this heady, one best recognize...the right film at the right time, Lee’s most creatively fertile and socially immediate narrative feature in years. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:32:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Assassin (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4844 /reviews/4844 A Hou film and, therefore an aesthete‘s delight...The Assassin breathes more than it talks, patiently taking in its landscapes and its silk-curtained interiors. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese In Cold Blood (1967) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/3342 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4814 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4803 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4823 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4848 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/496 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4847 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4817 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4843 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4777 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4346 /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