GrouchoReviews.com: Home Video Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Sun, 09 Oct 2022 21:18:35 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Blow Out (1981) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5269 /reviews/5269 Brian DePalma‘s ‘earwitness‘ thriller may just be his best film…strong direction, a good script and self-reflexive in clever meta ways that were before its time. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: The Motion Picture…The Director‘s Edition (4K) (1979) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5270 /reviews/5270 The most ambitious of all the Star Trek films…philosophical and metaphysical on a grand scale. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Delta Force (1986) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5249 /reviews/5249 A dated and morally dubious propaganda film. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Heat (1995) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/3637 /reviews/3637 A stealth epic, framing an urban jungle and making its own kind of contemporary history by pairing acting giants Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in what has arguably become the preeminent cops-and-robbers movie. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sniper: Rogue Mission (2022) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5241 /reviews/5241 A chintzy, corny, cheesy men-with-guns movie peppered with low-wattage humor and a lot of action movie cliches. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Paradise Highway (2022) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5240 /reviews/5240 Ambition...effort...well-intentioned...some genuinely affecting grace notes on occasion, but it‘s also shameless. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jurassic World: Dominion (2022) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5239 /reviews/5239 Despite its extremely messy story, if looked at as a ‘50s B-movie matinee, it‘s not too bad. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Green Planet (TV) (2022) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5226 /reviews/5226 Shot in twenty-seven countries over three years using cutting-edge technologies, BBC One‘s The Green Planet focuses on plants, their livelihood amidst growing climate challenges, and their relationships with other species... Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5225 /reviews/5225 A legit comeback for Raimi...He meets the moment with the good ol‘ Raimi dynamism and winking movie-love savvy. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Buck and the Preacher (1972) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5220 /reviews/5220 A solid western in its own right and an important film in African American cinema, with a healthy blend of western action, comedy and social commentary drama. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Infinite Storm (2022) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5236 /reviews/5236 The characters and their interdynamics simply aren‘t that interesting during the rescue, so somehow it all comes off as dull. But there is Watts (and who wouldn‘t follow her anywhere?) Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hotel du Nord (1938) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5221 /reviews/5221 One of the best examples of poetic realism, which was Marcel Carne‘s stock-in-trade. A satisfying blend of comedy, drama and romantic melodrama. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Memory (2022) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5231 /reviews/5231 You can pretty much forget about it. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Escape the Field (2022) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5208 /reviews/5208 Feels longer than six seasons of Lost with only a sliver of that ‘Mystery Box‘ show‘s cohesiveness. The actors gamely sally forth but they, like us, are getting nowhere. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hot Seat (2022) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5206 /reviews/5206 A ludicrous action fantasy full to bursting with lunkheaded macho banter and every cliche in the cat-and-mouse cyber-thriller handbook. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Species (1995) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5205 /reviews/5205 Typifies middling Hollywood schlock: a pulpy, sleazy sci-fi/horror creature feature destined to cycle endlessly through cable airings and, now, to pad out streaming platforms. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Natural Enemies (1979) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5204 /reviews/5204 The film‘s bold and uncompromising treatment of the frustrated modern man seeking…and perhaps finding…his last resort in gun violence has unfortunately only grown in relevance. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Window (1949) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5203 /reviews/5203 Ted Tetzlaff’s snappy thriller…adapted from the Cornell Woolrich short story “The Boy Cried Wolf”…straddles the rarely mapped line between Aesop’s Fable and film noir.  Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Back to the Beach (1987) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5224 /reviews/5224 An odd duck of a movie with an upbeat energy about it, and an ultra-campy nostalgia-delivery device cobbled together purportedly by 17 screenwriters. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Event Horizon (1997) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5223 /reviews/5223 If Alien was a slasher movie on a spaceship, this is a haunted house movie on a spaceship. Much more likely to please gorehounds than science-fiction fans. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese