Home Video Reviews Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:48:34 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (1933) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4987 Universal‘s new three-disc The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Restored Blu-ray Edition offers the best chance yet on home video to appreciate the Brothers and their brand of anarchic, sometimes surreal comedy... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:13:00 GMT Peter Canavese Duck Soup (1933) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4984 For all its wild comic abandon, Duck Soup has darker implications than the usual Marx Brothers comedy and, as such, feels the most relevant and sharp in its satire. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Monkey Business (1931) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4982 Keeps plot at a minimum, anarchy at a maximum, which is a good place to be for the fearless foursome of 1930s screen comedy.  Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Animal Crackers (1930) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4981 More so than any of the other Paramount films, Animal Crackers is Groucho‘s picture. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Horse Feathers (1932) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4983 The opening ten minutes of Horse Feathers have more laughs than most comedy features muster in their entirety. And there‘s more where that came from... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Cocoanuts (1929) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4980 Sophisticated absurdity and sublime nonsense. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:20:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4978 Deep reserves of humor and heart...a sophisticated comedy with an often blazingly fast pace to its dialogue, a quintessential Gary Cooper performance in the title role, and an especially tenacious leading lady in Jean Arthur. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:05:14 GMT Peter Canavese Angels & Demons (2009) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3402 Try not to giggle when...Langdon is being called in for ‘[his] expertise, [his] erudition.‘ The guy from Bachelor Party? Just kidding, Tom, we love you…just not in this kind of pricy but conspicuously soulless crap. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese Boyhood (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4707 Cinematic poetry...As that greatest of screen rarities…a potentially mainstream experimental film…the writer-director earns a bit of slack in gratitude for the strange and wonderful gift Boyhood is... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Da Vinci Code (2006) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/2567 Too measured to be lively, too skittish to be provocative, too dramatically slack to be more than a ploddingly literal book-on-film. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Infiltrator (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4935 A sturdy but uninspired crime docudrama that’s neither convincingly colloquial nor thrillingly stylish. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Patterns (1956) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4968 The main draw remains Serling, whose story seems every bit as relevant…indeed, more so…today. There is efficiency but also music in his theatrical language... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:40:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) [ 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4932 The fact that Mike and Dave will inevitably turn into a rom com blunts its potential as a black comedy of comeuppance for the titular jerks. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:51:00 GMT Peter Canavese 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