GrouchoReviews.com: Reviews http://production.grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:33:34 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. The Bridge (Die Brücke) (1959) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4809 /reviews/4809 That it is Hitler doing the exploiting has little relevance to the overriding theme of tragic history humanity remains doomed to repeat: sending naive young men…and, at some times and places, boys…to their ends. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:27:59 GMT Peter Canavese André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4808 /reviews/4808 In Criterion‘s Blu-ray and DVD boxsets titled André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films, we can ponder the full cinematic depth (and much of the theatrical depth) of the collaboration between two complementary creative souls. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Terminator Genisys (2015) [*] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4807 /reviews/4807 Any senses of suspenseful stakes or human-scale relationships have turned weightless, leaving us with crashing and bashing, running and gunning, and a whole lot of head-scratching. The experience is utterly numbing... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Max (2015) [* 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4806 /reviews/4806 Links all-American patriotism with military righteousness, religious faith, and socially conservative family values...when Max isn’t leaping around, Max rolls over and plays dead. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:38:47 GMT Peter Canavese Inside Out (2015) [*** 1/2] http://production.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... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:37:00 GMT Peter Canavese Chappie (2015) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4800 /reviews/4800 I fervently hoped that some particularly annoyed soul would create a ‘Slapheads Yell “Chappie“!‘ supercut...to refine the movie to its purest form of annoyance. As of this writing, internet, you disappoint me. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4805 /reviews/4805 A disappointing ‘film‘ but, at least for its target audience of white middle-class teens (and probably their parents), a deeply satisfying ‘movie.‘ Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jurassic World (2015) [***] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4804 /reviews/4804 The culture has had just enough time to miss this franchise, and director and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow...has met the challenges with an appealing self-awareness. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese Love & Mercy (2015) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4802 /reviews/4802 Honorable...deeply moving...takes a considered approach to Wilson, sound in dramatic and editorial construction and insightful in its psychological subtexts. Fri, 05 Jun 2015 20:14:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wild Tales (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4779 /reviews/4779 Like Tarantino‘s films, Wild Tales will rub some the wrong way by taking glee in the violence that comes from our worst selves, but the catharses have a positive social function...there‘s no doubt Szifron intends cautionary Tales. Fri, 05 Jun 2015 01:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Welcome to Me (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4799 /reviews/4799 Wiig plays her role with total commitment, fearlessness, and lack of vanity...the movie we deserve in the age of social media and cable television, a satiric child of Paddy Chayevsky‘s Network in its autopsy of “vox populi“ viral video... Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:29:29 GMT Peter Canavese When Marnie Was There (2015) [*** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4801 /reviews/4801 This latest gentle, sensitive, unhurried tale from Studio Ghibli...excels not only at natural beauty, touched with supernatural flourishes, but also at acute psychological perceptiveness... Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:48:17 GMT Peter Canavese Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4798 /reviews/4798 Workman has done a service in making a broadly accessible history of Welles that stands a chance of drawing younger generations of film buffs, like moths, to ‘the master‘‘s flame. Fri, 29 May 2015 19:05:43 GMT Peter Canavese San Andreas (2015) [**] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4797 /reviews/4797 Succeeds at exploiting a proven disaster-movie formula without troubling itself much with little things like plot, character, and dialogue. Fri, 29 May 2015 16:57:14 GMT Peter Canavese Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4795 /reviews/4795 Our American addiction...bloodsucking from humanity in order to maintain the lifestyle to which we are accustomed. By the time Hess wearily muses, “I‘m tired of this existence,“ it‘s more or less clear he means a spiritually empty capitalist existence... Wed, 27 May 2015 22:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Aloft (2015) [*] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4796 /reviews/4796 At times one feels there‘s an interesting film here struggling to break free (free as a bird!)...but what‘s made it to screen sends eyes aloft in its symbolism and its character dynamics. Tue, 26 May 2015 19:46:43 GMT Peter Canavese Tomorrowland (2015) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4794 /reviews/4794 Curiously vacant characters and curiously pulse-less whimsy...lumbers, middlebrow and tiresome, when it should be daytripping the light fantastic... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Leviathan (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4793 /reviews/4793 Zvyagintsev literally and allegorically depicts modern Russia‘s runaway corruption but also captures universal fears about the shaky ground on which we construct our lives. Fri, 15 May 2015 21:48:27 GMT Peter Canavese Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) [** 1/2] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4792 /reviews/4792 Though the thrill of invention is gone, there‘s enough comic fertility and accumulated goodwill to sustain Pitch Perfect 2 through to its splashy and socially optimistic finale... Fri, 15 May 2015 14:38:03 GMT Peter Canavese Masters of Sex: Season Two (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://production.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4791 /reviews/4791 Showrunner Michelle Ashford has played slow and loose with the facts, but in ways that achieve thematic resonance in a speculative, provocative dialogue with history. Mon, 11 May 2015 19:48:24 GMT Peter Canavese