GrouchoReviews.com http://grouchoreviews.com/ Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:26:04 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Fences (2016) [****] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5001 /reviews/5001 An American classic writ large. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese Office Christmas Party (2016) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5006 /reviews/5006 Well, why don’t you just tell me what you think Office Christmas Party is about, and I’ll tell you if you’re right. Uh huh. Uh huh. Uh huh. Yeah, you’ve got it.  Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Think Twice (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4945 /reviews/4945 Pinpoints a creative community that’s never been explored in a narrative film...its wistful, naturalistic presentation of a thirtysomething turning point…a forced maturation of sorts…rings true. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Miss Sloane (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5005 /reviews/5005 [Not] a truly thoughtful and credible treatment of the unpleasant realities of Washington lobbying...[but] a hothouse melodrama that teases an ice queen’s meltdown while actually doing the hustle. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Macbeth (1948) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5004 /reviews/5004 The graphic intensity of Orson Welles‘ black-and-white 1948 film of Macbeth, then, isn‘t merely for show, but a carefully considered symbolist staging for screen, meant to complement the Bard‘s immortal poetry. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:53:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nocturnal Animals (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5003 /reviews/5003 A moody and deeply unsettling look at a pair of failed relationships, regrets and recriminations, and measures of emotional violence…oh, shall we call it ‘lashing out‘?…symbolized in physical violence. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hands of Stone (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4959 /reviews/4959 The film works as well as it does on the strength of its acting. De Niro is in fine, grounded form, and his verbal sparring with Ramírez, [et al]...elevates the film, the overlapping dialogue highly effective in infusing naturalistic energy. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Breathe (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4960 /reviews/4960 Once Don’t Breathe detonates its big twist...some audience members will feel the film stops being fun while others will feel the fun has started in earnest. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rules Don‘t Apply (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5002 /reviews/5002 In his screenplay and performance as Hughes, Beatty offers a canny, sharply drawn, and highly personal take on the billionaire, with strong elements of lacerating self-parody.  Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:15:45 GMT Peter Canavese Moana (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5000 /reviews/5000 When it’s cooking, Moana prepares tender, slip-off-the-bone meat on the tried-and-true bones of the Disney formula. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:24:00 GMT Peter Canavese Manchester by the Sea (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4999 /reviews/4999 In its broad strokes, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t explore anything new...[but Lonergan] is the master of telling behavior and conversational nuance. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:32 GMT Peter Canavese Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4998 /reviews/4998 I have heard the cash cow moo...the sort of movie many will feel obliged to like more than they actually want to clamor right back onto the ride. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:23:46 GMT Peter Canavese Loving (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4997 /reviews/4997 An easy realism and an intimate domestic perspective on events that became consequential to national history...replacing histrionics with a genuine curiosity about what it must have been like to live this story from the inside. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:12:44 GMT Peter Canavese Arrival (2016) [****] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4996 /reviews/4996 A science-fiction masterpiece that’s largely about our perceptions of time and our struggles to communicate...unexpectedly romantic and profound in its deeper concerns, by exploring the happy-sad nature of existence itself, of being born to die. Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:49:26 GMT Peter Canavese The Eagle Huntress (2016) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4995 /reviews/4995 As a documentary, it’s only marginally more credible than Nanook of the North. So have we really come a long way, baby? Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:27:00 GMT Peter Canavese Morris from America (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4962 /reviews/4962 An amiable, gentle, light drama with coming-of-age and outsider elements...a movingly attentive Robinson has never been allowed to be this warm on screen. Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4992 /reviews/4992 A gleeful exercise in nostalgia, a fun and family-friendly Batman story in its own right, and a running commentary on the character‘s flexible interpretation. Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Strange (2016) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4993 /reviews/4993 Doctor Strange looks at urban architecture through a twisting digital kaleidoscope, next-stepping from Inception to an M.C. Escher-esque action aesthetic that amounts to three-dimensional chess.  Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Handmaiden (2016) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4991 /reviews/4991 A conspicuously crafty tale...Park’s erotic thriller...with its story that, not coincidentally, deals with fetishes…never feels lifelessly premeditated; rather, we realize, early and often, that we are in very sure hands. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:37:54 GMT Peter Canavese Preacher: Season One (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4977 /reviews/4977 As per a recurring Season One line, ‘We‘re just getting started.‘ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Gregg Henry…Guardians of the Galaxy, Body Double, Jason Bourne…08/28/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/449 /interviews/449 The first thing I did with De Palma was Scarface...A De Palma set is a very different kind of set than a James Gunn set or a Paul Greengrass set...He likes it extremely quiet on the set... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:37:16 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Sean Gunn…Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls…8/28/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/448 /interviews/448 [Vol. 2] starts only a couple of months after the first one...understand, from Kraglin‘s point-of-view, that Quill did double-cross them...And so the movie starts from that jumping-off point of ‘I‘m not sure everything is feeling great in Ravager-ville.‘ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:07:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Rick Cosnett…The Flash…08/27/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/447 /interviews/447 People[‘s]...imaginations are going crazy as to what [Eddie] could be next. And I would love him to have powers and come back. Especially now with ‘Flashpoint‘... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 02:12:54 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: John Krasinski & Margo Martindale…The Hollars…8/21/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/446 /interviews/446 [Krasinski:] I needed to make sure that we weren‘t making a ‘movie family,‘ that you could project your own family into them. It had to feel like your family, it had to feel like your hometown...it had to feel like you were living through this with them. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:26:31 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez, Raúl Castillo, Lauren Weedman & Daniel Franzese…Looking…6/26/2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/445 /interviews/445 [Groff:] We‘re seeing Patrick become a man and sort of come into his own. And be okay with not having an answer...I didn‘t consciously try to put myself into Patrick, but inevitably...when I‘m playing a character, it starts to bleed into my everyday life. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:35:22 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/257 /features/257 Thanks to prime mover Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, San Jose now has its own “Comic-Con“: the Silicon Valley Comic Con. San Jose has been home to many science-fiction/film and TV/comic-themed toy shows or conventions over the years (many of us still have fond memories of TimeCon at the old San Jose Convention Center), some of them pretty rink... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2015 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/256 /features/256 The Year‘s Best Films                     1. Chi-Raq  The right film at the right time, Spike Lee’s latest is his most creatively fertile and socially immediate narrative feature in years. A grabber from its opening sequence, a lyric video for Nick Cannon’s gut-punching... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:03:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) http://grouchoreviews.com/features/255 /features/255 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! By my count, this year‘s San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) features 58 narrative features, one for every year in the fest‘s history. That‘s on top of 34 documentary features, 6 shorts programs, and a panoply of awards presentations/tributes, live performance events, lectu... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:59:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2014 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/254 /features/254 The Year‘s Best Films                   1. Boyhood  The deceptively simple idea behind Richard Linklater‘s magnum opus was to shoot a few days a year for twelve years, and thus capture the growth and development of a middle-class Everyboy (Ellar Coltrane) and his family. Linklater‘s rest... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:34:27 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2014) http://grouchoreviews.com/features/253 /features/253 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! No one would say that the San Francisco Film Society has had an easy time of the last few years, but its Filmmaker360 program to support and fund independent film can (and does) boast successes like Beasts of the Southern Wild and Fruitvale Station, and with new Executive Director Noah Cowan in place, st... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese