GrouchoReviews.com http://grouchoreviews.com/ Wed, 07 Dec 2022 23:25:49 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Retrograde (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5277 /reviews/5277 History on film. Well edited, bleak...vital journalism. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese My Best Friend‘s Exorcism (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5276 /reviews/5276 Charmingly and frighteningly nostalgic, touching on feminist social satire. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Greatest Beer Run Ever (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5275 /reviews/5275 Tonally shifty, overlong, repetitive and as history simplistic, but well-made and an interesting effort to reach across the aisle from the socially liberal to the socially conservative. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese God‘s Creatures (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5274 /reviews/5274 A deliberately paced, bleak, and unsettling morality play that never really gets much traction, spins its heels, and ultimately fails to find a way to make its material interesting. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hellraiser (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5273 /reviews/5273 Not as hardcore as the in-your-face, bloody, gory, sweaty, dirty, puss-y, oozing, festering, nightmarish 1987 original, but still honors Clive Barker‘s concept with a stronger, more-interested-in-world-building narrative. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 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 Catherine Called Birdy (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5268 /reviews/5268 Pretty low-key but enjoyable enough medieval coming-of-age comedy boasts a cheeky, naughty sense of humor and a period story complicated by class and the limited mobility of gender. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Meet Cute (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5267 /reviews/5267 A sci-fi romantic light comedy anchored by two charming lead performances which is less interested in laughs than it is in presenting an allegory of damaged people trying to hold on to love and happiness. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5266 /reviews/5266 Marginally improved...and Midler, Parker and Najimy still play their characters with the hammy gusto of 1966 Batman villains. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Marcia Gay Harden…Confess, Fletch; Miller‘s Crossing…9/16/2022 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/483 /interviews/483 It was so much fun. She was slightly, wonderfully over the top, narcissistic, and enjoys life. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Story of Film: A New Generation (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5265 /reviews/5265 If you love movies, you definitely want to be in this discussion. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese See How They Run (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5264 /reviews/5264 A spirited, meta, frothy and amusingly arch mystery comedy for theater nerds with a snappy script and a smashing cast. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Silent Twins (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5263 /reviews/5263 Effective in its refusal to spell out diagnoses or adopt a specific analytic take. Instead, it invites interpretation. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese God‘s Country (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5262 /reviews/5262 A dark, timely and endlessly fascinating mood piece. Thandiwe Newton is perfection in a deep-dive character study that explores several interesting triangular conflicts. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sidney (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5261 /reviews/5261 Perhaps the definitive documentary on Sidney Poitier, touching upon his cultural significance and challenging position as a transitional and transformative cultural figure. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Buried (2022) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5260 /reviews/5260 A highly interesting document of a pretty potent story told in its entirety. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Goodnight Mommy (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5259 /reviews/5259 A mixed bag, but there are definitely moments where the performances, direction and photography sync up for an effectively moody atmosphere. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Blonde (2022) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5258 /reviews/5258 Bold, indulgent, polarizing, poetic, rapturous and artfully made but also an epic-length torment, like the secular The Passion Of The Christ. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Woman King (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5257 /reviews/5257 The diffuse storytelling somewhat dilutes the film‘s themes but Viola Davis, a Terence Blanchard score and an inherently interesting milieu are all good reasons to see it. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Confess, Fletch (2022) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5256 /reviews/5256 A triumphant re-thinking of the Fletch franchise with a flat-out great script, confident direction and a stand-out star performance. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Clerks III (2022) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5255 /reviews/5255 The weakest of the three. It fails at taking its own emotional logic that seriously; the drama is embarrassingly schmaltzy and the humor hacky. Feels like a parody of itself. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Steve Martin & Martin Short…Only Murders in the Building…5/25/2022 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/482 /interviews/482 [Martin:] I‘ve read that monkeypox is sexually transmitted, so neither Marty nor I could possibly catch it.“ [Short:] “Unless you can catch it through batteries.“ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2021 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/264 /features/264 The Year‘s Best Films 1. Memoria (in theatres TBD) Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s films contain multitudes. With Memoria, Weerasethakul invites you “to feel and to be in a space“ along with Tilda Swinton‘s befuddled protagonist. As she seeks to identify and explain a hallucinatory sound, Memoria parses dreams, curses, viruses, altered states,... Sat, 01 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Harvey Guillén…Werewolves Within and What We Do in the Shadows…6/25/2021 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/481 /interviews/481 I wanted with Joachim to have quirks and certain characteristics that I know from friends and people I‘ve worked with...I love him being over the top and flamboyant, but still grounded, ‘cause we all have a friend like that. Fri, 01 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Jack Dylan Grazer & Fionn Whitehead…Don‘t Tell a Soul…12/14/2020 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/480 /interviews/480 [Grazer:] I feel like Fionn, not only on set but just in life, showed me the ropes as like a brother would do. Fri, 01 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2020 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/263 /features/263 The Year‘s Best Films 1. Vitalina Varela  There’s a transcendence to Pedro Costa’s filmmaking that earns the term “art film.” In this spinoff from Costa’s Horse Money, the writer-director collaborates with the titular heroine…a Cape Verdean in Lisbon…to tell her own story of seeking the truth about... Wed, 01 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: What to Watch at Home: 3/20/2020 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/262 /features/262 In tough times, we crave comfort food. Now that staying home is vital to saving lives…to doing our part to stall the spread of COVID-19 before our health-care system becomes completely overwhelmed…home entertainment will taste like chicken soup for the soul at the end of an emotionally exhausting day of telecommuting, teleschooling, o... Wed, 01 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Will Forte…Extra Ordinary, MacGruber…2/17/2020 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/479 /interviews/479 I feel like most of the discussion about the character on this one was about hair. (Laughs.) Hair and facial hair....And they told me to take a look at Chris de Burgh videos. Wed, 01 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2019 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/261 /features/261 The Year‘s Best Films 1. The Lighthouse Robert Eggers’ blinding vision, set in a psychosexual landscape of a mind on the brink, has everything we go to the movies for: meticulously effective sight and sound, confident storytelling, humor and horror, dream and nightmare. One of the all-time two-handers, The Lighthouse pits Willem Dafoe&rsqu... Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2018 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/260 /features/260 The Year‘s Best Films 1. The Other Side of the Wind A long-coveted Holy Grail for cineastes, Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind finally dropped in 2018, 33 years after its maker’s death. Wind in many ways serves as a sort of semi-autobiographical bookend to Citizen Kane in ruthlessly dissecting a deeply flawed but high-pow... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese