Blu-Ray Video Reviews Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:02:05 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Need for Speed (2014) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4656 Like throwing a pile of car parts at the wall to see what‘ll stick. Spoiler: nothing. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fading Gigolo (2014) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4676 At times thuddingly times, jazzily, goofily endearing...Turturro‘s romanticism keeps undercutting the humor before it has a chance to get satisfyingly irreverent. Call it comoedia interruptus. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:27:00 GMT Peter Canavese Operation Petticoat (1959) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4702 Hasn‘t aged especially well. Still, on the strength of Grant and co-lead Tony Curtis, Edwards‘ film remains a diverting enough escape from reality. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:20:08 GMT Peter Canavese Radio Days (1987) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4706 [A] ridiculously entertaining nostalgia exercise...Radio Days emerged from a highly fertile period for [Woody] Allen, and the film bubbles with creativity and Allen hallmarks. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:33:32 GMT Peter Canavese Le Week-End (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4705 Little satisfies more at the movies than the relatively cheap special effect catalyzed by putting together a couple of great actors and letting them (figuratively speaking) dance a lengthy pas de deux. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:02:15 GMT Peter Canavese Blue Ruin (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4700 A hauntingly memorable, even thoughtful shoot-‘em-up. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:02 GMT Peter Canavese An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4701 Thrilling…you are there at the inception of Doctor Who!…and deeply poignant, sometimes at the same time...with actors like Bradley and Cox in place, it‘s difficult to imagine a better treatment. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:54:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rio 2 (2014) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4667 Rio was pretty generic to begin with, and the follow-up doesn‘t fly far from the nest...[it‘s the] vocally virtuosic amorous aria, ‘Poisonous Love,‘ that is the picture‘s hands-down highlight. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Hard Day‘s Night (1964) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4698 It‘s more than a movie; it‘s a key artifact (minus must or muss) of a cultural phenomenon. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:55:00 GMT Peter Canavese Masters of Sex: Season One (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4694 Like Bill Condon‘s seriocomic film Kinsey, Masters of Sex takes a sociohistorical perspective on a subject of inherent fascination to us all. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: The Next Generation…Chain of Command (1992) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4693 Considerably ahead of the curve in taking on the character and meaning and consequences of torture as a fruitless and brutal human rights abuse...shows The Next Generation operating at the top of its game. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:58:01 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: The Next Generation…Season Six (1992) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4692 By its sixth season, Star Trek: The Next Generation had figured out how to maximize its cast and characters. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:11:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes (1955) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4673 Sincere in enobling the working class, and there‘s something magical and poignant in the way these ‘low-rent‘ stories came on each week to the tune of the romantic, impossibly swanky ‘You‘re My Greatest Love‘... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:38:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1 (1960) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4674 A network sitcom with predictable conflicts meandering their way to ‘all‘s well that ends well‘ resolutions, but the show…starting out on its now-historic eight-year run…functions not unlike its bucolic setting: it‘s a nice place to visit. Tue, 27 May 2014 18:27:06 GMT Peter Canavese Two Rode Together (1961) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4679 Ford may have made it for a quick buck…or perhaps as a favor to Columbia chief Harry Cohn…but the impact of the resulting film is far more that of a provocative drama than a tossed-off oater. Tue, 13 May 2014 00:13:50 GMT Peter Canavese I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1 (1951) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4672 There‘s never been a comedian quite like Lucille Ball before or since: with beauty she was entirely willing to contort for laughs and phenomenal comic instincts...the redheaded star was and remains impossible not to love. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 04:42:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: Enterprise…Season Four (2001) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4669 If not everything works in Enterprise‘s Season Four, it‘s certainly the most consistently entertaining and well-written season of the show, a bitter irony for a show that was doomed to cancellation. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese August: Osage County (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4634 Absent the electricity of live-wire live performance, the play‘s paucity of depth becomes more obvious. What‘s left to carry the day are a nasty streak of black comedy and the redoubtable acting ensemble. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:53:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Hidden Fortress (1958) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4660 The play of light and dark elements in what‘s arguably Akira Kurosawa‘s most broadly appealing and entertaining picture...explores a dichotomy of the idiocy of greed and the rewards of sacrifice. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:19:35 GMT Peter Canavese Philomena (2013) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4621 Though Coogan‘s the avowed funnyman, twinkly-eyed Dench makes beautiful comic music with him...and though Dame Judi‘s the classically trained tragedian, Coogan holds his own when matters get serious. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese