GrouchoReviews.com: Blu-Ray Video Reviews http://new.grouchoreviews.com/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:01:54 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Woman of the Year (1942) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5053 /reviews/5053 An effervescent but edgy rom-com about love, career, the insecurities men and women felt (and, sadly, still feel to some extent) around burgeoning feminism. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rogue One (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5009 /reviews/5009 Will give die-hard Star Wars fans multiple orgasms...runneth over with Star Wars spectacle. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5048 /reviews/5048 A deeply disturbing study of mass hysteria, a lasting cultural document of “a shameful memory“...and a culturally specific but widely relevant snapshot of that late-‘60s moment of student rebellion being met by violent institutional crackdowns. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 20th Century Women (2016) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5023 /reviews/5023 Empathetic and self-searching...a highly witty, deeply humane look at people who may be too conscious for their own good, people who think and feel too much ever to be truly happy. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Sing (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5045 /reviews/5045 Sing is pleasant enough...but scrutinize it, and you‘ll find that it‘s neither very musically accomplished nor very funny. The tone is bright and colorful but still evinces a kind of joyless duty... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Being 17 (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5044 /reviews/5044 Its emotional beats strike honest notes, well played by the actors in the clutch moments...Téchiné and Sciamma prove that there is, in truth, beauty, as in youth and mountain greenery, as in nature‘s need and human nature‘s desire. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Moana (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese 45 Years (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4877 /reviews/4877 Implications, about the long odds for romance, the deeper psychology of mating, and the devastating possibility that love isn’t an absolute but a willful, occasionally mutual, delusion. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Moonlight (2016) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5040 /reviews/5040 Filled with extraordinary performances, Moonlight explores the tension between private and public selves for a closeted black individual who feels pressure to conform to traditional but arbitrary standards of masculinity. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Cameraperson (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5037 /reviews/5037 Smart enough to make implications but let us draw our own conclusions about what these images, individually and collectively…and the art form to which they belong…mean to their photographer, to us, and to human society. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5038 /reviews/5038 It‘s easy enough to appreciate The Tree of Wooden Clogs as a painterly near-documentary, shot and edited by a director who got his start in documentary films...or a spacious moral fable about humility and trust in following the righteous path. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Nocturnal Animals (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Manchester by the Sea (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.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. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Strange (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.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.  Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese by Sidney Lumet (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5034 /reviews/5034 Like Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow‘s De Palma (also released in 2016), by Sidney Lumet has one undeniable result: it instills a fervent wish to watch the director‘s entire output from beginning to end... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pinocchio (1940) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/3362 /reviews/3362 Expertly balances whimsy, adventure, terrifying perils, music, comedy, and warmth on the way to a reassuring worldview of moral order, of virtue rewarded and the bosom embrace of familial figures. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Light Between Oceans (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4961 /reviews/4961 Cianfrance makes intimate, psychologically penetrating films, with quiet spaces and moments of brutal intensity...As unlikely as the story is, Cianfrance deftly steers the material through elemental themes... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Inferno (2016) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5024 /reviews/5024 You won‘t ever find me calling Inferno a good movie, but I won‘t deny that, in dribs and drabs, it gets closer to the marks of fun and quality than I thought possible from this picturesque but dopey franchise. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese xXx (2002) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/497 /reviews/497 Superficially, it resembles exhilarating action films of the past, but the paint-by-numbers approach just doesn‘t do the trick. With all-around bad acting, hyperactive production, and a script that passes ‘camp‘ and goes right on through to ‘bad‘... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Deepwater Horizon (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://new.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4976 /reviews/4976 Hammer[s] home what the news media didn’t much convey in 2010: the human-level horror of being on the rig and the sheer scope of the unnaturalness of the enterprise. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese