Blu-Ray Video Reviews Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:23:35 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 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 The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) (2013) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4624 Plays at times like a more conventional, less daring version of 1972’s Roma...On its own merits, Sorrentino’s film ain’t half-bad, but it’s no Fellini picture. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:13:00 GMT Peter Canavese King of the Hill (1993) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4645 To revisit King of the Hill…or to discover it…is to realize how seldom American cinema deems it worthwhile to tell a child‘s story with anything approaching serious psychological intent. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:26:00 GMT Peter Canavese Foreign Correspondent (1940) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4644 A fitfully crackerjack picture with astonishing mise-en-scène...some memorable set pieces to take advantage of same, and flashes of Hitchockian wit... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 03:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3730 Though the film, by necessity, expands Dahl‘s original story and fuses it to the sensibility of Anderson, author and auteur share a common tone of twisted twee... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4649 Nervy and unnerving...arguably the purest expression of Allen‘s cinematic vision. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 02:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Darkman (1990) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3783 The wild pulp adventure that prefigured Raimi‘s eventual direction of the Spider-Man franchise...If you‘ve a taste for Hollywood-funded outré, Darkman is one of those rare films that fits the bill. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 02:19:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Fifth Estate (2013) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4597 Cumberbatch gives a commanding performance, but corrective rewrites to the worrying early drafts of the script obviously were too little, too late to do justice to the nuanced complexities of [Assange] and his revolution. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4619 A culminative reflection on the reboot‘s characterization of the Doctor, a respectful hat tip to the decades that preceded the show‘s return to the airwaves in 2005, and a jumping-off point for...the next fifty years of Who. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:59:00 GMT Peter Canavese 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4537 Neville does a good job of highlighting songs that are especially characterized by backup singers, like Lou Reed‘s ‘Walk on the Wild Side,‘ and introducing us to some of the ‘unsung‘ talent that made those hits possible. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:49:00 GMT Peter Canavese Archer: The Complete Season Four (2009) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4636 Clearly, Archer is coming for you. Phrasing. Boom! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:45:55 GMT Peter Canavese The Lone Ranger (2013) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4533 Prompts ‘The Cosplay Kid‘ of the Comic-Con era of cinema to swallow the sins of our forefathers and the ones we countenance today. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:42:00 GMT Peter Canavese Mary Poppins (1964) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4625 One of the great movie musicals and of that rare breed of deathless family entertainment that‘s guaranteed to transfix children, well beyond this, its fiftieth anniversary. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:44:16 GMT Peter Canavese Frances Ha (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4505 Brims with funny ideas both verbal and visual that are finely tuned by Baumbach and his cast, and sharply edited... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:33:00 GMT Peter Canavese Oliver! (1968) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/2387 Makes an epic impact, fully exploiting cinema to chase the intensity of a live musical while also allowing time for intimate expression of character. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese Robot Chicken: Season 6 (2012) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4611 Say what you will about stop-motion sketch-comedy show Robot Chicken, but there‘s nothing else like it on television. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:14:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Who: Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset (2005) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4609 It‘s Christmas morning for Whovians with the release of the entire rebooted Doctor Who series in 1080p high-definition on Blu-ray. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:59:00 GMT Peter Canavese Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series (2010) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3885 [A] family-friendly science-fiction series redefined for the new millenium by an especially grand, generous spirit to its storytelling. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:03:00 GMT Peter Canavese