DVD Video Reviews Thu, 26 May 2016 19:03:41 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Triple 9 (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4887 A dark crime drama the rough-and-tumble Samuel Fuller no doubt would have loved. Wed, 01 Jun 2016 01:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Witch (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4914 Enjoy The Witch for what it is: a refreshingly baroque respite from the jump-scares that typify today‘s horror. Wed, 25 May 2016 18:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Finest Hours (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4874 One can easily understand why this story swiftly became Coast Guard legend...but its dim wall-of-grey visuals and narrative longueurs make much of the two hours a challenge to the attention span for viewers of any age. Tue, 24 May 2016 14:39:00 GMT Peter Canavese Where to Invade Next (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4882 Moore finds a galvanizing climax by rallying around the notion that idealism trumps, if you’ll pardon the word, defeatism. Tue, 10 May 2016 13:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese Son of Saul (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4869 One man’s last grasp at humanity amidst the dehumanizing horrors of Auschwitz...dramatizes those extraordinary circumstances under which even the meanings of life and death become foreign and in desperate need of rediscovery. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Lady in the Van (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4872 Though at times precious, Bennett’s sly script masks that deeply sentimental core with comic edge and a writer’s willful, mercenary remove. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Hateful Eight (2015) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4866 [A] general absence of something to say...Recycles the filmmaker’s own work: the leaner if no meaner dog-eat-dog plotting of Reservoir Dogs...and a roster of no-longer-shocking offenses... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (1999) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4898 Had a lot going for it: a strong creative vision from authorial forces who would go on to take Hollywood, a talented cast that would essentially do the same, and that premise. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:52:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (Special Edition) (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4899 There‘s nothing to take this show over the top, and in a crowded marketplace of quality TV storytelling, that‘s a troubing knock, but the show does a good job of wedding weekly genre thrills to creeping plot and character developments. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 22:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Hunger Games: Mockingjay…Part 2 (2015) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4855 If the franchise continues to feel a bit dull…heavy on the drama and light on the excitement, with pageantry long in the rear-view…there’s a respectable purity in the films’ political cynicism and populist fervor. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:21:00 GMT Peter Canavese Room (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4845 For two hours, Larson and Tremblay make their struggles our struggles, Ma and Jack’s perceptions challenging our own...the most potent pairing on screen this year. Mon, 07 Mar 2016 20:24:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Manchurian Candidate (2011) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4107 Set the standard for cinematic paranoid thrillers and stands as the quintessential John Frankenheimer film. Thu, 03 Mar 2016 23:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Good Dinosaur (2015) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4857 Sweet in that canned-with-heavy-syrup way: kids will dig it, but it’s not exactly a delicacy. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:24:00 GMT Peter Canavese Steve Jobs (2015) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4842 In attempting to ‘pull back the curtain‘ on a man, reveals behind its own theatrical curtain nothing much worth paying attention to... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:38:00 GMT Peter Canavese Grandma (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4831 Tailor-made for the great Lily Tomlin...Yeah, the circumstances are contrived, but easy enough to accept as long as they’re forcing interesting dynamics into seriocomic confrontation. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:11:00 GMT Peter Canavese Let There Be Light: John Huston‘s Wartime Documentaries (1946) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4881 Clearly, the breadth of Huston‘s Army Signal Corps films show a Blakian passage from innocence to experience, unquestioning jingoism to a recognition of war horrors. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Undesirable (1914) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4876 The cheap-looking production lacks visual flair and lines up undistinguished performances on the way to a clumsy, half-hearted resolution...And yet, to film historians and Curtiz fanatics, The Undesirable is a gift horse not to look in the mouth. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 23:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Bridge of Spies (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4880 Steven Spielberg goes into Stanley Kramer mode for Bridge of Spies, a socially conscious tale of touch-and-go diplomacy at home, at the office, and on the global stage. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:51:00 GMT Peter Canavese Truth (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4846 Though the [film]...cannot pretend to be free of its own leanings, Vanderbilt allows a reading of Mapes’ tragic errors amidst its melancholy diagnosing of TV-news’ slow, painful death march from the public trust into modern corporate product. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Of Mice and Men (1992) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4875 Classic-literature-adaptation demureness...but it‘s impeccably cast and mostly quite faithful. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 22:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese