GrouchoReviews.com: DVD Video Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:08:52 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Chappie (2015) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4800 /reviews/4800 I fervently hoped that some particularly annoyed soul would create a ‘Slapheads Yell “Chappie“!‘ supercut...to refine the movie to its purest form of annoyance. As of this writing, internet, you disappoint me. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wild Tales (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4779 /reviews/4779 Like Tarantino‘s films, Wild Tales will rub some the wrong way by taking glee in the violence that comes from our worst selves, but the catharses have a positive social function...there‘s no doubt Szifron intends cautionary Tales. Fri, 05 Jun 2015 01:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Welcome to Me (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4799 /reviews/4799 Wiig plays her role with total commitment, fearlessness, and lack of vanity...the movie we deserve in the age of social media and cable television, a satiric child of Paddy Chayevsky‘s Network in its autopsy of “vox populi“ viral video... Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:29:29 GMT Peter Canavese Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4798 /reviews/4798 Workman has done a service in making a broadly accessible history of Welles that stands a chance of drawing younger generations of film buffs, like moths, to ‘the master‘‘s flame. Fri, 29 May 2015 19:05:43 GMT Peter Canavese Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4795 /reviews/4795 Our American addiction...bloodsucking from humanity in order to maintain the lifestyle to which we are accustomed. By the time Hess wearily muses, “I‘m tired of this existence,“ it‘s more or less clear he means a spiritually empty capitalist existence... Wed, 27 May 2015 22:50:00 GMT Peter Canavese Leviathan (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4793 /reviews/4793 Zvyagintsev literally and allegorically depicts modern Russia‘s runaway corruption but also captures universal fears about the shaky ground on which we construct our lives. Fri, 15 May 2015 21:48:27 GMT Peter Canavese Masters of Sex: Season Two (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4791 /reviews/4791 Showrunner Michelle Ashford has played slow and loose with the facts, but in ways that achieve thematic resonance in a speculative, provocative dialogue with history. Mon, 11 May 2015 19:48:24 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Turner (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4760 /reviews/4760 Revives an era in astonishing, delicate detail, then moves through the space with a documentarian‘s eye. Leigh takes Turner out of art history and puts him back in the world. Mon, 04 May 2015 17:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2015) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4787 /reviews/4787 Has a smattering of effective moments and a creepy cinematographic look to it, but the sequel‘s redundancy to its predecessor and pulseless feints at tapping into human emotion leech the suspense out of the picture. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:53:12 GMT Peter Canavese Big Eyes (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4753 /reviews/4753 Burton pokes fun at Keane‘s art, but he kids because he loves, and Big Eyes productively asks the question of whether the paintings are art or kitsch (probable answer: both). Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:43:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wild (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4747 /reviews/4747 A satisfying excursion, a secular but spiritual journey of self-discovery. Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:49:00 GMT Peter Canavese 101 Dalmatians (1961) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4767 /reviews/4767 Then and now, Disney fans of all ages have thrilled to the animation-ambitious sight of the titular pack, and chilled at the villainy of mad diva Cruella De Vil. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese Porco Rosso (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4766 /reviews/4766 Though the story touches on politics and even profundities of the human experience, Miyazaki‘s light touch and overriding sense of fun promise that children of all ages will give themselves over to ninety-four minutes of fantasy that do a heart good. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:37:48 GMT Peter Canavese Need for Speed (2014) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4656 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4676 /reviews/4676 At times thuddingly earnest...at 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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4702 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4706 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4705 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4700 /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] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4701 /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