GrouchoReviews.com: Home Video Reviews http://grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:30:00 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Moonlight (2016) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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://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://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://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://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://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://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://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://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://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://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://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 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5021 /reviews/5021 Silly and rarely believable in any of its particulars...Andy Daly, though? Really funny. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Snowden (2016) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4971 /reviews/4971 Born on the Fourth of July for millennials...Stone effectively streamlines Snowden’s story for mass consumption, edification, and identification. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The BFG (2016) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4929 /reviews/4929 Largely lifeless, which is unusual for fantasy material birthed by Roald Dahl or directed by Steven Spielberg, much less a combination of the two. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures…Complete Season One (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5011 /reviews/5011 Even adult Star Wars fans with enough of a sense of perspective to laugh at this not-overly-serious non-canonical storyline will have a good time. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5008 /reviews/5008 The show‘s second season improves the spinoff (from more famous elder sibling The Walking Dead) in just about every respect... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Pete‘s Dragon (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5007 /reviews/5007 There‘s room enough for both Pete‘s Dragons in this big old world. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Heart of a Dog (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/5025 /reviews/5025 ‘Arty,‘ to be sure, but it‘s not pretentious: rather, it‘s expressive of the scattered state of mind, the reflective state of mind, that attends grief. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Don‘t Think Twice (2016) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4945 /reviews/4945 Pinpoints a creative community that’s never been explored in a narrative film...its wistful, naturalistic presentation of a thirtysomething turning point…a forced maturation of sorts…rings true. Fri, 01 Jan 2016 08:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese