Home Video Reviews Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:52:59 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Cinderella (2015) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4777 A lavish, classy affair...But while long on beauty, Branagh‘s film falls short on whimsy...[and] the film‘s most affecting emotional moments...stand apart from the story‘s central conflict. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:52:00 GMT Peter Canavese Moonrise Kingdom (2012) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4346 Moonrise Kingdom’s heartfelt search and rescue of a feel-good result provides a perfect, even musical counterpoint to its regimented summer camp. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:42:00 GMT Peter Canavese Love & Mercy (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4802 Honorable...deeply moving...takes a considered approach to Wilson, sound in dramatic and editorial construction and insightful in its psychological subtexts. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:14:00 GMT Peter Canavese Two Days, One Night (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4764 Cotillard‘s heartbreakingly raw work carries the day, as she fleshes out both Sandra‘s suffering and emotional endurance on a journey of discovery that the latter, not the former, defines her. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:55:00 GMT Peter Canavese Gotham: The Complete First Season (2014) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4833 At times suffers from dull, dunderheaded, or dead-end plotlines [but]...There‘s enough here to keep hope alive that Gotham could grow into more of a weekly treat than a fanboy obligation. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Blacklist: The Complete Second Season (2013) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4827 A week-in, weak-out study in same-y procedural storytelling and mythology stalling that‘s powered by the usual salacious crime exploitation and the unusual lead performance of James Spader. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:50:44 GMT Peter Canavese Citizenfour (2014) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4736 A film every single American and, indeed, every world citizen should see and contemplate. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Midsummer Night‘s Sex Comedy (1982) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4825 Pure mid-period Allen, a muscle-stretching ensemble comedy with dramatic undertones and playful philosophical musings...Allen‘s characters ponder the permeable divide between lust and love, and the meanings of sexual intercourse... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:09:06 GMT Peter Canavese Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4824 Another solid entry in the DCU line, Justice League: Gods and Monsters works best as an entrée into what should be a fascinating and highly entertaining series of its own. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 23:57:52 GMT Peter Canavese True Story (2015) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4786 Does a lot of its work with its tongue-in-cheek title, a meta commentary on the not-so-broad spectrum of liar, actor, fiction writer, filmmaker and journalist. Fri, 07 Aug 2015 03:30:00 GMT Peter Canavese House of Cards: Volume Three (2013) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4816 ‘Do what you have to do.‘...Netflix‘s flagship series addresses this dictum to many characters grappling with tough choices, but the core subject of [Season Three] the marriage of Frank and Claire Underwood. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:22:04 GMT Peter Canavese The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4775 Shows little strain in maintaining its cute factor, thanks to the drily winning personalities of the likes of Smith, Dench, Nighy, and the comic ebullience of Patel. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:19:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Bridge (Die Brücke) (1959) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4809 That it is Hitler doing the exploiting has little relevance to the overriding theme of tragic history humanity remains doomed to repeat: sending naive young men…and, at some times and places, boys…to their ends. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:27:59 GMT Peter Canavese André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4808 In Criterion‘s Blu-ray and DVD boxsets titled André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films, we can ponder the full cinematic depth (and much of the theatrical depth) of the collaboration between two complementary creative souls. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Chappie (2015) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4800 I fervently hoped that some particularly annoyed soul would create a ‘Slapheads Yell “Chappie“!‘ 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] /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] /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] /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] /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] /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. 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