GrouchoReviews.com http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:24:40 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Whiplash (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4734 /reviews/4734 An indie Amadeus...it‘s the career-best performances by Simmons and Teller...that make Whiplash unforgettable. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:18:08 GMT Peter Canavese Fury (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4733 /reviews/4733 A throwback combat movie that offers tanks for the memories, along with vivid performances. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Judge (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4732 /reviews/4732 Runs on clichés and ultimately earns more credit for what it doesn’t do...than for what it does. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:41:00 GMT Peter Canavese Kill the Messenger (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4731 /reviews/4731 Rather than a fiercely intelligent, live-wire exposé, the well-intentioned picture comes across as weak-tea drama that never fully justifies its docudramatic form. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:38:45 GMT Peter Canavese Pride (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4730 /reviews/4730 Pays heartwarming testament to the flexibility of solidarity. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:45:27 GMT Peter Canavese Gone Girl (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4729 /reviews/4729 Once the chaotic adult-fairy-tale elements override Fincher’s otherwise meticulous style, one suspects this tawdry tale of marital fury signifies nothing more than a nihilistic view of heterosexual marriage. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:54:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Equalizer (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4727 /reviews/4727 The star makes the film something like a guilty pleasure, but he and touches like the film-opening Mark Twain quotation form little more than a gilded cover wrapped around pure pulp. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:15:51 GMT Peter Canavese A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4728 /reviews/4728 What’s best about A Walk Among the Tombstones is atmospheric...What’s worst about the film is its sense of generic luridness... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese My Old Lady (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4726 /reviews/4726 How relevant or relatable viewers will find all this is questionable, but fans of the actors will take true pleasure in their tart verbal sparring... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:15:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Skeleton Twins (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4725 /reviews/4725 Wiig and Hader‘s shared history beautifully informs their entirely credible screen relationship, which can be as testy as it is loving, as distressingly haunted as it is funny... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Maze Runner (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4724 /reviews/4724 One could wish the picture were less thematically anemic...but there‘s something to be said for the nifty concept and pure adrenaline, when it kicks in. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:12 GMT Peter Canavese Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4723 /reviews/4723 Wait…is this a lesbian dolphin dating movie? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:29:49 GMT Peter Canavese The Last of Robin Hood (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4722 /reviews/4722 Technically qualifies as a true-crime tale, and seems to exist mostly out of a sense of marketable prurience: hallmarks of Lifetime’s infamous cable movies. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:55:36 GMT Peter Canavese The Trip to Italy (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4721 /reviews/4721 Comedy sequel The Trip to Italy is almost exactly like its predecessor The Trip, and for the most part, that‘s a good thing. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:12:03 GMT Peter Canavese Love Is Strange (2014) [*** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4720 /reviews/4720 The film may seem to be doing very little, but it evinces great sensitivity...as it explores a universal theme of dealing with life‘s unexpected derailments and trying to get back on track. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:05:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Raphael Bob-Waksberg & Lisa Hanawalt…BoJack Horseman…8/14/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/403 /interviews/403 Staying with some friends in this big house in the Hollywood hills...I just remember looking out over the deck of this house and seeing the city below and feeling like ‘Oh, I’m on top of the world. And I’ve never been more lonely or isolated.‘ Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:19:31 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Ira Sachs…Love Is Strange…8/11/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/404 /interviews/404 It’s a pretty classic kind of set-up for the love story genre because it’s two people who are in love who have to face an obstacle together. And what we reveal in the story is the depth of their love, through how they do that. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:11:35 GMT Peter Canavese When the Game Stands Tall (2014) [** 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4719 /reviews/4719 We‘ve seen the ‘Full eyes, clear hearts, can‘t lose‘ ethic before on screen, and more winningly dramatized, but When the Game Stands Tall does a good, and family-friendly, job of encapsulating Ladouceur‘s ‘winning‘ approach... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:36:50 GMT Peter Canavese If I Stay (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4718 /reviews/4718 Shamelessly engineered and sappy, but swoony romantics (c‘mon, you know you are one!) may not much mind. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:31:32 GMT Peter Canavese Calvary (2014) [***] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4717 /reviews/4717 The resulting mystery-play-goes-mystery-movie allegory may have a heavy hand, but it also has its finger on the pulse of the struggles facing the [Catholic] Church and the emotional needs of its drifting parishioners. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:52:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Expendables 3 (2014) [* 1/2] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4716 /reviews/4716 It‘s a bit like watching old friends drunkenly mud wrestle: it‘s good to see them, but not like this. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Giver (2014) [**] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4715 /reviews/4715 Too bad that this junior version of Fahrenheit 451 turned out drippy...It‘s odd to watch a film about the rediscovery of love, faith, passion, and color, and for the film to be so by-the-numbers colorless. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:23:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Chris Mulkey…Last Weekend, Twin Peaks…5/2/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/395 /interviews/395 Malcolm is a totally different kind of role than I‘ve ever played. He‘s a listener. And that‘s a really powerful thing to be able to do...Hank Jennings was a duplicitous guy... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:37:46 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Richard Linklater…Boyhood…7/17/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/402 /interviews/402 At the end of the shoot, I would talk to the actors, like ‘Okay, next year, here‘s what‘s coming.‘ And then I had the year to think about it, and so did they. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:13:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Rob Reiner…And So It Goes, The Case Against 8…6/19 & 6/20/2014 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/400 /interviews/400 I enjoy the creative process. I love the writing part of it, the editing…one of my favorites. But I also like the production process. It’s just fun to do. That’s what I’ve discovered, you know, as I’ve gotten older. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:34:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2012) http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/253 /features/253 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! No one would say that the San Francisco Film Society has had an easy time of the last few years, but its Filmmaker360 program to support and fund independent film can (and does) boast successes like Beasts of the Southern Wild and Fruitvale Station, and with new Executive Director Noah Cowan in place, st... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:10:11 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2013 Top 10 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/252 /features/252 The Year‘s Best Films             1. Her  The “zeitgeist“-y American movie of the year is a slightly futuristic tale that reflects blindingly on our present. Written and directed by Spike Jonze with elegant, melancholy calm, Her functions as a sincere and most unusual romance…between a human and a f... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:40:59 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: Mill Valley Film Festival 36 (October 3-13, 2013) http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/251 /features/251 In the fall, a young film‘s fancy heavily turns to thoughts of awards. Long well-positioned as a harbinger of Oscar attention to come, the Mill Valley Film Festival brings out big films and big stars as part of an eclectic slate of studio and indie films, fiction films and documentaries, tributes and panels, a Childrens‘ Film Fest, concerts in the... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:18:28 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2012 Top 10 http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/250 /features/250 The Year‘s Best Films             1. This is Not a Film  This is the rare film that is more: a rebellious yawp over the rooftops of the world, a vital social document, a moral but illegal political statement. World-class filmmaker Jafar Panahi (Crimson Gold) has frequently tangled with the... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:26:04 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 17th San Francisco Silent Film Festival (July 12-15, 2012) http://www.grouchoreviews.com/features/249 /features/249 In the last few years, leaps and bounds have taken The San Francisco Silent Film Festival to new heights of ambition and stature. The 17th San Francisco Silent Film Festival running July 12-15, 2012 at the Castro Theatre bears that out in what has been the institution‘s banner year thus far. The Fest topped itself with its historic presentation, ea... Sat, 07 Jul 2012 06:32:00 GMT Peter Canavese