GrouchoReviews.com http://grouchoreviews.com/ Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14:15:39 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. Interview: Jason Segel & James Ponsoldt…The End of the Tour…5/2/2015 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/421 /interviews/421 [Segel:] I really did relate to this feeling of extreme caution that, uh, even something I say off-handedly could now be printed out-of-context, anywhere, for the rest of my life. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:10:55 GMT Peter Canavese Mission: Impossible…Rogue Nation (2015) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4819 /reviews/4819 McQuarrie doesn‘t make it easy to invest in the characters here, but paradoxically he does know how to make us grip our armrests as they face danger, and thus the mission is accomplished once more. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:49:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Kyle Patrick Alvarez & Dr. Philip Zimbardo…The Stanford Prison Experiment…7/23/2015 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/420 /interviews/420 [Alvarez:] I wanted it to be a collaborative environment. I didn‘t want to pit the actors against themselves. The characters are pitted against each other. So the actors didn‘t have to be. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 03:03:58 GMT Peter Canavese The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4818 /reviews/4818 Zimbardo insists he’s ‘trying to understand how an institution affects an individual’s behavior.‘ Alvarez’s own dark study, empowered by potent acting, allows the audience to contemplate the many variations on that psychological dynamic. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:17:41 GMT Peter Canavese Pixels (2015) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4817 /reviews/4817 Resembles its own remarks about predictable patterns in the circuitry of arcade games: here is a series of crass caricatures, obvious setups and payoffs (not to mention a woman problem...), further suffocated by overweening commercialism... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:30:30 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Theodore Bikel…My Fair Lady, Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem…08/01/2014 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/419 /interviews/419 I‘m a communicator. I reach an audience by whichever means are possible, and my voice is one of them. The other is the ability to clearly enunciate what it is that I want to say...And to treat everything as a story to be told. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:48:32 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Parker Posey…Irrational Man…July 10, 2015 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/418 /interviews/418 When I got to set, [Woody Allen] kind of showed me what the temperature of the movie was. I didn‘t know if I was in a comedy. I didn‘t know the tone. I thought a lot about jazz when I was working on this. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 03:08:20 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Holmes (2015) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4814 /reviews/4814 McKellen dazzles...Mr. Holmes spins a tale about the falsely drawn lines between stories and our perceptions of real life, between celebrity image and genuine persona, and between upper and lower classes. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:53:09 GMT Peter Canavese House of Cards: Volume Three (2013) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4816 /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]...is the marriage of Frank and Claire Underwood. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:22:04 GMT Peter Canavese Ant-Man (2015) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4815 /reviews/4815 With its playful use of scale, Ant-Man drops a dollop of Lewis Carroll whimsy on the usual clashes of good and evil. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:16:34 GMT Peter Canavese The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4775 /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 Minions (2015) [**] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4813 /reviews/4813 The technical execution is strong...but the invention is weak...simply feels late to the party by spinning off sidekicks...as it trades on ‘60s style... Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:26:58 GMT Peter Canavese Batkid Begins (2015) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4812 /reviews/4812 Celebrates a city united for fun and goodwill, and the rare, pronounced sense of play and energy adults are capable of rediscovering, as do those who toil excitedly and hopefully to give Miles ‘a little bit of his childhood back.‘ Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:12:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Bridge (Die Brücke) (1959) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4809 /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] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4808 /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 Terminator Genisys (2015) [*] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4807 /reviews/4807 Any senses of suspenseful stakes or human-scale relationships have turned weightless, leaving us with crashing and bashing, running and gunning, and a whole lot of head-scratching. The experience is utterly numbing... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Tab Hunter--Damn Yankees!, Tab Hunter Confidential--6/20/2015 http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/417 /interviews/417 It‘s not an easy business... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:36:00 GMT Peter Canavese Max (2015) [* 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4806 /reviews/4806 Links all-American patriotism with military righteousness, religious faith, and socially conservative family values...when Max isn’t leaping around, Max rolls over and plays dead. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:38:47 GMT Peter Canavese Inside Out (2015) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4803 /reviews/4803 Like a cross between Wreck-It Ralph and Mr. Rogers‘ Neighborhood, Inside Out dazzles while taking care to send positive messages about the roles of feelings and the value of recognizing and embracing them... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:37:00 GMT Peter Canavese Chappie (2015) [*] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) [** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4805 /reviews/4805 A disappointing ‘film‘ but, at least for its target audience of white middle-class teens (and probably their parents), a deeply satisfying ‘movie.‘ Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:25:00 GMT Peter Canavese Jurassic World (2015) [***] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4804 /reviews/4804 The culture has had just enough time to miss this franchise, and director and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow...has met the challenges with an appealing self-awareness. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:02:00 GMT Peter Canavese Love & Mercy (2015) [*** 1/2] http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4802 /reviews/4802 Honorable...deeply moving...takes a considered approach to Wilson, sound in dramatic and editorial construction and insightful in its psychological subtexts. Fri, 05 Jun 2015 20:14:00 GMT Peter Canavese Wild Tales (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://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://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 Feature: The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) http://grouchoreviews.com/features/255 /features/255 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST CAPSULE REVIEWS! By my count, this year‘s San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) features 58 narrative features, one for every year in the fest‘s history. That‘s on top of 34 documentary features, 6 shorts programs, and a panoply of awards presentations/tributes, live performance events, lectu... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:59:01 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2014 Top 10 http://grouchoreviews.com/features/254 /features/254 The Year‘s Best Films                   1. Boyhood  The deceptively simple idea behind Richard Linklater‘s magnum opus was to shoot a few days a year for twelve years, and thus capture the growth and development of a middle-class Everyboy (Ellar Coltrane) and his family. Linklater‘s rest... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:34:27 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2014) http://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 19:10:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2013 Top 10 http://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://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