Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:29:12 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. A Man Called Ove (2015) [***] /reviews/4989 Though Holm’s film can be plenty sentimental and emotionally manipulative, it also manages to be about sentiment and emotional manipulations, and how those aren’t necessarily bad things. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:35:00 GMT Peter Canavese Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) [ 1/2] /reviews/4988 Only in a well-populated movie theater can one truly appreciate the sound of silence when Gadot’s character boasts she could crack a walnut with her vagina. And that, my friends, is the funniest joke in the picture. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:24:28 GMT Peter Canavese The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (1933) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4987 Universal‘s new three-disc The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Restored Blu-ray Edition offers the best chance yet on home video to appreciate the Brothers and their brand of anarchic, sometimes surreal comedy... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:13:00 GMT Peter Canavese Duck Soup (1933) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4984 For all its wild comic abandon, Duck Soup has darker implications than the usual Marx Brothers comedy and, as such, feels the most relevant and sharp in its satire. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:44:00 GMT Peter Canavese Monkey Business (1931) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4982 Keeps plot at a minimum, anarchy at a maximum, which is a good place to be for the fearless foursome of 1930s screen comedy.  Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:04:00 GMT Peter Canavese Animal Crackers (1930) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4981 More so than any of the other Paramount films, Animal Crackers is Groucho‘s picture. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese Horse Feathers (1932) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4983 The opening ten minutes of Horse Feathers have more laughs than most comedy features muster in their entirety. And there‘s more where that came from... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:58:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Cocoanuts (1929) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4980 Sophisticated absurdity and sublime nonsense. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:20:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Accountant (2016) [*] /reviews/4986 The running-gag emotional expression of another of the film’s autistic characters pretty much sums it up: ‘Heavy sigh.‘ Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:50:18 GMT Peter Canavese Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4978 Deep reserves of humor and heart...a sophisticated comedy with an often blazingly fast pace to its dialogue, a quintessential Gary Cooper performance in the title role, and an especially tenacious leading lady in Jean Arthur. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:05:14 GMT Peter Canavese Angels & Demons (2009) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/3402 Try not to giggle when...Langdon is being called in for ‘[his] expertise, [his] erudition.‘ The guy from Bachelor Party? Just kidding, Tom, we love you…just not in this kind of pricy but conspicuously soulless crap. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:08:00 GMT Peter Canavese Boyhood (2014) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4707 Cinematic poetry...As that greatest of screen rarities…a potentially mainstream experimental film…the writer-director earns a bit of slack in gratitude for the strange and wonderful gift Boyhood is... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:09:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Da Vinci Code (2006) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/2567 Too measured to be lively, too skittish to be provocative, too dramatically slack to be more than a ploddingly literal book-on-film. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:18:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Infiltrator (2016) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4935 A sturdy but uninspired crime docudrama that’s neither convincingly colloquial nor thrillingly stylish. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:00:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Girl on the Train (2016) [**] /reviews/4979 A mental-health exploitation picture.  Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:18:37 GMT Peter Canavese The Birth of a Nation (2016) [** 1/2] /reviews/4972 Unsettlingly, Parker’s historical film depicts a tragic uncivil war that bears comparison to our modern racial struggles, and while it’s history not to be forgotten, it’s also not to be mischaracterized. Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:16:20 GMT Peter Canavese Patterns (1956) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4968 The main draw remains Serling, whose story seems every bit as relevant…indeed, more so…today. There is efficiency but also music in his theatrical language... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:40:00 GMT Peter Canavese Deepwater Horizon (2016) [***] /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. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:56:43 GMT Peter Canavese Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) [ 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] /reviews/4932 The fact that Mike and Dave will inevitably turn into a rom com blunts its potential as a black comedy of comeuppance for the titular jerks. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:51:00 GMT Peter Canavese Queen of Katwe (2016) [***] /reviews/4975 A co-production of Disney and ESPN Films, Queen of Katwe unsurprisingly has a calculated quality to it...What’s thrilling is the story’s girl power, with Phiona described as an aggressive player of ‘astonishing power.‘ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Gregg Henry…Guardians of the Galaxy, Body Double, Jason Bourne…08/28/2016 /interviews/449 The first thing I did with De Palma was Scarface...A De Palma set is a very different kind of set than a James Gunn set or a Paul Greengrass set...He likes it extremely quiet on the set... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:37:16 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Sean Gunn…Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls…8/28/2016 /interviews/448 [Vol. 2] starts only a couple of months after the first one...understand, from Kraglin‘s point-of-view, that Quill did double-cross them...And so the movie starts from that jumping-off point of ‘I‘m not sure everything is feeling great in Ravager-ville.‘ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:07:00 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Rick Cosnett…The Flash…08/27/2016 /interviews/447 People[‘s]...imaginations are going crazy as to what [Eddie] could be next. And I would love him to have powers and come back. Especially now with ‘Flashpoint‘... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 02:12:54 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: John Krasinski & Margo Martindale…The Hollars…8/21/2016 /interviews/446 [Krasinski:] I needed to make sure that we weren‘t making a ‘movie family,‘ that you could project your own family into them. It had to feel like your family, it had to feel like your had to feel like you were living through this with them. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:26:31 GMT Peter Canavese Interview: Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez, Raúl Castillo, Lauren Weedman & Daniel Franzese…Looking…6/26/2016 /interviews/445 [Groff:] We‘re seeing Patrick become a man and sort of come into his own. And be okay with not having an answer...I didn‘t consciously try to put myself into Patrick, but inevitably...when I‘m playing a character, it starts to bleed into my everyday life. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:35:22 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 /features/257 Thanks to prime mover Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, San Jose now has its own “Comic-Con“: the Silicon Valley Comic Con. San Jose has been home to many science-fiction/film and TV/comic-themed toy shows or conventions over the years (many of us still have fond memories of TimeCon at the old San Jose Convention Center), some of them pretty rink... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:56:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2015 Top 10 /features/256 The Year‘s Best Films                     1. Chi-Raq  The right film at the right time, Spike Lee’s latest is his most creatively fertile and socially immediate narrative feature in years. A grabber from its opening sequence, a lyric video for Nick Cannon’s gut-punching... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:03:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015) /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 16:59:00 GMT Peter Canavese Feature: 2014 Top 10 /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) /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