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Groucho Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

"The story of an embarrasingly inept heavy-metal band called Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner's film set the mockumentary standard that has come to define much of modern screen comedy. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

2 100%

Repulsion (1965)

"Polanski dares the viewer to plunge into that eye and through the psychic rabbit hole that is its owner's increasingly unhinged personality. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

3 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"The playful Generation Y story (500) Days of Summer goes against the grain by wisely substituting delusion for deception. Boy meets girl. Boy thinks he understands girl. Boy oh boy."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Peter Canavese

4 95%

Midnight Express (1978)

"Strong stuff indeed...swells proportional sight and sound subjectively to convey Hayes' nightmarish experience but also hypes up a story that probably doesn't need the help. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jul 21, 2009

Peter Canavese

5 65%

Grumpy Old Men (1993)

"Irresistible...the prime hams and real-life friends share comic timing that can only come from years of experience. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jul 15, 2009

Peter Canavese

6 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"Emerson said, 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,' but in this franchise--where you're likely to spot a hobgoblin or two--the consistency isn't foolish but miraculous."

Posted Jul 14, 2009

Peter Canavese

7 ——

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete First Season (2003)

"Punches up its storytelling with biologically invasive visual effects and a soapy interest in its characters' sexy private lives. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jul 14, 2009

Peter Canavese

8 14%

I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)

"Does Chris Columbus owe somebody a favor?"

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Peter Canavese

9 68%

Brüno (2009)

"Ribbing for your pleasure, Brüno is crafted to cause a flurry of varied reactions, even within a single viewer."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Peter Canavese

10 34%

The Edge of Love (2008)

"Maybury tackles the great Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love, a speculative investigation into a cloudy period of the poet and dramatist's personal life. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jul 8, 2009

Peter Canavese

11 71%

Tetro (2009)

"There's still much to admire in the visual craft and offbeat cultural sampling Coppola heroically brings to a homogenized cinema, but Tetro rides off the rails."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Peter Canavese

12 93%

For All Mankind (1989)

"For All Mankind is about what makes these men all the same...and, to some extent what makes us all the same: our infinitesimal smallness in the humbling vastness of the universe. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jul 2, 2009

Peter Canavese

13 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"Hollywood likes nothing more than having its cake and eating it too, which explains the confusions of P.J. Hogan's Confessions of a Shopaholic. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jul 1, 2009

Peter Canavese

14 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"True-crime story or romantic myth-making? This was the question I brought in to Michael Mann's Public Enemies...and, though seemingly an either-or proposition, the question still on my mind when I walked out."

Posted Jul 1, 2009

Peter Canavese

15 25%

Predator 2 (1990)

"Undeniably bad, but sort of a nice try. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

16 33%

Morning Light (2008)

"A vanity project...[but also] a sincere love letter to sailing, as seen through the eyes of a handful of very lucky youngsters. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

17 84%

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

"Like his characters, Oshima is determined to explore and transgress sexual boundaries, if they even exist, by posing a challenge to conventional morality. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

18 96%

Do the Right Thing (1989)

"A towering achievement in American cinema, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing takes a hard look at a community in crisis. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

19 ——

Burn Notice - Season 2 (2009)

"Creator Matt Nix manages convincing action sequences and a sense of danger while keeping the show essentially optimistic and light-footed. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

20 76%

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

"Remains a potent statement about the horrors of war and a valid testament to the girl who could answer them by writing, 'I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.' [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

21 91%

Dancemaker (1999)

"Though the dances themselves are sometimes histrionically shot or overedited, Diamond ultimately succeeds in putting Taylor's best foot forward in this wholly memorable film."

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

22 25%

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)

"As sunglasses and guitar picks fly...and mics and pointing drumsticks thrust out of the screen, it's a sort of metaphor for the whole film (and the band it captures) to ponder which effects are "real" and which are manufactured in a computer. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

23 54%

Spaceballs (1987)

"Despite the dirty jokes hidden in plain sight ('Never underestimate the power of the Schwartz!'), Spaceballs is a PG-rated comedy that makes silliness sublime. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Peter Canavese

24 48%

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

"Undeniably manipulative, not only in its plot, but in its dramatization of it."

Posted Jun 26, 2009

Peter Canavese

25 13%

Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

"Not since Psycho has a movie taken such advantage of the phallic nature of slasher horror. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 25, 2009

Peter Canavese

26 33%

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

"Basically only for completists looking to see Jason take center stage for the first time. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 25, 2009

Peter Canavese

27 72%

Fracture (2007)

"Doesn't hold up to a lick of scrutiny, which is a shame, since it provides such juicy material for a pair of contrasting actors..."

Posted Jun 25, 2009

Peter Canavese

28 95%

L'année derničre ŕ Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961)

"Gorgeous and elliptical...also became [for some] an instant subject of derision as a prototype for the impenetrable European art film."

Posted Jun 24, 2009

Peter Canavese

29 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"Never in the field of blockbuster movies has so much been spent on so little."

Posted Jun 24, 2009

Peter Canavese

30 ——

Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009)

"Groening's notoriously prickly fanbase may well overlook the inclusion of nearly the entire extended universe of Futurama characters and focus on the negative: the warmed-over story and jokes. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

31 74%

Primal Fear (1996)

"An unfolding mystery in which truth is elusive, and twists are the order of the day...gives Norton a career-making opportunity to strut his stuff. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

32 60%

Arctic Tale (2007)

"Arctic Tale isn't a documentary. They say it right there in the title, see? It's a tale. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

33 83%

Mean Girls (2004)

"Like Heathers with the edges filed down a bit...the kind of smooth, clever (and rare) entertainment that critics and audiences can all enjoy, guilt-free. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

34 46%

The Last Kiss (2006)

"The Last Kiss isn't afraid of exploding romantic conventions--um, at least not at first. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

35 77%

Seabiscuit (2003)

"Writer-director Ross's true-believer American salesmanship%u2014inspired by Frank Capra and honed in Dave and Pleasantville--suits this story of American entrepreneurship, optimism, and resilience. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

36 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"[A] pleasing throwback to 1970s war-intrigue pictures. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

37 28%

Black Sheep (1996)

"It's nice to see the two together, practicing their easy screen rapport--and no doubt more so given Farley's untimely passing--but Black Sheep is still a clunker. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

38 46%

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

"A diverting but typically silly Roger Moore entry in the Bond canon. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

39 87%

Field of Dreams (1989)

"Widely regarded as a modern populist classic, the film is both a fabulist fable and a celebratory baseball movie that acknowledges scandal within the sport but also the game's transcendent ability to rise above attempts to damage its integrity. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

40 97%

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

"The sublime film music, now-iconic situations (like the climactic ghost town shootout), and sure visual style add up to a pitch-perfect genre pic that ongoingly influences generations of hip filmmakers. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

41 94%

Fargo (1996)

"The Coen Brothers have always loved to go far, a tactic they don't forgo in Fargo. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

42 ——

24 - Season 7 (2009)

"In the end, the trashy but entertaining Season Seven will be best remembered for giving the show 'buzz' again. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

43 80%

Miracle (2004)

"Miracle capitalizes on its understanding of team dynamics: the bonding of pain and gain alike, the ownership of integrity over ego, the satisfaction of communal accomplishment. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

44 ——

Fatal Attraction (1991)

"The film's moderate artistic success rests on Lyne's unsettling soft-lit style and the resonant leading performances by Douglas, Archer, and Close, who brilliantly does all the work the screenplay doesn't...[Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

45 14%

Year One (2009)

"There's no shortage of anatomical jokes, scatological jokes, and fart jokes, toilet humor being the last refuge of a spent comedy writer."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Peter Canavese

46 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"Its dull colors and folk-rock soundtrack...attempt to achieve the oft-chased feel of '70s cinema--in this case, Hal Ashby or Mike Nichols. It's a game try, but the transparently schematic result too often gets under the skin in the wrong way."

Posted Jun 18, 2009

Peter Canavese

47 44%

The Proposal (2009)

"Though there's definitely an audience for the story's increasingly sunny sweetness, the film sparks to life pretty much only when the estimable duo of Bullock and Reynolds bickers."

Posted Jun 18, 2009

Peter Canavese

48 38%

Indecent Proposal (1993)

"Would you sell your body for a night, to the tune of a million dollars? What makes for five minutes of interesting conversation, alas, does not make for an interesting two-hour movie. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 17, 2009

Peter Canavese

49 15%

Striking Distance (1993)

"Like the box of generic corn flakes, Striking Distance isn't so terrible, but you'll forget it the second you're done with it. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 17, 2009

Peter Canavese

50 ——

Lost - The Complete Second Season (2006)

"Lost's redemption songs continue to compel, all the way up to another thrilling cliffhanger finale that doles out mortal terrors and, for some, escape. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Jun 16, 2009

Peter Canavese

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