Saturday, 14 July 2012

Crisp Criticism - "Savages", "Ted", "Wuthering Heights"


Savages (2012/US)

Two marijuana growers face off against the Mexican drug cartel that kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Silly and strained attempt at provocation and excessiveness. A lot of effort by a lot of talent is spent on woefully uninteresting characters.
 
d – Oliver Stone
w – Shane Slerno, Don Winslow, Oliver Stone   (Based on the Novel by Don Winslow)
ph – Daniel Mindel
pd – Tomas Voth
m – Adam Peters
ed – Joe Hutshing, Stuart Levy, Alex Marquez
cos – Cindy Evans

p – Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff

Cast:    Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, Emile Hirsch, John Travolta, Sandra Echeverria, Diego Cataño, Joel David Moore, Demián Bichir, Trevor Donovan


Ted (2012/US)   *

As the result of a childhood wish, a thirty-year-old man’s teddy bear came to life and has been by his side ever since.
Unusual, rather lumpy and stiff foul-comedy which can never get over how brilliant it thinks its central concept is.
 
d – Seth MacFarlane
w – Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
ph – Michael Barrett
pd – Stephen J. Lineweaver
m – Walter Murphy
ed – Jeff Freeman
cos – Debra McGuire

p – Jason Clark, John Jacobs, Seth MacFarlane, Scott Stuber, Wellesley Wild

Cast:    Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Patrick             Warburton, Matt Walsh, Jessica Barth, Bill Smitrovich, Ralph Garman, Alex Borstein

 
Wuthering Heights (2012/UK)   **

A poor black boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by a farming family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister.
Indefinably gloomy, occasionally beautiful, stylistically interesting take on the classic novel; typical work of the director.
 
d – Andrea Arnold
w – Andrea Arnold, Olivia Hetreed   (Based on the Novel by Emily Bronte)
ph – Robbie Ryan
pd – Helen Scott
ed – Nicolas Chauderuge
cos – Steven Noble

p – Robert Bernstein, Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae

Cast:    Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Oliver Milburn, Nichola Burley, Eve Coverley, James Northcote, Lee Shaw, Amy Wren, Shannon Beer, Solomon Glave, Steve Evets, Paul Hilton, Simone Jackson, Jonny Powell

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