Sunday, 5 August 2012

Crisp Criticism - "Magic Mike", "The Watch", "Step Up Revolution", "Cosmopolis", "Total Recall"


Magic Mike (2012/US)   **

A 30-year-old male stripper in Tampa, Florida takes a 19-year-old boy under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women and making easy money.
Cosy, entertaining, terrifically handled behind-the-scenes yarn, emblematic of the director, who ultimately, gets bogged down by his adherence to the conventions of drugs and violence.
 
d – Steven Soderbergh
w – Reid Carolin
ph – Peter Andrews
pd – Chris Dileo, Stephen I. Erdberg
ed – Mary Ann Bernard
cos – Christopher Peterson

p – Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum, Nick Wechsler

Cast: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matt Bomer, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash



The Watch (2012/US)

A neighbourhood watch made up of four suburban guys discover that their town has become overrun with aliens.
Loud, unfunny, phallic-obsessed farce that goes nowhere new and lays there like a lead balloon.
 
d – Akiva Schaffer
w – Jared Stern, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
ph – Barry Peterson
pd – Doug J, Meerdink
m – Christophe Beck
ed – Dean Zimmerman
cos – Wendy Chuck

p – Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty

Cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, Doug Jones



Step Up Revolution (2012/US)

A girl arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer and sparks with the leader of a dance crew whose neighbourhood is threatened by her father's development plans.
The first intolerable feature in a merely uninteresting series of young adult films. This time, even the dancing is sleep-inducing.
 
d – Scott Speer
w – Amanda Brody
ph – Karsten Gopinath
pd – Carlos Menendez
m – Aaron Zigman
ed – Matt Friedman, Avi Youabian
cos – Rebecca Hofherr

p – Erik Feig, Jennifer Gibgot, Adam Shankman, Patrick Wachsberger

Cast: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Adam Sevani, Misha Gabriel, Peter Gallagher, Tommy Dewey


 
Cosmopolis (2012/Canada)

A 28-year-old billionaire rides across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut while he meets with his asset managers.
A huge mistake from both its gifted director and popular star, neither of whom apparently know what the point of it all is. It raises many interesting current questions and then manners itself in verbal and visual masturbation.
 
wd – David Cronenberg   (Based on the Novel by Don DeLillo)
ph – Peter Suschitzky
pd – Arvinder Grewal
m – Howard Shore
ed – Ronald Sanders
cos – Denise Cronenberg

p – Paulo Branco, Martin Katz

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, Samantha Morton, Emily Hampshire, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand


 
Total Recall (2012/US)

A factory worker begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a better life.
Bad, 200-million dollar remake; totally unnecessary.
 
d – Len Wiseman
w – Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback, Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Brannon, Jon Povill   (Based on the Short Story by Philip K. Dick)
ph – Paul Cameron
pd – Patrick Tatopoulos
m – Harry Gregson-Williams
ed – Christian Wagner
cos – Sanja Milkovic Hays

p – Toby Jaffe, Neal H. Moritz

Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine, Bill Nighy, John Cho



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