Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Crisp Criticism - "Night Crawler", "Exodus: Gods and Kings", "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"

Julien Faddoul

Nightcrawler *

An unemployment lunatic, who has been driven to thievery, finds a job in the world of LA crime journalism.
Unsettling thriller/black comedy that is far too satisfied with itself and its rather obvious delineations on the corruption of human decency to be at all illuminating, despite a committed central performance.

wd – Dan Gilroy
ph – Robert Elswit
pd – Kevin Kavanaugh
m – James Newton Howard
ed – John Gilroy
cos – Amy Westcott

p – Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal. Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton

Exodus: Gods and Kings

The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Bombastic, one-note retelling of a familiar tale with plenty of archaic destruction, none of which is particularly striking or memorable.

d – Ridley Scott
w – Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steve Zaillian
ph – Dariusz Wolski
pd – Arthur Max
m – Alberto Iglesias
ed – Billy Rich
cos – Janty Yates

p – Peter Chernin, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Jenno Topping

Cast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Indira Varma, John Turturro

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

A young boy who hates his life makes a birthday wish that the rest of his family will have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Vulgar series of sketches devoid of cause and effect, with everything happening randomly to the point of intellectual bewilderment. It’s not funny, either.

d – Miguel Arteta  
w – Rob Lieber   (Based on the Book by Judith Viorst)
ph – Terry Stacey  
pd – Michael Corenblith  
m – Christophe Beck  
ed – Pamela Martin  
cos – Nancy Steiner

p – Lisa Henson, Daniel S. Levine, Shawn Levy

Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey

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