Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Crisp Criticism - "Trainwreck", "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation", "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence", "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus"

Julien Faddoul


Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.
An overrated and judgmental film: It presumes a kind of conceited approach to its main character’s arc and its supporting characters’ view of her, relaying it as some kind of feminism despite none of it fitting any textbook example of the term. It expects its audience to follow its viewpoint around like dogs for fear of feeling stupid, all the while forgetting that in the cinema everything is about context. All this along with the gross over-length, flat humor and superfluous celebrity cameos typical of its director.

d – Judd Apatow
w – Amy Schumer
ph – Jody Lee Lipes
pd – Kevin Thompson
m – Jon Brion
ed – William Kerr, Peck Prior, Paul Zucker
cos – Leesa Evans

p – Judd Apatow, Barry Mandel

Cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James, Mike Birbiglia, John Cena, Dave Attell, Norman Lloyd, Ezra Miller, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Jon Glaser, Randall Park, Evan Brinkman, Pete Davidson, Tim Meadows, Kyle Dunnigan, Amar'e Stoudemire, Matthew Broderick, Marv Albert, Leslie Jones

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation *

Ethan and team take on the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
More plot-oriented than any previous film in the franchise, which is an issue due to the expected absurdity of it all. It has its moments (mainly with action), but it runs out of steam way before the end.

d – Christopher McQuarrie
w – Christopher McQuarrie, Drew Pearce   (Based on the Television Series by Bruce Geller)
ph – Robert Elswit
pd – James D. Bissell
m – Joe Kraemer
ed – Eddie Hamilton
cos – Joanna Johnston

p – J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Tom Cruise, David Ellison

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin, Simon McBurney, Jingchu Zhang, Tom Hollander, Jens Hultén

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence **

Two hapless novelty salesmen embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.
Andersson has pretty well exhausted his approach to human annotation by now, this being the third in a supposed trilogy, with only 39 camera set-ups and characters and situations that lack any kind of verisimilitude. Some sequences are breathtaking, but the commentary remains slight.

wd – Roy Andersson
ph – István Borbás, Gergely Pálos
m – Hani Jazzar, Gorm Sundberg
ed – Alexandra Strauss
cos – Julia Tegstrom

p – Pernilla Sandström

Cast: Holger Andersson, Nisse Vestblom, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnros, Jonas Gerholm, Ola Stensson

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus **

Two rich people become addicted to blood.
A cinematic alloy of its director’s susceptibilities, remaking the 1973 Blaxploitation film Ganja & Hess with funding from the global crowd funding platform Kickstarter. Part of it is inspired, part of it is embarrassing and much of it is disgusting.

d – Spike Lee
w – Spike Lee, Bill Gunn
ph – Daniel Patterson
pd – Kay Lee
m – Burce Hornsby
ed – Randy Wilkins
cos – Ruth E. Carter

p – Spike Lee, Chiz Schultz

Cast: Felicia Pearson, Zaraah Abrahams, Elvis Nolasco, Steven Hauck, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Lauren Macklin, Rami Malek

1 comment:

  1. "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" makes its action sequences bigger and better than its predecessors while maintaining its purpose to thrill and excite audiences throughout within a fast pace.

    Watch Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) Online