Thursday, 30 March 2017

Crisp Criticism - "The Lego Batman Movie", "Ghost in the Shell", "Life", "The Space Between Us"

by
Julien Faddoul













The Lego Batman Movie **

A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.
In many ways superior to the original because it bypasses that film’s saccharine message for a treatment that is less labored, with a ferocious outpouring of gags, some of which are quite funny. But this is Ironic with a capital “I” and, like the original, the humour can get exhausting.

d – Chris McKay
w – Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington   (Based on the Character Created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger)
pd – Grant Freckelton
m – Lorne Balfe
ed – David Burrows, John Venzon, Matt Villa

p – Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Roy Lee

Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Jenny Slate

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Crisp Criticism - "Beauty and the Beast", "The Boss Baby", "Power Rangers"

by
Julien Faddoul













Beauty and the Beast

A remake of an animated film made and released by The Walt Disney Company in 1991.
A critic-proof film through and through. To those who follow my writing, what is there left for me to say about a concoction such as this? Would it affect you for me to say that transposing an animated masterpiece to another medium and recreating it, at times shot-for-shot, is utterly pointless? Maybe. Would it do the world any good for me to point out how unethical that is for the hundreds of artists who spent years generating said masterpiece frame-by-frame whose work has been plagiarized? Perhaps. Would it sway you for me to state that the filmmakers behind this version have justified such behavior by adding another 40 minutes to the runtime with additional songs and plot elements that are all uniformly bad? It might. Would you find any point in my impression that in a full-scale musical containing some of the best songs ever written, no actual singing is ever heard outside of the audio processing provided by Auto-tune? Possibly. But judging from the box-office receipts that have collected after only a month, it is clear that you, dear readers, have already decided whether to participate in such solecism or not (as well as the rest of Disney’s plan involving the live-action appropriation of their own animated classics). All I can do is provide my perspective of the experience in question. For me, this film is disgusting, cynical, anti-audience and anti-art, and it saddened me deeply.

d – Bill Condon
w – Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos
ph – Tobias A. Schliessler
pd – Sarah Greenwood
m – Alan Menken
ed – Virginia Katz
cos – Jacqueline Durran

p – David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman

Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Vans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Hattie Morahan, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Nathan Mack, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Films of 2017

100 Films

For all reviews click here.


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*

Truman



NO STARS

The Belko Experiment
The Bye Bye Man
A Dog's Purpose
Fist Fight
Gifted
The Great Wall
Rings
Sandy Wexler
Sleepless
The Void
XXX: Return of Xander Cage





Crisp Criticism - "Kong: Skull Island", "Alone in Berlin", "Before I Fall", "A Cure for Wellness"

by
Julien Faddoul













Kong: Skull Island *

A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.
Some stunning visual effects and a lively performance or two can’t compensate for another big-budget remake on autopilot, following the same beats and falling into the same cynical trappings as others of its ilk.

d – Jordan Vogt-Roberts
w – Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, John Gatins
ph – Larry Fong
pd – Stefan Dechant
m – Henry Jackman
ed – Richard Pearson
cos – Mary E. Vogt

p – Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, Terry Notary, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Goodman, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, John Ortiz

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Crisp Criticism - "Logan", "Miss Sloane", "Wiener-Dog", "Three", "Silence"

by
Julien Faddoul













Logan **

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Psychotically violent, and altogether emphatically R-rated conclusion of the Wolverine franchise, exploring themes of retirement and withdrawal. Much of the action is dynamically staged (with a clear inspiration being the critical success of Mad Max: Fury Road). Jackman cements his creation as probably the most extensively weighty of the modern-day superhero portrayals.

d – James Mangold
w – Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
ph – John Mathieson
pd – Fran├žois Audouy
m – Marco Beltrami
ed – Michael McCusker
cos – Daniel Orlandi

p – Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Doris Morgado, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal