Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Crisp Criticism - "Now You See Me", "Girl Most Likely", "Wrong", "Disconnect", "Magic Magic"

Julien Faddoul

Now You See Me

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective monitor a crew of illusionists who pull off bank robberies during their performances.
Tremendously stupid deluge of overcooked complications and arrogant wisecracks. A film so conceited that it never accepts its own company.

d – Louis Leterrier
w – Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
ph – Mitchell Amundsen, Larry Fong
pd – Peter Wenham
m – Brian Tyler
ed – Robert Leighton, Vincent Tabaillon
cos – Jenny Eagan

p – Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Michael Kelly, Common, David Warshofsky

Girl Most Likely

A once promising New York playwright finds herself, after a fake suicide, in the custody of her estranged gambling addict mother.
A catastrophe, with every single pretentious East-coast joke one could possible think of.

d – Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
w – Michelle Morgan
ph – Steve Yedlin
pd – Annie Spitz
m – Rob Simonsen
ed – Robert Pulcini
cos – Tom Broecker

p – Mark Amin, Alix Madigan, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Christopher Fitzgerald, June Diane Raphael, Natasha Lyonne, Bob Balaban, Sydney Lucas

Wrong **

A man wakes up one morning to find his dog has disappeared and undergoes telepathic means to try and find him.
Another deft piece of surrealism by Mr Oizo about the inability to take one’s mind off the miserableness of life. Some of it is glib, but most of it is funny.

wd – Quentin Dupieux
ph – Quentin Dupieux
pd – Joan Le Boru
m – Quentin Dupieux
ed – Quentin Dupieux
cos – Jamie Bresnan

p – Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Gregory Bernard, Nicolas Lhermitte, Josef Lieck

Cast: Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little, William Fichtner, Mark Burnham


Various lives intersect through the searching of human connection in a cyber-obsessed world.
Forcefully puerile mix of haughty preaching and the most default, down-the-middle idea of the future's moral trappings. Total garbage.

d – Henry Alex Rubin
w – Andrew Stern
ph – Ken Seng
pd – Dina Goldman
m – Max Richter
ed – Lee Percy
cos – Catherine George                     

p – William Horberg, Mickey Liddell, Jennifer Monroe

Cast: Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Andrea Riseborough, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Alexander Skarsgård, Max Thieriot, Marc Jacobs, Colin Ford, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm, Norbert Leo Butz, Kasi Lemmons, John Sharian

Magic Magic

A young woman on a road trip with friends through Chile slowly begins to lose her grip on reality.
Hipster nonsense; nothing new to offer.

wd – Sebastian Silva
ph – Christopher Doyle
ad – Amparo Baeza
m – Danny Bensi, Sauder Jurriaans
ed – Jacob Craycroft, Alex Rodriquez

p – David Bernard, Frida Torresblanco, Christine Vachon, Mike White

Cast: Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Michael Cera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Agustin Silva

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