Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Crisp Criticism - "Captain Phillips", "As I Lay Dying", "Escape From Tomorrow"

Julien Faddoul

Captain Phillips **

The 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Blazingly constructed in its director’s typical manner, this film forcefully dissects the grand illusion of economic diversity in the face of life and death jeopardy. It would have been even more successful had it not been bogged down by the conventions of love and family.

d – Paul Greengrass
w – Billy Ray   (Based on the Book by Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty)
ph – Barry Ackroyd
pd – Paul Kirby
m – Henry Jackman
ed – Christopher Rouse
cos – Mark Bridges

p – Dana Brunetti, Michael de Luca, Scott Rudin

Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Catherine Keener, Yul Vazquez

As I Lay Dying

When a matriarch dies, her family begins a quest to honour her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.
A conceited exercise disguised as a shy artistic commission. Franco’s attempt is admirable but he is clearly out of his element.

wd – James Franco   (Based on the Novel by William Faulkner)
ph – Christina Voros
pd – Kristen Adams
m – Tm O’Keefe                                                        
ed – Ian Olds
cos – Caroline Eselin

p – Caroline Aragon, Lee Caplin, Vince Jolivette, Avi Lerner, Miles Levy, Matthew O'Toole, Robert Van Norden

Cast: James Franco, Logan Marshall-Green, Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Ahna O'Reilly, Beth Grant, Jim Parrack, Jesse Heiman, Scott Haze

Escape From Tomorrow **

While on holiday at Disney World, a father of two begins to lose his insanity among the barrage of flight and fancy.
Lynchian dismemberment on why one man’s vision of family entertainment became a stringent corporate conglomerate. Filmed guerrilla-style at both Disney World, Florida and Disneyland, California, it stumbles over its own absurdity toward the end but offers a bleak, abnormal outlook on childhood dreams and their consequences.

wd – Randy Moore
ph – Lucas Lee Graham
pd – Sean Kaysen, Lawrence Kim
m – Abel Korzeniowski
ed – Soojin Chung
cos – Gara Gambucci

p – Soojin Chung, Gioia Marchese    

Cast: Roy Abramsohn , Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Jack Dalton, Danielle Safady, Annet Mahendru