Sunday, 22 June 2014

Crisp Criticism - "The Rover", "Enemy", "Tim's Vermeer"

Julien Faddoul

The Rover

Years after a horrific global collapse, an Australian drifter and a wounded American pursue a sadistic band of thieves in the lawless wasteland of Australia.
Howlingly ridiculous mood-piece that is stultifying with its ideas, tone and performances. It is another in the long list of post-modern Australian films that feels the country can’t progress past its criminal origins.

d – David Michod
w – David Michod, Joel Edgerton
ph – Natasha Braier
pd – Josephine Ford
m – Antony Partos
ed – Peter Sciberras
cos – Cappi Ireland

p – David Michod, David Linde, Liz Watts

Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scott McNairy, Gillian Jones, David Field, Tawanda Manyimo, Anthony Hayes

Enemy **

A glum, disinterested College Professor watches a movie and discovers one of its actors is his exact double.
Haunting, Kubrickesque cinematic puzzle about repeating mistakes and commitment fears with a reticent pace and a spooky ending. Fairly silly stuff, but it’s immaculately composed.

d – Denis Villeneuve
w – Javier Gullón   (Based on the Novel by José Saramago)
ph – Nicolas Bolduc
pd – Patrice Vermette
m – Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
ed – Matthew Hannam
cos – Renée April

p – M.A. Faura, Niv Fichman

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Joshua Pearce

Tim’s Vermeer *

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by the great Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer.
Ultimately glib documentary on the art and repetition of fine-tuning.

d – Teller
ph – Shane F. Kelly
m – Conrad Pope
ed – Patrick Sheffield

p – Penn Jillette, Farley Ziegler

Cast: Tim Jenison, Martin Mull, Penn Jillette, Teller, David Hockney, Colin Blakemore, Philip Steadman

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