Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Crisp Criticism - "The Judge", "Tusk", "God Help the Girl"

Julien Faddoul

The Judge

A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Desultory, wan family drama where characters treat each other with needlessly glib and complicated actions instead of using easily accessible common sense.

d – David Dobkin
w – David Dobkin, Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque
ph – Janusz Kaminski
pd – Mark Ricker
m – Thomas Newman
ed – Mark Livolsi
cos – Marlene Stewrat

p – David Dobkin, Susan Downey, David Gambino

Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard


When his best friend and podcast co-host goes missing in the backwoods of Canada, a young guy joins forces with his friend's girlfriend to search for him.
A slog: Awkward comedy-horror ingestion with many of its director’s now exasperating tropes. It is neither horrific nor funny; disturbing and embarrassing is more apt.

wd – Kevin Smith
ph – James Laxton
pd – John D. Kretschmer
m – Christopher Drake
ed – Kevin Smith
cos – Maya Lieberman

p – Sam Englebrandt, William D. Johnson, Shannon McIntosh, David Greathouse

Cast: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp (as Guy Lapointe), Harley Morenstein, Ralph Garman

God Help the Girl **

An Australian girl suffering from Anorexia Nervosa travels to Glasgow where she meets an aspiring songwriter and his guitar student and decides to form a band with them.
A musical dramatization of the album written by its director for his band Belle & Sebastian. Strangely, all the shaggy, “first movie” problems the film inherently suffers from – which would in most cases grate – add to the film’s charm. Though the whole thing might be too cutesy for some.

wd – Stuart Murdoch
ph – Giles Nuttgens
pd – Mark Leese
ed – David Arthur
cos – Denise Coombes

p – Barry Mendel

Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray

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