Thursday, 20 November 2014

Crisp Criticism - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1", "Maps to the Stars", "The Homesman"

Julien Faddoul

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.
Under-lit, choppy and shapeless film that serves merely as set-up for the next installment.

d – Francis Lawrence  
w – Peter Craig, Danny Strong   (Based on the Novel by Suzanne Collins)
ph – Jo Willems  
pd – Philip Messina 
m – James Newton Howard  
ed – Alan Edward Bell, Mark Yoshikawa  
cos – Kurt and Bart

p – Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone

Maps to the Stars **

A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Typical Cronenbergian dive into the blackness: Filled with malicious observations and a melodramatic plot. The scrupulousness of his detail and compositions is what is so formidable.

d – David Cronenberg
w – Bruce Wagner
ph – Peter Suschitzky
pd – Carol Spier
m – Howard Shore
ed – Ronald Sanders
cos – Denise Cronenberg

p – Saïd Ben Saïd, Martin Katz, Michel Merkt

Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Evan Bird, Olivia Williams, Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Dawn Greenhalgh, Kiara Glasco

The Homesman *

A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.
Handsomely made western about a gaggle of characters whose motivations are left annoyingly unexplored.

d – Tommy Lee Jones   
w – Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A. Oliver   (Based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout)
ph – Rodrigo Prieto  
pd – Merideth Boswell
m – Marco Beltrami  
ed – Roberto Silvi  
cos – Lahly Poore

p – Luc Besson, Peter Brant, Brian Kennedy

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Meryl Streep, John Lithgow, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld, Caroline Lagerfelt, Tim Blake Nelson, Jesse Plemons, William Fichtner, David Dencik, Barry Corbin, Evan Jones

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