Monday, February 9, 2015

Crisp Criticism - "The Gambler", "Mortdecai", "The Wedding Ringer", "The Interview"

Julien Faddoul

The Gambler *

A literature professor in debt from gambling gets mixed-up with a loan shark.
Unnecessary remake of the 1974 film that provides intermittent pleasures without being particularly memorable.

d – Rupert Wyatt
w – William Monahan   (Based on the Screenplay by James Toback)
ph – Greig Fraser
pd – Keith P. Cunningham
m – Jon Brion, Theo Green
ed – Pete Beaudreau
cos – Jacqueline West

p – Robert Chartoff, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams, Jessica Lange, Anthony Kelley, Emory Cohen


An art dealer searches for a stolen painting rumored to contain a secret code that gains access to hidden Nazi gold.
Based on an anthology of novels, this is an incredibly stupid and unfunny caper film with a star who, at this point, needs to be saved from himself.

d – David Koepp
w – Eric Aronson   (Based on the Novel by Kyril Bonfiglioli)
ph – Florian Hoffmeister
pd – James Merifield
m – Mark Ronson, Geoff Zanelli
ed – Derek Ambrosi, Jill Savitt
cos – Ruth Myers

p – Christi Dembrowski, Johnny Depp, Andrew Lazar, Patrick McCormick, Gigi Pritzker

Cast: Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregory, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paull Bettany, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Ulrich Thomsen, Paul Whitehouse,

The Wedding Ringer

A friendless groom-to-be enlists the services of a man to pretend to be his best man and cast a troop of groomsmen.
Derivative and at times misogynist farce that gives its star another chance to scream his head off.

d – Jeremy Garelick
w – Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
ph – Brad Lipson
pd – Chris Cornwell
m – Christopher Lennertz
ed – Jeff Groth, Shelly Westerman, Byron Wong
cos – Genevieve Tyrrell

p – Adam Fields, William Packer

Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Alan Ritchson, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, Ken Howard, Jenifer Lewis, Olivia Thirlby, Jorge Garcia, Josh Peck, Affion Crockett

The Interview

A talk show host and his producer are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong-Un when it is discovered he is a big fan of the show and requests an interview.
Foul comedy that is only of interest due to events that occurred outside of the movie itself. As a film, it is superfluous viewing.

d – Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
w – Dan Sterling, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
ph – Brandon Trost
pd – Jon Billington
m – Henry Jackman
ed – Zene Baker, Evan Henke
cos – Carla Hetland

p – Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver

Cast: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Diana Bang, Timothy Simons, Anders Holm, Charles Rahi Chun

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