Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Crisp Criticism - "The Age of Adaline", "Unfriended", "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2", "The Duke of Burgundy"

Julien Faddoul

The Age of Adaline *

After a 29-year-old woman recovers from a nearly lethal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older.
Despite engrossing moments, this romantic fantasy is clearly solely designed to show off its star, whose abilities rarely rise above the competent.

d – Lee Toland Krieger
w – J. Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz
ph – David Lanzenberg
pd – Claude Pare
m – Rob Simonsen
ed – Melissa Kent
cos – Angus Strathie

p – Sidney Kimmel, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg

Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Lynda Boyd, Hugh Ross, Richard Harmon, Fulvio Cecere, Anjali Jay, Hiro Kanagawa, Peter J. Gray, Izabel Pearce, Cate Richardson, Jane Craven


A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.
Hardly frightening horror film with some nice technique but far too many clichés.

d – Leo Gabriadze
w – Nelson Greaves
ph – Adam Sidman
pd – Heidi Koleto
ed – Parker Laramie, Andrew Wesman
cos – Veronika Belenikina

p – Nelson Greaves, Timur Bekmambetov

Cast: Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig, Renee Olstead, William Peltz, Mickey River, Heather Sossaman, Moses Jacob Storm, Jacob Wysocki


Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Security guard Paul Blart is headed to Las Vegas to attend a Security Guard Expo and inadvertently discovers a heist.
Atrocious, idiotic comedy that absolutely no one asked for. Malicious and shameful.

d – Andy Fickman
w – Kevin James, Nick Bakay
ph – Dean Semler
pd – Perry Andelin Blake
m – Rupert Gregson-Williams
ed – Scott Hill
cos – Genevieve Tyrrell

p – Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler, Kevin James

Cast: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, Daniella Alonso, Neal McDonough, David Henrie, D. B. Woodside, Nicholas Turturro, Loni Love

The Duke of Burgundy **

A woman who studies butterflies and moths has relationship problems with her lesbian lover.
With shades of Stan Brakhage and Italian Giallo cinema, this is a risky, emotionally knotty look at what one does for those one loves. After beautifully making its points in the first half, the film becomes repetitive in the second.

wd – Peter Strickland
ph – Nicholas Knowland
pd – Pater Sparrow
m – Cat’s Eyes
ed – Matyas Fekete
cos – Andrea Flesch

p – Andrew Starke

Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Fatma Mohamed, Monica Swinn


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