Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Crisp Criticism - "Hot Pursuit", "Mommy", "The Emperor's New Clothes"

Julien Faddoul

Hot Pursuit

An uptight by-the-book cop must protect the widow of a drug boss from crooked cops and gunmen.
Astonishingly dumb comedy where the clumsy and imbecilic behavior of the characters makes one reassess their life and wonder whether the concept of “comedy” has not completely dilapidated. Enter at your own peril, people.

d – Anne Fletcher
w – David Feeney, John Quaintance
ph – Oliver Stapleton
pd – Nelson Coates
ed – Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
cos – Catherine Marie Thomas

p – Dana Fox, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Jim Gaffigan, Robert Kazinsky, Joaquin Cosio, John Carroll Lynch


A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.
Dolan’s most admirable film to date (exploring themes of acrimony and parental neglect) is also his most problematic, which almost immediately becomes such a hodgepodge of influences and aesthetic vanities that it’s laughable. The film is presented in a 1:1 aspect ratio.

wd – Xavier Dolan
ph – Andre Turpin
m – Noia
ed – Xavier Dolan
cos – Xavier Dolan

p – Xavier Dolan, Nancy Grant

Cast: Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Patrick Huard

The Emperor’s New Clothes

A documentary on comedian Russell Brand’s emergence as an activist following his 2014 book Revolution, where he spotlights not only how the financial crisis affected the working class around the world, but also how the wealthy benefited from the downturn.
A conceited exercise from beginning to end, with Winterbottom at his laziest. Apparently this is the real Russell Brand and the funny guy was just a mask. Oh well.

wd – Michael Winterbottom
ph – James Clarke
ed – Marc Richardson

p – Melissa Parmenter

Cast: Russell Brand

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