Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Crisp Criticism - "The Big Short", "Sisters", "The Peanuts Movie", "Stonewall", "Entertainment"

Julien Faddoul

The Big Short **

The men who made millions from a global economic meltdown.
Obnoxious but fascinating and admirable hyperlink comedy on humanity’s inherent disregard for what is difficult to decipher. But the writing, directing and acting is all irritatingly affected to the point innocuousness, with only one performance coming off sincerely.

d – Adam McKay
w – Charles Randolph, Adam McKay   (Based on the Book by Michael Lewis)
ph – Barry Ackroyd
pd – Clayton Hartley
m – Nicholas Britell
ed – Hank Corwin
cos – Susan Matheson

p – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt

Cast: Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, Finn Wittrock, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Max Greenfield, Tracy Letts, Billy Magnussen, Rafe Spall, Hamish Linklater, Byron Mann, Al Sapienza, Jeremy Strong, Adepero Oduye


Two disconnected sisters are summoned to clean out their childhood bedrooms before their parents sell their family home.
Crass and coarse comedy, relying for laughs on uninspired slapstick and humiliation of the female form.

d – Jason Moore
w – Paula Pell
ph – Barry Peterson
pd – Richard Hoover
m – Christophe Beck
ed – Lee Haxall
cos – Susan Lyall

p – Tina Fey, Jay Roach

Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, John Leguizamo, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph, Madison Davenport, Greta Lee, James Brolin, John Cena, Rachel Dratch, Heather Matarazzo, Dan Byrd, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, Adrian Martinez, Dianne Wiest, Santino Fontana, Brian d'Arcy James

The Peanuts Movie **

Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.
A computer-animated adaptation that offers almost nothing new, with literal plot-threads taken directly from previous incarnations. But as a tribute, it is well wrought, warm and affectionate.

d – Steve Martino
w – Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, Cornelius Uliano   (Based on the Comic Stirp by Charles Schulz)
ad – Nash Dunnigan
m – Christophe Beck
ed – Randy Trager

p – Paul Feig, Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, Michael J. Travers, Cornelius Uliano

Cast: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Venus Schultheis, Hadley Belle Miller, Madisyn Shipman, Francesca Capaldi, Noah Johnston, Alexander Garfin, Mariel Sheets, A.J. Tecce, Rebecca Bloom, Anastasia Bredikhina, William Wunsch


A young man in New York gets caught up in the 1969 Stonewall Riots.
A disaster: Totally incoherent in its portrayal of the event and completely banal in its implementation of grandeur and self-importance. Emmerich needs to find something better to do, like golf or something.

d – Roland Emmerich
w – Jon Robin Baitz
ph – Markus Förderer
pd – Michele Laliberte
m – Rob Simonsen
ed – Adam Wolfe
cos – Simonetta Mariano

p – Roland Emmerich, Carsten H.W. Lorenz, Marc Frydman, Michael Fossat

Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, Caleb Landry Jones, Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, Alexandre Nachi, Joey King, Matt Craven, Atticus Mitchell, David Cubitt, Mark Camacho, Andrea Frankle, Kwasi Songui, Joanne Vannicola, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht

Entertainment *

En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, middle-aged comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave Desert.
A typically acidic “comedy” of its director with unpleasant characters and situations. I still don’t feel he wants to say anything worthy of connotation.

d – Rick Alverson
w – Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker
ph – Lorenzo Hagerman
pd – Bart Marum
m – Robert Donne
ed – Rick Alverson, Michael Taylor
cos – Elizabeth Warn

p – Rick Alverson, Brooke Bernard, Patrick Hibler, Alex Lipschultz, Ryan Lough, George Rush, Ryan Zacarias

Cast: Gregg Turkington, Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Lotte Verbeek, Dean Stockwell, Amy Seimetz, Tim Heidecker, Kalia Prescott, Tonantzin Carmelo

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