Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Crisp Criticism - "The Founder", "Bad Santa 2", "Your Name"

Julien Faddoul

The Founder

The story of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.
Completely stolid biopic with a script so thin it could’ve been written in crayon. There is no evidence here that the story behind McDonalds restaurants was worth telling.

d – John Lee Hancock
w – Robert D. Siegel
ph – John Schwartzman
pd – Michael Corenblith
m – Carter Burwell
ed – Robert Frazen
cos – Daniel Orlandi

p – Don Handfield, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Ryder

Cast: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Linda Cardellini, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Patrick Wilson, B.J. Novak, Kabby Borders, Valeri Rogers

Bad Santa 2

Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie and Marcus team up again to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.
Unnecessary sequel with very few jokes landing (those of which are mostly provided by Ms Bates). It is, however, relatively short.

d – Mark Waters
w – Johnny Rosenthal, Shauna Cross   (Based on the Characters Created by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
ph – Theo van de Sande
pd – Isabelle Guay
m – Lyle Workman
ed – Travis Sittard
cos – Mario Davignon

p – Andrew Gunn, Geyer Kosinski

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Brett Kelly, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks

Your Name **

Two high school kids who've never met – city boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha – discover they can switch bodies.
Intriguing but somewhat confused celestial comedy that became a giant hit in its native Japan. Shinkai still finds technique to be more interesting than story.

wd – Makoto Shinkai
m – Radwimps
ed– Makoto Shinkai

p – Noritaka Kawaguchi, Genki Kawamura
Cast: Ryuunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Etsuko Ichihara, Tani Kanon

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