11/21/2014

Life Of Crime (2013) ***

Based on Elmore Leonard's novel 'The Switch', LIFE OF CRIME (which is a dumb title) starts out with a lot of Leonard flavor (although derivative of Soderbergh's superior OUT OF SIGHT), but loses steam pretty quickly. The tone is all off overall, particularly the score a good deal of the time (which also seems derivative of David Holmes' score from OUT OF SIGHT

Jennifer Aniston is serviceable but not as good as Jennifer Lopez in OUT OF SIGHT (both seemed like odd choices for Leonard adaptations). But it is nice to see Mos Def and John Hawkes (who deserved to be billed higher and whom I love - he never seems like he's acting in any movie he's in) portray Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara respectively, characters that originally appeared in Leonard's book 'Rum Punch' and were portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro in Tarantino's adaptation JACKIE BROWN. And the ending is great.

Enemy (2013) ****

An eerie, unsettling film that is equal parts Lynch, Kubrick, Fincher, Cronenberg and Kafka. Both films that I've seen by director Denis Villeneuve (this and PRISONERS) have been excellent.

11/15/2014

David Cronenberg 'Consumed' (2014) ***

An interesting and unique story involving insects, hearing aids, 3D printing, STDs, cannibalism, and more, which is very much a product of its maker. Mostly engaging, but I can't help but thinking with all its excruciatingly detailed descriptions of technology that it would make a better film.