“Edge Of Tomorrow” by Doug Liman (USA, 2014)

Edge of Tomorrow

A movie that has an interesting time-loop story and nice humor during the first half, but lacks of brains and humor in the end  / Obvious gender roles for Tom Cruise

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor
Director: Doug Liman
Novel: Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Music: Christophe Beck
Cinematography: Dion Beebe
Editing: James Herbert

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“You Were Never Really Here” by Lynne Ramsay (USA, 2017)

you were never really here

Excellent direction, audacious editing and sound, a movie full of surprises…
but little content and too much meaningless violence!

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Alex Manette, Judith Roberts
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Writer (based on the book by) Jonathan Ames
Writer: Lynne Ramsay
Cinematographer: Thomas Townend
Editor: Joe Bini
Composer: Jonny Greenwood

“Project Eden vol.1” by Ashlee Jensen & Terrance Young (USA, 2017)

Project Eden I

Very foreseeable developments, many cliches (the mafia speaks Russian, to make sure we know it is the mafia), enormous mistakes in the continuity (after she has been running hard for a few hundred meters, he asks her if she can walk), and a dystopian setting that is not even necessary to the plot… The few twists after an hour or so don’t make it better. One of the worse movies I’ve ever seen!

Actors: Erick Avari, Mike Dopud, Anna McGahan
Directors: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance M. Young
Writers: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance M. Young | 1 more credit »
Music by Jamie Murgatroyd
Cinematography by Christopher Lange
Film Editing by Terrance M. Young

“Red Sparrow” by Francis Lawrence (USA, 2018)

Red Sparrow

Inspired opening, tedious follow-up

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Ciarán Hinds, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joely Richardson, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling
Director: Francis Lawrence
Based upon the book by Jason Matthews
Writer: Justin Haythe
Cinematographer: Jo Willems
Editor: Alan Edward Bell
Composer: James Newton Howard

“Bound” by Lana & Lilly Wachowski (USA, 1996)

The Art of the Wachowski (sisters)

Bound

Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan
Written and Directed by Lana & Lilly Wachowski
Music by Don Davis
Cinematography by Bill Pope
Film Editing by Zach Staenberg

“The Matrix” by Lana & Lilly Wachowski (USA, 1999)

The Art of the Wachowski (sisters)

The Matrix

Nice wink to the music of Bernard Hermann during the pursuit on the roof / fantastic visual effects
But why on earth would the Wachowsky sisters call the last human city ‘Zion’? It wouldn’t have anything to do with Hollywood, would it, Zion being a synonym of Jerusalem?
It’s a pity the movie ends up in a gun battle in which the “Bad guys fire thousands of rounds, but are unable to hit the good guy,” followed by a “final showdown between good and evil, a martial arts battle in which the good guy gets pounded until he’s almost dead, before he finds the inner will to fight back.” [Roger Ebert]

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Gloria Foster
Written and Directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski
Music by Don Davis
Cinematography by Bill Pope
Film Editing by Zach Staenberg

“The Matrix Reloaded” by Lana & Lilly Wachowski (USA, 2003)

The Art of the Wachowski (sisters)

The Matrix Reloaded

The people of Zion are in the future what the people of Zion were in the past.
Excellent love scene mixed with voluptuous dancing
The love relationships that were completely absent in the first Matrix now play a central role. The fight sequences are a bit too long!

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss, Gloria Foster, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona Gaye, Harry Lennix, Harold Perrineau, Monica Bellucci
Written and Directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski
Music by Don Davis
Cinematography by Bill Pope
Film Editing by Zach Staenberg