“Let The Corpses Tan” by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani (2017)

let the corpses tan

Sergio Leone meets Quentin Tarentino, with a zest of James Bond and Salvador Dali, and the music of Ennio Morricone
Hyper stylized but boring plot
“An arty tribute to violent, sensuous, over-the-top Euro-trash pulp fiction” [Simon Abrams]

Cast: Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Hervé Sogne, Marine Sainsily, Marc Barbé, Marilyn Jess
Director: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Writer: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, Jean-Pierre Bastid
Cinematographer: Manuel Dacosse

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“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

“Cloud Atlas” by Tom Tykwer, Lana & Lilly Wachowski (USA, 2012)

The Art of the Wachowski (sisters)

Cloud Atlas

So many layers, so rich in visual surprises! As Roger Ebert put it, citing Churchill: “it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

Cast: Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Tom Hanks
Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Writers: David Mitchell (novel); Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lilly Wachowski
Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer
Cinematography by Frank Griebe, John Toll
Film Editing by Alexander Berner, Claus Wehlisch

“Barracuda” by Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin (USA, 2017)

Writing in pair: man + woman directing

Barracuda

Good music, excellent acting, great tension build-up on a somewhat weak scenario

Cast: Sophie Reid, Allison Tolman, JoBeth Williams, Luis Bordonada, Tanner Beard
Director: Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin
Writer: Jason Cortlund
Cinematographer: Jonathan Nastasi
Composer: Chris Brokaw

“Love Is Thicker Than Water” by Emily Harris & Ate de Jong (UK, 2016)

Working in pair: man + woman directing

Love Is Thicker Than Water

Great female lead, good humor, surprising editing

Cast: Lydia Wilson, Johnny Flynn, Ellie Kendrick
Directors: Emily Harris, Ate de Jong
Writer: Ate de Jong
Cinematography by Zoran Veljkovic
Film Editing by Brent Backhus, Antonio Rui Ribeiro

“Linha De Passe” by Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas (Brazil, 2008)

Working in pair: man + woman directing

Linha de Passe

Social drama set in Brazil showing how football and religion as a source of hope ultimately prevent the poor from escaping their condition

Cast: Sandra Corveloni, João Baldasserini, Vinícius de Oliveira
Directors: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
Writers: George Moura, Daniela Thomas
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Cinematography by Mauro Pinheiro Jr.
Film Editing by Gustavo Giani, Lívia Serpa

“The Battle Of The Sexes” by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (USA, 2017)

Working in pair: man + woman directing

The Battle Of The Sexes

Too predictable and at times grotesque

Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Writer: Simon Beaufoy
Cinematographer: Linus Sandgren
Editor: Pamela Martin
Composer: Nicholas Britell