London on wheels.
PAPILLON  ★★☆☆☆
D: Michael Noer.
S: Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Yorick van Wageningen, Roland Møller, Tommy Flanagan, Eve Hewson.
A pointless remake. There is continual déjà vu. Inferior in almost every way to the 1973 Steve McQueen version.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/papillon.html
MR ROBOT [season 3] ★★★★★
A genius decides to reset capitalism, by bringing down the world's biggest corporation. The aftermath is seismic and unpredicted. Political, topical, is this the best show on television right now? So labyrinthine in places it probably needs a re-watch. Where is this headed? I so hope somewhere satisfactory.
It looks like a movie. Now this is a car advert!
Star Wars films ranked, worst ➡️ best:
THE FORCE AWAKENS ★½☆☆☆
THE LAST JEDI ★★☆☆☆
THE PHANTOM MENACE ★★½☆☆
ATTACK OF THE CLONES ★★½☆☆
REVENGE OF THE SITH ★★½☆☆
RETURN OF THE JEDI ★★★☆☆
ROGUE ONE ★★★★☆
A NEW HOPE ★★★★½
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK ★★★★★
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ★★☆☆☆
D: Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick).
S: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio Del Toro.
Just three standout sequences in 152 minutes. The rest is derivative storytelling, wooden dialogue and non-existent characterisation. The First Order enemy hamstrings this entire project.
THE MERCY ★★★☆☆
D: James Marsh (The Theory of Everything, Shadow Dancer, Project Nim, Man on Wire, The King).
S: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott, Simon McBurney, Mark Gatiss.
For all the creative talent behind and in front of the camera, THE MERCY has turned out to be a mediocre affair wasting psychological promise.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/the-mercy.html
D: Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart).
S: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Q’orianka Kilcher, Adam Beach, Wes Studi.
This might have been an excellent Western, but squanders revisionist potential.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/hostiles.html
Each take on the character has been progressively worse since THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER. Will this buck the trend?
As fun as the source novel is, I hope the film adaptation does not turn out to be TRON: LEGACY levels of guff. Biodigital jazz man.
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