A James Franco directed film I actually rate.
A disappointment from director Clio Barnard. My review.
“Who the hell are you guys?”
JUPITER’S MOON ★★★★★
D: Kornél Mundruczó (White God, Delta, Johanna).
S: Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger, György Cserhalmi, Mónika Balsai.
The best superhero film of 2017, by a country mile, is a Hungarian action-thriller about a Syrian refugee being hunted by the authorities.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/jupiters-moon.html
D: Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt, Election, Citizen Ruth).
S: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Hong Chau, Udo Kier, Rolf Lassgård, Christoph Waltz.
Christoph Waltz steals. Some humanistic ideas, but what's up with the comedy Vietnamese character?!
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/downsizing.html
GODLESS [miniseries] ★★★★½
What a Western! Effectively an eight hour movie split into seven parts. Uses the tropes of the genre while continually and rewardingly subverting expectations. (Though no mention of the genocide of the Native American peoples.)
THE DISASTER ARTIST ★★★½☆
D: James Franco (Child of God, As I Lay Dying, Interior. Leather Bar.)
S: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Jackie Weaver, Josh Hutchinson.
A cameo-packed awkward comedy, about the making of a terrible (yet unusually likeable) movie. James Franco steps up his game as an actor and a director.
LOVELESS (Nelyubov) ★★★★½
D: Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, Elena, The Banishment, The Return).
S: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Yanina Hope, Marina Vasilyeva.
Atmospheric. Gripping. Charged. Deeply despondent. Five for five from director Andrey Zvyagintsev.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/loveless.html
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