Two Great Movies of 2017: “Phantom Thread” and “Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri”!
It is Oscar time. You start to see all kinds of ads and articles professing that one or another film or actor/actress is the “best”. I try not to argue with anyone regarding their own subjective tastes.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, right?
In a year where Amazon Studios proved to be a complete dud in producing/creating entertaining films, I discovered two unusual films about which little is known.
Let me start with the completely American film-noir [albeit comedic] entitled “Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri”. It has personified Americana at its best, or it’s worse.
The extremely talented Martin McDonagh wrote, produced and directed this film starring the incomparable Frances McDormand. The story is about a mother who purchases three billboards in order to embarrass the town sheriff, Woody Harrelson, so that he will find the rapist who killed her daughter.
Ironically, Martin McDonagh, an Irish/British subject has brilliantly captured both the tenor and the underlying violence of a small American town rife with angst, prejudice, and violence. Presumably, it is a comedy but a dark one. The film is a serious indictment of the corrupt officials who had been elected to public offices at both the local and our national levels. At the same time, McDonagh affords the talented Frances McDormand who plays the grieving mother, an opportunity to demonstrate her panoply of comedic/serious acting skills.
Sam Rockwell, the mother’s initial antagonist, transforms into a engaging…Read More