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HenryHanson
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01-11-18 03:34 PM - Post#1708801    



I went and saw this with my significant other a couple of nights ago and talked about the movie the next two days. I would recommend one saves his money and wait for it to be "free" on TV. I like the actors in it very much, McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell and two of them won Golden Globes. I saw Sam Rockwell almost get his head pulled off by his wife(?) as the sound was down and that is the only minute I saw of them.
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The movie is gritty, dark and the only character I cared about was the brother of the victim. He gets cereal thrown at his head by his mom for no apparent good reason. The two who run the billboard rental shop get abused by an idiot cop (Rockwell.) And the Chief of Police(Harrelson) battles an illness. With out giving too much of the plot away those are the only people one can feel any sympathy for in the movie. Some characters show forgiveness to each other despite their actions.

The ending is left open to have one say, "what is next."

Edited by HenryHanson on 01-11-18 03:35 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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01-12-18 09:48 AM - Post#1708827    


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Great, great flick.

It's completely "Fargo-esque". Totally steeped in the irony, sarcasm, cerebral stuff.

Having the same lead actress helps that connection lol.

Rockwell and Harrelson are outstanding, with very tight, narrow, focused roles. They really turn on a dime from your first impressions.

Great dry humor, and humanity, especially in Harrelson's notes to people.

They do leave you hanging, but there's not enough there for a sequel. All the character development has been wrapped up. What they do after is only about 1% of the story.

I enjoyed seeing Napoleon Dynamite's gramma. Pretty rough role, lol. Kept expecting her to yell "eat your damn kase-a-dillo".


 
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01-12-18 10:29 AM - Post#1708834    


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This is at the top of my Must See list but has not been widely available even in the great NYC area. Will be on the look out or catch it on DVD.
 
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01-12-18 02:15 PM - Post#1708850    


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There were parts that were absolutely hilarious laugh out loud in the theater funny, other parts that were very very dark. I thought it was a great movie, especially if you weren't expecting a lot - actually one of the better movies I've seen in awhile. Something different, Frances McDormand was great in her role. Really enjoyed this one.
"The Hand is fine, I got a shot of chromosome yesterday."

John Kordic on the status of his hand.


 
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01-13-18 05:44 PM - Post#1708907    


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I am not re-thinking this but I am still thinking about it now. I put 0/150 in my first post thinking that would be how many of you would view it and not write about it. I am glad you did for my own ego.

I can see why the "greater NYC" area does not show this as my significant other is a New Yorker and I appreciate her sensibilities. We are still talking about Rockwell's and Harrelson's performances and I am still writing about it.

Edited by HenryHanson on 01-13-18 05:45 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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01-15-18 12:25 PM - Post#1708994    


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You missed my point HH. This film, like others with a small target audience, was distributed in limited release in order to secure Academy Award consideration. It WAS in the NYC area, but not in the larger mega-cinemas. As it garners more critical recognition, it uses award nominations and critical appeal in its marketing. It is now available to a wider audience. Anything that is "good" will find an audience in NYC. Believe me.

Anyway, I saw it over the weekend and thought it was very good. As I've noted, my favorite films are usually dramas with an ensemble cast and great dialogue. This one did not disappoint.

Quick synopsis is a woman whose daughter was raped and murdered seven months previously is frustrated with the local PD's lack of progress in the case. So she buys ads on three billboards along a road near her home to call attention to the case.

Excellent acting. Very believable performances and as previously noted so laugh out loud lines and situations. Peter Dinklage is great as are the rest of the cast.

See it. ***1/2 out of ****
 
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01-15-18 05:40 PM - Post#1709044    


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I really can't wait to see this. It will be nice to finally see an oscar worthy movie (I hope) that isn't liberal propaganda jammed down our damn throat like the last few years and actually see a deserving winner. Those days weren't even that long ago either.


 
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01-15-18 09:11 PM - Post#1709063    


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It really is a nice apolitical piece of art.

I can see the NYC angle, but then not really.

NYC would be absolutely disinterested in anything that depicts small town, conservative America, Especially in the mega cineplexes.

But then again this is such a nice piece of art, surely there are endless art house theaters in NYC. They must be all about showing something like this.

Maybe we just need to search them out.


 
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01-16-18 09:26 AM - Post#1709091    


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  • Canucko29 Said:
I really can't wait to see this. It will be nice to finally see an oscar worthy movie (I hope) that isn't liberal propaganda jammed down our damn throat like the last few years and actually see a deserving winner. Those days weren't even that long ago either.



In fairness, there are some shots taken at law enforcement. But as the story unfurls you will see that not everything is as it seems.
 
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01-16-18 09:27 AM - Post#1709092    


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  • NYRfan Said:
It really is a nice apolitical piece of art.

I can see the NYC angle, but then not really.

NYC would be absolutely disinterested in anything that depicts small town, conservative America, Especially in the mega cineplexes.

But then again this is such a nice piece of art, surely there are endless art house theaters in NYC. They must be all about showing something like this.

Maybe we just need to search them out.



Seriously? NYC is one of THE cultural capitals of the world.
 
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01-16-18 10:28 AM - Post#1709100    


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If you mean foreign, leftist, communist, socialist culture.... sure !!

I was being serious about the artsy stuff. Of course it's a staple in NYC.

Just not the masses going to the highly commercial theaters, looking for anything about Missouri.

I think I was saying the same thing you said above.


 
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01-17-18 07:35 PM - Post#1709204    


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  • Pete Said:
You missed my point HH. This film, like others with a small target audience, was distributed in limited release in order to secure Academy Award consideration. It WAS in the NYC area, but not in the larger mega-cinemas. As it garners more critical recognition, it uses award nominations and critical appeal in its marketing. It is now available to a wider audience. Anything that is "good" will find an audience in NYC. Believe me.
Anyway, I saw it over the weekend and thought it was very good. As I've noted, my favorite films are usually dramas with an ensemble cast and great dialogue. This one did not disappoint.

Quick synopsis is a woman whose daughter was raped and murdered seven months previously is frustrated with the local PD's lack of progress in the case. So she buys ads on three billboards along a road near her home to call attention to the case.

Excellent acting. Very believable performances and as previously noted so laugh out loud lines and situations. Peter Dinklage is great as are the rest of the cast.

See it. ***1/2 out of ****


Gotcha. I talked to one today about it, I told him he didn't need to see it on a large screen. Me and mine talked again about it last night and thought some of the characters were clownish. It does capture the spirit of today's USA. And she and I are still talking about it some weeks later. But I told the guy at work, the one who doesn't need to see it on a large screen that Wind River is a better movie about the same subject.
 
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02-23-18 06:00 AM - Post#1710902    


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Can't say I've seen better movie in a long long time. I love the nod to Flannery O'Connor at the beginning. This movie definitely borrowed a lot of her conventions.

It was funny, sad and inspiring in many ways. 4/4


 
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02-23-18 12:44 PM - Post#1710936    


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Very Fargo-esque, which is helped by Frances McDormand. Sam Rockwell is outstanding. Can't believe he was Wild Bill in Green Mile. Great role there.


 
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03-11-18 10:34 AM - Post#1711541    


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Good movie , very established actors so I think it improved the overall movie. The few parts where they throw their politics into the movie was still annoying . *** out 4
 
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03-11-18 05:29 PM - Post#1711545    


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Good movie , very established actors so I think it improved the overall movie. The few parts where they throw their politics into the movie was still annoying . *** out 4



It's almost impossible these days to enjoy a movie that doesn't inject its politics.

Remember the Big Short? I watched it again a few days ago. They basically blame greedy corporations and bankers and ignore the greedy mortgagors and stupid politicians while claiming that the whole episode was blamed on foreigners (never happened). Hollywood is not a place where you should learn anything.


 
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03-15-18 05:34 PM - Post#1711633    


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I saw Sam Rockwell almost get his head pulled off by his wife(?) as the sound was down and that is the only minute I saw of them.
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I got no idea as to why I wrote this, as Rockwell's character wasn't married. I should edit more.



Edited by HenryHanson on 03-15-18 05:35 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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