Film Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri written and directed by Martin McDonagh (Blueprint Pictures, Film 4, Fox Searchlight Pictures, R, 115 min) Starring Frances McDormand, Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, and Peter Dinklage. On Magnetism The term magnetic paints an evocative picture about a personality. From a young age, magnetism draws puerile fascination. Magnets make scientists out of us all. We place them farther and farther apart hoping to see where the magical pull finally loses its sway. We change dimension, trying to understand how a magnet can pull against gravity as an equal and opposite force. We add velocity to magnets, hoping to understand whether inertia holds more influence than the force clamping the magnets together…. Read More →

Film Review: The Way Way Back

The Way Way Back

The Way Way Back written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (Sycamore Pictures, The Walsh Company, OddLot Entertainment, PG-13, 103 min) Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, and Liam James. Form and Function There’s something safe in form and function. When we listen to music, we expect a verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus format. When we read fiction, we want to see character development and a plot with climax and resolution. There’s nothing wrong with a formula—the structure offers unified expectations to an audience. It means no surprises; it suggests a contract between creator and audience where both parties agree to go down the same path. But the tried-and-true also means a safe story. It’s… Read More →