Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Director: Martin McDonagh Stars: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson Culpability hangs heavy over the residents of Ebbing, Missouri in Martin McDonagh's latest film. In an early scene, embittered and grieving resident Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) whips out a flashy piece of dialogue aimed at the local pastor, more or less accusing him of culpability … Continue reading Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Review: Everest

Watching Everest, director Baltasar Kormákur's all-star throwback disaster movie, I was reminded of something simple I'd forgotten about myself; I hate heights. I'm terrible at them. That dizzying sense of imminent danger, combined with the occasionally fleeting sensation that I might irrationally hurl myself down, down to oblivion. Because of this I tend to keep away … Continue reading Review: Everest

Reservations #2: Me And You And Everyone We Know

Year: 2005 Director: Miranda July Stars: John Hawkes (Richard Swersey), Miranda July (Christine Jesperson). Genre: Comedy Nominated by: Hattie English To begin with Me And You And Everyone We Know feels - as Morgan Freeman's Vitruvius would say in The Lego Movie - like a cat poster. Bright, motivational, slapped with a perfunctory slogan and seemingly expectant … Continue reading Reservations #2: Me And You And Everyone We Know

Review: The Sessions

The Sessions is based on an article by Mark O'Brien, a man who lived most of his life in an iron lung. Mark contracted polio at a young age and was left unable to use the muscles of his body from the neck down. Not that these muscles were not responsive. Needless to say, this … Continue reading Review: The Sessions

Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

***originally written 17 February 2012*** Martha sneaks out of the commune at dawn, crosses the road and heads into the woods. One of the boys follows her, so she hides. He finds her later in the town, sat in a diner and tries to coax her back to the house, but she resists. Reluctantly, she … Continue reading Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene