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Film Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for me felt like an examination of how deep the connection a mother has with her children and how far she’s willing to go for them. In the film, Frances McDormand’s character Mildred Hayes boldly put up three billboards that questions the authority for seemingly not doing anything about her daughter’s murder.

McDormand’s portrayal of grief – misplaced or not – that is not only seen but felt. It is so palpable on screen it makes you feel her anger and frustrations. All of her solo scenes are nothing short of sublime.

 

Then there’s Dixon – a xenophobe police officer in Ebbing. I’ve to admit that I was a bit uncomfortable with Sam Rockwell’s character. A portrayal which reminded me so much of his evil character ‘Wild Bill’ in The Green Mile. He was so effective here that his character angers me so much..

It’s funny that this picture so thoughtfully reminded me of the very divided America now under Donald Trump. Dixon (Rockwell) feels like a personification of what everything Donal Trump represents pre-reading the letter Chieft Willoughby have written for him.

This isn’t just about the fight of Mildred Hayes for justice. I want to believe that this goes deeper than that. This is a representation on apathy and how evil humans could get. Was I convinced by that ending? By Dixon’s redemption? Not quite, but as Chief Willoughby told Dixon thru a letter – all we need is love. Cringy but worth contemplating.

Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones, Kerry Condon, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Željko Ivanek, Amanda Warren, Peter Dinklage, Kathryn Newton, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving, Clarke Peters, Brendan Sexton III
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The film received seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for McDormand and Best Supporting Actor nominations for Harrelson and Rockwell at the 90th Academy Awards.

Review: Limitless (2011)

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This film is about a super pill that will maximize the capacity of your brain and turn you into a super Einstein. Eddie Mora (Bradly Cooper) is a writer in New York who cannot seem to focus on starting his book, was dumped by his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) and is in chaos with his life in general until he bumped into his ex-wife’s brother who recommended him the NZT-48 pill that supposedly access 100% of the brain than the normal 20% human capacity. Suddenly, Eddie was able to finish his book and yearns for more pill supply that lead to many events, which endangered both Eddie and his again, girlfriend Lindy.

The most negative thing I could say about this film was its draggy feel about it. It’s a bit long but it was nevertheless enjoyable to watch. The scene when Eddie’s girlfriend took some pill to escape her chaser was a bit Matrix-ish and Robert De Niro being there isn’t even impressive at all. It’s like his part was not necessary at all.

Overall, I did enjoy the film. Nothing’s real new about it. ‘just an -OK acting from Cooper and the rest are just bleh –

I’ll give this a 7.5/10 rating.

Director: Neil Burger

Starring: Bradly Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish