Monthly Archives: November 2017

Bitch on Wheels Careens out of Control

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a film by Martin McDonagh.  With Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Lucas Hedges. ****1/2 If I could sue a trailer for false advertising, I would sue the one I saw for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri, which seems to promise a hilarious comedy in which Frances McDormand releases … Continue reading Bitch on Wheels Careens out of Control

Mother Battles Daughter.  Both Win.

Lady Bird a film by Greta Gerwig.  With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein.  ****1/2 I was signed up for this movie as soon as I heard it was by Greta Gerwig.  Gerwig is a fundamentally odd performer: her roles are weird, her characters offbeat; she is slightly awkward physically, though beautiful and … Continue reading Mother Battles Daughter.  Both Win.

People Left Behind

The Florida Project a film by Sean Baker.  With Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinalte, Christopher Rivera.  ****1/2 The Florida Project is simultaneously a touching tribute to the innocence of childhood and one of the most nerve-wracking movies I’ve ever seen.  As these adorable children walked around the grungier parts of Orlando, I kept expecting … Continue reading People Left Behind

Can’t Face It Anymore

When the Life Force Can’t Fight the Death Wish I was talking to a friend I meet every week for lunch and we were catching up before we ordered.  “I had to go to a funeral this weekend,” Tom said.  “I told you my neighbor died, didn’t I?” “I don’t think so,” I said.  “How … Continue reading Can’t Face It Anymore