Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Director: Martin McDonagh

Writer: Martin McDonagh (Screenplay)

Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Lucas hedges, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones

 

Plot: A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.


Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Darkly Humorous

 

Story: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starts as Mildred Hayes (McDormand) puts up three billboards in a quiet road questioning how Willoughby (Harrelson) hasn’t solved the case of her daughter’s rape and murder. Fellow officer Dixon (Rockwell) who has a chequered past is enraged by the signs, while officer Willoughby tries to clean up the situation and prove there isn’t enough to solve the case, but with his dying he does want to solve the case before he goes.

As the billboards stay up longer, the town starts to become divided on the support in catching the killer and Mildred does to extremes in her battle with Dixon to get the case solved.

 

Thoughts on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

Characters – Mildred Hayes is a mother that has run out of patience when it comes to the police finding the killer off her daughter, she did have the full support of the town, but this stunt pushes the people away even if it could get her the killer to identify themselves. Willoughby is the lead investigator in the case, he has done everything he could to solve the case, but he is now facing his own battle with cancer, while keeping the peace in the town. Dixon is the hot-headed police officer that clashes with Mildred and anyone who supports her in finding out the truth.

PerformancesFrances McDormand shows us that she can reach the Fargo levels whenever the material is given to her, as she shines through as the best part of this movie. Woody Harrelson is great again this year, showing us he can step into any role and be great. Sam Rockwell is wonderful too as we see that this cast is filled with talent character performers.

StoryThe story shows the extremes of losing a child, the stress of noting being able to solve one of the worst cases in the town. This does turn into a character studio on the people involved and how their lives need to move on without a chance of every being able to. It is hard to describe this story in much more depth because it is interesting, it does have a lot going on that keeps us wanting to see where the film will go.

Comedy/CrimeThis does use dark humour throughout as we are seeing the effects of the crime on people’s lives, don’t expect to see an investigation though, we are focusing on the relationship between the mother of the victim and the police.

SettingsThe film takes place in this small town where everyone seems to know everyone, so they have all felt the effects of the crime, this helps when things start to get exposed.


Scene of the Movie –
Window smashing, it is a well shot single looking take.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The answer is frustrating.

Final ThoughtsThis is a dark humour that can be enjoyed by the fans of that genre, it does have a good subject matter but doesn’t get to a level in the story that I enjoyed watching.

 

Overall: Dark comedy through a serious subject matter.

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Frost/Nixon (2008)

frostnixonDirector: Ron Howard

Writer: Peter Morgan (Screenplay) Peter Morgan (Play)

Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones

 

Plot: A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

 

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Verdict: Compelling and Fascinating Drama

 

Story: Frost/Nixon starts going through the historical events behind Richard Nixon’s resignation after Watergate. With his resignation, British journalist David Frost (Sheen) sees it as a chance for a rating winning interview by hosting an interview with Richard Nixon (Langella). We follow how Frost turns to John Birt (Macfadyen) to secure the interview with Nixon letting Swifty Lazar (Jones) handling it from his end.

Frost must find a way to get funding and the interview put on air with James Reston Jr (Rockwell) and Bob Zelnick (Platt) joining his team to make this happen as we see how this side understands just how important this interview could be for America.

We follow the lead up to the series of interviews that have been pre-agreed subjects with only one of the four being open to the Watergate incident, this becomes a battle between the two men to get the first punches in seeing how each other will react to either question or answer.

 

Thoughts on Frost/Nixon

 

Characters/PerformanceLooking at the characters in this story they are all based on real people with former President Nixon and David Frost being the ones we get to connect with most, the background staff on each side have different opinions on how the interviews and research goes is show brilliantly.

Performance wise Langella and Sheen give arguable two of the best in leading performances of any pairing of modern cinema, they carry this film with their compelling performances. When you dive into the supporting cast Rockwell, Bacon, Platt, Macfadyen or Hall they are all great too not overshadowing the lead pairing.stars

StoryConsidering this story we must look at the deeper story before the events of the film, you do need to understand the basics of the Watergate incident to understand just how important this interview actually was. The build-up itself to the interview shows how much is at risk and seeing how both sides tried to keep one step ahead of the other is captivating throughout.

Biography/HistoricalLooking at this pivotal moment in both Richard Nixon and David Frost’s lives is what makes this hit on every level because one risked everything to make the truth came out while the other risks everything to be put back in the positive light of the country.

SettingsEach setting used through the film make us feel like we are part of the theatre experiences which is how this story first got told, we do get to see how the time in question would have looked in each and every scene.genre

Final ThoughtsLooking at history this event is one of the most impactful moments in American history and this shows just how it was finally exposed.

 

Overall: This is a must watch for all the film fans out there.

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Seven Psychopaths (2012)

sevenDirector: Martin McDonagh

Writer: Martin McDonagh (Screenplay)

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Walken, Michael Pitt, Harry Dean Stanton, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Stuhlbarg, Olga Kurylenko

 

Plot: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

 

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Verdict: Fun Crime Comedy

 

Story: Seven Psychopaths starts as we follow a screenwriter Marty (Farrell) who is working on his latest script Seven Psychopaths, his friends Billy (Rockwell) and Hans (Walken) are con-artists that kidnap dogs for rewards from the owners. When gangster Charlie (Harrelson) has his beloved dog disappear he becomes Psychopath No.3 of the script who is searching for his dog killing anyone involved.

When Charlie and his men discover Billy and Hans schemes they targeting them with Marty getting caught in the middle. Marty uses this experience to help write his script while we witness just how far one man will go to get his Shih Tzu back.

Seven Psychopaths has plenty of anti-Hollywood stereotypes being used through the film are we see how the characters understand they are involved in a world where movies happen. We get lines that explain how Hollywood does certain things wrong in movies with the discussion on woman not being strong enough with the film only including small scenes with woman characters. The film also tries to spell out the ending much like Shaun of the Dead did. This tries to do something different which should be praised but does leave us with certain parts being part of the story while others are fictional part to make the screenplay.

 

Actor Review

 

Sam Rockwell: Billy is one half of a dognapping partnership that takes gangster beloved dog. He lives a very plain life supporting his best friend Marty with his screenplay. He has a secret and is just as dangerous as Charlie really is. Sam gives us the performance you always expect to see from him.ily

Woody Harrelson: Charlie is local gangster who loves his Shih Tzu but when Billy & Hans take his dog he ends up going on a revenge path to get his dog back killing anyone who gets in his way. Woody much like Sam is one of the most reliable actors in the business today and shows why.charlie

Colin Farrell: Marty is a screenwriter that has been struggling on his latest script for a movie called Seven Psychopaths. His best friend is Billy and being friends with Billy has led him into the situation there Charlie is after him too. Colin shows he has all the skills to be a top actor in this role.

Christopher Walken: Hans is the partner of Billy in dognapping, his wife has been fighting cancer, but when Billy takes Charlie’s dog we get to see just the type of character Hans is. Christopher is always a brilliant supporting actor.hans

Support Cast: Seven Psychopaths has a strong supporting cast that all help make this a great film.

Director Review: Martin McDonaghMartin gives us one of the best crime comedy side of the story with his inclusion of some of the most talented actors in Hollywood.

 

Comedy: Seven Psychopaths has good laughs with a lot poking fun at Hollywood stereotypes.

Crime: Seven Psychopaths puts us into a world of dognapping, gangsters and psychopaths.

Settings: Seven Psychopaths uses the settings well without being overly important to the final outcome of the story.
Special Effects
: Seven Psychopaths has good effect when need without being too important to the story.

Suggestion: Seven Psychopaths is one to try just because it does against certain moments against Hollywood. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Rockwell steals the show.

Worst Part: Slightly slow in the middle.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Early credits scene.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: No te metas con el perro (Don’t mess with the dog)

 

Overall: Very enjoyable crime comedy that works on so many levels.

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Galaxy Quest (1999)

galaxyDirector: Dean Parisot

Writer: David Howard, Robert Gordon (Screenplay) David Howard (Story)

Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs, Patrick Breen

 

Plot: The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

 

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Verdict: Perfect Parody

 

Story: Galaxy Quest starts as we see a cult television crew of Galaxy Quest Jason Nesmith (Allen), Gwen DeMarco (Weaver), Alexander Dane (Rickman), Frew Kwan (Shalhoub) and Tommy Webber (Mitchell) at a convention in their name hosted by fan Guy Fleegman (Rockwell). We see how the actors have never really made too much of their career since the show and the tension between them is clear. At the show Jason finally learns the truth on what fans see of him but everything is going to change when Mathesar (Colantoni) approaches him for help.

The cast find themselves being taken on board of a real spaceship by Mathesar to help them fight Sarris (Sachs) who has been trying to take over their people and they see the cast as real space fighter that conquer all enemies. The washed up actors have to step up and fight in the battle in an adventure they never thought they would have.team

Galaxy Quest manages to give us something many films have tried and failed to achieve and that is taking a fan favourite franchise and parodying it. We get a clear copy of Star Trek with the campy space adventure that is Galaxy Quest even with the built in tension between the actors which we know was around during the convention scene. Putting actors in the middle of space battle works because we know they are out of their depth but having nearly all of the actors feeling washed up works for this because we know how certain shows have always been the main fame for certain actors. This is filled with laughs, adventure and entertainment.

 

Actor Review

 

Tim Allen: Jason Nesmith is the actor who played Commander Taggart on the television show Galaxy Quest, he is the most famous of the cast always putting himself before the rest of the cast. Jason is clearly based on William Shatner and Captain Kirk and his over the top nature. Tim is great in this role working perfectly for the role.jason

Sigourney Weaver: Gwen DeMarco is the female leading actor of the show that really was only in the show to have sex appeal, she never realised this until the is on the adventure but has always had chemistry with Jason. Sigourney has great fun with this role where she pokes fun at being a sex symbol in the sci-fi world even at an older age at the time of this release.weaver

Alan Rickman: Alexander Dane is a British actor who has always felt like he was meant to for more in the acting world instead of the cheese sci-fi world. He has always disagreed with Jason due to his belief he has stolen the spotlight and is a copy of Spook. Alan is great in this role perfectly fitting the British actor in films that won’t get awards.rickman

Tony Shalhoub: Fred Kwan is an actor from the show who always seem to be out there, he comes off very distant to the rest of the cast and has to use the technical side of his character in the show skills. Tony is good in this role where he ends up getting laughs without doing much.

Support Cast: Galaxy Quest has a big supporting cast that all work for where the story is going with Sam Rockwell really showing his comedy levels.

Director Review: Dean ParisotDean nails the comedy parody adventure perfectly with his direction.

 

Adventure: Galaxy Quest puts our actors into an adventure they never thought they would end up in.

Comedy: Galaxy Quest has laughs in nearly every single scene poking fun at the Star Trek world.

Sci-Fi: Galaxy Quest puts our actors in the middle of a sci-fi adventure like the fictional world they have been working in.

Settings: Galaxy Quest uses the sci-fi settings perfectly to show where the characters end up going, be it the ship recreation, the planets they visit or the comic con the actors are part of.
Special Effects
: Galaxy Quest has special effects that still feel fresh to this day with the creation of the alien species.

Suggestion: Galaxy Quest is one that I feel everyone should have watched at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part:  The landing.

Worst Part: I would imagine the die-hard Star Trek fans might not like it.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Never give up, never surrender!

Trivia: Tim Allen admitted that he was quite star-struck when he met Sigourney Weaver, as he’s a huge fan of Alien (1979). Allen even got Weaver to sign some of his Alien memorabilia between takes.

 

Overall: Brilliant parody that has laughs in every single scene as well as a serious side when needed.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Poltergeist (2015)

logoDirector: Gil Kenan

Writer: David Lindsay-Abairre (Screenplay) Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, Mark Victor (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Jared Harris, Jane Adams, Susan Heyward, Nicholas Braun

Plot: A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after apparitions take her captive.

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Verdict: Unnecessary Remake

Story: Poltergeist starts with Bowen family Eric (Rockwell), Amy (DeWitt), Kendra (Sharbino), Griffin (Catlett) and Madison (Clements) moving into their new home in a new neighbourhood. Madison makes new friends with an invisible person, friend or ghost, what ever only Griffin notices. On the night in the house strange electrical occurrence happen in the house just your basic flashing lights and static enough to only effect the kids.

When the iconic scene from the original with the television happens and ‘they are here’. Griffin seems to be the one that gets haunted while the adults seem to miss everything and Madison seems to interact with them. When the haunting become aggressive the family has their youngest daughter Madison taken by them leaving them to turn to super natural investigator Dr Brooke Powell (Adams) and her team to figure out where Madison went. Powell has to turn to Carrigan Burke (Harris) for the final part of the rescue Madison.

Poltergeist gives us a remake that we really don’t need, but I don’t see the point in just slamming the remake issue. As a horror film it all work with the haunted house idea nicely but going with the remake makes the idea unoriginal. We do try to change how things end up and embracing the new technology which works well. It builds on what the original source material offered because we enter into the parallel universe but this doesn’t work because it is hugely CGI. It does keep you attention which I was surprise to see because we should know what happens. (6/10)

Actor Review

Sam Rockwell: Eric Bowen is the recently out of work father of the family, he wants to get back into work but it finding it difficult. Eric comes off as the fun parent but will not let his family suffer even if money is problem. Sam gets one of these pay day performance awards I was desperate to give out and now I can with his standard performance because we know Sam is an excellent actor. (6/10)rockwell

Rosemarie DeWitt: Amy Bowen is the mother of the family who doesn’t want to see her family have to go through money troubles, she is the stricter of the parents but also the comfort one when it comes to easing the nightmares. Rosemarie does a solid job but doesn’t get enough out of her character. (6/10)

Saxon Sharbino: Kendra Bowen is the sulky teenager who doesn’t want to move, leave her phone or not talk to her besties. Saxon does a basic job in the role that never really ends up getting enough time. (4/10)

Kyle Catlett: Griffin Bowen is the middle child who has the highest level of fear, haunted by trees and clowns but desperately wants to be the big brother to Madison. Kyle gives us a good character even if his performance isn’t to a level that would be considered high quality. (6/10)mic book ame

Kennedi Clements: Madison Bowen is the youngest daughter of the family who feels no fear when it comes to making a new friend but ends up getting taken into the other dimension but the spirits. Kennedi does a solid job but it is unfair to criticise her. (6/10)tv talking

Jared Harris: Carrigan Burke is the best supernatural investigator around and he ends up coming to the family to help finally get Madison back. Jared brings us the best performance even if he is only in a supporting role. (7/10)carrigan

Jane Adams: Dr Brooke Powell is the paranormal investigator that the family turns to to help find Madison, she brings the expertise into the film even if only to find the one person that could solve the problem. Jane does a solid job with her quirky role. (6/10)

Support Cast: Poltergeist only has a couple of supporting characters that end up making us not like these characters and only offer a little extra story.

Director Review: Gil KenanGil does a solid job but doesn’t build enough for the scares and relies on the CGI to much. (5/10)

Horror: Poltergeist builds up scares only to go with the easy execution of them that really doesn’t work enough for a film that once create horror in nearly every scene. (4/10)

Thriller: Poltergeist does end up making the tension levels high because we don’t know what will happen next as the film unfolds. (7/10)

Settings: Poltergeist keeps nearly all the action inside the house which makes attempts to make us feel attached the family. (7/10)
Special Effects: Poltergeist uses horrible CGI effects instead of the effects that make anything feel real. (2/10)

Suggestion: Poltergeist is one for the horror fans to try because I know some fans will enjoy it but I don’t know why. (Horror Fans Try)

Best Part: Comic book statue.

Worst Part: CGI

Funniest Scene: Time lapse camera boasting.

Favourite Quote: Madison Our last closet ate me

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It might have one.

Post Credits Scene: Yeah

Similar Too: Insidious

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $73 Million

Budget: $62 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: They know what scares you

Overall: A Remake no one wanted that just doesn’t reach the levels need for the franchise.

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