SMALL TOWN CRIME
A tight little crime thriller not unlike the ones they used make for television in the mid-seventies. It might not stick around in your memory through the coming years, but you’ll not be wasting your evening by taking it in. Somebody is killing prostitutes and a ex-cop who discovers one of the bodies takes a personal interest in finding and dispatching the killer. I liked it because it neither played it metrosexually cute like LA Confidential, nor did it swim in the swill of Tarantino vulgarity. John Hawkes is excellent as the ex-cop, and the supporting cast, which includes Robert Forster and Octavia Spencer , is outstanding. Brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms share both writing and directing credit, and are a team poised for success. Keep your eye on them.
Even without the devil, this tale of a successful band in heavy metal Hollywood would be a keeper. It helps that the lead singer of the group is a lead singer in a real life group, In fact, almost everybody in the movie has a decent grasp on what it meant to be in a Hollywood band in the mid 80’s, after the punks faded away and the big hair posers moved in. Some of the satanic stuff is pretty corny, and Malcolm McDowell isn’t going to win any prizes for his interpretation of the Evil One, but the metaphor is as straight and as clean as it was when Goethe applied it.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Everybody in this movie, except perhaps Sam Rockwell who I kind of liked, is way too hip for the movie they are making. Frances McDormand may have been a decent actress back when she caught everyone’s attention with Fargo, but its twenty years later and she is still doing the same bloody thing. Woody Harrelson is another one who never grew out of the nineties. We all know what happened in Missouri during Obama\s reign, and if you want to see a movie that addresses that murderous underside of America, I recommend seeing Detroit and passing over this hipper than thou obfuscation of the situation at hand.
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