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3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Sunday, November 26, 2017 3:22 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


At this writing, 3 Billboards still fresh in my mind, struck me as a "based on a true story" type of film. A black comedy with dramatic overtones.....boring, you might say. Nothing of the kind. But make no mistake, it is a well told story and never predictable, well only slightly so, story of small town unsolved crime.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 black comedy-drama action film written, produced, and directed by Martin McDonagh. It stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage, and follows a mother who takes matters into her own hands after the police in her town are unable to find a suspect in her daughter's murder.


It will take you to places you think you've traveled before, but it veers down a different path that surprises and entertains, as it shocks. A brilliant piece of writing that uncovers characters and their motives like a good crime novel, but tickles you along the way. It creates an uneasy feeling that you just can't shake and you find yourself laughing in spite of what you just finished seeing.

You see the list of actors above, but don't be fooled this is Frances McDormand's film all the way. She breathes life into the character Mildred Hayes and out-muscles any of them without breaking a sweat. 3 Billboards is her baby and she gives birth, nutures and ultimately delivers a tour de force we have not seen since Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice. That is not to say that the others are not up to the task...Sam Rockwell gives an annoyingly solid performance, as does Woody Harrelson as the town chief of police. Other noteworthy performances come from Abbie Cornish, Samara Weaving, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage who have small but pivotal roles. This woman is haunted by the death of her child and her anguish is palpable and etched on her face and her soul as the girl's mother.

The dialogue is raw, poignant and funny but drives the film and characters throughout. If you are sensitive to unabashed cursing, maybe you should skip this film...but I feel it is essential to both the film's story and the characters motivations.

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Martin McDonagh (/m?k'd?n?/; born 26 March 1970) is a British and Irish playwright, screenwriter, and film director, born and brought up in London to Irish parents. He holds dual British and Irish citizenship.[1] He has been described as one of the most important living playwrights in Ireland.


(McDonagh wrote the brilliantly funny In Bruges (2008) with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson).


SGG

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Sunday, November 26, 2017 2:37 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


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Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
At this writing, 3 Billboards still fresh in my mind, struck me as a "based on a true story" type of film. A black comedy with dramatic overtones.....boring, you might say. Nothing of the kind. But make no mistake, it is a well told story and never predictable, well only slightly so, story of small town unsolved crime.

Quote:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 black comedy-drama action film written, produced, and directed by Martin McDonagh. It stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage, and follows a mother who takes matters into her own hands after the police in her town are unable to find a suspect in her daughter's murder.


It will take you to places you think you've traveled before, but it veers down a different path that surprises and entertains, as it shocks. A brilliant piece of writing that uncovers characters and their motives like a good crime novel, but tickles you along the way. It creates an uneasy feeling that you just can't shake and you find yourself laughing in spite of what you just finished seeing.

You see the list of actors above, but don't be fooled this is Frances McDormand's film all the way. She breathes life into the character Mildred Hayes and out-muscles any of them without breaking a sweat. 3 Billboards is her baby and she gives birth, nutures and ultimately delivers a tour de force we have not seen since Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice. That is not to say that the others are not up to the task...Sam Rockwell gives an annoyingly solid performance, as does Woody Harrelson as the town chief of police. Other noteworthy performances come from Abbie Cornish, Samara Weaving, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage who have small but pivotal roles. This woman is haunted by the death of her child and her anguish is palpable and etched on her face and her soul as the girl's mother.

The dialogue is raw, poignant and funny but drives the film and characters throughout. If you are sensitive to unabashed cursing, maybe you should skip this film...but I feel it is essential to both the film's story and the characters motivations.

Quote:

Martin McDonagh (/m?k'd?n?/; born 26 March 1970) is a British and Irish playwright, screenwriter, and film director, born and brought up in London to Irish parents. He holds dual British and Irish citizenship.[1] He has been described as one of the most important living playwrights in Ireland.


(McDonagh wrote the brilliantly funny In Bruges (2008) with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson).


SGG

Never heard of it. Was it in cinema?
Haven't seen much from McDormand since Burn After Reading. Rockwell is also a pull, and Cornish. I still recommend In Bruges.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017 8:34 PM

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The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly


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Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:

Never heard of it. Was it in cinema?

It got a metascore of 87 -- Universal Acclaim
www.metacritic.com/movie/three-billboards-outside-ebbing-missouri

And the movie is making millions of dollars:
www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=threebillboards.htm

Buy a ticket:
http://tickets.threebillboardsthemovie.com/



The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Monday, November 27, 2017 4:50 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


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KWRoss 2017 11 25, 19:39

Just saw this yesterday and I'm right there with you. This is a powerful, unpredictable story with moral ambiguity abound. You see everyone's side in the whole situation, and just when you think you know who the "good guys" and "bad guys" are, the movie throws you another twist.

This is definitely a movie not dismissed easily. I imagine anyone who sees it will be ruminating about these characters and their choices for days.



Yes, it's been out for a couple of weeks (17 days) and received a People's Choice award at Toronto film festival. And, IMHO, could garner a few Oscar nods. Come to think of it, I could see that this film could be compared to Wind River. It is a character-driven story above all else, and keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. If you can, go see this film or put it on your must-see list...you will not be disappointed.


SGG

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Monday, November 27, 2017 10:41 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I might have to check that one out. I like that actress that was in Fargo. I recently saw another Cohen Bros flick called Burn After Reading that I thought was pretty amazing and she was one of the stars of the ensemble cast.

I've never seen her in much, but she does seem to choose her roles wisely.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 4:23 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I can't tell. Is this an art house film?
Stopped by my nearest cinema, it's not showing.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:32 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


All I can say is you will not be disappointed, she is really good, along with Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell. Hell! everybody. This kind of reminded me of Cohen brothers flick.

And yes, she chooses her roles wisely.


SGG


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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I might have to check that one out. I like that actress that was in Fargo. I recently saw another Cohen Bros flick called Burn After Reading that I thought was pretty amazing and she was one of the stars of the ensemble cast.

I've never seen her in much, but she does seem to choose her roles wisely.

Do Right, Be Right. :)


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Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:36 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


I wouldn't exactly call it art house, although it is an Indy movie. Think Fargo meets In Bruges....it's a dramedy, black comedy and drama all rolled into one. Sort of like an episode of Firefly.

The characters seem to be real and down to earth. Last time I checked it was only playing in about 700 theaters.


SGG


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Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
I can't tell. Is this an art house film?
Stopped by my nearest cinema, it's not showing.


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