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 : July 12, 2018, 05:20:36 PM 
moorman - moorman
The recent Republic studio thread screenings reminded me about this Criterion remastered film.  As everyone knows it stars Danny Hawkins as Dane Clark, a bullied kid who grows up and kills one of his tormentors in self defense.  As a adult he suffers from the trauma of what happened to his father and the resulting ridicule by the townsfolk where he grows up.  Dane finds solace out in the swamps with Mose ( Rex Ingram ), a former railroad brakeman who himself lives in the swamp to escape society.  Mose's main hobby is raising coon dogs that he hires out for whoever needs them.  The plot also centers around Dane's relationship with Gilly Johnson.  Its a simple plot of redemption with both Mose and Gilly figuring prominently in Dane's redemption of what he did and what has been tormenting him.

The film itself looks gorgeous. Its one of the better films I've seen that heavily features swamp scenes.  There are long dull moments focusing on Dane and Gilly that drag the film down.  Whenever Dane goes out to visit Mose both he AND the viewer get a welcome reprive from those long dull moments.  The film got going pretty good during the last 1/3rd of it.  The ending was pretty good. Overall, I rate this a 6.5 out of 10...

 : July 12, 2018, 07:33:22 AM 
cigar joe - dave jenkins
This would have been a lot more exciting if they'd done this last summer. A lot of these are out on video--the blu of I, Jane Doe came out just a month ago, and Moonrise is a recent Criterion release.

 : July 12, 2018, 06:24:36 AM 
drinkanddestroy - Cusser
The plight of the Thai soccer team trapped in the cave for 3 weeks sure brought back memories of this film !!!

 : July 11, 2018, 07:59:39 PM 
cigar joe - cigar joe
Moma show

Noir highlights:

--MOONRISE (but, oddly, just one late afternoon screening)
--HELL's HALF ACRE (reasonably well-known already--"Honolulu noir" with Wendell Corey & Evelyn Keyes
--I, JANE DOE (memorialized by Gary Deane at his sadly dormant's the link to his comments:
--STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT (early Anthony Mann, screened previously by FNF)
--MAKE HASTE TO LIVE (one of the last women-in-distress films during the classic American cycle, with Stephen McNally up to his usual no good...)

 : July 11, 2018, 07:36:39 PM 
moorman - moorman
Charles Laughton is one of my favorite actors so I wanted to see this.  I haven't read any of Agatha Christie's novels so I don't know how true to the book that the screenplay follows.  The film starts off fabulously with Laughton's character inside of a car with his nurse who is doting on him and reminding him of his recent health issue.  This scene came across so genuine that I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Elsa Lanchester ( the nurse) is Laughton's wife in real life.  The chemistry between them through out the film was superb.

 SPOILER ALERTS:  As most of you know the plot centers around  Sir Wilfred Robarts recent health issue and his decision to try one last criminal case.  Tyrone Powers  ( Leonard Voles ) is accused of murdering a elderly woman he befriended that has a lot of money and changed her will and made him the beneficiary.  Powers is married to Christine Vole ( Marlene Dietrich) who the defense wants to use as a witness to confirm her husband's alibi.  She acts strange during her initial interview with Sir Robarts and turns up later as a witness for the prosecution.  The plot was very good and ( major spoiler alert) held your interest all the way through until the RUSHED plot twists at the end.

Here is my problem with the film.  After winning his acquittal from the jury, Mr. Voles leaves the courtroom and his wife is brought back into the courtroom to escape a citizen's mob.  She then reveals that she and Mr. Voles PLAYED Sir Robarts and the court in order to get his acquittal.  Voles comes back into the courtroom after overhearing her confession and confesses to the murder knowing that double jeopardy bars any retrial.  Diana ( Ruta Lee) shows up and gives Voles a kiss and its revealed that she has been seeing him and they plan to run off together with the will money Voles became the benefactor of.  Ms. Voles flips out and stabs Voles killing him.  Ok, I have no problem with any of that. My problem is I felt the film could've use a good 15 minutes more to drag these revelations out in a different way. I felt it was all too rushed into a implausible admittance by the Voles inside the courtroom.  A better scenario would have been for Sir Robarts to find out he had been duped later on and then get the admittance from the Voles.  I have no idea if the screenplay stayed true to the book or if this was some more code shenanigans.

 Overall the plot is simple and tight and gave the director plenty of opportunity to explore scenes outside the courtroom.  Unlike 12 Angry Men you get to enjoy the change of pace of the action taking place in numerous locations.  Laughton always displays a subdued flamboyance that I love in his more serious roles.  Dietrich gave a fine performance and Powers really had me fooled as the film went along.  Even with the ending that I felt was rushed and tacked on the excellent performances by the leading cast still allows me to give this a solid 8.5 out of 10.

 : July 11, 2018, 08:43:10 AM 
Jessica Rabbit - dave jenkins

 : July 11, 2018, 06:56:26 AM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
The french title is the worst, though: "Three Billboards : Les Panneaux de la Vengeance"
Literally: "Three Billboards: Revenge Billboards"
Hahaha! Well, you know, those Frenchies can't be expected to know what a "Billboard" is. I mean, they're totally ignorant of American culture, right?

 : July 11, 2018, 04:08:28 AM 
PowerRR - cigar joe
Saw it again yesterday. I'm completely on board with DJ's review.

The french title is the worst, though: "Three Billboards : Les Panneaux de la Vengeance"
Literally: "Three Billboards: Revenge Billboards"

it's great agree.

 : July 11, 2018, 01:54:05 AM 
titoli - titoli

 : July 10, 2018, 11:47:43 PM 
PowerRR - noodles_leone
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - 9/10. Martin McDonagh finally directs a real movie! Yay! This one has real characters, and you can tell they're real because they're capable of change. Frances McDormand is on her way to another Oscar nom. Woody Harrelson is beyond amazing; Sam Rockwell shows what he really can do. And all the secondary characters are so well cast it's frightening. This film uses flashbacks better than just about any film I can think of in the last decade-and-a-half. Some of the plotting is off, though: for example, a cop goes rogue and throws a citizen out a window and all he gets is the loss of his job. No criminal penalties? No civil penalties? There should have been something in the script to answer such questions. On the other hand, the several twists and reversals in the story work well. It all maybe goes a little long at the end, but I really enjoyed this piece.

Saw it again yesterday. I'm completely on board with DJ's review.

The french title is the worst, though: "Three Billboards : Les Panneaux de la Vengeance"
Literally: "Three Billboards: Revenge Billboards"

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