Shorties #6: “The Disaster Artist”, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”, “Brawl in Cellblock 99”, “Moon” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

This article will contain short reviews of the following films in this order: The Disaster ArtistMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBrawl in Cellblock 99Moon and Three Billboards Outside EbbingMissouri.


The Disaster Artist


Other than the fact that the pacing at the beginning of the film was way too fast, there isn’t really any other criticism I’d have to give this film, but praise. It really showed that this was James Franco’s passion project in the fact that everything was handled with incredible care from the 2000’s soundtrack to his venerable and honest depiction of the man himself, Tommy Wiseau. The film’s funny, well shot and really well acted; go see it if you can.

Grade: A


Me and earl and the dying girl


Me Earl and the Dying Girl was way better than it had any right to be. The story itself isn’t anything special and the structure of it is also quite predictable, but the padding is what makes it as great as it is. The jokes are funny, the chemistry between the three leads is great, Thomas Mann shows us once again that he’s more than capable of being a charismatic protagonist, the soundtrack is wonderful and so are the visuals. It’s the creative directing and inventive camera movements that give the film a certain sense of style, but also make the film pop from movies that deal with similar themes.

Grade A-


Brawl in Cellblock 99


Vince Vaughn’s transition to more serious roles is going pretty well, and I’m happy to say that Brawl in Cellblock 99 is one of his best films in recent years. That doesn’t mean I don’t have some issues with it. The sound design was iffy, the pacing wasn’t the greatest and there wasn’t a lot of attention to continuity. The lighting was quite harsh too, which I didn’t find visually pleasing, but this was probably done to portray the harsh nature of the film. Nonetheless, there was some great visual symbolism and I liked how the practical effects in the film paid homage to the 70’s grindhouse era of filmmaking. And as to be expected with this director, the violence was as brutal as you can get but portrayed in a fun and exciting way.

Grade: B+


Moon


The directorial debut of Duncan Jones was quite a stunning film. It was clever, had great cinematography but above all had a fantastic performance by Sam Rockwell.  The story was original and the dialogue both witty and well written. In short: it was great.

Grade: A


three billboards


Filled with hilarious moments, great characters that underwent major arcs and fantastic performances, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri became one of my favorite films of 2017. Frances McDormand gives one of her best performances in her career, as did Woody Harrelson, but they both fell in the shadow of Sam Rockwell, who was absolutely incredible. His character was a standout as well. There’s one scene involving CGI, which in my opinion could’ve been better, but other than that is it a great film and in my opinion, it should’ve won the Oscar for best screenplay.

Grade: A


 

4 thoughts on “Shorties #6: “The Disaster Artist”, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”, “Brawl in Cellblock 99”, “Moon” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    1. I hadn’t seen the trailer for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, as I put all my trust in Martin McDonagh after having seen “In Bruges”, but I’m glad you were able to enjoy it!

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