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"The Highwaymen" John Lee Hancock [2019]
"The Lobster" Yorgos Lanthimos [2015]

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"The Highwaymen" [John Lee Hancock] 2019

"The Highwaymen [2019] was directed by John Lee Hancock and stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. Although made by Netflix, this is a move with full cinematic quality.

"As a director, Hancock consistently makes noteworthy if not great films. His best effort to date critically was "The Blind Side" [2009]. As a screenwriter he is perhaps best known for "Snow White and the Huntsman" [2012], which was a surprisingly good retelling of the fairy tale.

"In this film the story of Bonnie and Clyde is told from the viewpoint of the two retired Texas Rangers who tracked them down and were primarily responsible for their deaths. Arthur Penn‘s justifiably famous "Bonnie and Clyde" [1967] romanticized the two criminals as a couple and largely sugar-coated who they were. In this film their murderous exploits are portrayed without that and seen only distantly, as they are not central characters here.

"This film concentrates on the two aging retired lawmen, Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, played respectively by Costner and Harrelson. Both rangers had a reputation for extreme violence in their younger days. The interplay between them as they hunt down the two outlaws is what gives this film some depth. Hamer‘s character is quiet and matter of fact, while Gault is much the opposite.

"Many castigated this film because it counterplays against Penn‘s great 1967 film. I disagree. For one thing, Penn‘s film was a modern fairy tale, whereas this film is a great deal closer to the reality of the time. If you prefer the fairy tale, fine, don‘t watch this film. Otherwise, you should at least find this film entertaining."


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"The Lobster" [Yorgos Lanthimos] 2015

"The Lobster [2015] was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, written by Efthymis Filippou. It stars Colin Farrell and co-stars John C. Reilly.

"This is a film that most people would not think about seeing if they read a synopsis of the plot. It concerns a society where adults who breakup a relationship have 45 days to find another relationship or be turned into an animal of their choice. Those who stay single outside the law are hunted.

"Lanthimos is a Greek director who has made films before that portray odd and oppressive human behavior such as Dogtooth [2010], which was also written by Filippou.

"Lobster somewhat resembles a documentary, with flat narrative style and rather dull cinematography, no doubt on purpose, as is the somewhat deadpan delivery of lines.

"This film is considered by some to be a comedy. Their point is that this dystopian near future is not real, therefore one can take its serious treatment as satire. That may work for some, but if you suspend disbelief while watching, a common requirement for many films, it becomes genuinely disturbing.

"While this film is well executed, it should be approached knowing that you might not like it. If you do like it, try Dogtooth [2010] as well."


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