RR Films: Intermission

You may have noticed the absence of this feature last week. I had a couple of attempts at spinning news items into a topic but, not only did I struggle to make a connection, I then had to look too hard for appropriate films. The project – or its author – is getting stale after 80 outings.

So this is maybe not farewell but it is at least adieu. I’ll leave you with a recommendation though: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It’s becoming the Oscar front runner and I’m very happy about that (the US Academy was never going to make Elle best picture…), as it is a beautifully played tragi-comedy where nothing is straight-forward and it becomes increasingly difficult to condemn the bad behaviour being indulged in.

So, for the time being, That’s All Folks!

19 thoughts on “RR Films: Intermission

  1. I watched Three Billboards yesterday and loved it despite controversies about some aspects. Which I can’t go into without spoilers.
    Mad plot. I could pull it to pieces if I wanted too. But I don’t. Deliberately ambiguous characters. Interesting ending. i shall say no more.

    • Oh dear. I initially looked at the headline, skimmed the final few lines of the intro, looked at the YT vid link and commented on that. Then I went off and vaguely wondered what a film about intermissions would be like and how Three Billboards could fit the bill.
      Thanks for doing this series Chris. Hope it can be resumed at some point.

      I do read the intro normally.

  2. I can’t believe 80 episodes, seems like only yesterday… The value for me has been my county public library, there are 17 branches in the county and they all have videos, I think they’re all in cahoots to not overlap, they all buy different. So when something obscure and definitely foreign shows up here I’d check the online library search page and often as not, there it iwas. So my thanks to all the contributing Spillers and of course to Chris for keeping it going. I’ve watched a lot of films that I’d have otherwise missed.

  3. Thanks Chris – I always followed up on recommendations made here and have definitely seen a lot of films I otherwise wouldn’tve. Cheers!

    I loved 3 Billboards… not sure about the ending though…

  4. Thanks for keeping it going for so long, Chris. Kinda like Fuel’s post the about artists we don’t recommend on RR, i had no films fresh in my mind at the end, and felt like i kept coming up with the same old ones. Now surely there are tons of films we’ve all seen that we never got to recommend on this series…

    • tbh, amy, I think the original idea of linking to a news item prevented a load of topics being raised. No bicycles! No rabbits!
      Maybe there’s scope for a more random selection of topics in a future incarnation….

      • Put it this way, Chris – you got 80 weeks off of this series? I don’t think any of our music challenges ever got that many. Barbryn’s series about 3 songs for each year probably got less than 60 posts, and we all played that till we ran out of years. The alphabet one got 26 or 27? Till we ran out of letters. 80 is a good run.

  5. Thanks for keeping it going. Suspect that unless the ‘Spill can attract some new blood to post, it’s going to fizzle out.

  6. Since we might not have this group of Spillers together again, at least for a while, there’s a couple of books I’d like to recommend. I’ve owned them for years and they’re invaluable reference books for anyone interested in this subject. The first is; ‘The New Biographical Dictionary of Film’ by David Thomson and the second: ‘For Keeps’ 30 years at the Movies by Pauline Kael. Both excellent and articulate film critics and historians.
    I just checked Amazon for prices, my 2002 edition of Thomson’s goes for $6.44, the 2014 edition is $32.75. For Keeps – 1994 is going for $13.23, both hardcovers. Kael’s is 1300 pages, Thomson’s is 960.pages.
    I discovered Pauline Kael in about 1959 when I first arrived here, she had a weekly film criticism program on a local radio station and Thomson I similarly found doing an interview when his book was first published.
    Both highly recommended.

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