I entered this with Schnabel on my mind and I left this with Van Gogh on my mind.
Two brilliant artists.
After three batshit crazy films, I’m declaring S. Craig Zahler one of my favorite directors of this century. His films are an amalgam of all my movie watching pleasures: the gore, the pulp, the principled yet deeply flawed characters, the meandering dialogue, the brooding tone... it’s like film candy to me. Film licorice, precisely. Why licorice? Jerry Garcia said it best: “We're like licorice. Not everybody likes it, but the people who do like licorice really like licorice.”
Thrilled that Three Billboards garnered so much love at the Golden Globes. A number of folks are giving it shit because Dixon is a racist cop, and apparently, if you are a flawed character, you shouldn’t have a character arc! Or maybe that is only a problem if you’re a white male cop? I don’t know. But if you consider yourself a champion for progressivism and multiculturalism, it’s good to start with a bit of empathy. I’m not interested in a perspective that claims certain people are irredeemable.
I prefer compassion. And so I love this film.