The creation of a civilisation à la My Darling Clementine, but set at the end of the world.
‘The awful thing about life is that everybody has their reasons’ – from The Rules of the Game (1939).
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri takes Jean Renoir’s deeply-felt humanist statement and ham-fistedly refashions it into a truism as ostentatious as the eponymous billboards themselves. Good people can do bad things. Bad people can do good things. And violence (get this!) begets violence. We know this because throughout his persistently glib rug-pulling exercise, director Martin McDonagh doesn’t let us entertain for…
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‘Be a mensch’. If a single line defines ‘The Apartment’ – possibly Billy Wilder’s best, and one of my favourite films – then it’s this one. ‘Mensch’ comes from Yiddish, a language whose adoption in American cities only narrowly predates Hollywood’s adoption of Wilder, who had fled Europe and the Nazi threat. It means, as Dr. Dreyfus reminds us, ‘a human being’. Few films are as warm, as kind, or as human as this one, without sacrificing an awareness of…