Fooled again by a good poster design - when will I ever learn?!
Time focusses nearly entirely on the family members left to hold the pieces together after a father becomes incarcerated for over 20 years for an unsuccessful bank robbery - making an effective case against the extreme harshness of the US justice system without getting in the weeds of policy or statistics or whatever else defenders hide behind.
Oscar nominated and free to watch on YouTube right now.
Slow West is like if Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and Jim Jarmusch bore a love child in New Zealand, then raised it in old west Colorado, with the life expectancy of a kiddie film's runtime. (And I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.)
Discussed in full on episode #139 of the Cinereelists podcast.
In theaters October 31, 2014.
Wow, what a deliciously creepy film first-time director Dan Gillroy has here. Gyllenhaal plays his hand perfectly as a cold obsessive who finds career opportunity in capturing crime footage as fast and as grizzly as possible in order to sell it at the highest price to the local news, a pursuit that eventually leads him to bend the rules of the game - along with everyone around him. A+, would watch again.
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