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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BRIGSBY BEAR AND WIND RIVER

The two films I saw this weekend were well rated by Rotten Tomatoes audiences, but did zilch in movie attendance:

   FILM                ROTTEN TOMATOES     BOX OFFICE  MY RATING
                       REVIEWERS  AUDIENCES    WEEKEND

Brigsby Bear            79                  91                   #10                   B

Wind River                87                  94                   #32                   B

#1 this weekend was Hitman's Bodyguard.  RT reviewers gave it a 39 rating.  The interesting thing about the ones I saw was that there were just three people in the audience for Brigsby Bear, whereas Wind River had almost a full house.  I had to sit in the front row, and I was not the only one there.

BB had a nice cast, with Kyle Mooney (that's him to the right), Mark Hamill (of Star Wars fame...and you won't believe how he looks today), Greg Kinnear, Clare Danes and Andy Samberg.  Some might remember The Truman Show with Jim Carrey, produced 20 years ago.  In a totally different way, the films are similar.  Let me just stop here except to say that it was somewhat simplistic, endearing and worthy.

WR was a different kind of film...snow, gruesome, cold, murderous, frigid, brutal, and an expose about violence to native American women.  To quote from the film:

While missing person statistics are compiled for every other demographic, none exist for Native American women.

There is a Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, and the story is drawn from the reality of life there today.  According to Director Taylor Sheridan (to the left below), who wrote the tense 2015 Sicario:

Until 2013, sexual assault of a Native woman by a non-Native couldn’t be prosecuted because it was a state crime on federal land. At the same time, if you were a Native accused of assaulting a non-Native, you could be prosecuted twice, once by the federal government and once by the tribal police. It was a double standard of medieval proportions.

The film stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.  It's a well-made effort, and has moments of glory and beauty, some obligatory action, but is mostly depressing.  If you love snowmobiles, this is the flick for you.  I suspect word of mouth will keep this movie around for a while.

I've been featuring the recent USA Total Solar Eclipse, and couldn't help but include the front page of the New York Daily News today.  Our president, Donald Trump, was warned not to directly look at the eclipse without protective glasses, so what does he do?  See for yourself.

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Hurricane Kenneth has weakened to 80 MPH and will continue to lose strength, moving north, way far off from Hawaii:

Typhoon Hato at 75 MPH will ease south of Hong Kong and make landfall over China:

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