In the Can (Ep. 07) — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

“Raped while dying”“And still no arrests”“How come, Chief Willoughby?”  A mother’s grief coupled with small-town humor with a little dark comedy mixed in.  The CHIEF and Kansas City Bret talk 2017’s THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, written/directed by Martin McDonagh.  Is Bret just the token Missouri guy? That was definitely a CGI deer, right?  What are the Oscar chances of this witty, daring, and emotionally involved dark comedy?  Let’s journey to Ebbing:

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TIMELINE:

  • INTRO, BACKGROUND & CHIEF PLOT SUMMARY — (2:05)
    • An instant classic?
    • “We were all waiting on this type of movie…”
    • Where’d this idea come from?
  • THOUGHTS BEFORE SEEING THE FLICK — (7:14)
  • ONE-SENTENCE NO-CONJUNCTIONS REVIEW — (9:57)
    • Bret challenges the process…
    • Token Missouri guy….
  • Is this the G.O.A.T. Billboard Movie — (13:39)
    • Bret brings up a Jason Segal classic…
  • NOTABLE THEMES(16:01)
    • People can change…
    • Bret doesn’t buy SAM ROCKWELL’S aka DIXON’S ARC
  • MOST BUCKETS — (19:40)
    • The CHIEF defends Rockwell…
    • DEBATE (aka Civil Discourse, cuz that’s a thing that people can actually do)
    • Is Dixon too dumb to do the things he does in the movie? Did the script falter a bit?
  • WILLOUGHBY’S MID-MOVIE ACT — (39:33)
  • SIXTH MAN/WOMAN AWARD — (43:45)
    • “This was teed up for her. Like McDonagh walked up and put the golf ball on the tee and [Mcdormand] walked up and hit it 400 yards”…
  • LEO DICAPRIO OVERACTING AWARD — (48:04)
    • “Oh this is a woman acting like her husband has just died”…
  • ISO PLAY — (51:48)
    • CGI deer or nah?
    • Bret talks about A Knight’s Tale weirdly
    • Even more weirdly, the CHIEF goes on a The Departed tangent and talks timeless elements in movies…
  • BILLBOARDS BACKLASH — IS THIS FILM AT ALL RACIST? — (1:03:19)
    • The CHIEF sort of goes in on the haters…
  • Nic Cage Switcheroo — (1:14:44)
    • The CHIEF didn’t buy Robbie’s character…
    • We talk the daughter scene, the last scene before she disappears…
  • OSCAR LIKELIHOOD? — (1:19:32)
    • Bret is a COWARD
    • More Oscar TALK
  • FINAL RATINGS and REWATCHABILITY — (1:26:15)
    • Harry Truman Trivia!
    • ADAM DRIVER BURNING TAKE

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