Films That Made Us Happy in 2017: Faces Places


Most of the films I’ve covered on this site thus far have been very dark and gritty critically acclaimed dramas, or completely terrible and underwhelming misfires. Because of this, it may seem like I only enjoy depressing and cynical things. This is not true. In reality, I’m a giant softie.

One minute I’ll be watching a really disturbing and sad episode of Black Mirror, and the next I won’t shut up about how fantastic Paddington 2 is. However, as much as I love Paddington 2, the film that has made me the happiest this year is Faces Places. This is a new documentary from the famous French street artist JR, and the very famous French filmmaker Agnes Varda, who was the only woman making films in the French new wave. She and JR seem like very different people at first, but they end up being the perfect people to helm this film.

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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A Contemporary Western with a Great Sense of Humor

There are very few films that I would call perfect. If you asked me on a different day, I would say that there is no such thing as a perfect film, although I’d say that there are a few that come very close. Some of these films would be Drive, Apocalypse Now, Pulp Fiction, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not only are a lot of these films considered masterpieces, but they are also considered modern classics. Drive for it’s amazing style and characterization, Apocalypse Now for its incredible characters and iconic moments, Pulp Fiction for its unique understanding of pop culture and the types of media it was inspired by, and Raiders of the Lost Ark for it’s incredible storytelling and amazing action sequences.1510329582937-image-4cab084e-ac7f-4488-91d5-aeabe09ac52f

But at the core of all of these films is a great story with well fleshed out characters who all have understandable and relatable goals. These films all understand their characters and don’t manipulate the audience with cheap and weightless emotional moments that have no purpose in the story. Every second of screen time of each of these films is incredibly important. I would consider all of these things necessary to make a perfect film. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, without a doubt in my mind, is a perfect film. Continue reading “Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A Contemporary Western with a Great Sense of Humor”