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Little Woods (2019)

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9/10: Little Woods Breaks Your Heart With Bleak Subject Matter and Powerful Performances
Sunday, July 7, 2019

The plot for Little Woods is pretty simple, its about Ollie (Tessa Thompson) and her sister Deb (Liliy James) and the struggles they're facing. A story like this would sometimes be about them trying to hit it big as struggling artists or it would be about the family trying to reconcile. That's not this movie, this movie isn't about some trivial issues, its about them trying to survive. They aren't just lower middle class, they're at the bottom and they're respective problems (looking for work when you have a record, unwanted pregnancy, nowhere to live etc.) reflect that. I think Little Woods does a great job of showing you those problems without sugarcoating them or trying to add fantasy, they're real, they're horrible and above all else, they're terrifying. You feel for these characters, they may have made bad choices but neither is a terrible person or even deserving of what...

8/10: Tense family drama... "Your choices are only as good as your options
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Little Woods" (2018 release; 103 min.) brings the story of sisters Ollie and Deb. As the movie opens, Ollie is burying a package of some sort in the woods somewhere in North Dakota (only much later do we learn what is in that package). We get to know Ollie, as she is coming closer to ending her probation (for dealing opioids). "You are so close, please stay out of trouble", her probation officer implores. But Ollie's house is about to be foreclosed on. Meanwhile Deb is in an even tougher spot: she lives in a trailer on a parking lot, along with her young son. Then she finds out that she is pregnant... At this point we are less than 15 min. into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: this is the feature-length...

4/10: Too many unanswered questions
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Personally I don't care who is in a movie regardless of gender and race, however, I do care when people are cast just BECAUSE of their race and gender to create diversity where none is called for. There is an increasing attempt to add "people of color" and make films about women's issues (not sure what that means) just for the sake of satisfying a small number of woke people. I see period films where they add black people even though it's historically inaccurate.Are they going to start to add white people in period film taken place in China just to get some diversity? The answer is no, and nor should they.Why is this an issue for me? Because I don't like to get thrown off by something that feels forced and inauthentic, and it's getting worse. Prior to 2015 this issue never occurred to me, because it wasn't an issue. People...

1/10: Bad choices to justify more bad choices
Thursday, September 16, 2021

This is exactly why certain populations of the black community won't get ahead while the privileged black liberal types do like the Director and actresses. No matter the circumstances, you make better choices. Its entertaining to watch characters make bad decisions and tension builds but it does not make a good movie. It's not the police fault for doing their job. It's not white peoples fault. It always comes down to the local community and your decisions. Hanging around people doing hard drugs and crime will make your mind less competent and gives you a record. If you're a drug dealer you are poisoning your own community and deserve time and a record. People die due to pills and hard drugs. Then to justify another bad decision with an abortion procedure due to previous bad decisions is just insane. Abortion isn't birth control. No innocent life should be snuffed out because of someone else's...

7/10: A well-acted tense drama - best of its kind I've seen this year
Monday, December 16, 2019

This doesn't have a lot of reviews and it's well worth watching, the best I've seen for a while. Tessa Thompson is a fine actor, outstanding in Thor: Ragnarok (a film I didn't much like) and here she does it again in a totally different part, carrying this film almost alone. All support acting is good too.I'm not going to detail what happens, but some of the material is unusual and interesting - a different kind of drug-dealing. That interest is kept going well, Ollie, the main character, is very sympathetic (having to deal with her idiot-pain of a sister who definitely isn't) and there's plenty of tension. The simple plot is a mite depressing, but people do live like this and Ollie's practical determination gives the hope that problems can be overcome. The direction flagged a bit at times - I'm never a fan of lingering shots - but not...

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