There’s no real way to set a film based around grief in a tropical location. Sure, people in warm climates deal with death and sadness too, but cognitively, visually, there’s nothing quite like the cold to drive misery home. So it is in Manchester by the Sea, the delicate and powerful new film from Kenneth Lonergan. The film’s opening images are a montage of winter scenery, and of Casey Affleck’s Lee Chandler as he handles various building management duties in Quincy, Massachusetts — tossing out garbage, changing light bulbs, and shovelling snow. The snow is ever-present in Manchester by the Sea, obscuring, coating, and, in its way, marking the time. The snow sets the tone.
By: Daniel Reynolds The newest film from Tom McCarthy, Spotlight, makes a remarkable show of restraint given its subject matter. It’s definitely a movie with a message, complete with “based on […]
By: Daniel Reynolds Since we’re in January, the time of the year where bad movies go to die (Zero Dark Thirty on the 16th excepted), Daniel will be rolling out […]