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M (1931)

This is the first film I review on this site which is this old. Partly because I have watched most of the classics of this time period. However I haven't seen all of them. Which is why, for the past 9 days I have managed to watch a classic film every day. M was one of them and I really wanted to review it in order to talk about some ideas. First of all, I want to say that I know that through my reviews I may seem like a huge film snob that thinks so highly of the classics and what they offered. That statement is partially true. I am a film snob, but I don't blindly love a classic just because it is one. Certain classics are considered as such because of the influence they had on later films, whether it be in certain technical aspects or even their story structures. However, there are some classics that personally do not feel enjoyable when viewing them now. Which is a given for some of them since not everything can age like wine. However, there are some classics that are timeless and I believe can be enjoyed whenever and wherever. Films such as Psycho, 12 Angry Men, Modern Times, and many more. To me, Fritz Lang's M is very close to that list but just not quite there. 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

When I first heard about Three Billboards I instantly felt that this is going to be a film that I am going to enjoy. The film is rooted in reality, it has a simple yet unconventional story, and has a capable writer-director behind the wheels of the project. Everything about this film screams my taste. However, after finishing the film and not liking it, I kept on scratching my head thinking why it did not click with me. All of the elements of a film that I would like are in Three Billboards, yet I did not like it at all. It made me step back and actually think about what overall made me displeased and then look further down into the specifics from the film that lead that to happen. When thinking about all of that, I came up with correlations between this film and last year's Manchester by the Sea. To me both films feel very similar, but one has something that the other doesn't and that's the ability to connect with the characters. Which is basically my biggest crux when it comes to Three Billboards, and here's why.