MUDBOUND — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

“Mudbound” is a drama that takes place just after WWII, on a cotton farm in Mississippi. It’s based on the novel written by Hillary Jordan with themes of poverty, racism, violence and a divided America. It stars Jason Clarke as Nate and his wife. Laura, is played by Carey Mulligan. They are landowners. Mary J. Blige stars as Florence their neighbor and sharecropper; she’s married to a sharecropper Hap, played by Rob Morgan. Continue reading…

The sons of both families played by Garret Hedlund and Jason Mitchell served in the war and return only to find bigotry and hatred all enforced by the Ku Klux Klan.

Let’s take a listen: A storekeeper asks, “How long have you been back from overseas? Hedlund replies, “Just a couple of weeks.” (A loud noise causes flashbacks of the war to enter Hedlund’s mind.) Mitchell says, “It’s alright it’s just a car, it must have backfired.”

Here’s Another Clip: Rob Morgan (Hap) says, “This place, this law, we don’t belong to them. Carey Mulligan (Laura) says, “When I think of the farm, I think of mud incrusted in our knees and hair.”

The Bottom-Line: I’m in. Four stars out of Four

This is one of the best films of 2017! I felt like I was watching a literary masterpiece projected on the big screen due to the outstanding script.

It’s based on the history of our country and the cruelties of what people had to endure and shows the bravery of the heroic people that stood up to racism.

Under stellar direction by Dee Rees, we can’t help but empathize with the hardships of the characters.

This is Sarah Knight Adamson signing off for Hollywood 360 Radio Network.

“Mudbound” air date December 2, 2017

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MUDBOUND — Review by Esther Iverem

The human, under surveillance and under American Southern totalitarianism, is the recurrent theme in the new, compelling Netflix feature “Mudbound.” Director-producer Dee Rees adapts Hillary Jordan’s World War II-era novel with the appropriate amount of claustrophobia and stricture befitting Jim Crow Mississippi. Continue reading…

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MUDBOUND — Review by Cynthia Fuchs

rees mudbound posterMudbound begins with digging. The screen is black, the sound unmistakable. The scene that emerges takes place at night: two brothers are digging a grave for their father. A storm is coming, so Henry (Jason Clarke) and Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) are in a hurry. “We ain’t gonna make it,” mutters Jamie. Henry insists that they will, that they have to. “That was my brother Henry,” narrates Jamie. “Absolutely certain whatever he wanted to happen would. Certain his little brother would never betray him.” Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 10: MUDBOUND

motw logo 1-35Telling the intertwining stories of two families — one white, one black — living on the same piece of rural Mississippi farmland in the 1940s, Dee ReesMudbound blends strong performances, notable cinematography, and heartbreaking human drama. It’s clear things are going to get grim from the opening sequence, in which adult brothers Henry and Jamie McAllan (played by Jason Clarke and Garrett Hedlund, respectively) try to bury their father despite the onslaught of a torrential downpour, which leaves both men shaken and covered in mud. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT November 2017: Dee Rees, Independently Epic Filmmaker, Director MUDBOUND

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With just a few films to her credit, director Dee Rees is already making an assured and unique mark on American cinema. She brings mature talent, technical skill, and creative vision, all while being true to herself as a gay African-American woman. Available November 17, her latest film Mudbound vividly demonstrates she can extend her intimately emotional filmmaking to an epic scale. Continue reading…

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New York Film Festival 2017: Top Female Performances — Liz Whittemore reports

NYFF55-posterThis year’s festival was not lacking in gorgeously acted roles. Here is a list of 10 notable performances that I believe deserve attention. I will preface this list by saying I was unable to see Wonderstruck and Lady Bird. I am hearing nothing but praise for Julianne Moore‘s dual roles, newcomer Millicent Simmonds, and Saoirse Ronan. Of the 10 performances, only 7 films are represented. In no particular order, here are some ladies to be on the lookout for come awards season and beyond. Continue reading…

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