CHILD OF GOD
2013, 104 min, USA, Dir: James Franco

James Franco’s faithful adaptation of the 1973 Cormac McCarthy novel follows Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) on a harrowing descent from Tennessee loner to serial killer in the 1960s. Aided by strong performances from Tim Blake Nelson and Franco himself, Haze’s without-a-net portrayal of the primitive sociopath will keep your eyes glued to the screen even as his character’s depravity tempts you to turn away.


O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?
2000, Buena Vista Pictures, 106 min, USA, Dir: Joel Cohen

Taking much of its inspiration from Homer’s The Odyssey, this Coen brothers comedy stars George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as escaped convicts in Depression-era Mississippi. On a wild goose chase for loot from a previous crime, the trio encounter bluesmen, bank robbers, Bible thumpers and politicos, and become unlikely hitmakers as the “Soggy Bottom Boys” (in real life, the film’s bluegrass-filled soundtrack topped charts and won three Grammys). Costarring John Goodman. The title is taken from the social-realist film-within-a-film Joel McCrea's character wants to make in Preston Sturges' SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS!


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