Rural Mississippi. The late 40s. Racism. Mud. Poverty. PTSD. That’s what you’re in for with this Netflix-produced, Dee Rees-directed adaptation of the novel by Hillary Jordan. Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell are two young men back from WWII, each confronting the abject poverty of their homes (and rampant racism) in different ways but having a friendship based on their shared soldiering experiences. Casey Mulligan is Jason Clarke’s wife who was expecting something WAY different when she was told they were packing up the whole family and moving to a farm. Rob Morgan and Mary J Blige are working for Clarke and are figuring out that trying to get ahead in this scenario is a losing proposition. And Chris, Marco, and Mike are the HSR critics who don’t really see eye-to-eye on this film. Check out their review here.
Written by Chris Cox
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.