TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - September 21, 2018
While it opens today in NY and LA, it'll be a few weeks before the rest of the country gets to enjoy the new western The Sisters Brothers starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as Charlie and Eli Sisters, the titular siblings.
The film's director, Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), won the Best Director Award at this month's Venice Film Festival, and with a top notch cast including Phoenix, Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Carol Kane, and Rutger Hauer, it's not hard to see why it's being met with such acclaim. It's definitely near the top of my must-see list for the fall, and coupled with Reilly's turn as Oliver Hardy, will hopefully get some awards buzz.
Most of the best westerns in this millennium were directed by foreigners: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford directed by Australian Andrew Dominik; Slow West directed by Scotsman John Maclean; Hell or High Water directed by another Scotsman, David Mackenzie; The Proposition directed by another Australian, John Hillcoat; It'll be interesting to see what a Frenchman does with this most American of genres.
The Sisters Brothers is playing now in NY and LA, and expands nationwide over the next few weeks.