Friday, April 17, 2020

First Cow (Movie, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow.

Starring: Alia Shawkat, Clayton Nemrow, Dylan Smith, Ewen Bremner, Gary Farmer, Jeb Berrier, John Keating, John Magaro, Lily Gladstone, Manuel Rodriguez, Orion Lee, Patrick D. Green, René Auberjonois, Scott Shepherd, Ted Rooney, Toby Jones, Todd A. Robinson

Movie: First Cow

Director: Kelly Reichardt

Based on: The Half Life; by Jonathan Raymond

Genre(s): Drama

Rating: PG-13

Tipstor® Pick


First Cow deals with toxic masculinity and capitalism in a modern, delicate and effective way. The story is well-developed and the characters are authentic and lovely. Reichardt didn’t disappoint me at all, one of her best movies so far. Don’t mistake the lightness of step for a softness of philosophy. There’s a political dimension to all of Reichardt’s films, which almost invariably follow characters muscled to the margins of society.


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