Back in June of this year, I wrote a short feature on what I took to be the best films from the first half of 2017. Of the films seen in local theaters, I singled out the following: A Quiet Passion, Graduation, Frantz, Kedi, The Salesman, Toni Erdmann, I Am Not Your Negro, Paterson, Manchester by the Sea, Elle. The latter two were 2016 releases that didn’t reach us until later on, but even without them, the list had the makings of a Top 10 for the entire year.
Last night I had a dream that I died twice yesterday/But I woke up still not dead again today. I like the laid-back defiance in those lines from Willie Nelson’s recent song about bogus reports of his “death” recurring on the Internet and elsewhere. And the song also appeals to me as a down-home rejoinder to the 24/7 foggy-bottom hullabaloo generated through the collective clamor of electronic entertainment and social media.
The new film by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) is fully loaded, front and back. The oddball-sounding title—Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri—signals its offbeat tendencies as well as its plain-spoken boldness, and the marquee names at the top of the cast list (Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, etc.) set the tone for the lively gallery of quirky characterizations and vivid performances that propel the story.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".