Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Beasts of the Southern Wild
I gotta take care of mine.
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Beasts of the Southern Wild sucker punched me while I had my guard down. I knew next to nothing about it, but I wasn't really ready for this fable-like slice of magical realism.
The simplest stories are often the most interesting. This one's unique protagonist describes it best herself: 'Future scientists will know, there was a girl named Hushpuppy who lived with her father in the Bathtub.' That phrase will carry an emotional depth with it as well as a deeper meaning after you've watched this film.
This is a film about life, about being firmly rooted in the world and the place you live, about family and the self-evident strength of the…
Being the darling of the Sundance film festival can often be more of a curse than a blessing. Beasts of the Southern Wild arrives on a tidal wave of gushing critical praise, and the occasional criticism of its fetishization of the poor, but I was left a little nonplussed by the whole affair. It’s a hard film to describe - it’s part plaintive magical realism and part apocalyptic fable. A Cajun coming-of-age yarn about a six-year-old girl, Hushpuppy, living with her ill father in the flood threatened bayou surrounded by broad and colourful characters who have slipped through the cracks and formed their own ramshackle community ignored and forgotten by the rest of the world.
As a first feature, director…
camera shake = emotion
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is an adventure that is, at once, grimy and colorful, celebratory and heartbreaking, and concrete and metaphorical. Filling similar cinematic space as 2011's "Tree of Life," the film is both a straight ahead tale of life and survival and a nearly poetic, theme-rich think-piece. Its cinematography is grainy and vibrant; its performances, especially the revelatory Quvenzhané Wallis, are authentic and bold.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a rich, layered experience. Although not for everyone, the memorable and moving film is worthy of praise and discussion.
Lots of crying.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a frankly wonderful fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin and starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, both of whom are fantastic.
Hush Puppy lives on the levee in Louisiana, in a small community, all of whom live in moderately squalid conditions, but when the storm hits their world is turned upside down.
The characters are brilliantly drawn, the scenery is fantastic and the overall feel of the film is like nothing else; the whole picture is truly magical. Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest Best Actress nominee in history at the Oscars - she probably should have won. Lovely.
camera shake = emotion
I kind of forgot how amazing it is to go into a movie without prior knowledge of the director, actors, and general plot. When I know a lot about a director I often look for their signature touches in detail in their films, which is really fun, but I forgot its also great to not be worried about that and just soak in the movie itself. I didn't associate any of the actors with other characters so they all really became who they were playing. It made the movie even better than it already is.
And it already is really good. Beasts of the Southern Wild was an all around great film. It supported itself in area. Though by far…
Not without it's flaws but a very original film, which is very hard to find these days. Someone i know described it as "live-action Miiyazaki" but I felt it was more like a Terrence Malick film seen through the eyes of a child. It packs an emotional punch and everybody is talking about the performance of the leading lady, who was 7 at the time of filming, but I thought the real beauty was in the way the film was shot. It was very unobtrusive and entirely engaging, never taking the viewer out of the world that it so lovingly imagines. Quite outstanding for a first feature film from Zeitlin and definitely worth seeing, if only to support true invention and passion in cinema.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a dichotomous picture. As a story, it attempts to balance realism with elements of the fantastical. Among broad themes, it attempts to contrast the industrialized with the uncivilized world. When Beasts of the Southern Wild focuses on relationships, needed strength to survive, and contrasting two worlds, it succeeds as well as many other films I’ve seen attempting to do the same. However, when it includes fantasy it detracts from the core of the story. It’s very possible I’m simply ignorant to the purpose of the mythical creatures that make an appearance periodically throughout the picture, but they seem unnecessary. Are they present to enforce an idea that to endure in an impoverished world, one…
It kept my curiosity for the duration however despite the originality of its approach, some nice visuals and quirky, humorous moments, I was not overly impressed.
Fine movie! I don't know why, because of the style perhaps,
it reminded me a bit of 'Kon-Tiki'. 3 Stars!
"Sometimes you can break something so bad, that it can't get put back together."
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!