Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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.
Hey girl. Sorry you're too young and too small to do anything about global warming, your poverty, your father's horrendous parenting style, your missing mom, your terrible schooling, your community's penchant for alcoholism and general unwindulaxing, and being inculcated with values that emphasize the masculine ("beast it") to the detriment of the feminine ("don't be a pussy"). Oh yeah, and your father dying.
But hey! You stood up to some imaginary monster pigs, so good for you.
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…
Lots of crying.
"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.
are you fucking kidding me?
I'm sure there was supposed to be a deeper meaning that I didn't pick up on, but I did not get this movie. It was so popular when it came out and everyone was freaking out, so I was expecting greatness! I didn't really get it, though
This movie is perfect example of two things
1. Beautiful Sound Mixing
2. Incredible Child Actor
Atmospheric. Beasts of the Southern Wild establishes a mood and sticks with it. While I would not say I enjoyed Beasts, the soothing mood and wonderful visuals did enough to draw me in. Only to have the shaky cam bring me right back out. The movie does a good job of capturing a lifestyle and community on screen, but fails to establish any emotional connection with the leads. By the movies conclusion, I realized that I simply did not care for the characters, despite how emotion the soundtrack attempted to be. It was also a movie that tries to tell a strong parable of strength, but ultimately is a mess of themes. Only one scene stood out to me as strong (the armwrestling scene). Overall, watch it if you are in the right, dream-like mindset, but know that it has strong flaws.
A great drama about a father clinging onto the past and hanging onto his life (both literally and figuratively) despite the changing times, and a daughter who has to deal with a father in denial and the loss. Very different than what I'm used to watching, but nonetheless poignant.
An emotionally charged and unique piece of magical realism with a blurred concept of reality. I enjoyed it.
Last time I watched this I scored it 2 stars. What was I thinking? Rewatched it tonight and it blew me away! An amazing film with a stunning performance from Quvenzhané Wallis (who should have won the Oscar). And the music! So lovely. How I got this so wrong last time is beyond me!
Slightly puzzling but ultimately uplifting take on the post-apocalyptic theme. Enjoyable.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!