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.
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…
"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 was the first directional work from Benh Zeitlin, and, as Kate Muir said, first features don’t get much better. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a remarkable journey that is half realistic and half fantastic, which follows Hushpuppy (superbly brought to life by Quvenzhané Wallis), a six years old girl who lives in a river delta in Louisiana, settled in an isolated community with her father Wink. You can try, but I don't think you can find such a raw film that can explore both poverty and family bonds so well.
Beasts of the Southern Wild portrays a story about a community which lives below the poverty line, but, above all, it develops a story…
I noticed a distinct lack of beasts.
When I first saw it:
This heartfelt low-budget sci-fi is a real gut-punch of a film. It had me on the edge of tears after about five minutes, and never let up. The fearless, curious six-year old Hushpuppy and her ailing father Wink live in a rusty bayou shanty-town that's on the wrong (or, in their thinking, the right) side of a levee as the ocean level rises around them. On a tiny budget, Zeitlin makes their community seem real and alive, he gets amazing performances from his non-professional leads, and the way he combines his imagery with the brilliant score is perfect.
When writing my 'best-of-the-year' list:
One of my pet theories is that there's no reason why the…
Maybe my expectations were too high, but this film just didn't speak to me in any level. The fact that I've never liked magical realism didn't help either. This is the kind of film that polarizes opinions.
Several very memorable visuals, and a distinctive fantastical subject.
Hushpuppy gasta sus días escuchando el sonido natural de todo lo que la rodea a través del palpitar ancestral que encierra, legando su paso de vida en esta Tierra en el acervo pictográfico marcado con plumón dentro de su guarida hecha de una caja de cartón y debatiéndose entre la imaginación, existencia y realidad alterna dentro y fuera de su cabeza donde la magia y la fantasía se encuentran en turbia armonía con un mundo asombroso pero en decadencia, el cual nos presenta a una sociedad costera llena de fuego, licor, violencia y pirotecnia en la que el deseo de esta niña por reencontrarse con su madre muerta es la urgencia que junto con el nivel del agua sobre los…
A uniquely and beautifully told story of a father and daughter. Zeitlin bends his narrative, using innovative story elements and restraint that makes way for the emotional powerhouse that is Beasts of the Southern Wild. Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry are phenomenal. Contains extraordinary original music.
I liked this movie. I'm not sure what I liked about it but it's one of the few movies starring a child where I don't hate the kid.
This film is like watching the songs of Of Monster and Men + the movie, Where the Wild Things Are, rolled into one. It's like nothing make sense but it has some sense. Ugh! Kill me now.
- 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!