Doesn'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…
"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…
'When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me lying around in invisible pieces. When I look too hard, it goes away. And when it all goes quiet, I see they are right here. I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future, they’re gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy, and she live with her daddy in the Bathtub.'
I viewed this film accompanied with Wordless Music Orchestra & The Lost Bayou Ramblers performing the score, and it was hands down one of the most moving film experiences I have ever had.
I never, absolutely never, describe a film with the word "magical", but I truly cannot think of any other word that best fits this film.
This is definitely one beautifull film in which you can either get lost in its almost poetic atmosphere or miss everything that is good about it.
I am not yet sure about all the allegories in it but I am greatful that having to watch it in my laptop did not deter me from trying to get its uniqueness.
The most inspired American debut film in recent memory. Watch this space.
Beasts of the Southern Wild hat diese manische Kraft, die mich immer sehr fasziniert. Die Doors haben sie auch, On The Road hatte sie durch den Soundtrack, Tree Of Life hatte sie. im Gegensatz zu den ebengenannten Filmen ist die Kraft hier kindlicher, abenteuerlicher, wilder. Nach der Sichtung von BotSW wirken Filme 'Die Entdeckung der Unendlichkeit' einfach müde. Hin und wieder hätten sie die Kamera aber auch mal ordentlich festhalten können.
Effortlessly evoking the whimsy and imagination of being a child, Beasts of the Southern Wild places the audience alongside Hushpuppy (Wallis) as she navigates adolescence to the backdrop of an unspecified natural disaster in the bayous of the deep south. Both of the terrific leads - Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry (playing her father Wink, with fascinating sentimentality) - carry the sometimes heavy-handed metaphors through the swamps and speakeasies of The Bathtub, a small community of survivors at the edge of the world. Packed with charm, incredibly genuine performances, and a great deal of heart makes this worth revisiting.
Wow. It's hard to know how to put this into words. Excellent acting, raw and flawed but relatable characters, realism and hope and community in the midst of challenging circumstances. Not like almost any other film I've seen.
Beautiful film, great metaphor, the young actress is marvelous.
A magical and emotional experience!
- 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!