my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
A detective story.
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
It's really quite amazing what Rian Johnson can do with an incredibly limited budget. Brick is nothing if not creative—it may utilize genre conventions, but it does so in a unique way. As a lover of inventive cinematography the biggest standout for me was the framing: everything is shot from an extremely low angle, and many characters are defined as much by their shoes as anything else (and speaking of signature imagery, there's a pervasive fear of garbage bags running through the film that definitely gave me chills once or twice). The editing is also phenomenal, constantly pushing the envelope and using every trick in the book to keep you on your toes. The dialogue's snappy imitation-noir…
If there are two types of movies that have been done to death, it's noir pastiche and high school movies. But, in one of the great bits of movie alchemy, Rian Johnson takes these two subgenres and smashes them up with the reckless abandon of someone who doesn't seem to care if anyone likes it or not, even though we all know that's impossible.
Johnson and the cast are all smart enough to know that a conceit like this will work best if it's played completely straight, and with the exception of one (arguably 2) scene(s), it is. And amusement at the idea of high school students living out a Dashiell Hammett nightmare eventually gives way to genuine and shattering…
It's not often we get to see a debut film that is made with such verve, one that truly stands out daring to be so unique. As a whole it is very much a film that delivers style over any meaningful content but what style it turns out to be. This fast talking, sharply edited modern noir appears to constantly challenge itself scene after scene, seeing if it can continue to raise expectations.
The details of the plot are almost impenetrable, the basic premise being that a spectacle wearing loner called Brendan (a rather downsized and far more agreeable Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is attempting to trace an ex-girlfriend who has asked for his help. Beyond that it's a case of suburban…
So now we've shaken the tree. Let's wait and see what falls on our heads.
Brick is a film that shouldn't work.
It actually took me a few tries to get fully submerged into Rian Johnson's bleak neo noir high school drama thriller. Yes, all those words belong in the same sentence.
I've tried several times to watch Brick but every one of those times I've been distracted, disengaged, or the film just failed to pull me in. I finally powered through the film last night and I feel incredibly silly for not being able to finish it. Brick is one of those films whose clawed grip only sinks deeper into your flesh and fills your veins with colder and…
"Whatever befalls you I'll deal with. Just tell me about the trouble with the brick, the pin."
Brick is writer and director, Rian Johnson's, feature debut which he delivered with great craftsmanship and an original and unique vision. Despite having seen Looper first, I think Brick is still Johnson's best film and most impressive one. It has a very original and smart concept which I haven't seen played out so well an any other film. Brick has all the classic noir conventions of films from the 30's like The Maltese Falcon, but it is set in a very different and drastic manner. So in a way Brick has a similar mood and atmosphere of classic film noir, but by setting…
A modern day film noir, but at high school with teenagers. And surprisingly, it works.
Do you remember what high school was like? That was the whole universe. There was nothing beyond it. Nothing. The way the film utilizes these desolate sports fields and empty car parks, as if to suggest there is no life and no world beyond the California hills that frame nearly every setting...clever stuff. There is also the complete lack of the adult beyond the most simple archetype: the mother and the principle, and the fact that, while most of the characters are students seen in or around the school, we never see anyone doing anything even remotely close to school work. To the characters, this is the real world, as the real world is to a detective in the true old film noirs.
A tremendous amount of thought went into this story, and that hard work definitely raises this above a simple gimmick.
"Throw one at me if you want, Hash Head. I've got all five senses and I slept last night, so that puts me six up on the lot of you."
God, What a movie. I fucking LOVE this movie.
Starring a young Joseph Gordon Levitt, this little indie movie is a Neo-Noir about a drug/crime ring in a high school.
What a weird fuckin character, too. I love him. every little piece of his persona is brilliant.
He’s also witty as fuck.
In conclusion, Watch it. Because I cannot express in words how good this movie is.
aww jaime i liked brick!! i watched it in highschool :( i thought the boy was pretty
Thanks to Harrison for recommending the perfect film for a shitty night. The way this film is made is a fucking dream. Too good.
This took me a little while to get into, but as soon as it gets going, it's pretty captivating. It's a seedy but surprisingly believable story that illustrates the increasingly "adult" issues that high schoolers find themselves facing. It's definitely worth rewatching, especially to appreciate the way that the narrative develops and the cinematography that was executed on a fairly low budget. It's gritty, but not overzealous in its use of violence.
My only complaint is that the dialogue is extremely quiet and sometimes drowned out by the music, so I'd recommend wearing headphones or putting on subtitles so you don't miss any of the fast-paced dialogue.
The plot keeps you guessing (just as much as the protagonist) and what…
A masterclass in story and visuals, this is a very sharp and gripping film. Highly recommended.
Half way through I realized how bored I was with the whole plot and actors.
Conceber um universo próprio de potencial dramático peculiar, que obedece organicamente certos logicismos independentes, a partir apenas da mescla de dois gêneros heterogêneos -- não sei se transcendente ou celebrador -- mas sei que é de uma ousadia refrescante.
Saw another user's suggestion of watching this in black & white by turning down the color on my TV. Brilliant move. Added a whole other layer to this film and cemented the fact that this is one of my all time favorites.
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