A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
"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…
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…
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.
Ein einzigartiger Stil wo junge Leute große Mafia spielen. Tolle Kamera, super Musik, geile Schauspieler und schnittige Schnitte.
Stylish & very cool. Pitching a Marlowe-esque Detective noir in a school was inspired. Great performances from all the cast, helped along by a terrific hard-boiled script.
Has more in common with the Ben Folds Five song of the same name then you'd expect...
After watching this for a second time in as many months, I gotta add something to my original review:
I don't know what I expected... but it certainly wasn't that...
It was so much more.
the thing about rian johnson that irks me the most is his movies are executed perfectly but once you go back to the plot points you start to realize that ya know...... this doesn't add up..... STILL Y'KNOW fuck it i enjoyed gordon-levitt being a rat
Correspondiendo al reto 2016.
#09: Una película ambientada en el instituto.
He quedado encantado con ésta película.
«¿Neo-Noir en un ambiente juvenil? ¿En serio?» me pregunté antes de empezar el film; pero, luego descubrí que, hay genialidades y luego está ésta interesante obra sobre los conflictos de la droga, el crimen y el amor en una secundaria.
Todas las referencias al cine Noir, los planos detallados, la música, las interpretaciones y el guión son un conjunto de cosas que funcionan de maravilla. Es fresca, mantiene su estética y nunca decae. Conocía a Rian Johnson de hacer Looper, una de mis películas favoritas de ciencia ficción, pero desconocía por completo a Brick y vaya si me arrepiento.
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Needless to say that this is an absolutely refreshing take on the Neo-Noir genre but seriously... 'Fillmore', anyone?
Rian Johnson's directorial sensibilities shine through, even if the story isn't always 100% engrossing.
J.G. Levitt is a great actor, but the actors in the supporting roles are mediocre.
The movie starts brilliantly with the nice suburb locations in the USA, but the story is too predictable and some of the characters are not studied enough which was not possible because they focused on too many characters. Wrong choice!
They could have made something else but they refused it - beside that most of the actors have no credibility.
my favorite letterboxd posters! ordered by color (only movies i've seen)
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…