Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
First they send in their drone... Then they find their queen.
A lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband. But when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter, an eccentric, nervous drifter, she starts to feel hopeful again - until the first bugs arrive...
I seriously can't believe it. After my wife subjected her poor mid 70's parents to Killer Joe last night, she somehow convinced them, by some sly Ashley Judd trickery, to watch Bug tonight. I suspect they aren't going to visit anymore.
Me, I was smiling all the way through. Not from observing my in-laws uncomfortable, but well timed, reactions, ( well, maybe a little ) but rather that on a short re-watch this film didn't lose a speck of it's brilliant luster.
After being completely gob-smacked by Friedkin’s Killer Joe last year, I was eagerly anticipating seeing his previous collaboration with playwright Tracy Letts. I was expecting good things, but not the incredible ride I was taken on.
Right from the opening scene, Friedkin conveys so much with such masterful economy, it’s staggering. We start with a distant point of light, as we move in closer and closer you feel the isolation and loneliness, and you feel that something is arriving. The simple use of the harsh ringing of a telephone elicits a sense of menace and dread.
Perhaps we’re seeing a visual metaphor of Peter’s elliptical approach to Agnes. He sees her tiny point of light, and is drawn to her…
Infestation is everywhere in Bug attacking the pores of the skin, slowly taking over the mind, large pests leaving prison to invade lives, secret organisations on the hunt looking to exterminate their prey. It's a cacophony of disease surrounding two people holed up inside their own lonely lives, barricaded into a motel room, seeking refuge in the corners of their disappearing sanity.
This intense psychodrama quietly lays its seed early on then draws you in slowly, almost deceptively, to a climax that will leave you wide-eyed at two actors totally off the leash. Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon turn in performances of the like you rarely get to see, or which a director rarely inspires. An actor on their game…
Agnes White (Ashley Judd) lives in a run-down motel. Her son has gone missing years ago. Her violent ex-husband has recently been released from prison. She receives silent phone calls that worry her. She meets Peter Evans (Michael Shannon) through a friend. He is acting very strange and seems to be a dangerous person but Agnes allows him to stay with her for awhile. As they begin to know each other, she finds out from him that he was used by the military in different experiments, ran away and now is followed by secret agencies.
This movie is insane. Most of it takes place in the motel room which creates a claustrophobic atmosphere rarely achieved in other movies. Ashley Judd…
Bug had me from the very first scene.
Black screen with credits. An old rotary phone rings.
It is answered by a woman. Hello? (pause). Hello?
An aerial view of the middle of nowhere with what looks to be 5 buildings surrounded by nothing but empty fields and a highway.
It's eerie and ominous already. Someone somewhere down below is getting calls. Wherever she is we know she is isolated. Alone.
The camera keeps moving forward. She is in one of these buildings.
Who is calling her? How long has this been going on?
The camera begins to settle on a decrepit motel. Motel. Is she hiding from someone? Has he found her?
We are now just above the motel…
I have no idea what the hell I just saw, but this was pretty fucked up and awesome at the same time !
Damn, am I the only one feeling really itchy ?????
Has much as I don't want to. I have to give this movie full five stars.
Mainly because of Tracy Lett's writing, they layers of complexity, the racked up tension, the mood and tone of the piece itself, the dark humour, and of cause undoubtedly the schizophrenic characters spiralling out of control. It's a masterpiece of writing, that anyone could be jealous of.
It's directed quiet well to, given the nature of the play and the process of adaptation sticking pretty close to the source material. The shift from the stage to the screen didn't make it that hokey, and although it's not your usual thriller, horror, with has much blood and gore as you can stomach there is shocking violence within the film that makes you just has sick as the creepy paranoia that lurks within the subtext and the performers.
Will I watch this film again?
Pretty fucked up. I liked it.
A few months back the cat got fleas and my house was totally infested - so believe me when I say that Michael Shannon delivers an *extremely* accurate portrayal of a man who's being eaten alive by bugs.
a masterpiece of paranoia
Don't do drugs, mmm-kay.
General Zod, freshly escaped from a military hospital, sets up camp with a lonely woman in her Oklahoma motel room. Then like BAM! there the bugs and not those cute bug-type Pokemon, but them goshdarn gumdangnabbit lil' critters! Ashley Judd she all like "I'm so lonely!" and then General Zod he be "Oh hell naw, me too! But shut up woman, they be goshdarn gumdangnabbit bugs all in here." It's all spooky, spooky skeleton. So is Agnes straight, gay, or bi-sexual?
"I am the super mother bug!"
After watching Killer Joe, I was filled with a bit of trepidation about continuing with Friedkin's later work. But Bug turned out to be one hell of an experience. The confined setting, the performances by Michael Shannon and Ashely Judd, and the careful parceling out of relevant information made this film a powerful and effecting experience that ranks up there with Friedkin's best work. It goes a long way that Judd and Shannon are sympathetic characters with troubled souls, and what transpires is more heartbreaking and emotionally involving because of that. A solid, engaging, and terrifying movie in its own right.
A truly fucked-up yet thrilling film from William Friedkin that serves as a return-to-form for the director as it features some very horrifying performances from Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.