Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
A new comedy of no manners
In Brooklyn Bridge Park, eleven year old Zachary Cowan strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan Longstreet across the face with a stick after an argument. After learning about the altercation. The Longstreet parents decide to invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.
Language. It can be used to create and to destroy. For me that's what this film was all about.
We see four people who slowly strip away social conventions and eventually show their true selves, all because of the incessant need to talk, justify oneself and outwit others.
You cannot get around the fact that this is a play. One location, four actors and an insane amount of dialogue. For a film like this to work the acting has to be perfect. And it is. All four of them are absolutely fantastic, they portray the slow descent into social and moral ambiguity in such a way that, although the characters are somewhat stereotypical, you always get the feeling you're watching…
This is truly one of the most violent movies that I have come across. Violence in the sense which considers human emotions. The true colour, savageness,guilt,anger,ego,superficial empathy, crookedness, disgust that human beings have as their innate nature are shown in full glory here. All the leads are excellent. Foster does too much sometimes. But waltz and Reilly truly steal the show. I am searching for a single word which best describes the movie. But I dont seem to get it. Oh wait I got it. Its CARNAGE.
It astounds me - even more so on rewatch - that a film that, aside from the opening and closing shots, basically only takes place in the living room of an apartment (occasionally moving out to the hallway and brief moments throughout other parts of the home) with four people bickering at one another for 80 minutes, can be so intriguing and consistently entertaining. It's quite impressive. Roman Polanski's spot-on direction, the interesting dialogue and, of course, the excellent performances from the four actors themselves is what truly keeps this from ever becoming a monotonous mess of a film.
Plus, ever since first seeing Christoph Waltz in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds back in '09, I always look forward to and love seeing him in things. This is no exception.
Why can't they leave? From El Ángel Exterminador (1962), the answer has been implied. "It's absurd, but it's in their nature. They just can't!"
Based on Yasmina Raza's play titled Le Dieu du Carnage (God of Carnage), Polanski adapts wonderfully and with a truly underrated array of great, though theatrical performances (especially Foster, who gets a lot of unfair criticism) a roller-coaster intellectual exercise of how your typical middle-class veil of politeness and mutual caring is broken down when either your ethical, social or moral standards are challenged by external factors that you cannot avoid because you were unwillingly involved in them since the very beginning. In this case, such factor is the son of a family hitting the son…
This film, which is one of Roman Polanski's latest, is a highly-entertaining chamber piece. In it, 2 sets of parents, played by John C. Reilly/Jodi Foster and Christoph Waltz/Kate Winslet, meet in order to cordially discuss a minor physical altercation that occurred between their two young sons.
The dynamic between each person is constantly changing, as allies quickly become enemies then back again, depending on the current topic of conversation. I always find both Christoph Waltz and John Reilly a joy to watch, and they don't disappoint. Foster an Winslet were great here, too.
Clocking in at under 90 minutes, the time flew by quickly, and I was thoroughly entertained, often laughing aloud. The film kept getting better as it progressed.
I love you, John C. Reilly. The rest of you are alright too!
What condition? I'm perfect.
After enduring watching him play hammy blockbuster villain after hammy blockbuster villain, my faith in Christoph Waltz' immense acting talents has been restored.
The entire ensemble covered themselves in glory here.
Their characters? Not so much.
I know It's relatively short, but It went by so fast. I only wish It was longer. (that's what she said)
Did a decent enough job at adapting from a play although remained very obvious in that regard. Great acting.
The only problem with the plot is that one of the couples keeps coming back from the hallway or off the door for no good reason, after few times deciding to leave. Maybe that is the point, to show to absurdity of the whole situation.
When you tell me you have Jodie Foster and Christoph Waltz battling in a 12 Angry Men situation for a flick.. You goddamn right I would enjoy the hell out of that.
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To celebrate the achievement of getting 100 loyal followers, my 100 favorite films of all time.
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