Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ 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. Among the more serious of Ethan's injuries is a permanently missing tooth and the possibility of a second tooth also being lost. Their respective parents learn of the altercation through Ethan's parents questioning him about his injuries. The Longstreet parents invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner. They are: Penelope Longstreet, whose idea it was to invite the Cowans, she whose priorities in life include human rights and justice; Michael Longstreet, who tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation; Nancy Cowan, a nervous and emotionally stressed woman; and Alan Cowan, who is married more to his work as evidenced by the attachment he has to his cell phone and taking work calls at the most inopportune times.
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.
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…
I enjoyed this one. The performances are good, and the gradual breakdown in civility between the two couples featured due to an incident between their children is often hilarious. Plus it's worth seeing for Christoph Waltz alone.
Carnage is one of those films where you should not watch any of the trailers and just go in fresh. If the name of director Roman Polanski doesn't convince you, the others, four of the top-notch actors working in Hollywood today, won't either. Polanski's directing is solid and gives the actors enough space in the cozy living room so that within minutes of this chamber play, the illusion of civilization is blown away by the sheer egotism of its characters. Even Foster's do-gooder, constantly and hilariously enlonging the original set-up, ultimately seeks the apology for her own well-being with the world and not because her son craves it. But the others don't come short. Waltz is instantly spot-on, visually enjoying…
-Christoph Waltz is INCREDIBLE
-Kate Winslet can't hold her liquor
-Probably works much better as a stage play
-Jodie Foster still annoys me
-Get over the f*cking hamster
Moral: everyone's an asshole.
I love films with quick witty dialogue, Carnage is no different. 4 excellent actors, all given time to shine. Really enjoyed it and definitely worth a watch.
Just about the most middle-class thing it's possible to imagine, Carnage begins as two pairs of parents (Jodie Foster & John C Reilly, and Kate Winslet & Christoph Waltz) are level-headedly figuring out what to do in the wake of a fight between their young sons. Only it's not that simple, as the differences in their characters and attitudes cause petty clashes, cracks in their marriages start to appear, and they all end up fighting as badly as the children. A single-location, single-scene four-hander, this is adapted from a French comedy of manners, and has all the staginess and awkwardly unrealistic dialogue that you'd associate with a pretty bad play. Subtlety is out the window, with Foster's bleeding-heart liberal character working on…
It's clear it's adapted from a play in both its staging and delivery, and you kind of have to take it as such to buy into it, as it's always quite superficial (which I think is kind of the point). There's good and entertaining performances all round which, especially towards the end, are quite funny. I wish Polanksi had played to its play element more in terms of camera and let things play out, there seemed to be a number of jarring and strange cuts instead of allowing the camera to be a little more observational and still. At 80 minutes, it's a good and easy watch.
ROMAN POLANSKY FILMA DRAMAS SOCIAIS.
"Eu acredito no Deus da Carnificina, cuja a regra é incontestável desde os tempos imemoriais. Acabei de voltar do Congo. Lá eles tem crianças de oito anos de idade treinadas para matar. Durante a infância, elas matam
centenas de pessoas. Matam com facão, espingarda,
Kalash, lança-granadas. Obviamente, quando o meu garoto quebra
o dente de outro, 2 dentes, com uma vara de bambu,
perto da caixa de areia, não fico tão chocado como você."
"Carnage" conta a história de quatro pessoas, dois casais para ser específico. Penelope e Michael são pais de Ethan, um garoto que foi agredido pelo filho do outro casal(Nancy e Alan), Zachary.
É extremamente interessante como o filme aborda diversas questões…
I never like movie adaptions of stage plays there is something so constrained in the setting that follows along that always makes me wish i was watching it live. That being said I love the Christoph Waltz and he does some good work here along with everyone else. Still the whole story feels a little extended and the ending felt like too much of a punchline. Good acting, character play meh story and meh shooting.
While the additions of the subsequent acts amount to a smattering of popular debate topics - the verbal warfare intermittently touching upon politics, gender roles, loveless nuptials, parenting techniques, and economic scales - it's the same grossly wanton, unconditionally exaggerated unmasking of civility that the first act makes pointedly clear within minutes.
God, this was a funny movie. It definitely takes a while before any gut-busting happens, but when it finally got rolling I didn't stop laughing till the final shot.
It's a four person ensemble that takes place entirely in, and around the living room of a New York apartment. The child of one couple hits the boy of another couple in the face with a stick, knocking out several teeth. This is shown during the opening credits, and the rest of the movie focuses on the two couples trying to determine the best course of action to resolve the issue with the children.
It's very tense at first with the two sets of parents taking a very mannered approach, smiling…
I have a tendency to get worn down by Polanski’s movies and his everyone-is-an-asshole worldview to the point where I’m not exactly enjoying myself, but the writing is strong enough to see me through to the end, and these four actors are so damn good that it’s fun just to watch them interact for a couple of hours.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Celine and Julie Go Boating
- City of Life and Death
- City of God
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…
- The Avengers
- The Dark Knight Rises
- The Dark Knight
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