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 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.
A well scripted, shot and acted piece that had me in stitches. A nice slice of observation about the sexes, violence, marriage, children and decency among other things.
all the characters are based on me
It's very clear that this was closely translated from the original play script, which is not so good in my case, as someone who can't find the appreciation for theatre that others apparently can. It quite honestly bores me, because - even with the over-dramatized emotions - it's like the unbuttered butt on a loaf of bread for me. Sorry to any theatre lovers out there.
Either way, Kate Winslet was the film's saving grace, and I couldn't be more grateful that she pulled through, considering I only watched this for her.
I can definitely see why this flopped, but I can't quite hate it either. It's not...not entertaining. It's something to watch.
it was so funny to watch these horrible white people get so pissed off at the smallest things 👌🏼
The play is better.
Moral of the story: Never offer anyone cobbler.
Exhausting, brutally honest, and enthralling.
I was just going to copy and paste John C. Reilly's entire Wikipedia page for this review but-
Actually, nah. I'm going to stick with that idea. Without further ado...
John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, singer and writer. After making his film debut Casualties of War, Reilly is one of several actors whose careers were launched by Brian De Palma.
He has appeared in over fifty films, including three separate films in 2002 that were all nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture (Gangs of New York, Chicago, and The Hours). Reilly was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Chicago…
The acting here is just brilliant.
While watching Carnage, one question will keep on popping into your mind?
Why don't Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet's characters leave? And why do they keep on going back in?
The fact that these two characters never left made the whole thing feel a bit intended.
But then again if they did leave, the film would have ended in like 15 minutes and we don't want that.
This is an actors' film, and they all delivered.
Of course it goes without saying that Waltz and Winslet were the superior couple here.
A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.
Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…