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.
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…
Carnage is the definition of awkward.
Polanski’s Carnage unfolds within the walls of a bohemian apartment, where we witness a polite discussion between two pairs of upper-middle-class Brooklyn parents escalate into a verbal warfare- it’s stiff, talky, and airless. The initially cordial conversation becomes increasingly contentious and, once alcohol is added to the mix, inhibitions fall away and fractures in both marriages are exposed.
In the beginning, the film's about two couples, at the end of it, it's about four people, each one guided by his or her own issues. The performances are crucial because no one is right or wrong, but each one is blinded by a subjectivity that underlines any attempt of rational judgment. Reilly gives perhaps the…
An odd little film about what happens when people ditch their manners and say exactly what they think! I have to admit it was comical at times but nothing to write home about!
The performances make the movie. Every one of these fine actors gets a lot to work with and gets to display their chops in both restrained and subtle acting and bursts of emotive excess. They're fun to watch as are the shifting alliances and sympathies. There's a lot of humor and occasional not-to-completely-obvious insights. The film eventually adds liquor and then too rapidly accelerates the stripping off of polite veneers until abruptly cutting away at an only moderately sensible point in the story to announce the end of the movie. But it's fun while it lasts.
SIMPLE FUN COMFY FILM
This is ridiculously funny with just the perfect amount of philosophy. They're all extremely funny in their hysterical patterns.
I secretly hope this kind of encounter will happen to me someday.
Roman Polanski drugs and rapes children
Carnage is a brilliant stage adaptation that accurately shows people cracking under pressure and the gradual decline from civilised and polite, to immature and colliding with each other. It shows the importance people put on material possessions, meaningless chatter and social status.
Four outstanding performances, but overall probably better suited to the stage.
I wasn't expecting a masterpiece and I didn't get one. I was expecting a good film and I got something more than that.
This film was highlighted by a wonderful cast which consisted of four well-known actors: Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, and Christoph Waltz. Each one of them played his/her character masterfully in this deliciously strange dramedy. It tells a simple story straightforwardly and, except for the opening sequence and the very last shot, it all took place in an apartment, mostly in the living room and a couple of scenes in the bathroom. It was a pleasurable entertainment and the fine acting involved made it even better.
It was amazing the way the characters interacted with…
A physical altercation between two eleven year old boys brings their parents together to discuss the situation... a meeting that rapidly degenerates into a verbal free-for-all in which all personalities are laid bare. Both funny and emotionally jarring, it's only real flaw is that it feels a bit confined (probably due to it's stage play roots), but still is effective owing mostly to four amazing acting performances and deft but restrained direction.
- 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…
- In the Loop
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- 12 Angry Men
- In Bruges
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