Doesn'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…
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.
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…
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!
What's an essentially a stage-play which could've with some modifications been made by Richard Linklater is held up by the amazing actors in the lead (and only) roles. They are all displaying 4 types of humanbeings which are unable to leave a room like if there were some higher cause that held them together (see Luis Buñuels La Angel Extraminador). The parts of the film is better than the film as a whole piece. I thought that the film turned out to be a bit too empty when the third act kicked in with the alcohol. I don't know how the stage-play played out, but it felt as cop out.
But the film were pretty enjoyable and I would watch it again easily.
Um dos piores filmes de Polanski, um filme enfadonho, com um elenco ótimo mas desperdiçado e com atuações exageradas, principalmente de Jodie Foster e Kate Winslet, uma pena!
A minor work from all involved. It is a bit of a shaggy dog story since the meltdown of the characters is more important than the contents of their conversation. A lot of the "points" are very obvious and, while written well enough, are performance dependent. Lucky us, the actors are up for it. I can not imagine having paid full ticket price to see this 80 minute movie, which hardly shakes its obvious stage origins. It is good for one time through, if you like anyone involved , as part of a streaming service and that's it.
Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.
A stagebound script is turned into a wildy entertaining (and even realistic) black comedy thanks to professional direction a cast all at the top of their art.
Tolles Kammerspiel. Starkes Schauspiel.
Roman Polanski can't direct a comedy for SHIT.
A funny, entirely dialog driven film that is once again set in essentially one location. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and everyone performed exceptionally well.
Never been a huge fan of Waltz when he's being comedic, but he nails it in this film.
Painfully accurate. A brilliant showcase of american parents and how protective they are of their kids and their morals and priorities. It's refreshing to watch grown parents arguing like children. Like a modern version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Very good study on social behavior. The transposition from the play to the film is great, because the film can concentrate in small gestures, gazes, facial expressions.
It's a pity that Jodie Foster's performance is so incredibly bad, so much that it can compromise the integrity of the entire work.
- 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
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- 12 Angry Men
- In Bruges
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