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…
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…
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!
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.
A smartly written and amusing satire of the middle class with fine performances from all that seems to be building to an explosive climax then unfortunately sputters out just as things are getting really interesting. The film betrays its theatrical origins and probably worked better on the stage but is pleasant company for its running time.
Oh, Roman Polanski. My love for your films is the only thing stronger than my hatred for you as a human being.
It's such an appropriate directorial choice for an adaptation of God of Carnage, a play that left my Playwriting 101 class speechless because how do you even begin to dissect a story about adults bickering like children for 80 minutes? Very much in-line with American Beauty in its look at affluent white American life falling apart at the seams. But while the Sam Mendes/Alan Ball film sought to flush out every single nasty problem that plagued the suburbs of 1999, Carnage is very much focused on two couples, one apartment in pseudo-New York, and one very unfortunate coffee…
Nota = 7
A somehwat obtuse play that's saved by some really fine performances and a dark sense of humor.
Very chatty and funny and polanski is well hidden. It's annoying that he makes and continues to make good movies. I love the pianist and I had a really fun time with fearless vampire killers and there's still more in his filmography that I really want to see. It's tolerable because he doesn't come through that strong, polanski, as opposed to Woody Allen who covers each and every one of his films in his disgusting perverted neurotic slime- who can only fucking write shit about himself and puts himself in every single one of his movies either literally or with some poor substitute. Anyway love the actors and actresses to death and would have loved to see this on stage…
I was really liking this movie! The bottled-up setting, the grating behavior of all the characters, unbiased portrayal of who's right and who's wrong... unfortunately this movie collapses under it's weight in the third act. The ending eventually amounts to nothing. I understand what the writers were trying to do but it still isn't satisfying.
Sometimes kids don't know when to stop. Sometimes parents don't know when to stop either. This film had some deep characters that made an interesting and very real story about human nature!
4 actors in one room. Pretty well done.
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