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.
it must be a good play because it is a weird movie that might have escaped tv; no matter how great it is acted the mise-en-scene is distracting [why did they insist no setting it in NYC?].
If I could summarize this film in two words it would be this:
I love films that take place over the course of one day (this one is even set in real-time) and depict a huge change in the characters over such a short period of time. The premise and setting are simple: two boys have a fight in a park in Brooklyn and all of their parents meet in an apartment to settle things like civil adults. I'm glad that it didn't turn out that way because their constant bickering and vacuous first-world plights are incredibly entertaining to watch, and can be very funny at times.
But don't expect many laugh-out-loud moments unless you find the four…
This is a dialogue film and a funny one at that. However I am discovering it is not everyone's cup of tea. Definitely an aquired taste.
An investment banker (Kate Winslet) and her Blackberry-addicted corporate lawyer husband (Christoph Waltz) are trapped by escalatingly-absurd social circumstances in the Brooklyn apartment of a housewares salesman (John C. Reilly) and a high-minded writer (Jodie Foster) in Roman Polanski's brief comedy of bourgeois mores and misbehavior. The film's confined setting—the living room of the apartment, with occasional detours to such geographically remote locations as the kitchen, the bathroom and the hallway—serves as a showcase for Polanski's keen mise-en-scene and the meticulous production design of Dean Tavoularis (THE GODFATHER, APOCALYPSE NOW); they imbue the whole thing with a heightened sense of constructed reality—one where every detail counts.
Polanski depicts the world of excessive falsity of modern moms and dads made of fake politeness, which gets destroyed as the film keeps spinning. The perfectly fitting cast made of the two moms (Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet) and the two dads (Christopher Waltz and John Reilly) brings on the heat: the deeper we go and deeper the characters take off their masks to show resemblance with the same-sex person of the opposite couple. The two kids' fight it's just a plea to show what's behind people inside a couple: the role they play and their real ego that lies under that standard way of living typical of an american family.
"Verbal Carnage" should have been this movie's name such the power of the word and dialogue is used, a social analysis conducted with a entertaining dialogue that just stops there though.
A tightly wound series of tightly wound, seemingly normal people gradually implode for our perverse amusement. A little slow to start, but hits its stride after a while.
It became very interesting to try and track a favourite (or marginally likeable/less awful than the rest) character throughout the experience.
There was no clear winner and I gave up in the end.
"I saw your friend Jane Fonda on TV the other day. Made me want to run out and buy a Ku Klux Klan poster."
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