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…
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.
parents being civilized people for the sake of their children it's great. the problem is when they're not the civilized people they think they are.
with minimal production, and without leaving an appartement, roman polanski delivers a great fun, entertaining movie that analizes interpersonal relationships, social contract and that funny little mask called political correction. this is more than character study, this is a demographic study and discursive analysis. the word as an act. it can build up or tear down.
this is a film to feel joy, frustration, despair, anger and relief. even for getting drunk and laugh. real situations that you can relate to and a phenomenal cast to love and hate and, possibly, love again.
Great cast and behind the scenes talent but I kept waiting for something completely absurd to happen in the final moments...
A simple, straightforward farce of complicated relationships. What makes it so engaging is the great acting from its four players. Its laid out much like a play with emphasis on back and forth banter.
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Vengo de ver CARNAGE (Roman Polanski, 2011, mix). Temía acabar dándole la razón a este hombre (www.panix.com/~dangelo/Nov11.html). Y desde luego, me situo más cerca de él que de este otro (www.larazon.es/noticia/7697-venecia-recibe-entre-ovaciones-un-dios-salvaje-de-polanski) ~ La historía es bien sencilla, pero con suficiente voltaje como para resultar jugosa: Dos matrimonios se ven debido a que el hijo de uno de ellos ha agredido al del otro. La conversación se pretende civilizada, pero a medida que pasa el tiempo y van discutiendo sobre el asunto se van revelando las reservas de uno y otro hasta desembocar en muestras de la más pura mezquindad. No he visto la obra de Yasmina Reza y no se si mi reacción…
Some great performances. Jodie Foster's character was such a pain in the neck that I think I no longer like Jodie Foster. Just goes to show how good her acting was - but still not as good as Kate Winslet.
I don't know why yet, but this is good! Very good!
Demasiado monótona para mi....
Caught the latter half of this one on tv a while back and was engrossed by the premise and performances.
Roman Polanski ist mit seiner Adaption von 'Der Gott des Gemetzels' ein äußerst empfehlenswerter Film gelungen, der fernab jeglichen Schnickschnacks voll und ganz auf seine vier Darsteller fokussiert, die allesamt in ihren jeweiligen rollen zu brillieren wissen. Lediglich ein recht banaler Schluss und das Versäumnis, die Eskalation in der zweiten Hälfte noch mehr auf die Spitze zu treiben und lohnenswerte Dialogansätze weiter zu verfolgen, trüben schlussendlich den Gesamteindruck der ansonsten unumwunden empfehlenswerten Gesellschaftssatire.
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