Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.
Very little dialogue, the visuals vividly speak for themselves! Startling with its brave portrayal of brutality and inhumanity! I winced with every blow that struck flesh! The winces soon gave way to tears as I witnessed a human life waste away pound by pound until he was so emaciated he was nothing but skin and bones!
A gut wrenching experience!
Film was recommended via my Movie Request Hotline list by Sir William of Letterboxd! Thank you Will for this awesome request!
Usually I need an emotional connection to be drawn into a film with as harrowing a subject as Hunger has. Once again McQueen proves that with his detached, clinical but unflinching style he still manages to achieve just that despite the distance between the audience and the film.
From the get go it is clear that McQueen will pull no punches. The prison and its inhabitants are gritty and rough. The violence is brutal and yet McQueen manages to inject humanity into both prisoners and guards. He doesn't seem to want to make a statement, he seems to be more interested in documenting a very troubled era in a nation's history.
At the centre of this is Bobby Sands (a…
This is one of the very best films I've seen in a good while. It was Steve McQueen's debut? Fuck, I can't believe it. It's a beautiful, thought-provoking, haunting and brutal film. And I mean BRUTAL.
If, for some reason you are not yet convinced that Fassbender is one of the best actors working right now, watch this film and you will be among the doubting no more. He delivers a performance that should and will be remembered forever. Looks like he almost lost as much weight as Bale did for The Machinist. Ah, maybe not quite, but it's scary as hell.
There is a conversation that takes place around the middle of the film and goes on for almost half an hour. And it's gripping. It's nearly uncut, too. I think there is a shot that lasts about 16 minutes uncut. Amazing. Just do yourself a favour and watch this film.
Steve McQueen’s debut film is one of the forgotten little gems of the past decade. It’s a hard movie to watch. Like Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange it’s a movie that puts a mirror in front of us and shows all the wrongs and brutalities of our race. Violence will bring more violence and one day humans will reach a point that they won’t be able to solve their problems without using some violence against each other. Bobby Sands is representative of all men and women in the history who have sacrificed themselves for freedom and peace, and those are the states that will never be achieved easily. Their price must be…
PTAbro's World Tour Stop 1: Ireland
Finally, a prison movie that's not afraid to show the lighter side of incarceration.
"I have my belief, and in all its simplicity that is the most powerful thing."
I've noticed a trend in Steve McQueen's films. In Shame, Hunger, and 12 Years a Slave a sense of helplessness permeates the screen. McQueen subjects the viewer to a situation that's brutal, dark, and thought-provoking; and very much outside of the normal comfort zone for viewing a film. What makes these scenarios so affecting and emotional is McQueen's much-talked-about sense of realism. His camera is always unflinching, unafraid of long-takes, nudity, graphic violence, and disgusting scenery. It makes his films feel almost documentary-like in nature. It's easier to empathize with a realistic situation rather than a fanciful one, which is, in part, how he succeeds.…
Apartment of Martin and Hilde, Malmo, Sweden, with Annie S., Martin A., and Hilde A.
Bold, brutal, and beautiful. Feels more like the work of a polished veteran than one's feature directorial debut.
Gives us a hard look at how the Republican "terrorists" were treated in the Maze Prison. It feels like the movie goes past in the glimpse of an eye, which I oddly liked about the movie. It's a movie with very few words, but showcases the tiniest of detail of the "no blanket" and "no wash" protest and the famous hunger strike lead by Bobby Sands
A filmmakers film.
With this second viewing, "Hunger" may be one of my new favorite films. Everything that I greatly appreciated the first time around, I admire even more.
How McQueen manages to tell an entire story with practically no dialogue is absolutely remarkable. He creates characters that we can sympathize with and even more impressive, he threads characters together by creating a larger sense of humanity. When one person suffers, everyone suffers. The nation suffers. It's a powerful image that he creates.
I also greatly admire how courageous this film is. There's scenes here that are physically painful to watch. Moments that made me cringe. I can't even begin to comprehend how challenging this film must have been to shoot. This is a beautiful, painful, incredibly meaningful film.
This film went beyond just storytelling. It did so much with so little. Little to no dialogue, small cast, small set, and plain set design. Steve McQueen really outdoes himself aestheticly and within the portrayl of this harrowing tale. Not to forget, Michael Fassbender fitting in a way to surpass the bounds of acting.
Graphic and disturbing without being noisy about it. Hunger has little dialogue, giving you plenty of time to mull things over - the exception being a great exchange between Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham, a seventee-minute scene composed of a single shot. Good cinema.
The prison guards are harsh. The prisoners are recalcitrant. They’re acting out the thin ends of two massive wedges.
Steve McQueen’s Hunger suffers from a misapplied conviction that less is more. It’s that cliché’s damned vagueness: Less of what? More of what? Excepting an exceedingly tidy childhood story, the convictions of the various players are presented to us in a manner so glancing that we fear they are flimsy. They seem hollow symbols, rather than men who aspire to martyrdom. McQueen leans on the extremity of the prisoners’ brinksmanship to prove their commitment, dares us to flinch from it, lingers on Bobby Sands’ oozing bedsores. He can’t be suggesting that their struggle is senseless.
Rather than clear-eyed objectivity, this is…
A harrowing true story and highly visual film with hardly any dialog, apart from an epic 24-minute scene halfway through. See it for your own displeasure and discomfort.
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- A Field in England
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 186/760 (24%)
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- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Mulholland Drive
- Children of Men
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IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…