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.
Eighteenth watch of Noir-Vember. There is one hell of a scene in this film, or should I say that there is a film in one hell of a scene? Michael Fassbender goes all Christian Bale in The Machinist, playing an inmate of an Irish prison that goes on an indefinite hunger strike so as to get recognition as a political prisoner. The circumstances of the Irish jail are harsh, but above all extremely filthy. Filthy as fuck. Like shit-covered walls filthy. Now, don’t look at that score, just don’t! Me and Steve McQueen don’t hit off that well. I mean, I’m one of those people that was left completely underwhelmed by 12 years a Slave. And although my hopes were…
"I have my belief, and in all it's simplicity that is the most powerful thing."
Hunger is Steve McQueen's first film, and it is a great one. He sure knows how to use a camera, the movie has beautiful cinematography. The movie consists mostly of very long takes, and these work pretty good for the most part. There is especially one great scene, which is a long take of a conversation between Bobby Sands and a priest. There are however a few scenes that go on a bit too long. Most noteably the scene where one of the guards are mopping the floor. I get the point of the scene, but is it really necessary to see a four minute…
This historical drama directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham and Liam McMahon, about the 1981 Irish hunger strike will stay with you forever! Very powerful screenplay written by Enda Walsh and McQueen will make you think and rethink the "values" served to us daily by the society which commits crimes against humanity on daily basis.
This movie premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, winning the prestigious Caméra d'Or award for first-time filmmakers, but sparkled both walkouts and a standing ovation. The film was released in the UK and in Ireland 31 October 2008. From the first scene you know that this is going to be outstanding film with some of the best narration without words,…
Splitting this film into two sessions days apart (not by choice) does nothing to diminish its power. Steve McQueen keeps his presentation plain, keeping the "banal" in "banality of evil", forcing one's focus onto the cruelty experienced by IRA prisoners, by or against their will. Yet, the IRA's politics are never lionized; our introduction to this world (and as an American born after this story, I must admit this film is my introduction to these events) is of a British warden checking his car for a bomb on the way to work, his wife nervously watching behind a nearby window. I'll give this the greatest compliment I could give any historical drama - it inspires me to learn more about the real people and events, although it's almost certain to be an ugly, ambiguous picture.
Very few films make me sincerely sad, angry or make me truly empathise with characters. This film does all three. McQueen manages to tell us all we need to know about the guard (the first person we meet) without any dialogue (apart from a joke) through close ups and the actions of the character. McQueen isn't afraid to let a scene just play out and make us watch them in full (There were no unnecessary cuts in the scene when Bobby Sands is speaking with the vicar) and through using this, when he cuts to a scene filled with action and noise it is jarring and harsh. This isn't an easy watch but it is an amazing one.
Clinical, ruthless, and emotionally exacting. Timeless performances and power visual choices make this film a ride, which grips you during and long after.
Or: when humans stop seeing other humans as humans.
(And how some attempt to insist, "I am a human- we are humans.")
This movie is not like other movies. Why had I not seen any of McQueen's work before this?
Steve McQueen is now one of my favorite modern directors. His film debut, 'Hunger', is an absolutely stunning picture, graphically depicting the harrowing events that led up to Bobby Sands death in 1981. Michael Fassbender's performance is simply amazing, and the cinematography is some of the best that I've ever seen. Now I need to see Shame.
What the fuck.
4 stars for pre-Fassbender, 5 for Fassbender.
"They seek to work on the most basic of human emotions-pity..."
Steve McQueen's film Hunger is one of meticulous drama. Every scene, from the beginning to end, uses such focus on the basics, the mundane, and forces these rather simple details and pushes them to their fullest dramatic potential. How does he do it? In their relation to the disturbing and appalling actions conducted on both sides of the conflict? Did he just find a fitting rhythm? I'm not sure, but what I do know is that Hunger creates a gut-wrenching, disturbing drama that had me feeling queasy from it's authenticity.
Something that I noticed was the great use of sound. It wasn't anything overt, but rather extremely subtle and…
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The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
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