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!
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.
PTAbro's World Tour Stop 1: Ireland
Finally, a prison movie that's not afraid to show the lighter side of incarceration.
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…
"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.…
I had no idea what I got myself into. The words that come to mind about Steve McQueen’s freshman effort are: brutal, visceral, grueling, splanchnic. But the epitomizing word is, REAL. Hunger is clearly directed by a talented filmmaker that understands the elements of film incredibly well. The scenes the audience witness are nothing people want to see, but like the prisoners portrayed in this true story, we are forced to watch it and mentally experience the pain of the prisoners. It’s an incredible film that I never want to see again.
McQueen creates a minimalistic film by depriving the audience of the normal supplements of film. Slight camera movements, musical scoring, set-pieces, non-essential dialogue, background conversations, these elements are…
GREAT FILM BY ARTIST MCQUEEN
Το σώμα ελευθερώνεται μέσα από την εσκεμμένη φθορά του. Ανοίγουν πληγές και δείχνει οτι αναπνέει. Εργαλείο για μία επανάσταση, γίνεται το σύμβολο αυτής. Το μόνο μέσο έκφρασης σε συνθήκες υποτιθέμενης φυλάκισής του. Χρησιμοποείται με όλους τους τρόπους, με όλη την ελαστικότητά του για να φτάσει σε εδάφη που ο λόγος δεν μπορεί να αγγίξει.
Ο Στιβ Μακουίν φτιάχνει την καλύτερη απεικόνιση αυτού του σώματος-συμβόλου που θα μπορούσε να γίνει.
A sublime debut feature from Steve McQueen. A true cinematic achievement.
Harrowing portrayal of prison.
νομίζω η Ηλέκτρα θα με χωρίσει αν επιλέξω ξανά άλλη μια τέτοια ανάλαφρη ταινία για απογευμα Κυριακής
Hi guys, sorry I haven't posted a review recently, been kept very busy at work. I have a pile of about 50 films to watch and I couldn't have chosen a better film to start with.
Hunger is a phenomenon, a purely real film, its as if you are watching the events unravel before you with your own eyes instead of a television screen. Hunger is a powerful film and that echoes throughout. Steve McQueen has become renowned for his brutally real films and complex lead characters and Hunger is where it all began. Michael Fassbender gives one of his most powerful performances as Bobby Sands, who is a character that is mentally and physically challenging to play as he…
- It's ironic that I finally managed to watch Hunger during a month when much of my planned film viewing revolves around horror cinema. Because although obviously not a horror film, Hunger's unflinching focus on the human body and its functions, as tool of revolt and eventual weapon of attack via its very dissolution, takes notions of body-horror to realms that the genre could scarcely ever do.
- Steve McQueen's direction is phenomenal and his eye for the minutiae of ritual more than a little unnerving. Whether beating naked men senseless or harvesting your own body-waste, each act is rendered possible by a strict adherence to the rituals of brutality.
- Somehow Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham's astounding long take face-to-face proves to be the highlight in a film primarily concerned with what is done rather than what is said.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- 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: 165/743
- There Will Be Blood
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Mulholland Drive
- Children of Men
- No Country for Old Men
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…