A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
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…
Steve McQueen's feature film debut is a brutally intense, downright disturbing & extremely upsetting cinema covering the infamous Irish hunger strike of 1981. And while it makes up for a very difficult sitting due to its graphic depiction of the brutality that was inflicted on the prisoners, it also marks a terrific start to the directional career of one of modern cinema's boldest new filmmakers.
Set in Northern Ireland around the early 1980s, Hunger explores the life in Maze Prison where Republican inmates are protesting to regain their political status which was revoked by the British government a few years ago. After depicting much of the gruesome torture, the plot finally focuses on the events leading to the 1981 IRA hunger…
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.
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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."
Steve McQueen's feature debut, Hunger, is a realistic and brutal portrayal of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) activists who are protesting their miserable treatment at the Belfast prison known as The Maze. Hunger is a challenging film to watch due to the brutal and unflinching portrayal of such a dark period in our recent history. If you have a weak stomach then you might want to stay away from this film because it is really gruesome. The way McQueen's camera captures the events and allows the images to tell the story is truly remarkable. We get extreme close ups of characters faces and hands that…
I feel like seeing Alan Clarke's Elephant, which covers related events in a similarly brutal but less grimy and shocking way, beforehand made me appreciate this film way less than I maybe should have. Once you've seen the brutality of this era in Irish history told in a fashion that doesn't need to use close-ups of sores or shit smeared all over the walls of a prison cell to 100% effectively convey how violent and dark these times were, many of the more harrowing and disgusting scenes in this film can seem like cheap shock value, even though the films deal with different psychological aspects of the period. The film features what's maybe a shoutout to Elephant that highlights the…
Something good need sacrifice. Damn, Hunger was great movie.
"You need the revolutionaries. You need the cultural political soldier to give life a pulse...to give life a direction."
this is maybe the only steve mcqueen movie that was real. whatever the fuck that means. i think I'm just as fancy as the next letterboxd man but if i was honest, this is the only one of his movies that set my soul on fire. his other movies are great too. dont get me wrong. i'm fancy. i swear.
anything that makes you question or shakes you from your belief... i dunno what i was getting at. fuck it. um... war, anyone?
Close to a perfect film.
Extending far beyond the waxed eloquence of Dante’s imagined dooms, this is depravity at its gnarled, hellish depths. These unrelenting Irishmen are living in conditions as rattling as could possibly be, yet keep a wildly virile spirit and link in their sacrifices as extending far beyond the individual. I had very basic knowledge of the Troubles before I saw this but had basically no idea of this time in Irish history: it is beyond racking to think that these events and the protests occurred and at such a recent time and extent, the Geneva convention seemingly for naught.
Far more brilliantly directed and compelling of a narrative than Shame, this is a marvel. To say more would be to take…
An overall disgusting, gut-wrenching, pretentious movie. I didn't enjoy it, I didn't learn anything, I don't feel like a better person for watching it, and it's a dumb movie meant to shock. It's meant to impress so that the makers could gain some reputation.
It was well shot though.
Baziran na istinitim događajima.Film prati borbu IRA-e tokom 1981. godine za veća zatvorska prava sa britanskim vlastima.Težak i mučan film,prepun scena brutalne torture u irskim zatvorima.Sjajna režija i odlična gluma,naročito u neverovatnog Majkla Fasbendera.Sve preporuke.
Great performances (especially during the priest and Bobby scene) and some great cases of superb cinematography are showcased. But it's the deviance from traditional pacing and storytelling that leave me cold with Hunger.
holy fucking fuck what the fuck Michael you fucker what the fu-
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
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