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Hunger explores the life in Maze Prison where Republican inmates are protesting to regain their political status which was revoked by the British government a few years ago.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…
Dear Steve McQueen (the black one),
Are you okay? Are you happy? I only ask because out of your 3 films, which are all great, you've made some of the most depressing/vile shit I've ever witnessed. I know 12 Years A Slave is way more brutal but Hunger hit me harder than I expected.
Fassbender's performance helps showcases the struggle Bobby Sands goes through as he goes through hell and back only to lose in the end. Fassbender is truly one of the best actors of this century. Also was cool seeing Sir Davos in this movie. By the way, do you have a thing for showing Michael Fassbender's cock? Not that I mind! Keep doing what you're doing…
This is an amazing, brutal and harrowing movie. I honestly don't know how Michael Fassbender prepared for this role, particularly the shocking weight loss needed to film the latter part of the movie. He is seriously talented, it's taken me a while to catch up with what everyone else knows already. Fortunately I have a back catalog to work through.
It's a beautiful, painful examination of what humans are capable of doing to each other. While watching it I had to keep reminding myself that this happened during my lifetime, in a supposedly civilized western state. Of course these days we are all much more aware of the truth behind that so-called "civilization".
Fassbender makes it clear that this is…
its very uncomfortable to watch, but fassbender's performance and the cinematography is godly
Found it difficult to make a meaningful connection to characters.
The first and third acts are fine, more about the body than the body politic. But the scene with Fassbender and the priest is nothing short of a revelation. A 17-minute long take that questions the value of life where nothing is worth dying for. Absolutely mesmerizing. So well-written and timeless it should be studied for decades to come.
Name a more overlooked cinematic masterpiece, I'll wait.
me after 1 day of being on a hunger strike: alright, I'm over it. I'm gonna make a sandwich.
Heartbreaking, masterful and cold.
Visually gripping, using sound and silence to paint a world beyond description. Shame stirred me on a completely different level. Yet Hunger is brilliantly and brutally powerful. Every scene.
UPDATED: October 21, 2016
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