Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Igby Goes Down
Insanity is relative.
A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Kieran, my favourite Culkin.
He is great as Igby, and watching him 'go down' is a dark, depressing, unusual, unpredictable and uproarious. It has a great soundtrack. A great cast, and a great Claire Danes.
Indie doesn't get much better.
Writer-Director Burr Steers blasts into the indie scene with this biting, richly-textured drama that features the single best performance by a teenager I’ve seen since the early works of Maguire, DiCaprio, and Wood. Kieran Culkin is a marvel to behold as a modern day Holden Caulfield growing out of a truly dysfunctional family that includes bitter, ailing mother (Susan Sarandon), absent, mentally ill father (Bill Pullman, nicely underplaying it here), and arrogant, distant brother (Ryan Phillippe).
This brilliant cast, which also includes a great Jeff Goldblum, Amanda Peet and a radiant Claire Danes, underscores Steers’ hilariously witty script, featuring some of the most enlightening conversations I’ve heard in a long while.
This seemed like a natural choice for a back-to-back double feature with "The Perks of Being a Wallflower", for specific reasons I can't explain. I guess they both focus on a troubled teen antagonist, even though Charlie of "Perks" and Igby are wildly different souls.
This is my first viewing of the film since it was released ten years ago, and I think it doesn't hold up nearly as well this time for a couple of reasons. I think I took an automatic loving to the film back then because I was the same age as Igby, so it had something extra for me to relate to right off the bat. The biggest reason it doesn't hold up as much…
I was skeptical about this film due to the showy and attention seeking title, and my deep hatred of teenagers.
But, my love of the Culkins' prevailed and I'm glad it did, as Igby Goes Down was thoroughly enjoyable and featured a great performance from Kieran Culkin (and my favorite, Rory Culkin, as the young Igby).
Even Claire Danes and Ryan Phillippe couldn't ruin this, and really, isn't that the highest praise a film can receive?
Also, the door scene near the end is far better than the door scene in Basketball Diaries, as far as door scenes go.
So many babes all in one film. Kieran Culkin is fantastic. Maybe my favourite Culkin? It's a close call. Of course Jeff is flawless. The relationship between Igby and all the adults in his life are very entertaining to watch, a nice, short, dark film.
This movie was a means of catharsis for me. My watching behaviour was slightly unhealthy. Too much Jeff Goldblum is never good. I know better now. I think I was depressed.
The film itself is kind of interesting and fine to watch but i couldn't really connect with it. Too many things that where totally unhinged.
"I'm not well."
"You mean literally?"
"Yes I mean literally, they've run tests."
Good performances make this Indie film a decent watch.
"I think if Ghandi had had to hang out with you for any prolonged period of time, he'd have ended up kicking the shit out of you."
If John Hughes directed a pitch-black coming-of-age story filled with vulnerable characters that earn your sympathy despite their narcissistically nasty behavior, it'd be IGBY GOES DOWN.
A high school favorite of mine that still holds a soft spot in my twisted little heart.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A very strong start with dialogue that borders on almost being contrived, but thankfully is funny and witty more often than not.
The film loses steam near the end, in my opinion and comes to a rather predictable conclusion, (minus killing the mom, though you see that in the start of the film).
Two last points:
1. It felt a bit dated and I now worry about watching Garden State and feeling the same way.
2. I love most of the cast (especially "Life Will Find a Way Goldbloom," but they all play rather despicable characters which by the end I found slightly trying, perhaps leading me to think why the ending was weaker than the start.
A horrifically reflectional film for any son who has an unforgiving relationship with his mother. Igby Goes Down witnesses a young sarcastic boy who does his best to reject his privileged upbringing in an attempt to discover "a better life". Igby's rebellious tongue intelligently leaves many adults discombobulated ("If heaven is such a wonderful place, then how is getting crucified such a big sacrifice?" - Igby), which is perhaps what makes Igby an attractive character albeit his arrogance. Nevertheless, Igby's journey into maturity is an emotionally relevant one, concluding with a life lesson that wounds the heart of any soul.
And naturally, of course, a good coming-of-age film must have a great soundtrack to complement. Much applause to this film for its selection of music.
I'd been vaguely wanting to see this movie for about ten years, and once I finally did, it was hard for the experience to live up to the anticipation. The quirk factor of the more grotesque characters feels a bit too high, but there's a true and raw emotional core at the center that endeared me to Igby, and Kieran Culkin makes the most of a character that could have come off as annoying. It's also fun to see Jared Harris in a performance that couldn't be more different from his role on 'Mad Men.' Not bad at all, but not great either. Somewhere pretty close to the middle.
It was okay, good soundtrack. It's always nice to see a Culkin.
As close to a cinematic rendition of J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye as we're liable to get, I think, but that's fine by me, since this is a pretty damn good drama by itself. It's unfortunate that Kieran Culkin's career never launched in quite the spectacular fashion that some probably predicted with his terrific breakout performance here, but it's something any young actor would be proud to have on his resume, either way. Come to think of it, I'm wondering why it took so long for director Burr Steers to get back behind the camera, too. I wonder if he had the best intentions and something just broke his concentration. A flock of seagulls, perhaps. Anyway, the film won…
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