Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A simple man. A difficult choice.
Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.
I've been having a hard time writing a review for this movie, so here are the highlights from my notes.
It really is amazingly written, and all the characters feel real in the depth and complexity of their personality and in the sense that none of them are obviously tied to any sort of ulterior plot motives. Somehow you can see reflections or contrasts of the protagonist in almost every character around him.
There's something about the minimalist cinematography (most shots are flat with few cuts) which lends to the realism of the story while also naturally highlighting the more artistic shots which function as turning points.
Billy Bob Thornton did an incredible job transforming himself for his role. I couldn't even "see" him for the first few scenes.
Written, Directed, and Staring Billy Bob Thornton is so well done I cannot count how many times i've seen it.
A film that i'm sure most people don't find as funny as I do.
One with such a tragic story but a character you instantly sympathize for.
A story of a friendship so powerful that I fall in love with this film over and over again.
The performance of Billy Bob Thornton is so great as Carl he manages to look different in simply changing the way he holds his mouth.
The film is nothing short of a masterpiece to me.
If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it be your next watch.
"They turned me loose from the nervous hospital. Said I was well." ~ Karl
This was the launching point of actor Billy Bob Thornton's career as a writer-director, his first feature film. It won him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, in addition to a nomination for Best Actor. He plays Karl Childers, a mentally challenged inmate at a state psychiatric hospital, who gets released into the "real" world, perhaps a bit too soon.
As an adolescent, Karl murdered his mother and her lover with a "sling blade" used for weed cutting. As an adult, he has an aptitude for fixing small engines and has learned to read the Bible and a handful of other books, such as "A Christmas…
Not sure why I waited almost 20 years to finally see this movie. Billy Bob Thornton does an excellent job on three fronts....acting, writing and directing. Dwight Yoakam is excellent as the abusive boyfriend...John Ritter is another standout. I liked the movie but it is probably one of those movies were one time is enough...can not see ever revisiting this movie again. The 40th Robert Duvall movie that I have watched.
This in my opinion is the least talked about, greatest films I've ever seen. The performance BBT gives in this has to be the best I've seen. The story, the acting, and the characters, I loved everything about this film!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Slight downgrade—there's just no getting around the fact that it's really pretty squishy and sentimental at its core, like a version of Old Yeller in which Old Yeller shoots himself to save Travis. (At the same time, I'm incredibly susceptible to stories of self-sacrifice, so there is still that.) Thornton gives an amazing physical performance—not having seen this since it opened, I searched in vain for even a fleeting glimpse of his now-familiar "normal" face*—but Karl isn't a credible human being any more than Forrest Gump is. He's just superficially scarier. Forcefully reminded of what a strong director Thornton is, though—I wrote a Scenic Routes column that examines the opening monologue (J.T. Walsh's, not Thornton's) in detail, but his…
" I don't reckon I got no reason to kill nobody. Mmm."
Incredibly well written, directed and acted. Billy Bob Thronton's Sling Blade somehow reminds me of Forrest Gump mixed with some thriller elements and more grounded than the one starring Tom Hanks.
Thornton did an amazing job as the lead character, director and writer. Especially his transformation into the 'not-so-innocent' Carl is amazing.
As this loveable but actually pretty terrifying man, he acts mostly with his face rather than his dialogue, because that isn't the biggest strength of his character, y'all understand?
It's like a smart, great Forrest Gump.
It handles the dark content and tortured characters very well.
The asshole guy was comically assholeish.
Who would have thought that Dwight Yoakam would end up being such a convincing son of a bitch. Billy Bob is good, but Yoakam's character is the best reason to see this, not that he is likable in the least.
Damn. I really didn't expect to like this film as much as I did. I'm not sure why.
Maybe it's my general disdain for films with a Southern setting so front-and-center; the accents are usually wrong and end up making everyone sound like a caricature.
Maybe it's my general disinclination for films with an intellectually "normal" actor playing a mentally disabled character; it usually strikes me as unconvincing and absurd.
Whatever the case, I'm glad I gave Sling Blade a shot (thank you, Good Will's fifty cent VHS section!). Though it's clear pretty much from the get-go how the film will end, Billy Bob Thornton and the supporting actors do such a fine job that I don't mind the journey. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"That boy Frank, he lives inside of his own heart. That's an awful big place to live in."
Mesmerizing in a way rarely seen in today's cinema. A true debutant achievement for Billy Bob Thornton.
der großartige Billy Bob Thornton als Regisseur, Drehbuchautor und Hauptdarsteller!
Netflix Roulette Round 3
I have always wanted to see this film. It came out two years before I started my "See every theatrical release" goal (from that time forward, otherwise that's a VERY lofty goal). I'm not sure why I never watched it, it's been on Netflix for eons and I'm sure it's been on tv ect. but i've always been hesitant.
Billy Bob, who wrote, directed and stars, and his whole cast deliver strong performances here. The accents were a bit much and BB's mentally challanged acting is either awful or brilliant, I just can't decide which.
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