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.
In my not so humble opinion this is Billy Bob Thornton's Magnum Opus! He wrote, directed and played the mentally challenged character Karl Childers!
Billy Bob Thornton's chameleonesque abilities brought the most tragic and tormented character to life right before our very eyes in this mesmerizing southern gothic tale!
Would I watch it again? Yes, I've seen it many times!
Would you buy the dvd? Yes!
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.
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!
Billy Bob Thornton's most well known directed film and his directorial debut was actually pretty good. The way the camera was directed was with a lot of patience, and how you have long takes, but the camera wouldn't be moving, it'll just be focused on a dramatic conversation which it added a whole lot of depth to the dialogue filled movie. The performances by Thornton was stunning and believable, along with the writing, which was also done by Thornton very well. The supporting cast is great, and the cinematography and tone was fantastic. Like I said before, I loved the patient camera work. The pacing was actually very good too.
The down falls of "Sling Blade" is that it is…
Slow at the begging, after 20 minutes in it starts to pick up and really got my attention. This story is full of wonderful moments and a few quotes that have stuck with me. I have heard many people talk about how they wish to be a kid again and kids wish to be adults, and as a teenager wishing for both, while watching this movie it really captures and personally made me look at these conflicting feelings in a new light, giving me a "all the bad things in the world should be saved for the grown ups, so kids can enjoy everything life has while they are a kid".
Billy Bob Thornton stars as genetically engineered mutant created by right wing southerners. He escapes from the institution and helps a young boy get over the fact that his mother's boyfriend is a psychopathic redneck hellbent on being a douchebag. Violence ensues.
Some call it a sling blade....I call it a damn good movie.
Didn't know Billy Bob had it in him.
Karl: I like them French fried potaters.
Bumped the score down on second viewing. Billy Bob no doubt created an unforgettable cinematic character. But the story was full of cliches and very predictable.
I went into this movie expecting some I Am Sam level sentimental middlebrow malarky, but the film maintains a surprisingly bleak and tense tone throughout. I especially loved the use of static long shot, long takes during particularly heated scenes, like when Frank goes off and chucks a bunch of beer bottles at Doyle. Or when Karl tells his sling blade story. Way to make me uneasy! I could've done without some of the sappier, bonding moments between Frank and Karl and some heavy handed scenes where characters explicitly state their feelings and purpose in the film like some overwritten automatons. I heard, "That boy needs a father!" more than I can count. I'm always partial to more regional films,…
Good film, I reckon. Mm.
An excellent movie. Billy bob did a tremendous job with everything.
This movie really helps put into perspective how bad Forrest Gump is.
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