All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
The Butcher Boy
Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. When Francie's world turns to madness, he tries to counter it with further insanity, with dire consequences.
not so sure how to say this - i should have loved it - childhood psychological trauma, drunk irish dad, a dead mother, (war-time era?) vintage-aesthetic nostalgia, neurotic thin woman -yet there was something about it that didn't quite gel with me. perhaps it was supposed to leave the viewer feeling a bit unhinged, distanced, haunted in a 'don't know how i feel about that' sort of a way. it didnt make me as sad as id hoped (weird huh?) or as angry as i'd've liked to be - the kiddie is crazy thats for sure but it seems like its not really anyones fault in terms of the characters we experience. again, perhaps that was the point, without anyone…
A deeply disturbing and really not very funny (despite its description as a comedy drama) adaptation of Patrick McCabe's novel. Francie Brady (played by Eamonn Owens) is a 1960s young pre-teen living in a nightmare family. He escapes into violent fantasy, with tragic results. Not a film to watch when feeling unhappy about one's place in the world!
Eamonn Owens, in this movie, is not an actor, he's an elemental force. It's not so much that he's a natural actor (though he is), it's that nature itself is aggrandized to accommodate him. It's simply one of the most astonishing debuts in film history. The film itself is pretty remarkable, as well, taking the standard nostalgic coming-of-age template and warping it into something dark and subversive and yet wryly humorous. It effectively mocks this sort of "troubled youth" film, which more or less insures my approval.
What's it about? Young Francie Brady goes mad in a small town in Ireland. Happens the best of us.
Is it any good? Excellent. Apart from the fabulously demented story, no other film has come as close to capturing the peculiar mix of madness, sadness and gladness that underpins the Irish psyche. It's both very funny and very sad, with a great performance from Eamonn Owens in the title role. The only quibble is that the ending isn't quite as heartbreaking as that of Patrick McCabe's (supposedly unfilmable) source novel, but it comes damn close. It's also a veritable Who's Who of Irish artistic talent, with cameo appearances from actors (Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Milo O'Shea), comedians (Ardal O'Hanlon, Sean Hughes), writers (Dermot Healy, Patrick McCabe, Paolo Tullio), singers (Sinead O'Connor), to name but a few. A strong contender for best Irish film ever made.
Anger is absolutely seething under the surface of this film. It's to its credit that it's also very funny and emotionally involving. An Irish cousin to The Tin Drum, and I mean that in the best way possible. Neil Jordan displays a real knack for tonal balance: irony and sincerity, ridiculousness and perversity. I'd probably not want to watch it for a while, but it is impressively crafted. What a piece of work.
Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens) lives in a small town in Ireland with his alchoholic father and bipolar mother. He, along with his friend Joe (Alan Boyle) spends his days having fun, getting into mischief and antagonizing the neighboring Mrs. Nugent.
As the clash between Francie and the Nugents escalates, Joe distances himself from Francie, and Francie’s family life deteriorates at light speed. He’s sent off to boarding school, where he begins to see visions of the both Virgin Mother and alien invaders.
When chronicling a young boy’s descent into madness, you’re sure to be resting the success of the film on said boy. Luckily, Owens does a fantastic job, and immediately takes control of both his character and the film.…
The political world outside is emotionally hot with talks of Communism and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Young Francie Brady's inner world is hot as well, fueled on bullying, trouble making, comic books, cowboys and indians, and an alcoholic father and suicidal mother. Upon staying in a Christian boarding school for terrorizing neighbors, Francie sees visions from God, and visions from the disordlery conduct of his priest. Francie is sent back home a little more mature, yet even more distraught to find his personal world in shambles. Thus, leading to a bizarre black humor ending that you hoped could have been avoided, yet still find yourself cheering for.
Neil Jordan has a unique way of making a salad with the bizarre, absurd, melodramatic, horrific, poetic, and even formulaic, and come up with something strangely but strongly lyrical. Maybe not quite perfect, but definitely an outstanding film.
Vital and appropriately manic adaptation of Patrick McCabe's novel. Inventively shot with strong performances, "The Butcher Boy" adeptly balances comedy and tragedy. The final act is perhaps a little rushed, but on the whole this picture does reverent service to a complex book. Elliot Goldenthal's score is also deserving of special recognition.
Very good acting, and an interesting watch. The jovial narrative meant his descent into madness didn't come off as disturbing as it should have been. It was a tad long too. But a faithful adaptation of the Patrick McCabe novel. And Sinead O'Connor as the Virgin Mary!
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From the NYT website:
This list is drawn from the second edition of The New York Times Guide to the…