Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
The Squid and the Whale
Joint custody blows.
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
I absolutely loved this movie and I think that's mainly due to the performances of: Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Laura Linney, and Owen Kilne. Along with the acting, Noah Baumbach's writing is superb.
Review In A Nutshell:
Marriage is difficult, we all know that, but we now live in a world where it seems divorce is the only, or at least the easiest, option. I am so fortunate to say that my parents are still together, but there had been a couple of moments where it was just about to fall apart and forever change my life. Now with those near misses, I cannot help but feel paranoid with every argument they have, hoping that it would not escalate to the point of destruction. I know that it sounds selfish of me, but it is human nature for one to maintain a sense of comfort, free from change and stress. I always try…
Dad is a pretentious jerk. Mom is having serial affairs. Little brother is cursing like a sailor, masturbating at every opportunity and smearing his semen on library books. Older brother is plagiarizing Pink Floyd lyrics and passing them off as his own. But hey, it's Brooklyn in the 1980s. The solution, of course, is for the parents to divorce and arrange for joint custody of the kids. Or is it?
This highly autobiographical family drama from Noah Baumbach is a testament to the director's talent and ability to bring the best out in his actors, even on an indie budget. The dialog and situations seem starkly real. There's tension. There are shocks. And there is resolution, but only of the…
The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach’s best picture to date, scares me, because I see too much of myself reflected in the broken personality of Jeff Daniels, who represents self-righteous writer and father of two Bernard Berkman, admired by only one person: his oldest son. The picture does everything it possibly can to make the viewer hate Bernard, the prick, the ego-centrist, the failure, the tyrant, the envious man that he is. But damn do I sympathise with the fellow, even when we have not yet met the bad sides of mother Joan Berkman; once this aspect is showcased, the contrast between the moral high and low ground embodied by the two characters at first is severely dimmed. Not…
Noah Baumbach is obviously a very talented guy. Writer, director and indie darling, his films are certainly thought-provoking with the usual indie credentials of quirky characters and an off-kilter look at relationships. This film is no different and although with the exception of Greenberg I've enjoyed all of his movies, I can fully understand how these aren't quite for everyone.
My wife hated this. I could feel the stare that said "what the fuck is this shit". She's not keen on these indie films and asked if this was a mumblecore film (I think she read it in a magazine). A semi-autobiographical take on his own parents divorce and his struggle to cope emotionally, this is sometimes darkly funny and…
Noah Baumbach's The Squid and The Whale just oozes with personal experience from the wonderful director. The fact that it feels so personal is what makes this severely uncomfortable film really work, instead of being an apathetic cringe comedy. The movie takes the dreadfully awkward situation of divorce and makes it painfully honest and human, injecting it without about every terrible emotion and quality that spurs from it. The impeccable screenplay flawlessly juggles jealousy, infidelity, teenage hormones, false intelligence, insecurity, Godard, and more, weaving all of the common themes of divorce in and out like an incredibly uncomfortable ballet that one must watch with one eye peeking through their hand.
The parental characters are both very fleshed out, riddled in…
No hidden depths, no happy ending, just the loose ends and ambiguities of real life and real relationships.
Esta es quizás una de las películas más honestas que he visto sobre el divorcio y las consecuencias directas que tiene esto sobre cada uno de los miembros de la familia, Noah Baumbach demuestra con este, su primer largometraje, lo fácil que se le da escribir sobre personas reales de una forma tan honesta y cruda que hace muy fácil sentirse identificado con algún personaje.
P.D Pero qué buen gusto musical tiene Baumbach.
I've been lucky enough to grow up in a very stable household. My parents have been together for over thirty years, and though I'm sure they had rough patches in their relationship, they never let me see it as a child. All that being said, after watching Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale," I 100 percent felt like I knew what it was like to live through your parents' divorce.
Despite its quirky aesthetic and clever script, "The Squid and the Whale" is actually a pretty brutal film. The film is the story of two brothers--sixteen year old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and twelve year-old Frank (Owen Kline)--as they come to terms with the divorce of their novelist parents (Jeff…
Good story, good characters, good acting, great direction, good setting
Well written and extremely interesting The Squid and the Whale offers a very real look into divorce, an abnormal process that has almost become a normal part of the lives of children. Wes Anderson produces this movie and it is directed and by Noah Baumbach. The writing is outstanding. There is never a point where you feel like these characters are not real people and the story is told in a short concise fashion. Running time clocks in at under 90 minutes.This is likely the best role that I have ever seen from Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney is great in the film as well. Jesse Eisenberg continued his rise with a great performance. The Squid and the Whale is unquestionably one of my favorite independent films.
Intense and difficult but ultimately so worth it.
I think I need to give up on fully appreciating Baumbach. The Squid and the Whale is a fine film - it is amusing, the performances are strong and it has great brevity (not just in run-time, but with jokes & scenes). And yet I didn't care for any of it, and I especially didn't care for Baumbach's approach to screenwriting. Frances Ha and Mistress America both seemingly work because of Gerwig's energy as a writer and actress, which I have found completely lacking from Baumbach "solo" efforts. He makes films like he is a hipster Woody Allen on speed, and that frankly isn't as fun as it sounds.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!