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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…
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 personal story of his own adolescence and how he and his family dealt with the separation of his parents is a film rich in emotion, even if its characters often try their best to repress them. The conflicts feel real and the characters tangible, The Squid and the Whale is a surprisingly realistic account of a divorce and the effects it has on each of the family members. There are times when it's funny and times when it's incredibly sad, without ever feeling forced at anything. Although not always expressed verbally, one can see the anguish in each of the characters through their actions and demeanors. What I expected to be a highly quirky comedy with a bittersweet…
I forgot how great this one was. Baumbach is one of the greatest storytellers of our generation. We have seen countless films covering the subject of divorce, but none are quite like The Squid and the Whale. Prior to the masterful Mistress America, I would have said this is Baumbach’s finest piece of writing. There are very few films that have captured a family going through divorce so perfectly. The cast plays off of each so well here. The relationship between Daniels and Eisenberg is utter perfection. How Eisenberg constantly pretends to be on his father's intellectual level is absolutely hilarious. Baumbach inserts us right into the film. He wastes no time on pointless scenes of exposition. In under 90 minutes, Baumbach develops these four characters more than most three hour films develop their characters.
It's very Baumbachesque.
It's not hard to make a great movie about divorce, I don't think, because most of the bigger feelings and sentiments are universal: confusion, anger, awkwardness, etc. The beauty lies in the details, and Noah Baumbach's breakthrough film is one that is very details-oriented. He makes movies that deal with the struggles of well-off(ish) white people dealing with an existential crisis in (usually) New York. The Squid and the Whale is very much that, but he's working with immensely talented actors and maybe his best script.
Very good movie with fantastic acting from the whole cast.
I suppose this is, technically a very good movie - the cast is certainly phenomenal and some of the events of the film I could see actually happening. But lack of truly likable characters paired with a semi-pretentiousness really took me out of the film.
This is an incredible piece of indie cinema. The cinematography is perfect. The soundtrack works incredibly well. The screenplay is playful and impacting in equal measure. Robert Yeoman does gorgeous work here. He's creates a truly lived in aesthetic. Plus every time Will Baldwin said "brotha" the movie went up a half star.
One of the most honest and real depictions of divorce I've ever seen in a film.
In some ways, The Squid and the Whale feels like Noah Baumbach beginning again, leaving behind the stilted, insular cosmopolitanism of Kicking and Screaming for something considerably looser, airier and more provisional. This time around, Baumbach draws on his childhood rather than his college days, crafting a loosely autobiographical film about his experience of his parents’ divorce and the dissolution of his family home. That might sound a little dour, but the very looseness of the film is a kind of joy, not least because of Baumbach’s decision to shoot on Super 8 film, which is perhaps what allows him to so powerfully evoke divorce as an emergent experience, untethered from any straightforward or unqualified emotion. At the heart of…
Good ol' Noah Baumbach. Nobody does "social discomfort and awkwardness" better. You'll squirm.
Noah Baumbach is one of my favorite directors and this film has always been a favorite of mine. A fucked up and and brilliant story of family drama and how it all falls apart. I think this is the first film I ever saw Jesse Eisenberg in, one of my favorite performances from Jeff Daniels (who is more than capable of being a drama filled Dad trying to keep it together and win his children's love). I think he and Laura Linney had good chemistry, even for a couple going through divorce in the film. The overall metaphor/symbolism the film eventually works to is so pleasant and is a great ending.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…