[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The mother of a teenage sociopath who went on a high-school killing spree recalls her son's deranged behavior during childhood, as she deals with her grief.
Tilda Swinton is the perfect actress in my eyes. You must be a chameleon adapting to whatever role is given to you. It is not just in her slightly androgynous appearance and demeanor but in her natural gift to act, she is perfect.
Like a wounded and terrified animal running on guilt and hindsight, Eva (Swinton) is barely living, flinching at the sound of her own name.
The United States has had it's fair share of massacres at schools across the country. There have also been numerous films made, some based on reality, others in fantasy but the one thing they all have in common is the exploitative nature, focusing on the massacre itself. This is where We Need to…
The main reason I put off watching this for so long is its source material. Lionel Shriver's novel is an amazing piece of fiction that gnaws on your soul by asking the toughest questions imaginable without granting its readers the comfort of easy answers. It explores the age old discussion on nature versus nurture. It does so by relating a story about a boy committing an evil deed, presented through a series of letters written by the boy‘s mother. She is constantly asking herself whether it is her fault that her son is the way he is or whether he was born evil. It also shows how something like a high-school shooting affects a community, but moreover the family members…
Excellent film to watch with your wife and 10-day-old son on a sunny, Sunday afternoon.
Lynne Ramsay’s first film in nine years is a tricky one, both in subject matter and presentation. Everybody should be familiar with the story by now but despite the inevitability of what is to come the film still manages to shock. It is a sensationalist tale but to its credit it is not shot in a sensational or exploitative manner. In many ways it is a horror film with all the genre tropes stripped away. Instead what we get is a fragmentary film about a mother struggling with her responsibility to love her son. The film certainly raises difficult questions (is a bond between mother and child unbreakable? Does evil occur through nature or nurture? etc.) and pleasingly it doesn’t…
First of all, after seeing Only Lovers Left Alive and now this I am beginning to develop an appreciation for Tilda Swinton's perfect alien beauty and intensity. There was also Lynne Ramsay's Movern Callar, of course, and now I see what a perfect marriage of cinematic style and casting this is: disconnected and grieving, with Swinton looking like a wounded deer in headlights. Scenes flashing back and forward around the time of the central trauma flow seamlessly together, painting in elliptical strokes a picture of a mother's psyche orbiting the black hole of a sociopathic son. It's all beautifully shot and endlessly heartrending, camerawork probing so deeply that images become distorted, nightmarish, almost surreal.
Turns out, though I've been meaning…
Watching Lynn Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin was a puzzling experience for me. Even now, after letting it sit for a few hours, I don't quite know what to make of it. We Need to Talk About Kevin isn't really about Kevin, but about his mother Eva (played by the otherworldly Tilda Swinton). Specifically, the movie deals with how she deals with the aftermath of a school massacre caused by her own son (Ezra Miller). The film unfolds in a non-linear manner: past and current events are presented with equal weight and we dive into those memories trying to search for a reason for Kevin's snap. But what if there's no reason? Does that still make for a…
Good photography, good story and good actuation. I was hypnotized by the history and curious, but I kind feel like it's missing something more at the end. At last, it deserves to be watched by everyone.
Well that's Christmas ruined.
The sound design in this.
2/10: Great subject material ruined by very poor screen play. Could have been a lot better. The film is ruined by trying to be too artsy.
I actually really enjoyed this film as a companion to the excellent book. However, I don't think I would have gotten nearly as much out of it if I hadn't read the book - this thought was supported by the fact that my mom thought it was about how child abuse creates monsters. But then she also wondered why they tried to downplay the abuse. Books that are so much about internal dynamics rather than plot per se (especially when we are dealing with somewhat-but-not-completely-unreliable narrators) are so difficult to pull off in a movie. Maybe it couldn't have been done better after all.
Anyway, if you read and admired Lionel Shriver's book, definitely don't miss this. It's like a fabulous set of illustrations.
Visually strong with great performances this story asks a question that might not have an answer.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is bleak and riddled with unease. The soundtrack, cinematography, leisure pace and symbolic foreshadowings combine to make this feel like a two hour trance. The flashbacks teasing the revealing of 'the event' then pulling you back into the present truly paid off in the end, making the actual reveal shocking. Despite slow moments, nearly everything in the narrative tied in together nicely in the end. We Need to Talk About Kevin is an arthouse nightmare raising the controversial question of whether or not sociopaths are born or made evil.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
- The Tree of Life
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Under the Skin
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.