[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 its 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…
Review In A Nutshell:
We Need to Talk About Kevin throughout left me extremely frustrated; it has a strong premise and the performances brought by the cast are beyond excellent, but the film's emotional pile up of unsympathetic hate towards its titular subject was simply exhausting.
The film doesn't seem to have any solid purpose towards the relationship between Kevin and his mother, Eva; leaving the audience with scenes that executes its emotions perfectly, but left with a blank canvas when putting it all together. For this film to be entirely effective, it needs to suggest something, and when it does, the filmmakers should pin it down and let it grow with every passing scene.
The film suggests the conflict…
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…
Its a disturbing tale conveyed beautifully by Lynne Ramsey ! And Tilda Swinton , needless to say gives a very moving performance and all the three kids including Ezra Miller gave me chills !!
Its sad that her performance was snubbed by Academy that year.!
A Big yes !!
Watching this at 1:00 a.m. after a long day was most certainly the worst idea I've had in 2015.
Een half-chronologisch verteld verhaal, van een jongen met sociopatische neigingen en een oedipuscomplex waarover Freud ongetwijfeld dolgraag onderzoek had willen doen, had het mogelijk geweest. Stevige film, met een nog stevigere climax, die wordt versterkt door die half-chronologische vertelling, de anticipatie is namelijk enorm. Verdient eigenlijk een kwart ster extra, maar ja gaat niet.
Title: We Need to Talk About Kevin
Director: Lynne Ramsay
I generally identify as someone who does not like horror films, but sometimes I watch them anyway, usually because either they are so acclaimed that I feel like I'm missing out, or a friend I'm spending time with wants to watch one and I acquiesce, thinking it will be fine as long as I'm not by myself. The truth is, I'm always less unsettled than I think I'm going to be. Anyway, this is my way of getting to saying that I really hope to add many horror films/thrillers to this #52filmsbywomen campaign, because of all the genres, I imagine that to be a boys' club for real.…
watching this was one of the most harrowing experiences ever and i also still really don't want to ever have children
Better than good.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is about a mother and son. The film looks and sounds good. The editing is good. The chronology of the story is interesting. The acting is good. The character of Kevin could have been better. The father character could have been less aloof. The ending works alright. Available on Hulu Plus, We Need to Talk About Kevin is recommended.
DVD Combo Pack: Elephant
Boy, I sure do love me some red liquids.
All this needs is for Kevin to aggressively cum chili sauce right into Tilda Swinton's eyes. Then and only then does it get 5 stars.
Great acting. Painful to watch. But Kevin might be TOO Damien-Evil to be true? Did anyone check for the number of the beast under his hair? But excellent movie!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.