Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Film #20 among my 52 Films by Women 2016
This film by Scottish writer-director Lynne Ramsay was based upon the 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver. It launches with a jumble of images -- memories, flashbacks and current events -- all mixed up in a collage representing the life of former travel writer Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton). We see scenes of her participating in the Spanish Tomato Fight in Valencia, attending exercise class for pregnant women, kissing in the rain with her fiancé Franklin (John C. Reilly), and dealing with gobs of red paint splattered on her tiny house and car.
Only gradually do we understand that she has taken a job in a small town travel agency to live close…
great film for mother's day. that was gonna be my only review after watching maybe 10 mins of this film, and then it sunk deeper and deeper into the pile of shit it lives in. it wasn't HORRIBLE. it could've been great. it had so much potential. ok ok ok so how am i supposed to believe that he locked the bike lock on the exterior of the school while he was still inside it??? how is this possible??? i am deeply confused by this plot hole.
the entirety of the rating is for tilda's performance (which was definitively not her best) and for how hot ezra miller is.
i'm still not over the damn bike locks.
Beautifully shot, masterfully acted and relentlessly dour. I respected it more than I like it though.
Triste y crudo relato sobre una mujer que odia ser madre y que vive las consecuencias de los horribles actos que cometió su hijo. Me encanta la constante tensión y el odio mutuo que hay entre Eva y Kevin, tanto cuando es interpretado por el joven Jasper Newell así como por Ezra Miller. Los dos lo hacen genial al igual que la grandiosa Tilda Swinton, quien es a mi parecer una de las mejores actrices que hay en la actualidad.
Me fascinó la forma de ser narrada la historia, entremezclando momentos que generan rabia, impotencia y tristeza con otros más atrevidos y de mal rollo. Realmente me dejó pensativo durante un rato y sobre todo, me hizo reflexionar sobre aquellas…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
89/100 - "I want you to tell me why."
Unlike the many documentaries and films based around the shooters of terrible events like the columbine massacre, We Need to Talk About Kevin focuses on the other side of the story... the effects of being a mother. This interesting turn on a familiar narrative helps explore the unanswerable question, where did the problem start?
There have been many accusations of how someone could do something so viscous in real life events. In the movie, all these factors are subtly placed into the scenes; Kevin shouting die while playing video games, the easy-access abuse the mother adopts after the event, the parenting from his childhood or the psychological problem of both the…
No existe nada más hermoso que la fotografía de Seamus McGarvey (en esta película).
This movie in three words:
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a dark, brooding thriller that is highlighted by chilling performances from Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller. The non-linear narrative effectively builds tension to a breaking point before meticulously unraveling the circumstances enveloping Swinton and her disturbed child.
Lynne Ramsay's direction is stunning at times (the close-ups!), though her screenplay leaves much to be desired. The animosity exhibited toward Eva by her neighbors is bizarre and seemingly unwarranted. There also isn't enough on-screen evidence to constitute Kevin's actions/demeanor. Seldom do we see him demonstrate any loathing for anyone/anything other than his mother; thus, I'm struggling to equate the blanketing impact of Kevin's ultimate transgression with what we observe of him throughout the course of…
Swinton and Miller are excellent, especially when they're toe to toe, but I found the aftermath sections more engrossing than anything else this viewing, maybe because it was easier to be comfortably adrift when Swinton's greatest traumas were behind her and her life was so purely focused on trying to achieve some new semblance of normality. Everything in the child-rearing sections felt either like an overlong setup to an event that is purposefully unexplained by all the backstory, or like fairly two-dimensional bad seed sociopathy. The non-linear structure helped allay the sense that the movie is one long waiting game for an event that isn't ultimately even truly contextualized, but the few moments of humanity were the true, too few standouts in what is technically a well-crafted fillum.
Apart from being thrown in the deep end of sporadic timeline jumps at the start, Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller work together with disturbing beauty in their estranged mother/son relationship, while director Lynne Ramsay drops effective clues on why they need to talk about Kevin (more red than The Red Wedding). Tension is potent and the psyche empathises with Swinton's Eva, but would the story have benefitted from Kevin telling it? Or have we seen that too much already?
This is one of the most unsettling movies I have seen. It provides a glimpse into the tumultuous relationship between a mother and her son. While she views him as a conniving, manipulative individual, her husband does not believe there is anything wrong. The ending confirms the mothers suspicions of her son and makes you question whether those around us are really who we think they are.
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