[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…
Wow wowowowow this movie is really something: the back-and-forth narrative, stellar editing, masterful use of music, captivating performances, and ever-present undertow of darkness. I loved it a lot and will be thinking about it for a while, hopefully writing something more formal later.
This film has kept me away from the reviewing for the past few days. I really can't explain this movie. I don't think it is good, but it is not terrible. One thing it surely is, is unpleasant.
Ezra Miller has some balls to go up against Tilda Swinton, who I put on par with Meryl Streep. Swinton is the dictionary definition of a chameleon. She just escapes into her roles and here she offers a delicate balance between abuse victim and supportive mother. It is unlike anything I've seen before.
Yet, Ezra Miller holds his own during the film. He is sinister, cold and calculating. Ever time his face was onscreen, I cringed. Yet, his character is also what's…
Crazily weird and shocking movie!
Both Ezra Miller and Jesper Newell as psychopath Kevin was disturbingly awesome. Very nice work by all the cast but a bit too weird and crazy stuff to love it. But I enjoyed it very much as a whole new movie experience.
no estoy muy seguro de como me dejo la pelicula
veanla que se yo
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Disjointed scenes jump between three timelines. Frequent flashbacks hint at the reasons the mom is treated so strangely in the present. Tragic and too long, it's more arthouse than Joshua, with focus on season and color. For the role of parents of a murderously mentally ill boy with a younger sister, I prefer Farmiga and Rockwell to Swinton and Reilly.
A novel take on the school shooting. Why they mad at Tilda? The husband bought him the bow and helped him with archery. Why doesn't she move?
It's very interesting how some out-of-context flashback scenes in the beginning (+ playing with cutting-on-action; I don't know what the exact term for this is in English but it's 'falso raccord' in Spanish) make you think you're in for a far more surreal experience than it actually ends up being
There really is just something sooo disturbing about this film...
From The artsy, elegant, beautiful, yet chilling cinemotogaphy
To the AMAZING(cant stress enough) performances
Tilda Swintons carear best as we get to see a real pychological battle between her and her ominous, obnoxious, even possibly omnipotent yet brilliant son... Most of this is done purelly through facial expresion and body language as we can see the real strain of her life in every scene of the film. The intensity of her performance really is amazing when she is even able to control her own body in ways not normally possible by an actress as she can bring on a sweat or enhance the hair on her body to add yet…
A chilling story that raises questions yet doesn't provide answers. I loved the non-linear narrative and the story being told almost entirely in flashbacks. It suffers somewhat from visually being too artsy.
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.