[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.
Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin is a compelling drama, being also a very unsettling experience throughout its whole running time. The story unfolds in flashbacks and you simultaneously see how the past events affect the life of Eva in the present day. I liked how the director goes back and forth in time as I find it a very effective way of making the viewer constantly intrigued and filled with suspense. Tilda Swinton gives a powerful performance, showing all the frustrations and detachment of the mother towards her son. Ezra Miller brilliantly incorporates true evil, always giving me the chills and making me uncomfortable. We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of the most disturbing films I've watched and I am definitely investigating more of Ramsay's work in the near future.
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…
Eva (Tilda Swinton) arruma um emprego em uma agência de viagens e tem que suportar o fardo que se tornou sua rotina, enquanto relembra incessantemente os fatos que levaram a ela, a partir de seu casamento com Franklin (John C. Reilly) e do nascimento de Kevin (Jasper Newell na infância, Ezra Miller mais velho) e de Celia (Ashley Gerasimovich). O que realmente aconteceu para Kevin ter ido parar na prisão? Onde estão Franklin e Celia?
O longa dirigido por Lynne Ramsay a partir de um livro de Lionel Shriver foca no relacionamento entre Eva e Kevin e narra sua história a partir de flashbacks curtos, alternando com grande frequência entre diferentes épocas. A história é difícil e a narrativa não-trivial…
This movie evinces an awareness of gender politics for sure, and is incisive in its depiction of the marriage between Swinton and Reilly, (he's a good and gentle man, but a quiet tyrant), but I think that this awareness is wrapped into larger, almost metaphysical themes of time and memory. I don't think any movie or work of art worth talking about can be summed up in a single phrase, but what I got from this is a powerful depiction of the tragedy that our present contains our past. We live our lives every day with fragments of our pasts flitting unbidden about our minds.
There's a great cut early in the movie--There's a hand held POV shot, depicting a…
This kid beats Damien Thorn hands down.
That he is supported by a culture of accommodation that currently surrounds children, and particularly boys, leaves his mother, Eva (Tilda Swinton) alone in her despair and disintegration - ultimately bearing the burden of blame for the child who was never hers
We need to talk about how we need to talk about We Need to Talk About Kevin. To talk about We Need to Talk About Kevin we need to talk about Kevin. To talk about Kevin we need to talk about...okay I'll stop.
Yeah, you really just have to see it, it's good. The subtlety and nuance in everything from the dialogue, to the acting, to the directing, is really refreshing. Tilda Swinton absolutely nails this role. I can't imagine it working anywhere near this well with anyone else. It's a very dreary, joyless, sticky and unpleasant movie, but it's supposed to be. I guess if that's not really your thing you probably won't enjoy watching this much but I…
This was an intense movie hands down, but the acting was phenomenal. Watching this movie, will leave you disturb for sure and you'll want to talk about Kevin.
Interesting, but felt a bit pointless
Everything I could want from a film. Dark and deceitful, surprising (if you haven't read the book) and all around breathtakingly performed. You will not be able to take your eyes away from, or stop thinking about, Ezra Miller and how haunting his portrayal of Kevin is.
I feel like a terrible person for liking this movie as much as i did.
- 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
- Under the Skin
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top five.