Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Destiny was pimping this yesterday and combined with Bubz continually harping on about it being one of the best films 2012 had to offer and me declaring God to make me a eunuch if I delayed watching any longer, I decided to check it out.
Jesus christ, its powerful, poignant and certainly leaves a lasting impression on you. I must have had it confused with another film because I was expecting this uplifting and beautiful magical tale, and instead the beauty was enshrined in the hearbreak and community spirit embodied by the devotion of this tiny community to not abandon their little home, 'The Bathtub'. I particularly loved the camera effects and how the film was shot in a way that let us the viewer see the world and home as 6 year old HushPuppy does. The beauty is obviously that as an adult our perception of the community differs greatly and what seems a hospitable and homely place to HushPuppy is actually in startling difference to the child abuse, chronic alcoholism and bleak outlook on life that we the viewer witnesses as an adult. Quvenzhané Wallis is tremendous as the protagonist with such an eery presence for a 5 year old at the time of shooting. The camerawork and aesthetic visual really lends itself to magnifying the presence and charm of this tiny girl wise well beyond her years and it makes the tumultous and piercing scenes truly stand out.
So much can be said for the relationship between HushPuppy and her father. Dwight Henry is magnificent as the dad who alternated between doting and attentive dad and cruel and violent drunk. The range in the scenes between the pair is heartbreaking and the gradual build from the first half to the second does a remarkable job in adding suspense to their plight and pondering where their direction is heading. People who've seen the film will know what I'm referring to when I say the scene between them in front of a bus outside a shelter is piercing in emotion and heartbreak and the subsquent climax to the very end is a wonderful journey. I was also a fan of the almost surrealist shooting of the scene in the bar as it encapsulates how HushPuppy views this new setting which she has no understanding of. The teasing of this doting woman perhaps being her mum was beautiful and her eventual decision to return to the place she calls home felt like a genuine moment of clarity on her part.
It won't be a film for everyone in due part to the dialogue, camerawork and lack of a clear plot (I think the narrative and overarching journey is enough to convey your interest, but I could understand someone finding the pace off-putting) but if you give it your attention the emotion and powerful approach the film strives to create will certainly leave an impression on you.
One of the most beautiful stories ever told on film with a a young performance filled with such natural, effortless and energetic brilliance.
i know no one cares, but as far as western goes a top will be
1- Rio Bravo
2- Johnny Guitar
3- My Darling Clementine
4- Rancho Notorious
5- Duel in The Sun
6- Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
7- Man of the west
8- Forty guns
9- The man who shot Liberty Valance
This. My first lenguage is spanish so i'm completely used to them. There are some moments in wich you lose some details because focus but it's a little cost for seeing the move in the way it was intended to be see it.
Dubbing is an aberration if you ask me
Props for Rio Bravo and Liberty Vallance.
No mention of True Grit for the modern Westerns?
I quite liked The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada when I caught it on TV one time. And I'm hoping to watch The Good, The Bad & The Weird soon.
Both True Grit flicks are great. I lean a little bit to the Coens as I am biased.
Wasn't Hailee Steinfeld going to do a nude scene in something? Has she done it yet?
She's 16, my conscience is clean
All I know is I saw a picture of Hailee and JenLaw when they both were nominated same year. 18 can't come any sooner for Hailee. Not to mention, she's quite talented.
Originally Posted by Charlie Bronson
If Quvenzhané Wallis wins Best Actress, it will only be to make her the youngest to do so. Such a waste of an Oscar win. Probably the only reason she is even nominated in the first place. BOTSW is a good film but very overrated, could barely finish it. Doesn't deserve the Best Picture nod, and she is by far the worst nominee on that list this year.
IMO, Marion Cotillard was snubbed because of this girl. Riva won the BAFTA among others, no doubt she is not the weak link. And Rust and Bone was five times better than Beasts.
If Wallis wins, it could give the argument that she was the most deserving and not just given as a paying dues award. I'm going with JenLaw. But, like the Coens, I'm a bit biased. I will have a small Oscar predictions feature up on my site soon and will pass along once done (probably Saturday).
No shit. I felt like I needed a hug after Requiem for a Dream. Hopefully from Jennifer Connelly.
How about a ride instead?
Originally Posted by Charlie Bronson
Seth has two hit shows and had a huge hit film a year ago. Pretty sure he's not jealous.
Anyone see hosting the Oscars as just another step of taking over the major networks?
1) Shows on Fox
2) Oscars on ABC
3) Ted made by Universal (aka NBC, at the time)
What's next--the Tonys on CBS?
Just saw Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Very beautiful movie. Much better than I expected.
Been meaning to catch up to it. Heard so many great things about it from colleagues.
So we got the first round of movies rumored for Cannes this year, wich include the new material from:
I can't wait to see the HUGE Oscar push Leo will get for Scorsese's latest.