December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

December 21, 2012

Carnage (2011)

When it's over, the characters never leave the room.  Set in a New York apartment building, two pairs of parents (Jodie Foster & John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet & Christoph Waltz) are meeting to discuss the fight between their sons.  What starts out as a civilized meeting turns into a nasty battle of childish proportions.  Based on the play, God of Carnage, Roman Polanski's film version delivered great performances from its cast.  I would never have envisioned these actors playing these roles, but after watching them, I can't imagine another quartet of actors portraying the adults.  The dialogue was sharp and poignant, delivering every snicker, resentment, sarcasm, and insult with such clarity, I forgot I was watching actors, and admittedly, I saw a bit of myself in the characters.  After all, adults sometimes act like children, especially when we feel under attack. 

My rating: 4 out of 5


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