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May 16, 2012

"Carnage" — What lies beneath

The film begins with a fight between two eleven-year-old kids.

Then their parents get involved in trying to sort out what happened.

Carnage (of the verbal sort) breaks out, much to the horror of all concerned and the mixed amazement/dismay of the viewer, who last night was moi (on Apple TV).

I can't recommend this to any and all but it might be just the ticket when you're in a particularly foul mood and want a little sympatico company.

A lot of stiletto-sharp verbal nastiness that hits its intended targets spot-on, to the point where you can't help sometimes bursting out laughing.

At least I couldn't.

When I went to YouTube for the trailer up top, I was surprised to find heading that page a link to the film itself via Crackle: you pay $3.99 and get access to the movie in its entirety for the next 30 days.

One catch: You have to watch it during the 24-hour period following the moment you start.

It's only 80 minutes long, though, and pretty darn absorbing from the get-go.

Great cast: Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, and Christoph Waltz.

The movie's an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's hit play "God of Carnage," whose cast on Broadway included James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, and Marcia Gay Harden, who won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress.

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...or - how could I forget - the supremely silly...

Posted by: Flautist | May 16, 2012 6:13:00 PM

Haven't seen the film (but I'd like to), so I don't know what music is used throughout, or the tone of the film overall, but the music in that trailer (from Rossini's "La Gazza Ladra") makes me immediately think, eh - I think not, even though I love Rossini and love that opera. The tune's just been exploited to death to indicate humorous strife. So, I thought, what about...

something else sprightly (2nd mvt from Shostakovich 5th symphony - Dudamel; Israel Philharmonic)
...or ponderous (from Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet w/ Gergiev for once not conducting with a toothpick but still flapping)
...or grave (from Mozart Requiem; Vienna Symphony)
...or terrifying (from the also done-to-megadeath O Fortuna mvt. from Orff's Carmina Burana)

Posted by: Flautist | May 16, 2012 5:49:11 PM

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