The Show

An unsettling look at reality television, where a disturbing game show has its contestants ending their lives for the public's enjoyment.


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  • ★★★½ review by Gazelle Garcia on Letterboxd

    SXSW 2017

    A brutal satirical drama, reminding us the shared responsible we have as an audience; that our curiosity and desire for public misery has shaped reality television.

    At the end of the film Josh Duhamel came on stage and asked the theater "Who's feeling uplifted?" The response was uncomfortable laughter.

    In the beginning This is Your Death hasn't become a concept for a show yet, but the events that spark the idea are tragic yet also lend for some very humorous commentary. As we meet other characters struggling with issues separate from that of the television studio in hot water, it's clear what direction we're going in but be warned that things get much darker than you would expect. My laughter turned into wide mouth gaping, later evolving into sobbing. I'm very sure that was their intention, so job well done.

  • ★★★★ review by willy on Letterboxd

    directed by giancarlo esposito AKA gustavo fring (yeah, breaking bad)

    u in for what u in for with this, but! i just noticed something. giancarlo is vegan irl, which makes this the now 6th 2017 film directed by a vegan/vegetarian director that i've seen

    3 of which are my top 4 films of the year. (okja, florida project, ghost in the shell) 4 if expanded to top 10 (mother! - i think) 5 & 6 for top 20 and beyond, which this one fits into (and that alex ross perry i'm pretty sure)

    we rly movin like that! and that's only the ones i know about!

    nice seeing sarah wayne in here.

  • ★★★½ review by Jacob Knight on Letterboxd

    The latest entry into Wokesploitation. Somewhat inept as a film, but totally potent as trashy, melodramatic exploitation about exploitation. The type of lurid weirdness Larry Cohen would've churned out, had reality TV been a thing when he was on a tear with his cheapies.

  • ★★★★ review by J.P. Vitale on Letterboxd

    Aka. "The Show", this is a movie directed by the great actor Giancarlo Esposito, who also plays a major role in the movie. It's basically the 2007 Eva Mendes satire "Live!" Played much straighter and more genuine and unfortunately also a tougher sit and fairly heavy-handed.

    Don't get me wrong, it's still satirical but a lot less ruthless and toothless than the Eva Mendes film, this feels very heavy-handed at points though I still liked it.

    Be warned, though. This was a tough watch!

  • ★★★★ review by Emily Hill on Letterboxd

    I read the reviews for this film before watching it and they made me question whether or not to hit play - but I’m so glad I did. No film I have ever watched in my life has ever been dark enough to disturb me and get me thinking so deeply but this film just made me feel all kinds of things. At first the film made little to no sense: the arguments people were making for bringing a show onto TV in which people kill themselves were ridiculous, and none of it made any sense. But then it picked up and it became much more entertaining, and it made me think more than I ever thought a film could. I feel like I have to stop to process what I just saw. I love films that are gruesome, but this was... there isn’t a word strong enough. It just hit me so hard, made me think, and this film will stay with me for a long time. This is the best film I've seen in a while, and the memories of what I saw are probably going to stick with me. This movie is a brilliant example of how power and fame can turn you into an evil person, even if at first your intentions are good...

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