This was insane. I loved it.
I am a big Tracy Letts fan, certainly one of the most exciting playwrights working today. I thought Friedkin's Bug was a fantastic adaption of some pretty hard to adapt material.
Killer Joe is narratively much easier to adapt, so this movie comes across as perhaps smoother. It's remarkably tense, pitch black, hilarious, repulsive. I think its sensibility is very New Hollywood. No holds barred filmmaking for sure.
The cast is across the board great, Gershon and McConaughey being standouts for sure. I know it's been said a million times already, but McConaughey is having such a remarkable year, isn't he? He's got to snag an Oscar nom. Though I doubt it will be for this; Killer Joe is definitely not to the Academy's taste. I think at this point, Magic Mike looks to be his best bet.
While August: Osage County is pretty different in a lot of ways from Bug or Killer Joe, I wish Friedkin had been picked to direct it. Letts and Friedkin clearly jive together really well.
Also, I'm not sure I'll ever eat KFC again. That scene was one of the craziest I've seen in a while.