A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Sometimes love is hiding between the seconds of your life.
After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild.
I'll admit that this review is going to be a little biased… I saw some reviews of this and they seemed to be pretty lukewarm. Depending on where you look, the film has some wildly different receptions. Rotten Tomatoes currently has it around 45%. Here on Letterboxd, the reviews seem to be pretty positive. I went into this with no knowledge of the film and without having read anything on it. This was a good choice because the film really floored me.
Like I said, this is going to be a little biased because I’m currently going through a situation like the main character Ben. No, I can’t stop time…But I am coming off a particularly nasty breakup. I’m not…
NOTE: This review contains some minor spoilers later in the text, but they are fairly unspecific.
British indie comedy in which art student Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) goes through a painful break-up (in an uncomfortable but oddly-beautiful silent opening sequence featuring Michelle Ryan screaming obscenities and hate into the camera). Rendered insomniac by his depression, Ben gets a night job at a grocery store. Oh, and he discovers he has the power to freeze time.
The quirky characters he meets resemble Napoleon Dynamite's cast of obnoxious but lovable weirdos. A little bit of these guys goes a long way, for sure, but their antics will definitely make you…
Film #39 of The December Project
I contend that Cashback is a masterpiece.
When I joined Letterboxd, I noticed there was a lot of controversy over the ogling of naked women in a grocery store. It's supposed to be a fantasy, so I don't get what the big deal is. He isn't a pervert or a voyeur. He's an art student, searching for the message he wants to send through his work. He settles on championing the female form, which I'm a huge proponent of. All he wants to do is find the beauty in the world and make it accessible for everyone else. Isn't that what art's about?
As for the actual story, it's a great one. It's funny…
Expected ok indie movie on Netflix. Got some feels. Can't complain.
Most of the reviews I read about this film talk about the fact that there's some nudity. That's really not the point of this lovely little gem, though. There's a very gentle aesthetic here, some beautiful cinematic flourishes and a few interesting and original scene fades that convey the sense of time's fluidity.
Cashback deals with themes of love, beauty and the arbitrariness of time's supposed linear progress. There is some soft time travel, but not in the sci-fi sense. It's definitely a fantasy film, with a strong emphasis on romance and a gentle current of comedy, but I wouldn't call it a rom-com.
I'd definitely recommend Cashback. It's quirky, fun, and delightfully British. And there are loads of absolutely smashing tits.
I detested the short film from which this grew out of -It seemed a bit morally dubious and sleazy to me. I had a problem liking the main character - he has the ability to stop time and, true to some adolescent fantasy, he uses this gift to strip naked, or near naked, the implausibly good looking female patrons of the supermarket where he works. He doesn't do this because he's a voyeuristic creep completely objectifying women, no, he's an artist and as such can see their true beauty. Which naturally involves pulling their skirts up.
Still, the feature length version has had some good reviews, so I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Have to…
It's funny because I've seen the cover of this movie multiple times and never thought it would have been anything but a high school crank movie. Turns out the movie is refreshingly original and yet I feel like I've seen the movie before. Typical kind of British comedy that was very enjoyable throughout.
An art student suffers from insomnia after a harsh break up with his girlfriend and decides to use his extra hours by getting a nightshift job in a supermarket where he appearently finds out he can stop time.
I'm always intrigued by stories that play with time. In this one the protagonist uses his amazing ability to... undress all females and draw them. Not the worst way to exploit his ability but also not the most interesting apart from all the naked flesh.
I'm serious, this is pretty much all he does.
At some point he actually sees another person running away although he had stopped the time but that encounter is never build on or anything.
He just goes…
A guy freezes time to take off women's clothes and draw them. Strange, very British, but not in a good way.
Since I watched the "Out of this world" TV series as a kid I was fascinated by the idea of freezing time. Writer and director Sean Ellis finds many interesting things to do (and boobs to show) with the idea of frozen time. Starting as a metaphor for a bored young art student working night shifts at a supermarket, Ben actually manipulates time.
The basic storyline of Ben trying to overcome the recent break-up from his former girlfriend and falling in love with new colleague is simple yet effective enough. It's funny, creative, at times emotionally resonant, all despite being a tad predictable. But Ellis's script does much more than that and I might be willing to say that it…
In a way the cover art of Cashback is lamentable. It implies a movie that is just about T&A--a plot that exists simply for the sake of seeing some tatas and booty.
However, that is not at all what is delivered. Instead, Cashback is a surreal, poetic look at the life of a heartbroken artist suffering insomnia. It is gorgeously filmed and exudes quality at every turn--visually. The one thing holding Cashback back are side characters that feel like mere cardboard representations of a known caricature. That complaint keeps Cashback from being a masterpiece...but it still succeeds at being a good film.
A small production, but a gem.
This film is a very interesting lower-budgeted yet fantastic film. Comedic in writing, but also in camera work and directing (UK style)*, this is a very fun movie to watch. Attention to editing and innovative special effects/camera work makes this film a must see for aspiring filmmakers. When the main character gains a power to stop time, possibilities are limitless.
*By UK style I mean not the Same-Old-OS-Hollywood-BS.
Have you ever wanted to freeze time? Whether to keep a certain moment suspended to hold onto for just a little longer, or to have more time to figure out what to do in a certain situation, it's a dream of many people.
Directed by Sean Ellis, based off of his short film, Cashback is the story of love and the confusion that come with the highs and lows of a relationship. It shows one man, Ben (Sean Biggerstaff), a shy art school student, and the evolution of his fascination with women and finding love and beauty in the female figure from his childhood all the way up to his first break up.
The time freezing is what happens when…
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