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…
My old mate Todd Gaines coined the phrase Beautifulism some seven months ago. It had nothing to do with beauty, but became a movement here on LB that has inspired many to declare their love for cinema and film in general. Knowing his taste in movies however, he seems to have a liking for scantily-clad women either on the poster or in the actual films. This film then should certainly appeal to my Georgia buddy as the poster here gives just a taste of the beauty held within.
Sean Biggerstaff (no jokes) is a budding art student who develops insomnia following the break-up with his girlfriend. To fill those hours he takes a night job in a supermarket where he…
Expected ok indie movie on Netflix. Got some feels. Can't complain.
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…
Ben Willis: I read once about a woman whose secret fantasy was to have an affair with an artist. She thought he would really see her. He would see every curve, every line, every indentation and love them because they were part of the beauty that made her unique.
the main guy reminded me way to much of this one kid at my school that I really hate so I couldn't take this movie seriously
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The fourth movie of my day yesterday. This is on Netflix at the moment and it was kind of an impulse watch. The description on the Netflix listing was just interesting enough.
This is a well made film with some great shots.
It is a great movie if you like breasts.
I'd recommend it - though it does have some disturbing aspects that are never really dealt with. For instance, if you are an artist, but only draw beautiful women, isn't that a little pervy?
It should be a crime to have this much nudity in a film, and yet still torture me by having none of that nudity be of Emilia Fox. If you're reading this Emilia, and I'm sure you are, will you go on a date with me? Don't worry about the age difference, I'll just freeze time and wait 22 years so I'll be 40 too.
It is nothing more than unpleasant trite. However problematic the concept of the original short may have been, it at least had a quirky, almost surreal, sense of humor (which is still occasionally present here, giving the film some credibility) and could almost be forgiven considering how succinct it ultimately was. Perhaps mainly due to the brief runtime. But, expanded into a feature, the film only exacerbates all the problems present with the original short. It has such an unpalatable, misogynistic undercurrent that I found myself deeply alienated by it. It's just pretentious, tasteless drivel.
i wanted to watch this film for the sake of it being in a supermarket with a sweet love story and a lot of naked girls. I went into it without knowing much more about it than that and i was positively surprised. The story is actually very good with the leads occasional narrative when he freezes time and his flashbacks and its all done in a humoristic and clever story. Sean Biggerstaff does a grand job and so does most of the other characters and the film is just very likeable.
"It take approximately 500 lbs to crush a human skull. But the human emotion is a much more delicate thing"
Cashback is an interesting little indie darling. It's the story of a nasty breakup and how Ben Willis tries to overcome it. He takes a job at a grocery store on the night shift things take a turn for the weird when he sees he can stop time. Magic realism at its finest and it's done extremely well as they could have really half-assed it. In this whole film all Ben wants to do is stop time so he can appreciate the beauty in things, this is pretty common in literature (Catcher in The Rye, Great Gatsby, and Romeo and…
This film is caught somewhere between artistic statement of the mind and a teenager going home and jacking it to every beautiful woman he saw that day. Watching it once was enough, I don't see any reason I'd ever have to watch it again. Get back to the Quidditch team you hack!
It was an innocent evening when I was sitting at my screen and reading through lists of "Must-Watch-Films-No-One-Has Heard-Of" that I came across this abomination. Whoever placed this double hour torture clip on that list clearly hated humanity enough to want his fellow man to too endure such a cringe inducing film. At best this was a lesson of how not to write dialogue, characters and story. Thanks for the lesson anon.
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