Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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…
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…
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…
An unexpectedly good film. Some really funny moments, a bit of sci-fi, a love-story and lots of naked women in a supermarket. What's not to like?
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.
Excellent idea with mediocre execution.
There is no how or why, and a loose thread of plot just hinted on and left alone (who was the other person who moved?)
April Scavenger Hunt
#5: A film with a character who has the same profession as you.
Everything in this film is working in retail to a T. Spilt bag of frozen peas on the floor? Just stare at it and it will clean itself up. Manager not in? Trolley race down the aisles.
There's a lot that Cashback doesn't get right, though, such as its artsy, pompous preaching about teenage angst and the otherworldly finesse of the female form. This isn't helped by Sean Biggerstaff's astronomically bad narration (he's the guy who teaches Daniel Radcliffe to play Quidditch in The Philosopher's Stone) and Sean Ellis's rather sexist casting and stripping of models for the sole gain of our…
>Bring in audience by implying lots of nudity
>Keep them watching with light hearted character humour
>Leave them impressed with deep philosophical ponderings
It kind of works. But it's also kind of a pretentious amateur film with one disjointed scene involving nudity that somehow relates to the idea that time moves slowly and quickly at the same time.
[...] Wer gerne klassifiziert, kann CASHBACK sicher problemlos als sehr britische romantische Komödie ansehen, aber gemessen an den naheliegenden Assoziationen verkauft man dadurch diese Perle weit unter Wert. Denn CASHBACK ist eine Ode an die Schönheit, ein Aufruf mit offenen Augen durch das Leben zu schreiten, jeden Moment seines Daseins offen zu empfangen und zu bewältigen anstatt zu fliehen und in Schockstarre zu verfallen. Ein Anstoß zum Weiter- und zum Querdenken. Einfach mal laufen lassen und irgendwie das Glück finden – egal wo, zur Not auch in der Nachtschicht des Supermarktes. [...]
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The idea was kinda cool and it was interesting for a bit and then it just dragged on and came to a cliched stupid ending.
A good premise wasted on an unconvincing story
I almost feel robbed because of how good the one scene was (the scene that this movie was based off of). I expected something far better than this pile of horseshit ~.~
I kind of hate that i'm always in the perfect mood to watch this movie.
I'm sure Bill Cosby loved it.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff