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…
Some worthy ideas, not bad really. Favorite moment: when was was staring transfixed by the bag of spilt peas.
Some have pointed out the egregious and unnecessary nudity and while I can't really argue with them I thought the movie approached it artistically and the angle worked well enough to justify it. It was a lot in a few scenes but wasn't there constantly throughout the movie. The use of the stop time element was neat when it was used but I think the story and that element would work better as a short story (as it was originally conceived). Over time I cared less and less about this character's breakup and want to get over it and I didn't find any of the characters particularly relatable, charming or sympathetic. It ended predictably (other than a weird twist that made the stop time aspect dumb to me) and ultimately left me feeling neither happy or sad, satisfied or dissatisfied. Just kinda glad it was over.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Der sensible Kunststudent und Maler Ben und seine Freundin Suzy machen Schluss. Das nimmt Ben so mit, dass ihn seine Gedanken einfach nicht mehr einschlafen lassen. Wie in Trance sitzt er nachts auf dem Bett und guckt Filme oder fährt mit dem Bus durch die beleuchtete Stadt. Als ihm auffällt, dass er durch diese Begebenheit täglich acht Stunden mehr zur Verfügung hat, beschließt er, diese „zu verkaufen“. Er fängt in einer Filiale von Sainsbury’s, einer Supermarktkette, an zu arbeiten. Um mit der nächtlichen Arbeitszeit fertig zu werden stellt Ben sich vor, er könne die Zeit „einfrieren“ und das er währenddessen die Kundinnen des Supermarktes als Modelle für erotische Zeichnungen verwendet. Ben war schon seit seiner Kindheit von der Schönheit…
Sean Ellis' Cashback is a film that has it's moments, unfortunately those moments are interrupted by a whiny unlikable protagonist, a story better suited as a short (which it originally was), and some really messy editing. On the positive side, I liked the basic premise and there's some decent laughs throughout.
Overall it's just a feature length film that probably should have remained a short.
The Ron Says: Watch it if it really interests you, but don't expect anything more than an average film.
it's a slightly offbeat romantic comedy of the sort we could use more of. Not formulaic, not predictable, but enjoyable and entertaining.
Not terrible but not great either. Some nice shots and an interesting idea, but the main character comes across as kind of an asshole.
I did a search on netflix for Species, and it suggested instead this movie, claiming similarities between the two films. Other than some gratuitous nudity, I don't see it. It was interesting to find this movie in this way, as I doubt I would have otherwise ever watched it. Interesting and well paced. I empathized with the main character, so even if the ending felt rushed, I still was drawn in and compelled by the story. Not the most amazing movie ever, and didn't really say much new or interesting, but very watchable and enjoyable. (a much better choice than Species probably)
A little too mopey and sexist for its own good. But the cast is engaging enough to keep us interested
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.
Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…
A list of films that originally began life as a short film before being extended into a feature length production.…