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…
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…
Ben es un artista que ve la forma femenina, y el mundo en general, con mucho detalle, como dice él más allá de lo físico, le gusta apreciar la belleza de las cosas; él esta lidiando con un rompimiento y el insomnio que este la ha causado.
Esta película puede no ser una obra de arte y tal vez es muy predecible, sin embargo, su simpleza es lo que me gusta tanto, y no sólo eso, la narrativa, los planos, me gusta absolutamente todo.
Un chamito lidiando con un rompimiento
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"The bad news is that time flies. The good news... is that you're the pilot."
A case of a short film being expanded into a feature length film. But really strangely done in that the short film it is based on is the actual first 18 minutes of the movie. It wasn't reshot. It's the short film. Then the added screenplay is everything after that.
Conceptually, the movie is about insomnia and the power to stop time (because if it? because of the trauma that caused it?).
But at it's core, it's a relationship melodrama.
The short film sets up some great ideas. Then the first added act sort of pisses them all away and goes in another direction. Then in the following act, a new concept is introduced that could change the story as…
A heartbroken man learns how to survive his menial job at a grocery store by freezing time. This superpower also fuels his love of still-life art, turning everyone and everything around him into a model. A quirky, dry comedy about finding joy in the monotony of adolescence.
Depicts women as objects for male consumption
Rape Culture - normalizes, condones, and trivializes male sexual violence
Again, totally disorganized and lacking plot structure is not the same thing as "artistic" or "indie".
I think the film poster might be a little delusive^^ This is quite a beautiful flick!
No need to ask for your cash back
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