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.
The short film is better. I think this one went too much outside the shopping centre and lost its uniqueness. Still worth a watch, but had so much more potential.
This film.... I watched a while ago.. in fact, it must have been AT LEAST 5 years ago. Saying that.. it has stayed with me since. The words and dialogue used in this film.. well, I was blown away. They have managed to pull off a comedy (which is actually pretty funny) together with a work of art with stunning visuals and a passionate, beautiful use of words throughout the film. This film gave me a serious amount of feels. I also felt for the main character too... his situation really does happen in the real world - (ive always worked in Sainsburys too LOL). Overall... An inspiring film that just NEEDS to be released on Blu-ray!!!!!!!! 5 stars *****
Damn, that was a great movie.
I am giving 4,5 instead of 5 star because of some excessive dumb actions from some of the secondary characters that I thought was unnecessary for the overall plot.
Nonetheless this is one of the best movies I watched in a long time. Simple premise but with a beautiful underlined theme. The ideas discussed about beauty really spoke to me.
Really poetic movie, without been boring about it.
Great movie definitely worth watching.
my obsession with boobies is different between that of every other shallow heterosexual male, because i'm british and can sort of draw
note: only watched half of the film because it was excruciatingly bad and i hated it. i don't like doing this so hopefully one day when i am in a uncharacteristically tolerant mood i will finish it.
also: fuck you hulu for putting this in the comedies section.
Very strange film, interesting storyline, but some scenes are boring and sometimes the acting seems forced. A lot of nudity.
Ca faisait très longtemps que je n'avais pas réécouté un film que j'avais déja vue avec autant d'intérêts et de plaisir. La réalisation de Sean Ellis (en non Baker, lol) est particulièrement ennivrante, et sont enthousiasme pour l'histoire qu'il raconte transpire dans chaque image. Bien que l'histoire d'amour n'est pas très originale, les personnages, aidés par de très bons acteurs et par tout ce qui les entoure, élèvent le tout a un niveau de réalisme qui rend ce détail peu important. Chapeau!
This is an interesting romcom? that is a love child of Office Space and American Pie. It's a British flick so the jokes are subtle ones that make the whole thing lively instead of going for zingers.
What I liked was that they added a lot of beautiful shots and artwork to this to make it a pleasant film to watch. (The main character is an art major). It has a bit of an indy vibe to it as well, but it had a good enough budget to afford everything it wanted to do.
There are also a lot of Bewbs in this film, which has led me to the startling conclusion that Hulu likes to lease rights to films with Bewbs it seems. But, this one is actually quite artistic about it. Well made this.
I'm having a really hard time understanding the negative criticisms this film seems to be pulling in. I absolutely loved it, and after seeing it three times, there are only a couple of small issues in a movie that otherwise achieves its goal with style and heart.
Very rarely do I relate to a character as much as I related to Ben. His feelings of regret and longing, his desire to find beauty in things, they all painted an extremely believable protagonist that I couldn't stop rooting for. Nearly every character in this story is believable, likeable, and entertaining as hell to observe. The only person I had a slight issue with was Ben's ex. As someone with similar experience…
[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