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…
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…
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…
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.
My 2 Cents: Felt like he should have done more with the time stopping than he did, but it was still good. 3/5
So cliche a 12 year old could've written this and the things that were special about it got old fast. This is basically a reproduction of the short film only with more detail, a couple of extra things, and an ending. I knew everything that was gonna happen in the first five minutes including who his love interest was and what conflicts would arise between them. As expected from a feature length adaptation of a short, this sometimes dragged-- like there was a very boring part where all the guys went out to play tennis.
I wouldn't have minded the cheesily exploitative plot device if it really had been done in an artful way, but they could've done so much…
"The bad news is that time flies. The good news... is that you're the pilot."
While it is rife with a few pacing and plot issues, I thought the technical aspects of the film were quite well done, and that it was a kinda enjoyable. I really wish it would have gone more in depth with the character development and would lose a lot of the fluff from the middle section of the film. A strong point would definitely have to be the first 15 minutes, especially the slow-mo scene with his girlfriend.
This film shows a lot of promise, and I'll keep an eye out for this directors other films.
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…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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