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…
Ben Willis: "You see, I've always wanted to be a painter, and like many artists before me, the female form has always been a great source of fascination. I've always been in awe of the power they posses."
The really great thing about this film is that it has both teen comedy and true love supplying us with a real life situation, a break up. And a dreamy yet, sophisticated way of coping. A young art student, with a dream of being a famous painter, shows us his perspective of what he loves in his own surreal world of how he portrays life and woman, through true beauty in it's own form.
Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) an art student recently broke…
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.
You may have seen "Cashback" on cable. It was a 19-minute short subject from 2005 that was nominated for an Oscar and maybe should have won, about a grocery-store clerk who made time go faster by stopping it. All the other humans in the store froze in place, and the kid, an art student, was free to undress them for a life class right then and there (I think this is a federal offense).
The kid was played by Sean Biggerstaff, a k a Oliver in the "Harry Potter" films. The film was written and directed by Sean Ellis, a fashion photographer who was rumored to be making a feature about the same idea, and now has. With admirable thrift,…
"It take approximately 500 lbs to crush a human skull. But the human emotion is a much more delicate thing."
And such is this film too. A simple yet beautiful story told in a inventive way to introduce us to the personal universe of Ben, a guy who broke up with his girlfriend and develops insomnia right after that. To spend his nights faster, he starts work at the supermarket and in there he learn how to control time. And in these timeless moments, Ben's feelings, backgrounds and passions comes to surface to share with us some thoughts from a everyman who's figuring out the true beauty of life.
As I said before, simple yet beautiful.
shallow, cheap, tawdry, voyeuristic, misogynistic, exploitative, dull, lewd, obvious, slimy
Director: Sean Ellis
Screenplay: Sean Ellis
Two years ago I produced a short film that relied heavily on mood and emotion, and it got absolutely reamed by the governing body reviewing my work. It was a turning point in my career, a turning point for the better. It pushed me to write stories that relied firstly on plot and secondly on character development. A film void of these aspects is truly not worth watching. Many would argue against this point, but I stand firm in this belief. Story and character are essential to write and produce a good film. No matter how pretty or how deep, if a film means nothing to others it is only self-indulgent.
I've seen this movie probably about three times before today, but I could not remember anything about it until it unfolded as it was playing. Some pretty funny dialogue throughout, but I can't say I'll remember any of it tomorrow. I've got a mixed bag of thoughts behind Cashback, but I can't say it includes a bunch of positive ones.
Ηθικό δίδαγμα του "cashback": « Ορισμένες ταινίες μικρού μήκους είναι καλύτερο να παραμένουν ορισμένες ταινίες μικρού μήκους »
Not quite sure what draws me to this one. It has an odd plot and is very enjoyable. It's on Netflix as of the writing of this review. Check it out.
Originally a 2004 short, expanded to a 2006 feature, a bittersweet British romantic fantasia: stretched out and malformed probably, but made of some good material. Like Gondry's ETERNAL SUNSHINE in 2004 or Dukic's WRISTCUTTERS in 2006, a quirky pop extravaganza about love. All the grandeur of Gondry but little of its depth, all the flexibility of Dukic but a little too much of its cheapness.
Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) is a sad aspiring artist. After breaking up with his girlfriend, he takes some extra hours at a supermarket where he imagines he can (and then actually can?) stop time and ogle all the terribly pretty girls. Some romantic drama follows involving Ben's ex Suzy (Michelle Ryan) and his new crush Sharon…
Prime example of how purely artistic thinking might not be sufficient enough for building up a decent film. Some really nice ideas that were not processed with necessary rigor and were left hanging in silly form. Could have been much better film, if the "moral" of the film would have not been the typically vacuous being-an-artist-is-so-romantic. Also the timescales were so crooked - it took the main character about 14x8 hours to read all the books he ever wanted to read? He got bored of stripping random chicks within like a week? Not realistic...
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