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…
If the Wes Bentley character from American Beauty went on to make a major movie, it'd probably look a lot like this.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Despite the interesting premise, this was boring. Except for the time-stopping-super-power part, it's pretty much your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. The time stopping part served basically no purpose beyond allowing the main character, Ben, to undress and draw random women in the supermarket (And no matter how much he talks about seeing beauty in the female form, I still found it creepy as f***), which would make way more sense if (Spoiler), at the end of the film, his art show included pictures of anyone apart from his co-worker/love interest.
Verdict : Boring, creepy, and barely held together by good performances and comedy.
A sort of sci-fi exploration of boyhood sexual awakenings.
On the surface this film could be seen simply as a masturbatory product put onto celluloid, and it pretty much is. However, it's openness and honesty gives it a more meditative side which contemplates art and beauty. This meditation on art and beauty somehow pulls me in every time. Combine that with cleaver special effects, beautiful women, and a bit of British humor and I'm a sucker every time.
Cashback aspires to be deeply philosophical about beauty, art, and relationships but as Chuck Klosterman once wrote, "Science fiction tends to be philosophy for stupid people." And that's more or less what this boils down to. At heart I'm still just a…
Film ima nedostataka, dosta je neujednačen, što bi rekli, al ima i šarma kojim se iskupljuje. Divna muzika, scene, poetičnost (i golotinja :D). Ima i humora. Sporedni likovi su malo iskarikirani.
U osnovi lagani film, bez neke dubioze, koji preporučujem za opuštanje.
Moja ocjena je 6.5/10.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A forma com que foi retrada a insônia de Ben (Sean Biggerstaff), com as cenas em que ele para o tempo com a sua imaginação é boa. Mas as cenas perdem a beleza quando elas continuam como se fizessem parte da realidade - como o leite na cara do gerente da loja, ou o momento em que ele fica hesitando após o beijo da ex.
Achei os personagens muito extravagantes e caricatos, típicos de filmes e séries de humor da década de 90, um pouco cansativo.
Não conheço o diretor, mas procurarei pesquisar sobre ele e outras obras suas.
Painfully beautiful while being charmingly funny at the same time.
Shouts to Andy Summers for writing a review and big shouts to me as well I guess for logging on at the right time.
The cover of course caught my attention immediately. And I read Andy's review and I thought well this might be something nice *wink* to pass by time. Ben, played by an actor named Sean...wait for it...Biggerstaff (I shit you not) is the protagonist of this nicely done romantic comedy. Ben is going through a bad break up and as a result develops insomnia. To pass by time he takes a night-shift at the supermarket. Here he taps into his mind and spontaneously develops an ability to freeze time. This is when Ben, an aspiring artist, lets…
A cool artistic film
Escolhi ao acaso esse filme de 2006 que é baseado num curta premiado de 2004 (confesso que foi pela capa). O longa tem um roteiro bem simples e nada de muito novo. Agora, se o roteiro de Sean Ellis é legalzinho, não podemos dizer apenas isso da direção. É o ponto forte do filme com cenas bem marcantes e bem diferenciadas.
PS: O protagonista (Sean Biggerstaff) me fez lembrar muito o Oscar da Seleção. Fiquei mais espantado de ainda ver uma cena em que ele joga futebol com a camisa do Brasil.
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