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…
Fascinating in its singular (or singled out) repugnance, Cashback would be very easy to throw in the trash. Those who feel art is for use in exhibiting proper social values to the unwashed masses are the most wont to shun such films as this: those which exhibit and do not interrogate political immoralities such as, in this case, sexism. Odd, as Cashback should be an instance where the usefulness of honestly bigoted art is made clear.
A single perspective piece from the perspective of a fuckboy, but a specific fuckboy, this is also revealing self portraiture that would be mangled by the caricaturization of sneering satire. We can witness this manboy as he perceives himself and decide what specifically makes…
Fantastic magical realism and metaphor that doesn’t completely make up for a slightly thin plot.
Me han estafado.
En los primeros minutos me han ilusionado con que iba a ver una de esas películas que acaban siendo mis debilidades: cantos al desamor, el amor, tan bello como doloroso como inevitable, el personaje abatido...Pero no, qué va, al final he acabado viendo una comedia romántica al uso. Británica (o sea, un poco más comedida y con un poco menos de pirotecnia que la americana), pero al uso al fin y al cabo.
"Dos años de relación se acaban y eso me conduce a un impacto emocional, mi vida está a punto de desmoronarse" Sí, el desmorone (vienen spoilers) es estar DOS-SEMANAS sin dormir para luego encontrar al amor de tu vida y reconciliarte con el mundo. DOS-SEMANAS. Anda hombre.
A lo mejor, probablemente, si uno viene con otros prejuicios o buscando otra cosa en esta película salga con mejor sabor de boca. Sois libres de ir a leer las críticas de esa gente.
Interesting at first, Boring at the end of story! If only the ending is not like that; different and out of the same formula of romance story, it must be great.
oliver wood freezes time and gets a bit pervy.
Way too much filler.
Cool concept and pretty simple. Perfect for slow days.
It might feel a little slow at times but it's a film worth watching!
Nice small flick about a guy who finds out he can stop time. He takes that time to draw subjects at the super market where he works the night shift. Lots of beautiful women in this but the woman he is attracted to works with him on the night shift.
A fun story that is not very complex but still entertains the viewer.
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