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…
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.
An over-used plot device that comes off fresh. Some really great camera techniques involved but there's also some scenes that just go on a bit too long, the football bit for example but other than that it's a pretty charming indie flick, that never gets too big for its boots.
I loved this movie's non-sci-fi version of freezing time. Kind of refreshing to see a science fiction idea used more poetically.
The captain for the Gryffindor Quidditch team is a "sensitive artist" who loves to admire women for their aesthetic beauty. After breaking up with his gf, he uses this newly discovered ability (?) of stopping time to undress and sketch the customers of the grocery store where he works. Luckily for him (and all the horny boys most likely to be watching this movie), the customers at Quidditch-captain's grocery store are all incredibly voluptuous, g-string wearing models (like the lovely lady in the films poster).
While all of this would be fine for cheap throwaway entertainment, the film seemingly strives for serious morale while maintaining a weirdly jovial tone. It's all just really really icky and wrong and feels like…
meh, had a few cool camera tricks but nothing really special
I wasn't quite sure what this film was about, in all honesty it just caught my eye when I was going through the Netflix 'Independent Movies' section. With most of these films that I decide to turn on when scrolling through genres on Netflix, I usually only watch the first 5 minutes before moving on but with Cashback, I was interested enough to keep going. Before I knew it I had seen the whole movie and I have to say, I enjoyed almost every second. The captivating cinematography combined with innovative transitions through its smooth editing style enthralled me and although I'd never heard of this film before, I must say it was very visually stunning. This film also has…
As an introspective glimpse into the mind of Ben, a lonely grocery clerk who dreads the possibilities of a disappointing future, this film is a fascinating journey that embarks upon the dreary existence of time itself (and the character's attempts to stop its unavoidable progression by "freezing" his surrounding reality).
When the film relies upon zany antics for a cheap laugh however, the once-compelling narrative starts to falter considerably. Also, Ben's desire to achieve a sense of meaning unfortunately dissolves into cornball sentimentality by the final act, but it can be argued that this was the point all along. By finding love after such a long-standing state of desolation (from a previous break-up), there is no longer a reason for…
Cute rom-com with plenty of content to keep him and her entertained.
My 2 Cents: Felt like he should have done more with the time stopping than he did, but it was still good. 3/5
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
I probably like romance/romcoms a bit too much for any straight male, suggest some more like these please?
Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…