Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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…
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?
I'm not sure that the movie quite knew exactly what it was going for, but it's an entertaining watch nonetheless.
"If you don't stop for a minute, you might miss it... "
A beautifully shot film with an also beautiful theme about beauty, time and love...
Love is there if you want it to be. You just have to see that it's wrapped in beauty and hidden away between the seconds of your life. If you don't stop for a minute, you might miss it.
Going in I was hoping for grocery store antics and time-freezing coolness. What I got was an angsty teen boy fantasy where sex is plentiful and the protagonist gets everything he wants because he's perfect at everything. Even the time freezing gimmick of the movie is unsatisfying, so the movie is pretty pointless. There's some good moments that make me wish this story was either a British sitcom or a novel, but as a movie like it is now, it kind of sucks.
I initially found out about Cashback while I was reading the wikipedia page for Nicholson Baker's erotic novel The Fermata and it was mentioned in the page that a movie called Cashback has a similar premise and ending to the book and I immediately wanted to check out the movie. I didn't particularly love The Fermata, but I thought it was interesting enough. I still think Vox and House of Holes are his best erotic novels. If you're into this kind of stuff, I highly recommend that you check them out.
Coming to the movie, it is expertly crafted by Sean Ellis whom I've never heard of before and whose work I'd like to checkout more of. The sequences where…
Somewhere between the reviews that say this is inventive art and those that say it's tits masquerading as art schlock. Not offended by but nor entertained by this one.
Finally, a master work from a true auteur! From Britain comes Sean Ellis’ excellent film Cashback, a near-perfect blend of romantic comedy and drama complemented with a touch of uniquely English sense of humour..
At times beautiful, at times comical and at times lightly nostalgic, Cashback is visually arresting throughout, with each frame and shade of color carefully crafted to produce a highly atmospheric work rich in detail and mood.
Ben’s thoughtfully worded remarks such as
“you just have to see that love is wrapped in beauty and hidden away in between the seconds of your life; if you don’t stop for a minute, you might miss it"....
I found Cashback to be a beautiful film, and I don't use this word a lot when I am trying to describe something. It's a concept that I don't use liberally but I stand by it because of the artsy style of the film itself.
It ponders on aesthetics, in the expression of beauty by drawings. The art of drawing is the art of the appreciation of the static beauty, people who loves this kind of art are in love of the beauty of stillness while writers are in love of the kinetic concept of beauty. This movie found a great way of representing the static beauty by occasionally freezing the picture where you can really appreciate the shots and…
Beautiful cinematography/editing and lovable characters, but the ending was a bit too cheesy for me.
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…