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…
Fun and well done. I love the editless transitions to seeing past events and all the floating some people seem to do sometimes. Pretty good characters. All the guys are funny with the exception of the Ben because he's depressed the whole time. Lots of nudity done tastefully and with grace. Some is teasing, some is erotic, some is lackluster, but all of it is purposeful and effective.
This film's drawback for me was too much voiceover. Ben would explain things to the viewer which could easily have been understood by just showing what was happening. Some of it was necessary, but seriously I would say 80% could have relies on visual metaphor or even visual literal...ness. That would have…
Original story, good acting and great film work. Haven't seen a good movie (in this gerne) like this in a while.
Ako ste se ikada, poput mene, zapitali što je to zapravo ljubav,
ovo je pravi film za vas.
Iako je romantična tragikomedija, zasigurno nije samo još jedna u nizu,
jer se uobičajeni elementi žanra isprepliću s pravom umjetnošću, ljepotom i erotikom, ali i s originalnom, neobičnom, na trenutke filozofskom pričom,
mislima i monolozima koji ostavljaju bez teksta još dugo nakon završetka.
Ako ste ikada, barem djelomično kao ja, zaželjeli zaustaviti vrijeme,
uhvatiti trenutak i pretvoriti ga u vječnost, ovo je nezaobilazan film za vas.
On donosi dvije vijesti, već pogađate, dobru i lošu.
Loša vijest je da vrijeme neizbježno leti, ali dobra je da je svatko od nas PILOT.
I još uvijek nije kasno da usporimo, jer ljubav i ljepota…
Though it severely lacks focus, Cashback is very entertaining. It's visually appealing, the music is great, and each character is memorable. I'd recommend it.
A perfect film that offers a interesting view. The female form as art is the focus of this film....and no it is not perverted.
'Cashback' is a flagrantly misogynistic, ludicrously offensive, pseudo-intellectual puddle of self-congratulating cat piss that made me want to repeatedly stab myself in the chest.
Ben Willis is an art student who has somehow developed the ability to stop time with his mind after a bout of insomnia. He uses this to undress women in his workplace so that he can draw them, which he deems to be fine, not creepy, as he is an artist. These events are interspersed with useless runtime-filling flashbacks, a crap football game scene, and deadpan voice-over monologues, the writing of which, I'm sure, was not done without the use of a very big thesaurus.
Not a single detail here is in good taste: the names…
Original and good premise about an importent theme. All though the premise is doomed too have flawes, which is certainly do have. It's also generally mediocre made, and got the most annoying cliche I know. Still an OK movie.
And yes, I watched for the nude ladies.
Overwrought narration and thin plot aside, I thought for a film that's trying to grasp at concepts of beauty this was remarkably shallow. The premise was intriguing - a young man suffering from insomnia gets a job working the night shift at the supermarket, where he discovers he can freeze time. The result is pretty uninteresting - I guess I thought this was going to be a different kind of film.
A bland falling in love story with spots of interst filled with eccentric characters and some of the best cinematography I've ever seen. Funny at times, then serious right after barely giving you a chance to laugh for too long.
Cashback is simply a complex view on relationships while reminding us how we all chase our life dream while stuck at our shit job in the meantime. Little boring at times and some scenes were pointless but the acting, writing, directing, and cinematography make up for all lost ground.
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