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
A young insomniac attempts to cope with his sleepless nights by taking a job at a local supermarket, only to discover that he possesses a curious coping mechanism in the debut feature from Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Sean Ellis.
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…
Ben Willis: "You see, I've always wanted to be a painter, and like many artists before me, the female form has always been a great source of fascination. I've always been in awe of the power they posses."
The really great thing about this film is that it has both teen comedy and true love supplying us with a real life situation, a break up. And a dreamy yet, sophisticated way of coping. A young art student, with a dream of being a famous painter, shows us his perspective of what he loves in his own surreal world of how he portrays life and woman, through true beauty in it's own form.
Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) an art student recently broke…
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.
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…
Not quite sure what draws me to this one. It has an odd plot and is very enjoyable. It's on Netflix as of the writing of this review. Check it out.
Originally a 2004 short, expanded to a 2006 feature, a bittersweet British romantic fantasia: stretched out and malformed probably, but made of some good material. Like Gondry's ETERNAL SUNSHINE in 2004 or Dukic's WRISTCUTTERS in 2006, a quirky pop extravaganza about love. All the grandeur of Gondry but little of its depth, all the flexibility of Dukic but a little too much of its cheapness.
Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) is a sad aspiring artist. After breaking up with his girlfriend, he takes some extra hours at a supermarket where he imagines he can (and then actually can?) stop time and ogle all the terribly pretty girls. Some romantic drama follows involving Ben's ex Suzy (Michelle Ryan) and his new crush Sharon…
Prime example of how purely artistic thinking might not be sufficient enough for building up a decent film. Some really nice ideas that were not processed with necessary rigor and were left hanging in silly form. Could have been much better film, if the "moral" of the film would have not been the typically vacuous being-an-artist-is-so-romantic. Also the timescales were so crooked - it took the main character about 14x8 hours to read all the books he ever wanted to read? He got bored of stripping random chicks within like a week? Not realistic...
Terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible.
Ben Willis: Being Swedish, the walk from the bathroom to her room didn't need to be a modest one.
Stylish, and endearingly juvenile. CASHBACK reeks of cool camera angles and well lit settings, in addition to its persistent photographic obsession with composition. It's even a bit funny. Still, it's plagued by too many scenes that feel like superfluous filler, and repetition. There are a few recurring jokes that weren't too great to begin with, that weirdly keep appearing, whilst our protagonist, Ben Willis, often thematically rips himself off in his many voiceover monologues.
That voiceover is present through much of the film. Though it works in some occasions, such as in the opening or the introduction of the grocery store, it has a tendency to feel overwrought. Ben's words, though undoubtedly characterizing and personal to him, left me feeling…
Ir tādi izteikti vizuāli stāsti. Šis ir viens no šādiem sižetiem. Filma par sadzīvi, ar humoru. Tomēr nepameta sajūta, ka tās ir arī fotogrāfijas - piemiņas, iemūžināti iluzori skaisti brīži, kolekcija. Sirsnīgi viegli. Estētiski baudāmi.
interesting heartfelt touching
Beautiful, in a moody art-student sort of way. Super-slick cinematography.
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