A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.
"Side effects include: drowsiness, apathy, and blurred vision... I'm taking two."
Yes, fucking, please!
Odd to use the word 'enjoy' when describing this film but I will. I enjoyed watching this. Anton Corbijn's black and white photography making the story all that more powerful. Bleak, depressing, desolate, cold, and loney; these are words to describe both the look and content of the film.
Even if you are not a Joy Division fan, you might already be familiar with their story from 2002's 24 Party People. In that film, you get an overview of their beginning and eventual rebirth as New Order. In Control, you get the more personal view of Ian Curtis.
The performances by all the actors, including Samantha…
In Anton Corbjin's Control we have the chance to see the world through the eyes of Ian Curtis, the vocalist of the acclaimed british band from the late 70s, Joy Division, which is actually one of my all time favorite bands. Control documents the relationship bewtween Ian Curtis and his wife and between Ian Curtis and his mistress, his battle against epilepsy and the path to Joy Division's fame and the way all those happenings destroyed his life.
Control was directed by the acclaimed photgrapher Anton Corbjin, and you can immediately see he knows how to elaborate a visually stunning film. Beautifully shot in black and white, this film is a major directional achievement, from the ingenious use of light…
The colour scheme is fuckin' black & white, and they fuckin' speak as if there's a golden shite. The fuckin' movies are all overblown, the fuckin' powers and all those fuckin' guns. The fuckin' people are fuckin' stupid, they fuckin' talk as if they know it.
The fuckin' music is fuckin' fucked, what sadness can give, not a fuckin' thing could. The fuckin' love is fuckin' unreal, with all the fuckin' dance and all them fuckin' seals.
The fuckin' cigarette is not going to fuckin' help, coz' them love-birds are going to yelp. Though the fuckin' music stays alive, through the fuckin' rope and through the fuckin' blue eyes.
Anton Corbijn has a flair for visuals. Anyone who has seen his work with Depeche Mode will know what I mean. He's made that step from brilliant photographer to film director with consummate ease and this his debut feature had all his hallmarks.
Ian Curtis was the lead singer with the late-seventies band Joy Division. A complex, some would say selfish young man, he had deeply troubling emotional problems courtesy of an epilepsy condition he just couldn't deal with. This biopic paints an unhappy man who struggles to deal with depression and the big decisions he made that cornered him. Marrying his childhood sweetheart at 19 and a father by 22, he threw himself into the band after problems with…
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Review In A Nutshell:
I don't consider myself as the biggest Joy Division enthusiast, but I can proudly say that I do love their music and I consider myself at least a fan of their work. The band has made an impact on my life and my perspective of music. I remember when around 5-6 years ago, when I first heard the band, I listened to Unknown Pleasures, it didn't instantly blow me away instead it crept up on me as I kept coming back to it. It was songs like She's Lost Control and Disorder that truly hit me in the heart and convinced me that they are…
I got an unknown amount of pleasure watching this
A very sad and bleak film. Definitely not the kind of thing you put when you feel blue, but sometimes it seems like it's a good thing to return to if you have experienced/gotten through a long-time depression/depressive period of your life, to look back, but also to get it out of your body. To get on with your life without the burden of feelings no bleak, a film to be watched when you have a fresh look on things.
Anyway, great acting all around, Sam Riley SHINES as Ian Curtis. Well, as much as you can shine in the bleak state of the characters and the color tinting.
Anton Corbijn is great as setting together the soundtrack and making us feel and hear everything.
Great, but very sad film. 5 out of 5.
By far the best docudrama I've ever seen
Jesus, it's about Ian Curtis and Joy Division, what else?
Poor Ian. Not only did he fail to attend his American Big Breakthrough Tour, but this lukewarm and unsympathetic movie was made about him as well. Worth a watch to see the fellow playing Ian do the freaky dance really well.
You can tell watching this film that Ian Curtis had a dark thought process and was struggling. Watching this film made me sick. Not in a bad way, but in a way that depicts the life of a man who feels he has nothing left. Cheats on wife and can not handle the pressure of tour. All of it ravels together to making the final outcome: Death. Joy Division was one of the most important bands in musical history. They opened up paths from so many types of bands that would not be if it wasn't for them. Although i do not understand Ian Curtis' motives. Especially with his wife. I definitely find it hard to watch someone treat a spouse like that, slowly wearing them down. It disgusting, but i want to understand why. Regardless, the Black and White film set itself for a dark tale. Amazing movie. R.I.P Ian Curtis
look anton corbijn no one cares if cillian murphy is """too short""" to play ian curtis you should have cast him anyway
I don't consider myself a Joy Division fan (Disorder and She's Lost Control are good songs) but like everyone else I am drawn somehow to Ian Curtis. Whatever he was actually like has never mattered, because the image of him we know is perfect. This movie is perfectly happy to be part of 'everyone else', and that's understandable. Why go through the effort to make your images imperfect when they were perfect from the start? The best moments are when it briefly pulls back a layer to reveal Ian Curtis Who Works At The Employment Center. The teenager dancing in front of his mirror. Debbie losing him to the exact image we all praise now. But these are too few, and the photography, the script and the performances (while strong in their right) fail to form something human. Ian Curtis was far from perfect. We know this, but we still choose to worship perfect images of him.
No words. RIP Ian Curtis (1956-1980)
this wasn't bad at all but it just didn't seem right
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