A list of movies where the poster is someone looking over his/her shoulder, I made this to go with this.
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…
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…
A look into the life of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis directed by former band photographer Anton Corbijn. Filmed in black and white it tells the story of an introverted yet highly gifted young man struggling with epilepsy and depression who's only escape from life is through music. He marries his childhood sweetheart at a young age and they have a daughter together but his life is further complicated when he meets and falls in love with a Belgian journalist, which cause's more confusion and feelings of shame in his head rapidly increasing his downward spiral.
The performances throughout the film are of a high standard, Sam Riley is superb as Curtis, like a ball off kinetic energy whilst performing…
I got an unknown amount of pleasure watching this
It's endearing to watch a movie with such low production value succeed on so many levels.
Anton Corbijn is a genius. This film is beautifully shot, gripping, and of course the outstanding performances from the cast. I absolutely love how Anton wanted this film in black and white...it makes sense. Sam Riley and Samantha Morton are incredibly brilliant. Total respect for the cast learning and playing their instruments well. The ending sends chills down my spine (and a few tears down my face.) brilliant brilliant.
Paying my respeks. R.I.P.
Listen to the silence,
let it ring on.
Eyes, dark grey lenses
frightened of the sun.
We would have a fine time
living in the night
Left to blind destruction
Waiting for our sight.
And we would go on as though
nothing was wrong.
And hide from these days
we remained all alone.
Staying in the same place,
just staying out the time.
Touching from a distance,
Further all the time.
Sam Riley previously played The Fall singer 'Mark E Smith' in 24 Hour Party People (2002) hence the in-joke after Curtis' onstage fit when Rob Gretton tells him things could be worse, he could be the singer in The Fall.
I remember contemplating buying Deborah Curtis’s book ‘Touching from a Distance’ but didn’t, I thought at the time (and still do), that it was too much! Do I really want to read something so personal. So I kept the image I had from other sources of Ian Curtis as the tragic rock star.
I went and saw ‘24-hour party people’ and enjoyed the film immensely as it explored the history of Factory Records and the eccentrics that inhabit my record…
i've been thinking about this film all night and why it has annoyed me so much. the problem for me amounts to this. if someone made a nick drake biopic it would, almost certainly, be unbearable. it would have the same sense of gravity and pretension and worthiness that smothers this film - and that's not what a good nick drake film would be like. let's not forget drake pokes fun at that vision of himself in "poor boy" and by the time we get to "pink moon" we're into the land of gruelling depression. this just treats everything curtis did as some sort of messianic evidence of his godhead. and much as he was a genius, he's also a…
so reverent it's painful. you half suspect there should be a commentary track where anton corbijn sternly glares at you for talking or farting or tittering throughout. i'll stick with "24 hour party people" - i mean i'm not expecting "carry on up the atrocity exhibition" or anything, but neither does every scene have to wide eyed and po-faced
Complete list. :-(
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…