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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…
Existence. Well, what does it matter? I exist on the best terms I can. The past is now part of my future. The present is well out of hand.
I had a few options for a January 8th Birthday pick when I came across Sam Riley who I had only seen in two films so far. Unfortunately one of them was Maleficent, but I did remember him from the film so that counted for something right? Maybe. I dunno. Anyways I was wondering what the hubbub was about his feature film debut.
Well first off it's also director Anton Corbijn's feature film debut coming from the world of music videos which sometimes produces directors that are more concerned…
Very visual movie, with a great soundtrack and a glimpse into this time period, with bands similar to Joy Division growing. I especially liked this movie because it made so many references to other bands during this time period. However I do believe that it did lack a lot of character development, however I was balling by the end of the movie. I think I only enjoyed this movie so much because of my love for Joy Division, and music from this time period.
After this movie I immediately played again the timeless Unknown Pleasures, with more respect to the music.
Sentio que Michael Winterbottom ya lo había hecho y mejor en 24 Hour Party People, se que no es el mismo tema, en 24HPP, Joy Division e Ian Curtis si acaso saldrán en pantalla 20 minutos, pero creo que el beneficio que tiene Winterbottom es que tiene mejores actores a diferencia de Corbjin que pone a muchas caras bonitas.
Aun así siento que Samantha Morton y Sam Riley son los MVP de Control.
Odie la escena donde Ian se inspira viendo un diagrama de algún compuesto químico ¿Cómo saben que eso paso?
Pure and believable, everything i look for in a biography movie.
I need a cig
A very well made insightful film documenting the final years of renowned post-punk icon Ian Curtis.
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Task #14: A film featuring a suicidal person!
I really wanted to like this movie, and on the surface it seems like I should. But I really just couldn't get into it.
I will say that it is beautifully shot. The black and white cinematography works so well, and director Anton Corbijn and cinematographer Martin Ruhe craft some really remarkable shots. And I think the acting at the center of the movie - Sam Riley and Samantha Morton as Ian and Debbie Curtis - is quite good.
But for me, the problems I had with the movie all lie in the plot. I just couldn't get on the same wavelength as the film.…
The best Music Biopic. Fucking heavy and fucking gorgeous to look at. The kind of movie that makes it easy to believe Joy Division is the best band ever (Joy Division You Cunt). But for as dreary as it is, the guys aren't total misanthropes either, and it has a strong sense of humor as well.
I wrote a piece recently about Music Biopic rules for Sound on Sight, and it probably should've just been called, "Be More Like Control": www.soundonsight.org/four-simple-rules-biopics-music-geniuses/
Love will tear us apart.
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