• Robert Fuller

    Watched by Robert Fuller 17 Sep, 2014

    "I'm going to make a movie about the lead singer of this band I like, and I'm going to do it in black and white so it doesn't look like every other musical biopic ever made even though it totally is!"

    I stuck with it only just long enough to hear "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (the only good Joy Division song).

    Anton Corbijn, most boring filmmaker alive?

    EDIT: the posters for this movie and for Boy A are so…


  • Margarida Keating

    ★★★★ Watched by Margarida Keating 12 Sep, 2014 2

    Visually stunning. Portrays a realistic and raw journey through the depths of the human emotion.


  • Ed Cresdee

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Ed Cresdee 09 Sep, 2014

    Watched on Adriatic MTV with Croatian subtitles in the wrong aspect ratio, still quite good


  • Austin Shermer

    ★★★★ Watched by Austin Shermer 05 Sep, 2014 2

    Film #37 of What Should I Watch?

    Recommended by Luke Pamer

    After recently becoming a fan of the post-punk genre I decided it was time to finally watch Control, a film that my friend Luke recommended to me a few months ago. The film follows Joy Division front man Ian Curtis's musical ascent, his relationships with his wife and mistress, and his struggle with epilepsy. Not only does the story provide plenty of information about Curtis and Joy Division it…


  • Haider Saleem

    ★★★★★ Watched by Haider Saleem 01 Sep, 2014

    A fantastic emotionally provoking journey through Joy Division, one of the most mythical bands in music history with the hailed Ian Curtis. The film picks up on minor details, and although sometimes exaggerating content matter, subtle detail has not been dismissed. The black and white filter throughout the whole film gives it that much more effect, making this feature look outstanding and unique in it's own right. The performances which were actually done by the actors, were top-notch, and at…


  • Rick Powell

    ★★½ Watched by Rick Powell 01 Sep, 2014

    I was skeptical after reading about Greil Marcus' reason for including Joy Division's song, Transmission, in his new book, The History of Rock N Roll in Ten Songs. He claims that he hadn't taken the song seriously until he saw it dramatized in Anton Corbijn's Control...what, some 30 years later? Sorry, dude, I thought, I got there some years before you. But then I watched it myself and chills ran up and down my spine. As Marcus points out, the…


  • Alistair

    ★★★½ Watched by Alistair 30 Aug, 2014

    I wasn't aware of the story of this band before watching and while the narrative does at times seem a bit overly philosophical and baggy the story is sufficiently interesting and engaging to keep me invested in the character. The cinematography is a real delight and definitely evokes iconic images of the time in my mind. The cast is also great and I was surprised to hear that they played the music themselves as it is pretty decent.


  • mikecuenca

    ★★★★ Rewatched by mikecuenca 13 Aug, 2014

    Beautiful black and white photography.


  • Chris Campbell

    Watched by Chris Campbell 20 Sep, 2007

    In Anton Corbijn’s biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, Control, he tells the story in a subtle and visually gorgeous fashion. Shot in black and white, the film works much in the way that a photograph evokes more than is within the frame. Instead of providing a comprehensive examination of a life, we see significant moments along the way and are left to piece the story together ourselves. With great performances by Sam Riley as Ian Curtis and…


  • Ingmar

    ★★★ Watched by Ingmar 06 Aug, 2014 1

    Ian Curtis, underground post-punk musical icon, died at the age of twenty-three in the year of 1980. Unlike other musicians who died at unreasonably young ages, Curtis' life was not destroyed by over-indulgence of dangerous substances (though they certainly didn't help). Curtis just wasn't built for a life of fame or mass success, and when his copious impulses assimilated into reality, the man shattered.

    Emerging from the lifestyle of an ordinary glam rock fan, Curtis was thrust into fame when…


  • AS

    ★★★ Watched by AS 04 Aug, 2014

    Whew, what a slog. Toby Kebbell deserved a better film.


  • Desbarrancadero

    Added by Desbarrancadero

    Anton Corbijn es un genio en lo visual. Es el tipo que puede hacer soportable, e inclusive admirable, una banda como U2.
    Es una película bella visualmente que se toma su tiempo para contar todo por partes. Nunca termina de estallar porqué, no sé, así no es la figura que se ha creado de Ian Curtis. se va más por ser anecdotica, encerra en sus mismos escenarios y sobria. Nada de esto es un desacierto, al contrario se agradece que la imagen de un rockstar no este aquí, sino el retrado de una persona.
    PD: Siempre he querido bailar como lo hacen en sus gigs.