• roadkillturtle

    ★★★★ Watched by roadkillturtle 02 Mar, 2015

    One of the few movies I've seen where I felt such a sense of empathy for the "villain." With amazing cinematography, this movie presents interweaving storylines to tell a tragic story without the trappings of a conventional film that would otherwise dim the emotional impact of this movie.

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  • TheLensOfTruth

    ★★★★ Added by TheLensOfTruth

    4 stars maybe 5 - its sticking with me 3 days later....

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  • Josh Surratt

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Josh Surratt 01 Mar, 2015

    Having watched Slacker (for the first time) recently, it reminded me a lot of this film (which I'd first watched a year ago). The way the narrative flows character to character. The differences being that in Slacker, no character was "important" per se; and the narrative was non-existent (which isn't a bad thing, Slacker is a better film, in my eyes, than Elephant).

    However, I do love this movie. It's so bizarrely unique and interesting. I love that it's more…

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  • Leonardo Navarro Raleigh

    ★★★ Watched by Leonardo Navarro Raleigh 25 Feb, 2015

    «So foul and fair a day I have not seen.»
    —Alex

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  • JedidiahAyres

    Added by JedidiahAyres

    A more or less real time unfolding of tragedy on the morning of a fictional school shooting, the film follows a host of high schoolers going about their various business on campus in the hour leading up to the event. As sensational as the subject matter is, the film is decidedly unflashy and you could be forgiven for not noticing how impressively staged it is. The longer the flick goes on, the more elaborate it reveals itself to be and…

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  • TajLV

    ★★★½ Watched by TajLV 19 Feb, 2015

    "So foul and fair a day I have not seen." ~ Alex quoting Macbeth

    Based in part upon the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, this film portrays a school shooting spree, and sadly it is just as relevant today as it was a dozen years ago. Writer-director Gus Van Sant shows us a number of students going about their daily routines, some mundane, others perplexing and a few surprising. But there is no more shocking revelation than that a couple…

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  • Liam McConnell

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Liam McConnell 30 Oct, 2014 1

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is an analysis of the various film techniques utilized in the inimitable Gus Van Sant's 'Elephant,' written by me, Liam McConnell.

    It's really long.

    Loosely based on the Columbine High School Massacre, Elephant depicts a few moments in the lives of several high school students on the day that their school is attacked. It focuses on the students one at a time, showing their daily routine and how their days intersect with each other. The viewer is immersed in…

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  • TrellSpreewell

    ★★ Watched by TrellSpreewell 09 Feb, 2015

    “Last year, there was an exhibition of my work at the Agnès B. gallery [in Paris] and a guy comes sniffing me. I pushed him back like I would have any other schmuck coming too close to me. A year after that, he’s President of the Jury at Cannes and he’s fingering Gus [Van Sant]. They’re fingering each other with the dick of that blonde guy from Elephant in their mouths… Disgusting.”

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  • deadmanramsey

    ★★★½ Added by deadmanramsey

    67/100

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  • Jonathan Mackris

    ★★★½ Watched by Jonathan Mackris 05 Feb, 2015 4

    Gus van Sant's Palme d'Or winning Elephant is a picture that dares to tackle a conversation that most other pictures wouldn't dream of. I've been told that the title is derived from the phrase "the elephant in the room;" if so, it's a very fitting title. It's a meditation on the unpredictability of the world we live in. More specifically, it's about school shootings and an examination of contemporary society for teenagers.

    At it's beginning, I would have compared the…

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  • Matt Wooldridge

    ★★★½ Watched by Matt Wooldridge 06 May, 2004

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The film won the Palm D'or at Cannes last year and director Gus Van Sant won best director there also. But it wasn't until a week ago I learned that the film was an exploration of the events of the Columbine massacre. So I went and saw it last night, the second in a self-inflicted double bill that started with MONSTER, and I was intrigued by the film.

    The 81 minute film spends the first 60 or so literally following…

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  • Luis Calixtro

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Luis Calixtro 27 Nov, 2014

    Incredible film. Excellent cinematography and wonderful use of music. One of the most intense and uncomfortable films I've ever seen. Who needs plot and interesting characters?

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