• David

    ★★★★½ Added by David

    The events that took place at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 are still felt today. Every time there is a school shooting, we're reminded of the time that people seem to focus on the most, even to this day. Why do people remember the Columbine Massacre more than other shootings in the history of the United States, or even the rest of the world? Perhaps it's because the perpetrators were so young, maybe it's because it received such…

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  • Matisse van Rossum

    ★★★★ Watched by Matisse van Rossum 21 Apr, 2014 2

    Gus Van Sant's Elephant presents a refreshingly unique retelling of the Columbine school shooting. It seems to be a pretty divisive film. I've read a lot of complaints of monotony and lack of character development and lengthy tracking shots making it a boring film, but in this case I must disagree. I watched Elephant for one of my film classes, and it came with an 18 page analysis of the film that focused primarily on the temporal complexity that Van…

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  • Oscar Rosales

    ★★★½ Watched by Oscar Rosales 21 Apr, 2014

    There's an elephant in the room and I'll address it: It's okay to make anti-bullying laws after this tragedy, but it completely misses the point that there should be more gun control laws. But this isn't supposed to be a site for political statements, so I'll just start my review of this film.

    This was always going to be a divisive film. Making a film about the deadliest mass murder in an American high school shortly four years after it…

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  • Beatrice Folque

    ★★★★ Watched by Beatrice Folque 15 Apr, 2014

    This is one of the subjects that shocks me the most...I still don't get why this kind of stuff happen!
    But in this film , they don't blame anyone for this..they don't blame the boys' teachers or the boys' parents and mates!

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  • Ben

    Watched by Ben 16 Apr, 2014

    Elephant was one of the most interesting cinematic experiences I've had in a long time. My opinion fluctuated from pole to pole during its run time and after it ended. For the first time I dont think I am able to give a definitive star rating. It's clear that it can either be seen as:

    1. a boring, painfully slow look at teens walking around through the halls of their school for 5 minutes at a time and eventually leads…

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  • Luke Pauli

    ★★★★ Watched by Luke Pauli 18 Apr, 2014

    Gus Van Sant is a director who can flit between the mainstream (Good Will Hunting) and the more avant-garde areas of film-making. With Elephant he has made perhaps his best film, with a powerful resonance that will linger long after you have finished viewing it. Almost the entirety of the film is spent observing normal school kids on a normal school day, long takes and steadicam shots follow them around as they do unremarkable things like eat lunch or attend…

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  • Darren F.

    ★★★★ Watched by Darren F. 11 Apr, 2014

    "Hey, what are you guys doing?"
    "Get the fuck out and don't come back! Some heavy shit's going down!"

    Started slow and atmospheric to build up to the suspenseful finale.

    Gus Van Sant creates suspense and hysteria through introducing each character one by one, and shifting back and forth through time.

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  • Jane Firehorse

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Jane Firehorse 05 Apr, 2014

    The long tracking shots - usually from behind - are very effective at capturing vulnerability; they create an incredibly creepy atmosphere. The film reveals the horror of the banal and the meaninglessness of murder. "Elephant" is a brutal film, with not much of a story; the camera's eye simply "presents" and does not try to "tell." But it's that very flat affect that makes this film so uncomfortable. It defies genre labelling. It's very slow and not for everyone. There's no denying its power but it's awful and depressing.

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  • Max Martinez

    ★★★★ Added by Max Martinez

    This movie terrifies me so much. I first saw this when I was really little and it didn't affect me as much but once I went into high school and did some research on this movie, I was just scared to watch this movie again and seeming that I have just two months left of high school I decided to watch it again and it was just as scary to me when I first saw it. This time I noticed…

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  • jwiesele

    ★★★★ Added by jwiesele

    I wasn't in love with the spit ball and bulimia scenes when everything else felt incredibly real. Having said that, I can't think of a more accurate depiction of everyday high school life than Elephant. A legit masterpiece.

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  • Alex Krajci

    ★★★★ Watched by Alex Krajci 29 Mar, 2014

    I Like 2003's Elephant.

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