• mangum_pi

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by mangum_pi 18 Sep, 2014

    sort of an anti-rashomon. a very effective, chilling work


  • Carlos Rodríguez

    ★★★★½ Watched by Carlos Rodríguez 08 Aug, 2012

    I enjoyed Elephant very much. I found it really entertaining and full of tension at the right moments. The experimental filmmaking and storytelling, in my opinion, fitted perfectly the plot and its strange characters. Although director Gus Van Sant employed mostly non-professional actors, the acting was really solid and that is something worth of admiration. What stood above the rest, however, was his flawless and overwhelming direction. I would say it is perhaps one of the most brilliant works of…


  • Cityzen Kano

    ★★★ Watched by Cityzen Kano 17 Sep, 2014 5

    Palme d’Or Winners Project, 2003

    Van Sant isn't particularly interested in exploring the reasons or motivations that drive young men to commit these sort of atrocities. Looking at the wider social structure of the Western world and a culture that may encourage such violence doesn't seem to appeal much to him either.

    His approach of 'that's how it is' is despairing and wholly nihilistic, turning the experience of watching this film into a cold, detached one. Given we spend two…


  • eevade

    ★★★★½ Watched by eevade 15 Sep, 2014

    Although this can be simply categorized as a style exercise, the resulting atmosphere was so good I really enjoyed the build up to the final act. In fact, I think that the stylistic excess helps the movie become more effective.
    The weakest part is probably when we're not in the school, where the tension and the pace which were pleasant at the beginning are lost for a while.


  • Joshua Brown

    ★★★★ Added by Joshua Brown

    (This is a student analysis for Syracuse University and not a review)

    The year was 2003, America was four years removed from the horrific events that occurred at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. While mass shootings had happen before this, the nation hadn’t reckon with one in a very long time or could comprehend what was brewing in the ether with this generation of teenagers that could possess two of them to commit such a heinous act. With the…


  • Kit

    ★★★½ Watched by Kit 14 Sep, 2014

    the pacing was a bit off-putting but everything else was so dreamily horrifying it more than makes up for it


  • JMKE

    ★★★ Watched by JMKE 09 Sep, 2014

    i can't believe i want to say 'whatever' about a school shooting film


  • Paul Donovan

    ★★ Rewatched by Paul Donovan 06 Sep, 2014

    Nine Things About the Movie "Elephant" (USA, 2003)

    1. This is Gus Van Sant’s minimalist interpretation of a school shooting. It was the second “school shooting” movie released after Columbine (that I know of). As an indie art film, this movie is decent. As a Van Sant film, it’s below average. As a depiction of the circumstances surrounding a school shooting, this movie is laughably terrible.

    2. The young actors did a lot of open improvising as they did their…


  • Antonin Monarque

    ★★★★ Watched by Antonin Monarque 31 Aug, 2014

    "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe."

    I'm shocked right now. I knew how the movie'd end, but I'm still really shocked. I guess what made it even more awful to watch was because of how realistic the movie is. The way it was introduced to us, the acting, the way it was shot. It was really realistic.
    I'm… I don't know. It hit me hard.


  • Samuel

    ★★★★ Watched by Samuel 30 Aug, 2014

    I've wanted to see this for a long time. This was just straight up horror. Probably the scariest film I've seen.


  • Jon Baum

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jon Baum 24 Aug, 2014

    The use of minimalism works in this story, each of the individual moment's are anticlimactic to a degree, but as you watch an the story expands it all seems bittersweet in a way. The point of view for each shot is great, especially when the perspectives are changed and scenes are revisited. The dramatic build up is suspenseful, the lack of exposer during moments of disorder is brilliant, and the antagonist are depicted perfectly; not as maniacal villains but instead…


  • Josiah Morgan

    ★★★★½ Watched by Josiah Morgan 21 Aug, 2014