• Carlos Valladares

    Watched by Carlos Valladares 05 Feb, 2016 6

    This flux film made me feel tense, dirty, numb, hollow, angry, frightened, stressed out of my mind, repulsed at the shallow satire (bulemic girls), impatient, repulsed at the tragic satire (ugly-duckling girls), fearful for my life, fearful for the lives of my friends, fearful for the lives of everyone at work, awestruck, annoyed at its obvious commentary (homosexual urges, video games, and Nazi documentary=pathologic sociopaths; fuck off, Gus), intrigued by its less-obvious commentary (the connection with that scene to a…

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  • tomthabomb

    ★★★½ Watched by tomthabomb 03 Feb, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Two gay Nazi-sympathizers underwhelmingly shoot up a high school.

    wtf...?

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  • kvnvis

    ★★★★ Watched by kvnvis 29 Jan, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Essentially a reenactment of the Columbine shooting, but in the perspective of director, Gus Van Sant.

    There were some very interesting stylistic choices made in the way the film's narrative was presented that really hit the emotional appeals of the audience - noticeably the extended use of long one take tracking shots of the various students going about what appears to be a normal day at school. As viewing this and knowing exactly what the outcome is, it also offered…

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  • uhhhhh

    ★★★½ Added by uhhhhh

    Interesting use of intersecting perspectives and a devastating climax, but underneath that is a bare plot with little to say or offer.

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  • mikemul

    ★★★★ Watched by mikemul 26 Jan, 2016

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    Filmaking at its best!!!! The chilling eerie hall scenes were perfect; silent but noisy at the same time, you could almost feel the darkness looming which was perfectly conveyed by the random scenes where characters would look up into the dark grey sky (as if a storm was coming) this helped display the majority of the film as " the calm before the storm". The mood and atmosphere got darker and darker over time as guus van sant suggested many…

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  • Matt Hurt

    ★★★ Rewatched by Matt Hurt 29 Jun, 2014

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  • Jack Saint

    ★★½ Watched by Jack Saint 26 Jan, 2016

    Admirable more in what it avoids than what it achieves. Elephant could have elevated the brutality, could've made its characters limp caricatures, could've left the whole thing a crass, jumbled mess that insults the increasing number of victims to these kinds of tragedies. Gus Van Sant avoids that with something quiet, lethargic, and pointedly passionless.

    As far as what it succeeds to do, I'm reminded of that trivia that Van Sant thought the same-name short film from which the movie…

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  • Zac Barr

    ★★★★ Watched by Zac Barr 21 Jan, 2016

    It's a great film that manages to avoid the pitfalls and clichés you would expect from a film on such a topic. The event is depicted to us fairly neutrally, and realistically. Gus Van Sant shows a high school is a pretty accurate light, how it interacts, how it's structured. There's a lot of scenes here that could seem pointless to the overall story, not explaining motives and not focusing on the reasons behind such an event. It just develops,…

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  • Chris

    ★★★½ Watched by Chris 20 Jan, 2016

    The first half of the film shows the mundane comings and goings of students at a regular American high school. There's little in terms of real character development, which helps to reinforce the sense of regularity, that there is nothing out of the ordinary about this school or its students that would suggest anything as extraordinary as what transpired would happen. This could be any school and these could be any students.

    The camera here is independent of judgement. Nothing…

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  • MundoF

    ★★★★★ Watched by MundoF 27 Feb, 2004

    Cannes Film Festival: Competition
    Golden Palm
    Best Director - Gus Van Sant

    César Awards, France - Nomination:
    Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)

    New York Film Critics Circle Awards
    Best Cinematographer

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  • Dylan Harris

    ★★★★ Watched by Dylan Harris 18 Jan, 2016

    Gus Van Sant creates a moving and curious film inspired by the Columbine High School massacre, that is one of the most successful attempts at depicting the harsh, diverse and buzzing ecosystem of high school. His series of long takes following various students, often walking from one place to another, are surprisingly immersive. This is most evident in the incredible sound design and cinematography, which puts Van Sant's equal treatment of on-screen and off-screen action at the forefront. It's the…

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