• Warriors

    ★★★★½ Added by Warriors

    Gus Van Sant wanted to make a film that was based on the Columbine High school shooting - it was a nice attempt, but sometimes he added some really stupid things - in his film the two murderers were gay (was not so for the Columbine guys) - so either he added it because it was all fiction or he believed some weirdos who claimed that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were gay!
    He wanted the film as truthfull as could be so he should have told the whole truth, which he didn't and that dissapointed me!
    But the movie in general was top!


  • ConradGuiney

    ★★★★ Watched by ConradGuiney 17 Nov, 2015

    Very unusual style which could put a lot of people off but it worked for me.


  • circumaural

    ★★★★★ Watched by circumaural 16 Nov, 2015

    Best high school drama I've seen. I hope you like tracking shots...


  • Brian McLain

    ★★★ Rewatched by Brian McLain 11 Nov, 2015

    This is my second viewing. The first one was about 10 years ago or so. I gave it 4 stars then. I thought it was a powerful film, all about paying attention to others. This time, not quite as powerful. I still think it's all about paying attention, and I like Van Zant's long takes and overlapping editing in order to emphasize this, but it just doesn't hold up. I don't know what changed. Maybe school place violence is less…


  • Eric Tatar

    ★★★★½ Added by Eric Tatar

    School shootings have been a touchy subject since Columbine in 1999, so the idea to create an extensively realistic, multi-angled look at a normal school day disrupted by two vengeful teens while supposedly taking direct inspiration from the Colorado tragedy could have been a prime target for public outrage. Fortunately, Van Sant handles the subject matter with such great care and finesse that it elevates Elephant above simple controversial filmmaking into a spectacular minimalist experience. The impassive camera shows us…


  • honorsphysics

    ★★★ Watched by honorsphysics 06 Nov, 2015

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

    I'm surprised at how much the cuts back and forward, in addition to switching perspective, added to the feeling of this film. When we see Alex & Eric for the first time, we know where this film is going to end, but we follow other students around long enough to wonder at the significance of the overlaps.

    When a story comes from the Columbine shooting, it would be an easy choice to create a strong good/evil, innocent/guilty division, but that will…


  • kurt k

    ★★★½ Watched by kurt k 03 Nov, 2015

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

    gus van sant: let's really piss off the columbine shooters
    gus van sant: [features scene where they kiss each other naked in a shower]


  • Matti Hansson

    ★★½ Watched by Matti Hansson 31 Oct, 2015

    Okej, men ser inte riktigt poängen.


  • Spencer Serra

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Spencer Serra 24 Oct, 2015

    Stephen King once said that there are three types of fear:

    "The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs' when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm.

    "The Horror: the unnatural. Spiders the size of bears, the dead waking and walking around; when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm.

    "And the last and worst one: Terror, when you come home and…


  • micah1984

    ★★★★ Watched by micah1984 19 Oct, 2015

    Van Sant does a fantastic job in baiting his audience with the individual introductions, guiding us through occurrences that are characteristic to the specific kids in each story line, and then playing with our minds as he jumps between stories. It got to the point where I knew what was going to happen but it hadn't happened yet. Van Sant made me wait until he decided it was time to show us. The gun clicking at the end of the…


  • Austin Gaebe

    ★★★★★ Watched by Austin Gaebe 17 Oct, 2015

    At only 80 minutes long, Gus van Sant's "Elephant" is a concise, but slow masterpiece. This film is naturalism at its finest. The extremely long tracking shots (one of them is over five minutes long!) paired with the sparing use of music create one of the most tense atmosphere's I've seen in any film. GvS's film is a slow-burning, devastating, emotional powerhouse that will stay with you long after you watch it.


  • Michael Leibert

    Added by Michael Leibert 2

    One of the closest films I've seen to mirror real life. A big part of that has to do with the sharp camerawork. We follow kids through the halls, the bathrooms, the cafeteria, it's shockingly effective. The long takes are absolutely gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing. Harris Savides, the DP, does tremendous work here, and I see why Van Sant stuck with him for a lot of his pictures.

    This is a tense, enthralling film and I think it deserves your…