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Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
When you think you've gone far enough, go farther.
A comedy about a young wannabe musician (Domhnall Gleeson) who discovers he has bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender).
It is interesting to see that Lenny Abrahamson’s most populist film to date is about such an enigmatic man who shunned the mainstream. Although inspired by writer Jon Ronson’s time as the keyboard player in Frank Sidebottom’s band this is far from a biopic of one of Britain’s most unusual performers. The title character may share the same first name and Fleischer-inspired papier-mache bonce as Chris Sievey’s comic creation but that is where the similarities end.
Frank is a bittersweet comedy - part road movie, part music industry satire, part surreal character study and part exploration of mental illness. Much like the avant-garde music the band produce, Abrahamson’s film is a hotchpotch of influences that is impossible to fit into…
WHAT THE FUCK GUYS.
This film came right the fuck out of nowhere and totally blindsided me. I can barely even form coherent thought right now. It's that good.
Frank is that good.
While many people have had The Lego Movie and Under The Skin (two other instant classics I must add) as their film-of-2014-that-immediately-ranks-among-their-top-top-favourites, that film for me is Frank.
I have never seen a film be so hilarious and so heartbreaking and mix it so well. Last film I saw that did that was In Bruges. This is the only film to parallel that.
Michael Fassbender is a godsend. His performance, at the end especially, is pure brilliance. He brings charisma to a role in which he wears…
Some people just want to be creative. But some of these people are just normal people. Take Jon from the film Frank. He is an aspiring musician that is another average young man working an average office job in his average hometown. But he wants more, he wants fame. But in order to reach fame he has to write songs with more substance and creativity rather than singing about the lady in a red coat walking down the street. Why doesn't he have this creativity? Why can't be introspective and obscure and innovative? He asks himself this question, and he creates an answer, an answer that a lot of the world today has created. He believes that he doesn't have…
Jon Burroughs is an untalented keyboardists lucky enough to be picked up by an electric art-rock slash pop group called The Soronprfbs, which is led by the charismatic Frank who is at all times covered under a large paper mache head. As a result of Jon’s Twittering, the band scores a gig at south by southwest, but that’s where thing go wrong as the band members seem to be too mentally disturbed to perform under such pressure. This was by far my most anticipated film of the year and I was so happy to finally get to see it tonight. The idea behind ‘Frank’ is amazing. Frank is amazing. Fassbender is amazing. I loved every scene in which music was…
thanks, FRANK, now that's gonna be stuck in my head for a WEEK
seriously though, gr8 muvi
the four big Ms:
music, mental illness, michael fassbender n maggie gyllenhaal.
The cult figure that was Frank Sidebottom may adorn the poster but this is not a film about the deceased comedian/musician. Trying to disassociate the two is hard seeing as the spirit of his band and their approach to making music is essentially replicated in the film. Chaos. And of course there is the large paper-mache head that Frank used to wear in public alongside the fact Fassbender's character is called Frank.
So it is clear this is not a life story but one heavily influenced by the Mancunian. Chris Sievey who played the bumbling character for real gave his blessing to this and another film, a documentary due to be released next year. Jon Ronson, who was part of…
Esta no es la única vez en la cual el periodista Jon Ronson ha trabajado con una persona que se coloca una cabeza de papel maché. A finales de los 70, el guionista de ‘Frank’, film dirigido por Lenny Abrahamson, que se estrenó en las pantallas del Sundance 2014 y que se vio también en el SXSW del mismo año, tuvo la oportunidad de conocer a Frank Sidebottom (cuyo nombre real era Chris Sievey) y tocar junto a él en su banda Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band, aunque acá es donde se dibuja la línea entre la realidad y la ficción.
Ronson tomó prestada la vida de Frank, y su vida, para convertirlas en un film que tiene música, tiene…
A surprisingly simple, tender movie. You'll forget about the head for a while - the real miracle is Fassbender's broken little voice. Domhnall Gleeson continues to become one of my favorite people to watch in movies. He's a real piece of shit here - not a bad person, but someone who finds their normal, healthy upbringing a tragedy, for all the art it won't let him create.
I liked this okay. I think I would have liked it more if Frank was made to be the protagonist and not that kid. I wanted something really bad to happen to the kid after a while. I also thought he was a very bad actor. But overall I was entertained by this movie and I laughed at stuff. Fassbender kills it of course. He's so great, what a great guy.
I thought the music that the band plays in the movie was very unremarkable. I understand it's supposed to be weird experimental nonsense music, but it still could have been nice. It sounded mixed wrong or something, and very quiet. This might sound like a minor thing but if…
I want to marry a lighthouse keeper
and keep him company.
For the characters: I love you all.
I love films that shock you, make you sit up and take note. 'Frank', was one of those. It was an inspirational account of thriving over mental illness'.
The performances from the cast were spot on. The first half of the film belonged to Scoot McNairy. He was magnificent as the dead pan, oddball eccentric member of the band that, at face value, appeared the token sanity. The second half, however, was an incredible display of compassion and understanding by Fassbender. It truly was incredible.
The soundtrack at first, seemed a bit too out there an uncompromising for me. But as the film progressed, so did the band's sound. It was a master stroke of composition. Influences are clear to…
Ugh. You look a movie like Frank and you just go: "how fucking hard could you want to be directed by Mike Mills or Miranda July?" Just absolutely reeks of terminally twee try-hard-ery. Clearly contrived! And yet, unbeknonst to you unexpected poo-pooers, isn't actually contrived at all. That's right, man, Frank was a real dude, and he existed far before this whole obsession with quirk became so tiresome.
Here reinvented as a Scott Walker-type mother fucker with schizophrenia, Michael Fassbender's Frank is a sort of infallible musical messiah, and so immediately we the audience assume this is going to be a disillusionment story because how-could-it-not-be but the film finds its troubled star not in him, nor in the surprisingly menacing…
I didn't have high exceptions, but I still feel disappointed.
I loved the first half of Frank, but it loses focus and meanders for too long in the middle before ending strong. It's a difficult film to really get a grasp on since it's all over the map, but it's certainly memorable, if nothing else.
Definitely memorable but it goes in a drab direction, not just holing up for 40 minutes in a dingy Irish backwater but building to the Message that a man who wears a giant fake head 24 hours a day is probably psychologically damaged, which is true but not very useful (or enjoyable). Actually quite a maudlin movie, making Frank a magic-but-tragic figure with low self-esteem, lamenting the way we romanticise the suffering of fragile, creative people and hound them by demanding success, also - between this and About Time - I'll be happy never to see Domhnall Gleeson in a starring role again. Also, tweets as captions? Maybe not. #puttingthetweeintweet
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- Inherent Vice
- The Wind Rises
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Continuing my yearly look at the most promising upcoming films, here is my 100 most anticipated films of the coming…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-639 are not ordered yet.