Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist
God Help the Girl
Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group.
like THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT remade as a twee Glaswegian John Hughes movie. it'll be *too* twee for some people, but thank god i'm not one of them. i loved every shaggy second of this plotless, ramshackle pop musical (it helps that i'm rather fond of the actual music).
and Emily Browning... dream waif. somewhat uncomfortable that this unexpected but admirably blunt anorexia story features so many incredible costumes that just *beg* viewers to slim into them.
God fucking help me more like. I had reservations about this because I'm pretty anti-twee cunts but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway because its something different and I don't really mind B&S.
At least the songs are good? I mean Emily Browning is good, but she always is, but I got better things to give a shit about than twee posh wettys pissing around, you know? There's no depth here, there's an attempt to shoehorn some ~serious issues~ in but for real, this film would be better if it was just unabashed, shallow indie pop cuntery and was done with it.
Also why is this nearly TWO HOURS long, get a grip.
I think I'll stick with Coppola's for my pretty dresses and cute faces and no depth and a COMPLETE LACK OF DIVERSITY t h a n k s.
At some point about halfway through the film I found myself asking the screen in front of me, “What is this film even about?” There are two different films playing. One is a story (though a very incoherent one) of a young women suffering from anorexia finding her way back into the world through music. And then there is a collection of music videos about charming young people doing charming things. The only relation between the two is that the same characters are in them, but thematically and narratively they have nothing to do with each other. This is a film that you could fall asleep for a good portion of, and not miss anything of importance.
The plot follows…
God help me, sorry, the songs were cute at first but...WHAT WAS THE POINT????????????? Couldn't even finish watching this, what a pain in the....
While I enjoyed the music, I failed to see any point to this story and hoped to see more of the Glasgow I know on screen.
Still if you want to see Emily Browning in 500 different stylised indie outfits acting like a Glasgow uni student living in the west end, then this is your film!
A musical dramatization of the album written by its director for his band Belle & Sebastian.
Strangely, all the shaggy, “first movie” problems the film inherently suffers from – which would in most cases grate – add to the film’s charm. Though the whole thing might be too cutesy for some.
Admittedly, this perspective on the film is not exactly singular.
At times unbearably twee, and Ollie Alexander's character was every boy in my first-year writing classes who loved the sound of his own voice while he described his favourite second-hand bookshop, but maybe it just hit me in the right mood or maybe Emily Browning did enough of the heavy lifting because I'm feeling very charitable towards it.
Gutes Regie-Debüt von Belle & Sebastian-Sänger Stuart Murdoch das vor allem durch seine drei Darsteller Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray und die starken und einnehmenden Musical-Szenen lebt.
This film is a mess, but it's a mess that strives for greatness and really tries to be different. The plot is virtually non existent and the dialogue and characters are pretty underwritten. The music sequences are quite nice though. The huge bright spot is Olly Alexander who plays his character with a real warmth. It's too bad he wasn't the main character.
Es muy obvio que Rupert Murdoch es músico y no cineasta. El vestuario es lindo, muy lindo, lo quiero todo.
Finally got to see this film which I have essentially been chasing around the whole globe at film festivals (thank you Netflix). This film is full of charm, not necessarily heart, but FULL of charm. Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray almost all play modern 'hipster' archetypes, exuding an aspect of being lost in the modern world without being consumed by it. The songs are light, the scenes fast flowing and the tone effortlessly breezy. Only downside is, it felt slightly odd when the film took dark turns.
Definitely for fans of Belle and Sebastian considering it's slightly autobiographical nature of Stuart Murdoch, the lead singer.
''Murdoch's film presents Eve as a wistful girl with a wild imagination that sometimes gets too much for her to handle IRL, but by the end of the film we get the sense that she is going to be okay and this is one of the most important messages the film gives us.'' - i found this from an article in myspace. thanks google.
loved it. there's an eve in all of us, nowadays.
what a fucking shocking film. honestly excruciating to sit through
Absolute "hipsterness" but I enjoyed the music and acting and want to visit where this was filmed.
a film that should delight even the truly cynical.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…