lol I started making this list during my commute just for funsies and now it's like overwhelming. Many of these…
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…
I think my Belle & Sebastian-loving days are over.
While the songs are enjoyable, the film lacks any resemblance of a script, is overlong (2 hours?!), does not feature enough of Josie Long, and is more about pouting girls than anything else. Olly Alexander is endearing, but as he can't pout, he's never given centre stage.
The mental hospital scenes are too much of a mid-2000s, 'Skins'-y, teenaged girl's fantasy - it's no coincidence Hannah Murray stars as a character called 'Cassie' in both. Mental health problems were the biggest fashion accessory during those years at my secondary school, and I feel it's hugely unhelpful to people with problems that this film half-arsedly throws in an eating disorder and glamourises mental health institutions as places you can check out of any time you like. Eurgh.
Bill Forsyth + Bande à Part + a posh Scottish girl with Adèle Exarchopoulos lips = my kinda party.
I love Belle and Sebastian. I love romantic comedies / dramas. I love movies that are twee and earnest, and I'm not opposed to musicals. So why didn't I love this? Well, it's a little stiff. It's clearly a first feature, and Stuart Murdoch, writer / director / frontman of Belle and Sebastian has some trouble integrating the music. The dialogue scenes are a little stilted and he doesn't quite have a handle on the tone of the film, rendering it quite clunky in places. But I still liked it. It's charming and fun, and how often do modern day musical coming of age romances come along? If it's reach exceeds its grasp, the reach is still admirable, and the grasp is enough.
I guess I thought this film was plotless, clumsily made and certainly too twee for some, but it was also very sweet and oddly satisfying to watch if you're feeling lonely so I'd still recommend it to a certain kind of person (one that doesn't mind stories about drifters and breathy indie-pop).
OMG la amé muchísimo. Me encantó que los personajes sean hermosos, pero distintos a todos, raros pues, su vestuario todo cool, cantan y bailan y la música está genial. Es preciosa. ❤️
One of those dubious films in which everyone seems to be having time of his life except for the viewer. A disappointment.
The music and the fashion in this is so good!!!
but it was really all over the place story wise, a lot happened but also nothing happened ? despite that, I really liked all the characters, I liked basically everything about it tbh, its a nice sunday sort of film, nothing too serious but its entertaining and made me smile, its like a really long music video.
Now to download the soundtrack!!
I hate that this movie is so memorizing to me! I think it's because I have a weakness for Scottish movies (or should I say movies that take place in Scotland. Trainspoting, Under the Skin etc) Musical movies aren't typically my favorite but this is a really good one. Emily Browning in a non-terrible movie is rare thing.
Oh hey another emotionally underwhelming movie about forming a hipster band.
Buat yang suka Mocca atau band sejenisnya, cocok banget nih film ini.
I wanted to hate this, and felt I ought to on principle, but somehow they all won me over and I wanted them to do something great together. Getting sentimental in my old age.
Fanstatic outfit put together-er- er
& the music is sweet.
Although I find it a little cringey & uncomfortable at times. Didn't really get all the random flouncing about. It was fun though, just not cup of tea I suppose.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…