Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
A comedy that doesn't let principles stand in the way of progress.
15-year-old deep-thinker Oliver Tate struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana, his devilish dark-haired classmate. As his parents' marriage begins to fall apart, similar problems arise in his relationship with Jordana.
Every now and again I've avoided a movie based on a snippet of trailer that I've caught. Richard Ayoade's blackly comic coming of age drama was just such a film. I can't quite explain why as I've seen numerous good reviews for it, but it just never appealed. Film 4 however contrived to drop it right in my lap last night and I must admit to being a little embarrassed at just how good it was.
Craig Roberts plays Oliver Tate, an unusual 15 year old who can best be described as odd. He has a crush on a rather tempestuous young girl in school played by Yasmin Paige. Even as a forty something, there is something very likable about…
MY GOD THIS FILM IS AWKWARD.
I can't handle it, it was awkwardly funny, awkwardly cute, just fucking awkwardly awkward but it awkwardly worked.
Oliver Tate is a beautiful name, first of all. It has such a ring to it, Oliver Tate went to school. Oliver Tate ate a cat. Oliver Tate has a friend named Tate Oliver. IT IS SO CATCHY. I'M NAMING MY SON OLIVER TATE.
This film makes me awkward.
Awkward, even the word looks awkward.
I liked this.
Sweet, charming and beautifully shot. Many films claim the label “coming of age”. This one really earns it.
Such a bold directorial debut from Ayoade, so many films are making em proud to be British at the moment. Attack The Block is another one, I just feel like British cinema is so exciting at the moment!
Jordana is exactly the girl I wanted to be when I was fifteen. We even had the same haircut. Everything in this film seems so familiar, like it would have taken no planning at all, but at the same time it feels meticulous.
Kind of a cross between Harold and Maude and Science of Sleep. I don't know anyone who doesn't like this film.
Good British films come by so rarely these days that when one does appear it is easy to be too gushing in its appraisal. Only time will tell if this is the case here but either way Submarine is still one of the most charming and downright entertaining British films of the last couple of years. The film follows Oliver Tate, a self-deluded but strangely likeable teenager as he tries to maintain his troubled relationship with his pyromaniac girlfriend and save his parents loveless marriage.
In story terms there is little originality to be had here as we follow a smart but socially awkward teen trying to traverse adolescence. The appeal comes in a razor sharp script, wonderful performances and…
Richard Ayoade's first feature film Submarine has a style similar to that of Wes Anderson but still feels original and distinct and shows a lot of promise for Ayoade as a director (I'm looking forward to his film coming out this year, The Double. The lead actor Craig Roberts also did a great job.
It's a fantastic film with a mediocre narrative - a great example of how a film can be memorable without the viewer having to actually find anything new in it.
Craig Roberts, who plays Oliver Tate, the hero of "Submarine," looks a lot like the very young John Lennon: fresh and hopeful, with the soul of a poet and the self-importance of — well, of a teenager who struggles under the weight of his virginity. He also looks so much like young Bud Cort that if you gave him a pair of Harry Potter glasses, he could star in a remake of "Harold and Maude." The British tone of the film helps; it's set in Swansea, Wales.
Oliver seems to be the author of "Submarine," his own biopic — sometimes literally, sometimes more in the way its tone evokes his preoccupations. Sex is much on his mind, but he sees…
If a film were to meet the amount of substance in a Quentin Tarantino movie mixed with Wes Anderson's style and really, really horrible characters, it would be called Submarine. This movie doesn't mean anything. It looks pretty and feels good and gives the illusion of good filmmaking but it really has nothing unique to offer. It is a perfect example of style over substance. To that I will say...
Don't waste your time with this one.
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The closest thing I've seen to Wes Anderson. I saw it more as an awkward drama then comedy. Not that the humor was stupid, but it just wasn't as effective as I was expecting. Regardless, it's worth a watch.
Cook a Wes Anderson film in a Look Around You oven and season with a dab of Garth Marenghi's Dark Place.
So, this movie clearly owes a large debt to J.D Salinger, the protagonist is extremely Caulfield-esque. At one point he even name checks the Catcher in the Rye as one of his favorite novels. I also feel like there is a pretty strong Woody Allen influence on this film. If you look closely at Oliver's bedroom wall with his myriad of posters and maps and stuff, you can even see a picture of Allen hanging on the wall in one scene. So, yes. Like a lot of "indie" things these days it is pretty derivative. But, a lot of people equate derivative with bad. Which I don't. Infact, I really loved this movie. It was funny, quirky, even beautiful in…
I feel a special connection between this film and I. It's always in the back of my mind. I've seen it 3 times before, so chances are the fourth time round I won't get anything new out of it. But I did.
I noticed things I hadn't noticed before. I laughed at things I hadn't laughed at before. I related with things I hadn't related with before.
Maybe it's because I'm older, maybe it's because I've watched more films.
I don't know. What I do know though, is that I love this film. A lot. And that's all that matters to me.
I've been having good luck with films recently (and re-watching some favourites) so it seems…
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