Shit I See On Netflix- Cashback (2007)

Netflix became available in Canada in September of 2010.  At that time I was excited to see what it had to offer, so I subscribed fairly quickly after that.  The pickings were slim at first, but they were enough to keep me going for a couple of months before I ended my subscription.

Just a little while ago I decided to give Netflix another try, and was pleasantly surprised with the selection.  There are many excellent films and TV series available for viewing, and I think I’ll continue to subscribe to the service.   What I like about Netflix is the fact that there are a number of truly excellent films I end up watching that I probably would never have come across elsewhere.   It’s worth the small monthly charge for that reason alone.

Cashback is the 2007 debut feature film from director Sean Ellis.  The plot centers around a Ben Willis (Sean Biggerstaff) an art student who is dealing with a recent breakup.  As a result of the breakup Ben develops a case of insomnia which prevents him from getting any sleep at all.  Ben decides to use his new-found free time to take up a night shift at his local Sainsbury’s (a British supermarket).  His egotistical “big fish, small pond” boss and classic slacker co-workers add to this film’s quirkiness and lightness.  Ben soon discovers that he has a unique ability to freeze and restart time although the film leaves the actual technicalities of this purposefully vague.  This allows Ben’s art to flourish and he soon develops a new love interest in the form of Sharon (Emilia fox).

The film is light, quirky and intelligent.   It does take a little while to get into it, but once you do you’re hooked.  The cinematography is stunning, and the acting is convincing.  It was quite enjoyable to watch.  I give it an 8/10 and highly recommend that all of you watch it.

A Great Director, Irvin Kershner Has Died

I’m kind of bummed out today.  Irvin Kershner, the guy who directed the Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, has died.  Apparently he had been suffering from a long illness, he was 87.

I will always remember Kershner as the man who gave us the most emotionally gripping  chapter of the Star Wars saga.  I don’t think the film would have been nearly as good if it weren’t for this man, the problem with the new prequel films is that there was no one with the balls to stand up to George Lucas.  Irvin Kershner had those balls.

I don’t know about you folks, but I will certainly be watching Empire tonight.  Who’s with me?