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A Field In England - 2/7/2013 9:12:26 AM   
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Another 2/3 of a good movie? - 2/7/2013 9:12:26 AM  1 votes


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"and liable to frustrate those wanting explanations for everything" - same again then. Kill List was an outstanding first two thirds with a lazy, hysterical, nonsensical ending lopped on. Down Terrace was similarly let down by a final lopsided act. Not clear to me why a filmmaker should be applauded - by the critics but not yet cinemagoers - for a consistent inability to finish his films off. Certainly looks like Wheatley and Jump never start with the ending and work back!

So to read that A Field . . . has yet again (apparently) no cohesive finish sets the alarm bells going. Am looking forward to seeing it (on Film Four!), all the same.

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RE: A Field In England - 8/7/2013 3:14:59 PM   

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I saw this on Friday and quite liked it.  Despite it being given away free in most places I elected to be contrary and saw it at the cinema, a decision completely justified by the brash and eerie visuals that Wheatley achieves with skill and aplomb.  (I think you have to acknowledge the "skill" part with some measure of surprise since he has not arguably aimed to be particularly cinematic before).   

It's a mad badger of a movie and I think you have to approach it in some way with a definite appetite to see something weird, dark and definitely trippy.  I think it's one of those films that becomes better in your head an hour or two after it, in the sense that you're probably a tad perplexed during it but afterward the imagery recurs in a pleasantly vivid manner.   

It's more abstract than particularly meaty.  The core duel between Michael Smiley's O'Neill and Reece Shearsmith's Whitehead merely hints at devilry and wit than actually achieving it so some viewer's might feel that it only convey's unrealised potential.  But I think we know the rules by now with Wheatley's micro-cinema and the impressionistic nature of his story-telling is completely par for the course I think.

Very decent support from the 3 supporting actors and a truly killer sound design.  I'm happy to continue feeling a sense of automatic obligation to see everything Wheatley puts out. 


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RE: A Field In England - 10/7/2013 10:40:50 AM   

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So f***ing annoyed that I missed this on Friday!

Any idea if it'll be on FilmFour again anytime soon?

I'm looking forward to the "slow-motion-man-tied-up-with-rope-running-through-a-field scene", pretty creepy apparently...


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RE: A Field In England - 10/7/2013 10:45:37 AM   

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Any idea if it'll be on FilmFour again anytime soon?

Rent that shit, bro.


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RE: A Field In England - 10/7/2013 1:06:02 PM   


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Having kinda enjoyed Kill List, and having really enjoyed Sightseers (on second viewing - i was a bit bored on first viewing) I was looking forward to this.

I was bored rigid, I simply couldn't get into it at all. I erally wanted to like it, but I struggled to see it through. Honestly, if I hadn't got respect for the films that came before it and Wheatley as an interesting home grown talent, I wouldve turned off after 20/30 minutes. I stuck with it hoping for something to switch and grab me. It never really did. I think I may give it a seoncd chance and watch again when I am alone and dont have the missus quizzing me about plans for BBQ's and shit. Maybe in the right frame of mind and with right environment I may get something more out of it. But thinking back on it now, I dont know what.


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RE: A Field In England - 10/7/2013 4:27:55 PM   

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Any idea if it'll be on FilmFour again anytime soon?

Rent that shit, bro.

Have done dude!


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In the minority I know but.. - 12/7/2013 10:04:10 AM   
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I just don't get what it is so amazing about this guy. Kill List was great until the final act, this was just bollocks.. in every way

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RE: A Field In England - 13/7/2013 7:32:22 PM   
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This film stanked up the place big time. Whilst watching it I was like 'WTF'. When it ended I is like 'WTF'. I turned to misses but she was asleep so I woke her up and then she was all like 'WTF'.

Jack the Ripper's souvenir shelf doesn't smell as bad as this film. Impressive 'yard' though.


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RE: A Field In England - 17/7/2013 8:50:25 PM   

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Hard to know what to make of it. There were some really arresting, interesting scenes and Wheatley has to be praised for originality and his ability to create real atmosphere and tone. That being said, some of the camera tricks he started to employ towards the end reminded me of a student film maker who's just found all the funky effects on Final Cut Pro.

I think Wheatley is one to watch, because at his best he reminds me of David Lynch a great deal. He has a fascination with his own country and Britishness in the same way that Lynch is obsessed with Americana. Wheatley also has the ability to truly unsettle me as a viewer using nothing more than his directorial nouse, but he has to work on his ability to convey narrative, even if it is a surreal/unconventional narrative. The genius of Lynch is in his ability to push the narrative forward in bizarre and uncomfortable ways, but the narrative is still going somewhere and by the end of the film you feel like what you've seen matters and makes a sort of sense, even if you cannot describe it in a traditional manner. Wheatley needs to work on keeping his films on track even if they are going to be surreal or non linear.

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A Field in England - 23/8/2013 12:43:30 AM   


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A depraved journey into the mind of a demented genius, A Field in England may limit its own appeal as much as possible but is beautifully savage. The Black and White shooting is excellent, the acting naturalistic and the tone, at many points, hypnotically disturbing. What is it about? Not sure really but then again that is part of the point. This is well worth anybodies 90 minutes who wants to have a go at answering that narrative conundrum.

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SHEEESH........ - 16/11/2013 4:49:29 PM   


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The serious film critics are all falling over themselves to praise this movie – but there again – most of them never have to actually PAY to see a movie these days as far as I know. Ingmar Bergman this ain’t!!! Mad mushrooms and utter codswallop more like. Ben Wheatley finally disappears UP HIS OWN BACKSIDE shocker!! Pity the poor wretched souls who shelled out hard cash to see this one at the cinema. It’s the closest thing to hell without actually having to go there.

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RE: A Field in England - 24/8/2014 10:29:40 PM   

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I can see why other people hated this, but I quite enjoyed it - it doesn't take itself too seriously (how many other films do you get to see one of the leads taking a shit, and then later on having a poultice administered to his 'yard') while at the same time delivering some scenes that are quite troubling - i.e. when we hear Shearsmiths screams while Smiley does God knows what to him in his tent before bounding out like something from a Herzog film.

Plotwise it does bounce a bit too much around the place (tugging on a rope in the middle, and an Olde English Spaghetti Western at the end), but its worth catching, but maybe not if you expecting to to see an in-depth, factual film about the English Civil War.


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