Timecode

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  • What Time Do You Have?

    Oct 22, 2007 by spelvini is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: intriguing on the romantic comedy plot
    Cons: Casting is hit and miss

    Summary: Time Code, Mike Figgis' 97-minute feature from 2000 focuses on four main stories and a collection of characters involved in the casting sessions for a film being produced by a small film company in Hollywood. The melodramatic story worms its way through ... read more

  • TimeCode revolutionizes film

    Jun 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extraordinary idea in viewing, good plot
    Cons: Ending fairly weak

    Summary: Honestly, TimeCode isn't the best film ever created. It has some plot flaws, and a very weak ending. But that can be expected. There was no solid script to this film. The actors were given an outline, then let go on city streets. It was filmed ... read more

  • Got four eyes?

    Apr 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The earthquake
    Cons: Extremely hard to follow

    Summary: I have seen this movie described as "daring" and "innovative" which it is, but it is also unwatchable (on a television anyway). The screen in Timecode is split into four for the entire movie, which means you actually see about 6 hours of ... read more

  • Split-Screen Disorder

    Apr 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful cast and dynamic direction (choreography?) by Mike Figgis.
    Cons: "That's the most pretentious bull I've ever heard."

    Summary: It is a fine line which separates the genuinely innovative from the merely pretentious. Countless new inventions and ideas have been thrust upon the moviegoing public in the last century. The very first films were single shots, that ran for sometimes ... read more

  • 4 Screens, 4 Stories, 0 Editing: Mike Figgis Tries the Untried

    Mar 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Boldy experimental, this is mind-blowing cinema, man!
    Cons: Most viewers will prefer their minds unblown, thank you very much

    Summary: Timecode is either a brilliant success or a dazzling failure, depending on your tolerance level for experimental cinema. Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) goes where no filmmaker has gone before: giving us four stories ... read more

  • The first movie you channel surf to watch

    Mar 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Mike Figgis' original and engrossing structure.
    Cons: It can get confusing.

    Summary: It's not often one encounters a picture that actually changes the way you watch a film, but Time Code does just that. Shot on digital video in four simultaneous, uninterrupted takes, all of which are shown in quadrants on the screen, Time Code is a ... read more

  • Timecode gets in sync

    Feb 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: concept is great: Stellan Skarsgard is fantastic
    Cons: the lack of story, bad improv by most actors

    Summary: Mike Figgis’ "Timecode" clearly is an experiment. But it’s also supposed to be a feature film. The question is: can it be both? Can Figgis pave the way for a new style of telling stories, while actually telling an interesting story of his own? ... read more

  • Which section of the screen should I have been watching?

    Jan 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: New method of viewing movies, Completely Improvised
    Cons: Very boring, and quite confusing!

    Summary: Timecode is really a very different kind of movie. In essence it's very interesting to watch... when you know that it's completely imrovised, which I didn't until the very end. Otherwise it's quite boring. I wasn't a big fan of the 4-way split ... read more

  • Successful Experiment

    Jan 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting and engaging experimental film.
    Cons: eyes will grow tired watching it. May require multiple viewings.

    Summary: “Timecode” is an experiment done on film. As viewers we are presented with four square frames in which a set of characters interact within their frame with other characters and occasionally break free from their frame and enter into another. Sound ... read more

  • 97 minutes of boredom

    Nov 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: it was only 97 minutes long
    Cons: where do I begin?

    Summary: As an employee of a small video store, I have the opportunity to rent movies for free. This ability is designed so that I will watch films in order to help my customers find the film right for their viewing enjoyment. Therefore, I decided to rent ... read more

  • Timecode Is Revolutionary Filmmaking

    Nov 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Inventive, Daring, And Mesmerizing In Form
    Cons: May Be Hard To Follow At Times

    Summary: In the daring new movie "Timecode", director Mike Figgis of "Leaving Las Vegas" fame brings us a radical new approach to film, splitting the screen into quadrants and telling four interlocking stories simultaneously. Surprisingly, ... read more

  • TIME CODE (B-)

    Nov 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Innovative format, unique
    Cons: Not much of a plot or story, so-so acting

    Summary: I believe it's unfair to call Time Code an actual movie. The word experience is a better fit. The Time Code experience involves the screen being split into four different images, each with a different character focus, as they all play at the same time. ... read more

  • In the Meantime . . .

    Oct 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting Idea, Good Performance from Salma Hayek
    Cons: A Bit Boring, Too Much Noise (at once) and too much to concentrate on

    Summary: When you are watching a movie and a character moves into another room, do you wonder what they are doing? In Time Code, the film screen is divided up into for separate cameras, focusing on the movie main characters. The concept is interesting, ... read more

  • Waste of time

    Oct 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Stellan
    Cons: should I bother to start?

    Summary: Alex Green (played by Stellan Skarsgard), the alcoholic playboy producer in this film says it best during a pitch meeting “That’s the most pretentious piece of sh*t I’ve ever heard.” (That’s not an exact quote but gets the idea across well.) I was ... read more

  • Avoid At All Costs

    Oct 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Digital Video looks good on the screen
    Cons: Story, gimmicky

    Summary: Time Code is a good example that even with the democratizing effect of digital video, just because its digital doesn't make it good. Time Code's most glaring offense is its lack of an interesting story. You don't give a darn about the characters and ... read more

  • The Digital Video Revolution Will Be Broadcast !

    Oct 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Mike Figgis Takes a Daring Detour
    Cons: Figgis Overestimates Entertainment of Security-Cam Format

    Summary: As this tape rolled on my VCR, I figured, "Hot damn, I'm going to get in the first review of this on Epinions!" Okay, it might be a little optimistic to think that a movie that hit theater screens months ago would have been overlooked by ... read more

  • Time Code: Clock-Wise

    Oct 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: new and innovative film formula
    Cons: multi-screen aspects leaves you lost at times

    Summary: Time Code: Clock-Wise The magnificent filmmaker Mike Figgis continues his rebellious stance against the mold with the revolutionary digital design of “Time Code”. Told in four synchronized screen templates, the story follows a group of ... read more

  • Time Code - shows promise, too ambitious

    Oct 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The information density is nice and high
    Cons: Most actors can't adlib something interesting for 90-odd minutes

    Summary: Time code is for people that appreciate the concept of picture-in-picture. If the idea of watching two news feeds simultaneously on the one screen is your idea of torture, don't see Time Code. However if, like me, you've actually done this, or ... read more

  • A Unique Flick

    Sep 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: novel technique
    Cons: slow plot, difficult to watch, choppy dialogue

    Summary: I went to see the movie Timecode expecting something new and totally out of the ordinary, and I definitely got it. The movie is run in four non-stop takes that are shown simultaneously on the screen in four different windows. The audio is turned up or ... read more

  • Amazing! A must!

    Aug 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: You haven't seen anything like this.
    Cons: Having to go to the bathroom during it.

    Summary: 4 Screens at the same time? That's crazy! No. It's brilliant. Not only have your not seen anything like this in your film-viewing career, but I haven't been as engrossed and on the edge of my seat, trying to catch every single moment of this movie. ... read more

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