| "Review of "9 songs""|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from U.S.|
|watched this the other night, and wanted to just say a few things. I liked it. It wasn't the greatest, deepest movie I have ever seen. Did not have much of a story, guy who has a isolating job goes to London to see some rock bands and meets a young free-spirited girl, who he ends up having a sexual fling with that lasts about a month. Another reviewer said they were so unattractive. I am not sure why anyone would comment about their attractiveness, but I thought they were alright. There is a lot of sex in this movie, and nothing to imagine here, everything is pretty much out there for all to see, so if that bothers you, then you might not enjoy this movie.
I know a lot of people did not like the movie and felt it had no point and was boring. I did not think it was boring. If you could accept it for what it is (just a snippet of time in the life of this guy and one relationship he had with a girl he met in London), then I think you might be able to enjoy it more.
Some people complained about the quality of the music; it was alright. If you want a little more indepth about the bands, they have a little more detail on them in the special features section of the movie, which I thought was good.
I was interested in how this couple interacted when they first met and first became intimate, and how this progressed (or regressed) by the end.
There is an energy you can feel, if you go to these kinds of shows (I saw the Libertines in NY a few years back) that is interesting, and I did feel that here also during the shows in the movie.
So, to sum it all up, if you can just let it flow, and not have any pre-conceived notions about what this movie should be, and you enjoy live rock band music and that whole energy and vibe, then I believe you can enjoy watching this movie.
| "9 Songs"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Bronx, NY|
|With all the hoop-la surounding this movie I expected more. Rent it if you can & then purchase if you still want it.|
| "Post-structuralist cinema at its best."|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Chelan, WA|
|This film is not a story, and to the extent it has a plot, you know all of what you need to know in the first minute of the movie. Hence if you are looking for a love STORY, skip this film. Rather it's a portrait (viewed after the fact) of a brief passionate relationship between a glaciologist and an American drifter. The whole movie consists of a series of flashbacks covering sex, a little in the way of drugs, and a lot of music, mostly rock and roll. At the same time the movie has a tenderness and artistry that well exceeded my expectations. This is not a porno flick (despite the real sex acts on film).
Although the acting is very good, what makes the movie come alive and touch the viewer is the camera-work and editing. The flashbacks of the sex scenes are brief, like recollections in real life, and they are interspersed with other memories and music, and the occasional flash to the present, where Matt is working in Antarctica. The music (including a haunting piano solo commissioned for a different film but reused here to great effect) lends a set of additional contrasts which add depth to the movie.
As a note about the music. The nine rock concerts contrast with the Michael Nyman piano pieces, particularly "Debbie" (originally written for Wonderland). Hint: If you want to get the Nyman music for this film, get this album: Wonderland 1999 Film Score. Nyman's music adds a great deal of tenderness and humanity to what might otherwise be just a steamy set of sex scenes.
If you are not offended by the subject matter or object to seeing actors perform real sex acts on film, I'd recommend suspending your idea of what a movie should be and watching this as it is intended to be watched, as a beautiful portrait of a memory of passion.
| "Boring and Tedious Pornography"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User|
|The most elementary definition of pornography is simply a graphic depiction of sex, this movie fits that description all right. It is pornographic in the sense that the sex, which is really happening between the actors, is graphic, but the movie is in no way obscene. Boring yes, tedious even at a mere 69 minutes (was that an intentional pun by the filmmaker, I guess we'll never know) because the movie lacks context and characterization. What should have been a two and a half hour movie with a tight plot and a loose script for improvisation by the actors has been edited down to a bare minimum of a movie. It's not that a great movie couldn't have been made out of this material, or even that a great movie couldn't be made in which the actors participate onscreen in real sex, it's just that this movie isn't it. The movie is interesting in the premise and even somewhat in the set up, couple meets at a concert, goes home has sex, and repeat. That rhythm captures the flavor of real life relationships where couples go out and do the same things together and eventually break up because their is nothing else. There was a lot of places that a story that dealt with that subject matter could have gone, but alas the movie doesn't feel up to going there. Which is too bad because I think audiences really do want a real mainstream porn movie, with real serious actors, a real script with a real story, real sex, and real insight into the human condition. In other words I think audience do legitimately want a porn film masterpiece, this film just isn't it. But it's a step in the right direction. Maybe in a few years some other writer/director with a good story to tell will make one.
| "Two people have sex and go to concerts. Why would you watch this?"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User|
Two people have sex and go to concerts.
My Question: Why would you watch this?
Well, I did. I was curious.
After about 20 minutes or so I realized this was a bad idea.
I mean, if you saw a couple at a concert who was all over each other, would you follow them home and watch them have sex?
THEN YOU'RE CREEPY.
It gets two stars because it has some occasionally sweet moments that barely make it a tolerable drama, and the music is good but really... is that why you're watching this?
Instead of watching two OTHER people have fun for 2 hours, do this:
Go find yourself a sweetheart of your own, line up some concerts on your calendar (It's CHEAP), get an apartment, and have a summer fling you can call for yourself.
Stop watching films that you could be living, in a way that is much better and more interesting than this flimsy, boring, and uninteresting couple.
Now go. Get outta here.
| "MUSIC & SEX WORK HERE IN SURPRISING WAYS,,"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from NJ, USA|
|Anytime I come across a unique film I'd like to see, I'd add it to my list of "Movies to Watch," aka "Movies I'll Probably Never See." However, with an impulsive grab at a Netflix free trial, I decided to knock a few off of this list, and one of them was 9 Songs.
The basis of the film is two young lovers, constantly engaged in acts of sex with interludes of live rock music.
With this description, I'm sure you're either turned completely off or on, so let me elaborate.
The title 9 Songs represents the nine songs that play in the movie (and I do give the director props for choosing these bands.) The "set" consists of the following:
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, "Whatever Happened to My Rock and Roll"
* The Von Bondies, "C'mon, C'mon""
* Elbow, "Fallen Angel"
* Primal Scream, "Movin' On Up"
* Dandy Warhols, "You Were the Last High"
* Super Furry Animals, "Slow Life"
* Franz Ferdinand, "Jacqueline"
* Michael Nyman, "Debbie"
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, "Love Burns"
In between each song is the love-making of actors Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley. And this isn't just jack-rabbit humping or waist-up action; this film shows it ALL.
Full frontal nudity, masturbation, use of a vibrator, oral sex, genital fondling, vaginal sex, bondage and graphic ejaculation all take place in this film without skipping a beat. (Perhaps accounting for The Guardian naming it the most sexually explicit mainstream film to date.)
Due to the rarity of unsimulated sex in film, many have written this off as a porno, but I beg to differ.
Yes, the movie shows a lot of sex, but it's the realest sex you could ever witness on film. The female character is not your typical blonde bombshell with breast implants, shoving a penis between her boobs while making googly eyes at the camera. The male character doesn't just stare at the ceiling and say "suck it" while the camera zooms in on his penis.
In the same sense, scenes in this movie are not like what you see in Hollywood either in terms of sex. Sure, both characters are getting turned on, but they are not just panting sweatily in a constant position until the scene ends.
This movie is real for the obvious reason that these two people were actually having intercourse on film. But more so, it shows how different sex can be from one time to the next, and how while the act can certainly be raw an animalistic, it can also be amazingly sensual and full of tantric ecstacy when you really can see the other person.
It wasn't clear how long in the movie the two characters had been dating. Yet typically in relationships, people think having this kind of mind-blowing sex is impossible unless you are with someone for a very long time. Truth is, everyone is capable of feeling this sort of bliss with another human being, if only they let go of their inhibitions and learn to explore the body. You'll notice that both characters in the film focus mainly on pleasuring the other, while also freely showing the other what turns them on. I feel too many people in our society "hook up," and than assume for the worst, or are afraid to completely let go.
The characters in the film may have had a short-lived romance, but it was one of such intensity that they'll never forget it.
In this way, I think the director did an excellent job of portraying the stages two people go through sexually, from getting to know one another's bodies and being fun and kinky, to helping each other achieve maximum arousal and seeing the person's spirit and body as one.
Winterbottom also portrayed today's typical rock concert extremely accurately in terms of how the audience reacts to a band, and I felt this was a brilliant example of how something like a rock concert can bring two strangers together and lead to a completely different out-of-body experience.