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@smalls, any main reasons you found Mulholland Drive awful? Im always curious in hearing different people’s interpretations of that movie. To me, its one of the greatest movies ever made, easily top 5 in my all time.
So, I agree with most of the movies mentioned so I’ll write more that you might like too.
The skin I live in (originally as “La piel que habito”)
A beautiful mind
The Holy Mountain
(trailer) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_k8oaeHsnc
The Lost Highway
(trailer) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nKjO9QCSic
(trailer) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nznx9Xk9zJA
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Synecdoche, New York
The biggest mind-fuck I’ve ever gotten from a story, though, was this book called The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. It’s one of those “when you see it, you’ll shit bricks” kinda things. Highly recommend it.
Waking Life (watched it three times, great philosophy)
Just a wide variety of philosophies
The Man From Earth (philosophical, intellectual movie)
The movie begins with Professor John Oldman packing his belongings onto his truck. He tells them he is immortal and all his colleagues try to disprove his story to no avail.
Contact (Made by Carl Sagan, Astrophysicist – Realistic alien movie)
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.
@yoinkie, It just seemed like it was trying too hard to be weird for the sake of being weird. It sacrificed plot and dialogue to make it strange. But I’ll give it that, it was strange, albeit intentionally confusing. I didn’t feel as though my mind was fucked because I never really had a clue as to what was going on. I had nothing to grasp to that it could eventually be twisted. I think they just tried to make it as fucked up as possible and then fly it under the banner of ‘art house’ so that nobody questions it. But that’s just my interpretation, clearly a lot of people like it.
Salo: 120 Days of Sodom directed by Pasolini. It was written as a commentary on fascism and the director is Italian. Once you watch it you can never unsee it. Your brain is pickled if indeed you’re even able to make it through the entire film.