Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
You can't escape yourself
Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with PRISONERS director Denis Villeneuve in this sexy and mind bending thriller. Adam Bell is a glum professor who has grown disinterested by his ordinary life. When Adam discovers a man who appears to be his double, the identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and hauntingly intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing playing both roles, journeying through a world both familiar and strange. The film’s final and unnerving image will not be soon forgotten by audiences. In the end, only one man can survive.
"Chaos is order yet undeciphered."
Well, that was a mind fuck if there ever was one. I don't think I can remember having left a theater so confused before. I turned to the man next to me, who I noticed had also gone to see the same film, and noticed that he was shaking his head. "What did you think of it?," I asked him. "Not good... not good at all." And I totally understood where he was coming from, because who could have been prepared for a film (or an ending, for that matter) like that?
Yet I was not on the same page; I loved Enemy. I LOVED it. Maybe it has to do with my appreciation for…
It's difficult to articulate the skin-crawling, bone-chilling and spine-tingling aura of Denis Villeneuve's Enemy. In the full 90 minutes, we cross and recross the emotional spectrum all the while mesmerised by the films surreal tone and eeriness. Mystifying to all upon first inspection, the film was never intended for lethargic audiences. It was intended for the analytical and inquisitive who constantly and passionately congregate the clues in an attempt to solve the bamboozling riddle. I, myself, may not have unlocked all of Enemy's secrets, but I knew I was in the company of a masterpiece. An innovative, spellbinding, and horrifying masterpiece.
If you look at Enemy from one perspective, you may perceive a gripping thriller delineating two people who physically…
Enemy plays out like the cinematic equivalent of a nightmare. There’s a real sense of dread throughout and at times it feels very subdued. Combined with the slow-building nature of the film this is the kind of film that requires patience, but this makes the few moments where the movie explodes far more impactful than they would be otherwise, including an ending that is so sudden it might just be the scariest ending to a movie I’ve ever seen.
Plot-wise there are a few twists and turns to keep you interested but ultimately the film is far more interested in its exploration of the split psyche and the duality of human nature that it inevitably disregards plot in favor of…
The quote from José Saramago's novel The Double, from which Enemy, is based reads, "Chaos is order yet undeciphered". My first thought was to keep it in the back of my mind for later, so naturally forgetful I wrote it down. With the reaction to Denis Villeneuve's Enemy as strong as it has been I was expecting either the next Inception (or, "hey, that was really great, but what's all the complexity fuss?") or a true mind-boggling puzzle. The key to finding out what it is, however, is right in that quote.
Enemy is that chaos demanding to be deciphered. It's a puzzle that only half arranges itself, waiting for its viewers to do the rest of the work in…
Just last September, Denis Villeneuve's english language debut Prisoners was released to theatres. So naturally, it was a surprise to me that he would come back so quick with another film. And, while I believe Prisoners to be a quality film, and one of the better ones of 2013, it was a rather conventional film. It followed the conventions of an ordinary thriller, but was propelled due to its magnificent ensemble cast, and beautiful cinematography. With this, the story, while following a linear structure, was haunting too.
Yet, when I saw Enemy, I was stunned. This is a different film, unlike any that I've seen before. While Villeneuve…
Beautifully shot and exceptionally acted, Enemy is a nightmare of a film for both its protagonists and its audience. Before I start to theorize like a moron, I have to say a few things without spoilers. Enemy showcases just how good an actor Gyllenhaal can be. The subtleties in his performance are extraordinary. In mostly wordless scenes he still manages to give each version of his characters an identity. Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon are both stunning as well, with Gadon blowing me away completely in many a scene where her expressions are worth a thousand words. Vileneuve has shot everything in a sickly, nicotine stained palette, instilling his film with a disturbing atmosphere from the get go.
I saw this film right after I saw Under The Skin.
They really pair well together.
Now, that could come off as a nice way of saying that I didn't like it, but I honestly mean it as a complement. For any film to stick with me for more than 24hrs is truly a feat these days. I have been thinking about this one, and Under The Skin, for almost a week now. There really is not a whole lot more that I hope for when it comes to a film.
Do I think I know exactly what the film "means" or is trying to "say"?
But I do think that there is meaning there,…
Spiders, adultery, keys, things.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Boredom is what flattens us as human beings, we strive for excitement and sometimes take it to far. Careers we choose almost sometimes seemed pre-destined, simply because most of us human being lack actual imagination. As we live our daily lives, glass eyed and disconnected, we seek stimulation to shatter the monotony.
As Adam ( Jake Gyllenhaal) teaches history at the local college his enthusiasm is lacking, he is going through the motions. Filling his classroom with feather light verbiage. Looking like a ghost of a man who's spirit left his body ages ago. He is now just a zombie who functions just enough to trick those around him into believing his is still a living breathing human. The way…
I love films with floating endings.
Dennis Villeneuve creates a picture of a man's biggest enemy that is himself; how a person could go totally berserk over the force of nature, in this case, another Gyllenhaal (both hot), with totally different personalities, but one dominating the other.
Jake Gyllenhaal is my all-time favourite actor, that's settled, so his performance(s) are, cruelly muzzy, yet directed and nuanced. I love how he composed two characters with no identical persona yet they both possess the same curiosity. Very neat.
Melanie Laurent, not as good as I hope she would be (Remember Inglorious Basterds & Beginners? Fantastic), which is a surprise. Another surprise for me, Sarah Gadon was completely beautiful, her range in one film…
i dont know what to rate this because im not even sure what the hell .... what
I'm not going to act like I did or should understand everything in this movie. But I think that might be what I loved about it. Enemy challenges its audience and asks many questions but gives few answers. It gave me enough information to understand what was going on but at the same time confused me. This also makes this film highly rewatchable, and maybe someday I'll go back and watch this again. I liked that Denis Villeneuve shot this (and the film takes place) in Toronto. I honestly can't think of the last movie I watched that took place in Canada. Obviously this isn't important but it's a great country that doesn't get featured enough in film. The look…
Cream-colored existential nightmare
Very handsomely directed, with effective acting and taught suspense. And it's a good thing too. Because otherwise it's so pleased with its own overloaded symbolism you might be asking yourself what 1st year film school student was behind the camera.
- I really don’t know what you’re talking about.
– I think you know.
A history professor spots an extra on a movie who looks exactly like him and becomes obsessed trying to find his identity.
Enemy is the story about a convoluted mind fighting within itself. About accepting who you are or ditching who you are not (or don’t want to be). In this schizophrenic character, Gyllenhaal confronts himself, his twisted desires, his corrupted morals, his fears of commitment not only to other woman, but with himself. This is why there are few characters in this film. It’s all about him, because for as much as Enemy lasts we, the audience, are him. We end up as confused…
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
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