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…
Reportedly made before they collaborated on the impressive vigilante thriller "Prisoners" in 2013, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve crafted this fascinating and hugely involving psychological drama. Now that the surrealist master David Lynch has seemingly taken a backseat from filmmaking, it's promising to see that someone else is able to handle the material that wouldn't be out of place in his hands.
Mild-mannered history professor Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal), is disillusioned with his life and current partner (Melanie Laurent) and apparently in search of some other fulfilment. On the suggestion of a colleague, he happens to rent a movie one evening and catches a glimpse of a bit-part actor (Gyllenhaal again). He pauses the film for a better look…
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…
Now the jerk actor gets stuck with the video store late fees.
So obviously since I am a scientist I have no freaking clue what in the world happened at the end of this movie. I mean none. No symbolism guesses or anything. Luckily I loved the pacing, acting and tone of the movie enough to overlook some strange ending. My best guess: some people are on peyote and those people made this movie.
What the fuck
Great atmosphere, and mystery...
"I too, need to make an extremely yellow film about doppelgangers. But instead of delicate and tender, it will be tense and full of spiders" - Denis Villeneuve, after seeing The Double Life of Véronique
- I didn't really mind it, I thought it actually made for a lot of good shots but... why was it so yellow? So, so yellow
- Melanie Laurent didn't get really get much to do aside from "be naked"
- There were a lot of spiders in this movie, which is a bad thing for a movie to do to me
- Any movie that uses Scott Walker and Jonathan Richman in its soundtrack is fine by me
- You totally cribbed that spider from Louise Bourgeois, Villeneuve
Boy that was a good one. Gyllenhall can really act.
This is the kind of movie that hangs with you for a long time. The kind of movie you keep thinking about.
I really enjoyed it.
Had to make the Mrs. watch it. Just as amazing as the first time I saw it. Sadly, she was angry at the payoff. I imagine she represents the other side of the camp.
First rewatch and believe even more strongly in my interpretation. What I noticed this time was the framed images in Anthony Saint Claire's apartment, of low angle shots of overpasses, conspicuous during the important scenes.
My previous review:
My kind of movie: obtuse, atmospheric, ponderous. I think the line "chaos is order yet undeciphered" is a gauntlet tossing challenge to the viewer. On a single viewing here's my meager attempt to make sense of what was onscreen (spoilers): during the car crash, the close-up zoom on the cobwebbed broken glass window (buried in the movie) is the key to unlocking the spider motif. My theory: what if the entire movie is a guilt-ridden, last gasp dream of a man dying…
peak gyllenhole hotness tbqh
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…