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…
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.
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…
I don't even know where to start. Enemy was one of my most anticipated films for this year. It is based on José Saramago's book called "The Double" (in its original Portuguese title "O Homem Duplicado") and it was constantly delayed here in Portugal but now I understand why the wait. They wanted to release it at the 4th year anniversary of the death of José Saramago, winner of a Literature Noble Prize in 1998 and one of our the greatest Portuguese writers ever! It was a beautiful homage, afterall this country unfortunately did not praised him as much as he deserved during his life. He had his very own philosophies, he was a very peculiar and different man. He…
My man Jake G is the only man who can give TWO great performances in one film.
Too weird and arty, even for me.
Mysterious, intriguing film that kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. There are a few puzzling elements in this film that you simply won't be able to understand without doing a bit of research, which can be frustrating for those who don't like watching films with homework assignments, but otherwise there is still plenty here to keep you interested.
For pure entertainment value, I prefer the other twin movie to come out in 2014, The Double, which is an intriguing, thoughtful movie that is darkly hysterical from start to finish. Though it isn't as funny, Enemy is still a thoughtful psycho-thriller with intriguing subtexts and a lot to chew on.
HOLY CRAP. I must admit I had to google an explanation for the ending and HOLY CRAP. Now I want to watch it again and again.
'Chaos is order yet undeciphered.'
I'm sitting here, 20 minutes after the end of this movie, and I still can't believe what I have just seen. Only for this movie has the word 'mindfuck' been created. In my eyes, this film perfectly shows why Jake Gyllenhaal is the world's greatest actor. This is another astonishing performance by him, which is leaving me speechless. He doesn't only manage to show his skills in the different dialogues. It's the wordless scenes, where his talent is revealed. Additionally, this masterpiece is perfectly shot by Denis Villeneuve. In a certain nicotine-stained palette that looks so beautiful and depressing at the same time. I don't want to say something about the plot. Please experience this for yourself. It's something absolutely unbelievable that is happening in these 90 minutes. I'm struggling for words. I have to think about this movie. It's going to be a sleepless night.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
first quarter feels like Fightclub
second quarter psycho drama ?!?
third quarter drama/love interest
fourth quarter drama drama drama followed by wtf
and more q´s and less a´s then Lost
But still good movie
I must start by saying this is the perfect movie to watch when you've got a cold. Matter of fact, the cinematographer probably had one during the whole filming process.
This is a smart, if pretentious film that is nevertheless outsmarted by its own premise and the way it treats it - a dreamlike doppelganger plot that doubles as an allegory on infidelity, all the while maintaining character interactions at a realistic tone. Denis Villeneuve and Nicolas Bolduc do a wonderful job of transforming Toronto into a nightmarish, dystopian landscape: public transportation at its most oppressive, the sky perpetually anemic and the skyscrapers present as every bit as alien as the titanic spider that haunts them during Adam Bell's dreams.…
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…