Don'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…
Another incredible effort from Denis Villeneuve! Enemy is a very unique, intriguing and puzzling journey, having a brilliant performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. I was captivated by the story and the way it takes unexpected turns as it progresses. I just love when a movie is packed with interesting symbolisms and ambiguous characters. Once you realize the truth behind the two identical individuals, you understand it’s a story that explores mainly the reluctance to commitment. Jake Gyllenhaal shows great intensity in playing two very different characters, being quite memorable here. Villeneuve is quickly becoming of my favorite working directors nowadays and I can hardly wait to see what he’ll come up with next.
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…
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…
I love that Fyodor Dostoevsky and Jose Saramago both wrote novels about doubles called The Double, and both novels were adapted into films that debuted on consecutive days at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and released in theaters the following year before being watched by me via Netflix in the same week as each other. That said, Enemy bears little resemblance to its double, The Double, beyond its double-centric plot. It's not a comedy, for one thing, and in fact it seems to take place in a world in which humor does not exist -- or basic sanity, for that matter. I like the visual look, the way it makes Toronto look like it was constructed out of concentrated despair,…
Who am I really?
I cannot count the number of times I got goosebumps while watching this film. I think it’s safe to say I haven’t seen anything like it in a long while.
I’m really glad I saw Enemy shortly after seeing Richard Ayoade’s The Double. The two are extremely similar in plot, and while I loved them both, I’ve gotta say I enjoyed this one a whole lot more. There was just something about this film that had me straight terrified the entire 90-minute run. It’s so clever and detailed that it reminds me exactly why I love film as much as I do. Even the score was so haunting and subtle enough to make even the simplest scenes creepy and unsettling.…
Yep, still flummoxed with a second viewing. But Villeneuve’s referential direction is pretty damned good. 3.25 stars
A psychological tour-de-force through the mind of one man. I won't give anything away about the way in what I think the story means ("In fact, Eli Hayes has done a great job at doing just that, and he certainly helped shape my own ideas about it), I'll simply say I haven't stopped thinking about this since the day I saw it, nor was I expecting it to be such a fascinating film with a performance(s?) at the head of it that can easily be said to be Jake Gyllenhaal's magnum opus. Do yourself a favour and sit down and watch this. You won't be able to put it out of your mind for days.
This is the weirdest double film I've seen this year and I'm still trying to figure out what I just watched.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Its rare that I will immediately re-watch a film immediately after its initial viewing, but this one practically begs for it. A thriller mystery with a very personable and relatable theme hidden under the guise of spiders and doppelgangers. Very unique and most definitely memorable
I've encountered another Under The Skin. A film that confounds me and I cannot simply give it an ordinary ranking or grade. Watch it and watch it closely. No distractions. You will NOT regret it.
- 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…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).