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.
all i have to say is that its a must watch.
You can't outrun yourself. A deep exploration into the male psyche and the fear of commitment. But bloody hell, the spiders will give you the shivers. How is this 6.8 on IMDB?
Unusual and delightfully offbeat psychological sci-fi thriller could be described as a feature-length Outer Limits episode with a good dose of Kafka thrown in. Jake Gyllenhaal gives two excellent performances, playing a reserved college professor (Adam) who accidentally discovers he has an exact duplicate, a somewhat tightly-wound actor (Anthony), and decides to contact him... an action which produces serious repercussions for both of them, as well as Adam's girl friend and Anthony's wife.
Subtle direction from Denis Villeneuve propels this disturbing and smartly-presented story ... the miasmic yellow-green grading and deliberate pacing produces an oppressive and uncomfortable setting, and we are continually thrown off balance by the ambiguous narrative punctuated by dreamlike sci-fi touches like the giant spider-like creatures that…
Another great performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. What a weird ending though.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Este é um daqueles filmes que é muito bom ir acompanhado para o cinema; é dos que valem a pena passar um bom tempo discutindo hipóteses e teorias, assim como foi em Os Suspeitos, do mesmo diretor Dennis Villeneuve. E sim, vai ter gente saindo do cinema dizendo que não entendeu nada.
O Homem Duplicado é baseado no conto The Double do escritor português José Saramago. Trata-se da história de um professor chamado Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal, novamente trabalhando com o diretor e em uma grande atuação) que ao seguir a indicação de um colega de trabalho, para sair da mesmice, aluga um filme e eis que um dos atores presentes no DVD é idêntico a ele. Adam fica obcecado em…
So self-absorbed with it's simple musings about life. Characters slowly move and react with dead eye expressions like they inhabited a Refn film.
Also, there's something hilarious about painting Toronto as a smoggy, ugly city. It's irritating and far from the truth.
Okay man...I totally figured this one all out man...but the government and the CIA are tapping letterboxd man...this movie makes me sure of it I'M NOT PARANOID! It's real! So make sure you put on the special tin foil gloves I made you before you read this because otherwise the radios the government put in your fingernails will pick up on it!
This is a metaphor for star Jake Gyllenhaal's life, maaaan. See the whole doppelganger storyline here is an allusion to how ACTORS play a PART not just in movies BUT IN REAL LIFE MAAAAN! And the scar on his chest? THAT'S CAUSE THE MOVIES HAVE TAKEN HIS HEART OUT BRO! He's given it ALLL up for you guys…
Gorgeous, strange, and cryptic. Hints to Saramago, Hegel, Marx, dialectics, doppelgangers,yet it offer little clue about its actual "meaning." The ending reminds me of an old short story by Clemente Palma ( whom Saramago might have read) about a man who was in love with a giant spider.
- 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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