Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
The Past Can Never Be Rewound
When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.
Clearly one of the most intricately, subtly and
effectively crafted soundscapes ever designed.
Fear X has the reputation of being a complete bomb, and considered Refn's worst effort. I guess there's some merit to that considering that less than 700 people of Letterboxd have watched it. Regardless, I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as it's regarded to be.
Fear X is not for mainstream audience, but none of Refn's work is. I've seen all of his films except Bleeder (cause I can't find it), and the last two installments of the Pusher trilogy. Overall, I think Fear X is the most accessible of the bunch. A slow mystery staring John Turturro that has shades of Lynchian and a touch of the Coen's work, although that might just be because of Turturro's…
Would make a great companion piece to Vallhalla Rising. Like Rising it's more of a mood film than narrative driven. This is his most Lynchian film by far.
Nicolas Winding Refn is my everything.
I love how Refn utilizes dead space to gradually build a sense of fear showing everything in its most abstract sense before telling us outright what it is, leading us to ultimate ruination as we no longer bother to track the film once it ultimately begins to cave in on itself.
that's my favorite poster
Lost Highway much?
Refn gone Lynch. The sound in this film is absolutely incredible.
The vagueness of this film is both the best and worst thing about it. The visuals, tone and lead performance are fantastic. It gets muddled when drifts away from Turturro, as he truly carries the film. I haven't seen Bleeder yet, but it's obvious this is already a massive jump above Pusher, from a cinematic maturity point of view. His next jump into Pusher II would be even bigger.
This was on my hand-written "to watch" list in my planner that I keep of movies that we have at the video store I work at that I want to eventually watch (generally these movies do not overweigh the immense amount of euro-trash and experimental fare that I'd rather be spending my time watching so it's not a list that I mark anything off of that quickly). I don't know why or how it made it on this list but I had literally no idea it was a Refn movie until the credits played.
For a movie that clearly wants to be more about spooky atmosphere than anything else there sure are a lot of plot details obliquely provided, but…
Nicolas Winding Refn's most obtuse, arthouse effort is exactly the box office bomb you imagined it was; a thriller that abstracts genre conventions to the point it feels alien whenever a conventional thriller element is introduced. You can understand why it bankrupted Refn and made no impact on cinema history (the DVD is out of print in the UK and only Italian import blu-rays are available. You can't even find Fear X online), even though it marks a pivotal turning point in his career.
After the dialogue heavy crime flicks he made in Denmark, that suggested his style was Tarantino meets Dogme 95, his first English language production is a complete change of style to what we recognise as the…
"Nobody can know all about someone, can they?"
Fear X is a movie that is completely drenched in its own atmosphere, almost to the point of suffocation. By seemingly setting up the framework for essentially every indie thriller, psychological or otherwise, since, Refn gives us one of the most perplexing mystery films ever made. Despite playing out in a way that comes across as standard, Refn takes your assumptions and instead of giving you clues to have you figure out the mystery for yourself, he instead drip feeds you suggestions so you can figure out a possible solution to the mystery. This is further enforced by how fantastically vague the ending is, which seems like is saying that the mystery…
A really good film that's bogged down by terrible pacing and a somewhat wasted plot.
It's only 84 minutes (without credits), but it feels much longer.
That's a problem.
However, the eerie atmosphere/score/images and unnerving performance by Turturro make this film nearly fantastic.
It's like an illusion; the closer you get, the farther back you really are.
Or vice versa.
Where does reality stop and fantasy begins ?
Subpar Lynch-esque mood keeps the film from being really great, but some nice ideas nonetheless.
Also the movie in which Refn's art house style subtly engages to blossom.
not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
Rather than a favorites list, these are the films I believe are essential to a sustainable dialogue about film, and…