A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
The secret lies within.
Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Identity is one of the finest thrillers that I have ever seen, reveling in genre cliches but twisting those tropes on their head which combines for a silly and utterly delightful little movie. John Cusack and Ray Liotta bring fantastic performances to this twisty story, and they stay serious and focused when it comes to the material. Throughout the film, the main attribute that sticks out is the tight pacing and ominous atmosphere, culminating in a 90 minute film that doesn't need to be a second longer; mainly because nothing could be added to perfect it anymore.
I don't think a motel has looked this creepy since Psycho, and that is a result of Phedon Papamichael's inky and bleak cinematography…
Film 10 on my Re-watch Wednesday list.
"As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd go away."
When I first saw James Mangold's Identity back in 2003 I absolutely loved it. It's full of twists and misdirections that kept me guessing until the very end and I thought it was fantastic. When I joined Letterboxd I added it and rated it based on my memories of that initial viewing and gave it five stars. I've changed a lot since 2003, and I had a feeling once I watched this film again my rating would likely drop. It's a film that's twists and…
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Love this film. LOVE IT. So well acted and utterly brilliant. Even though the twist is obvious, it doesn't matter because the way it is slowly unravelled is phenomenal. 90 minutes of fabulousness.
I saw this when it was released back in 2003 and I still don't think I've seen a film since that kept me guessing like this film did. Director James Mangold cleverly leads the viewer in several very plausible directions as to what's actually going on here and then caps it off with one of my favorite twists ever in a film! It's got a nice ensemble cast who all give very good performances. It's a film that is definitely my type of thing so I probably like it more than a lot of people, but I think it's an excellent entry into the mystery/thriller genre and well worth a watch for anyone who hasn't seen it.
i find this productively stupid, if that's even a thing, in that the most amusing part about it is how absurd and pointlessly self-conscious it is. mileages will fluctuate wildly based solely on individual tolerance for the idea of an entire movie deliberate constructed around a ridiculous contrivance that allows its makers to repeatedly pull the rug out from under you with no regard for logic or narrative consequence.
A film that had me hooked from the get go, interesting set of characters, interesting premise and script, and really unpredictable. A real nice treat and it's a brilliant thriller that has all the characteristics of a thriller.
Identity is a little horror/mystery film from the usually solid if rarely exceptional James Mangold. The film focuses on a bunch of strangers who end up stranded at a hotel. Then a string of murders start and tensions raise as people die and questions go unanswered. This is an intriguing little movie that does a good job hooking the audience early on. The quote/poem that opens the film is really cool and seeing the characters come together is neat. The cast is really strong too. None of them are doing amazing work or anything, but it's a fun collection of people all the same. Anyway, the mystery is pretty fun for the most part, though I have serious problems with…
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Gee wiz, I didn't see that coming. Predictable.
THE END: Seriously (fart-noise)!
An interesting enough film with some good performances along the poor ones.
A collection of strangers are stranded at a deserted, decrepit motel during a heavy rainstorm and not long after, one by one, they start getting killed off. Identity contains a pretty classic setup for a horror/murder mystery story, obviously in the tradition of something like an Agatha Christie tale, and it executes it fairly well. At a brisk 90 minutes (seriously, this movie moves fairly quickly), the film keeps its story coiled tight and the tension prevalent, and the stormy setting only adds to the sense of atmosphere well-captured by director James Mangold. With a cast featuring the likes of John Cusack, Ray Liotta, John Hawkes and Amanda Peet, the performances always hold our attention and the suspense is kept…
I think this was the first psychological thriller I ever watched, and it's still my favorite.
At first glance, Identity appears to be your typical serial killer thriller/cabin in the woods cliche, where a group of people meet in an isolated location and are subsequently killed off one by one; but really it's much more than that. Identity is aware of many of the genre's gimmicks and, while it obeys them just as much as other thrillers, it manages to use them in such a way that highlights the apparent strangeness of the events that occur. At 90mins, Identity is a quick, breezy yet nevertheless intriguing murder mystery that is relatively simple in design but still has its twists and turns.
A highly original, compelling, frightening, thought-provoking and bleak, and that's before the "twist" even comes.
Several disparate people are forced by circumstance to spend a rainy night in a seedy motel. What occurs after the set up is completely unfathomable, totally irrational and illogical. But also wholly fascinating.
I found myself completely drawn into the story and the Why of it all: Why are people dying? Why are these people here? Why are there room keys next to each victim? What do they all have in common? (And why did they cast Amanda Peet, for godsakes? Another issue entirely.)
And when the answers start coming, good lord what a doozy. It's a thriller on par with the works of Hitchcock,…
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- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
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- Gone Girl
- Fight Club
- Citizen Kane
- Mystic River
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- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…