A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind...
The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft.They are the best of best, smart and logical, and the perfect choice to learn more about the spacecraft.
First things first, this is not a good movie. However, I still really enjoy it. There are themes of psychology and humanity in here which I find very engaging. The sci in the sci-fi is laughable at times, as is the ending...yikes, but I don't really care as I like pretty much all of the characters (Hoffman and Jackson specifically are awesome and their interactions are so much fun to watch).
I do wish there was a bit deeper examination of some of the ideas raised by what happens to the crew, but while some people like dumb action movies, I'm more of a dumb sci-fi guy and can live with all of these flaws. So I guess this is like my Fast and Sphereous.
Bring to mind every 80s and 90s sci-fi film and there's a good chance Sphere is derivative of it in one way or another. The frustrating thing is that there are boatloads of great ideas in here. By here, I mean Crichton's novel, which I am going to to assume is an engrossing read. Right up my alley, I must say, and I plan on picking it up in the near future.
So what went wrong? My finger-wagging middle finger points squarely at Barry Levinson. How he edits the plot isn't exactly conductive to relating cool science or smart, likeable or skilled characters to the viewer. Everything is at service in enveloping you with mystery, narrowing logic that turns characters…
YOU HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL TO BE TERRIFYING AND INTERESTING AND AN EXAMINATION OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ALIVE BUT YOU WERE ALL HEY LOOK IM AN EXPLOSION AND PLOT TWIIIIIIIIST SO YOU THREW IT AWAY.
But you're not terrible either, you frustratingly average movie you.
I just finished the book last week while on holiday so decided to watch the film. And boy, it really is an awful adaptation. Ok, so the book is silly, but still a lot of fun. The film removes all that, and the ending is so bad. I mean, really bad.
I can see how this would have been a great movie in some better hands... but this movie's potential is squandered hard.
Why wouldn't they haul the ship up to examine it?
Old now but I still love this film. Clever story and Samuel L. Motherfuckin Jackson - winning.
After reading the book and really getting into the physiological and logical constraints and thought processes of all the characters trapped 1,000 feet underwater with a space craft and giant squid I was excited to see the movie. I first watched it on VHS in 1998 or 1999 and remembered nothing about it (not even which actors were in the film). After watching a second time I remember why I didn't remember anything about it. It was a pretty bland action movie with 90% of the parts that made the book good removed. I don't expect I will be watching a 3rd time.
A top secret discovery about a spaceship in the bottom at the Pacific Sea, calls some of the brilliant minds of our time. An astrophysics, a biologist, a mathematician and a psychologist are sent to a underwater base to investigate about it.
As they comes in the starship door, the try to find the plug to open it and surprisingly opens. Inside the ship, they find some plaques written in english and spanish. But the most surprise at all is a sphere that seems to be alive.
This movie has a good sci-fi script and theme involving one of the most terror creature ever created: the giant squid.
Sphere's greatest adversity is overcoming the deplorable structure that filmmaker's decided to present it in. Broken up into short segments, Sphere plays out more like a novel than a film, understandably so, as it is an adaption of Michael Crichton's bestseller. Despite the fascinating premise, otherworldly effects and the stellar cast, not much can manifest this film into being anything more than a sub-standard underwater flop that's destined to sink to the bottom of cinematic science-fiction history.
This was a pretty fun ride for most of it, but once you learn what’s actually going on it really fizzles out. The cast are all fun and some of the situations are zany enough to be entertaining. Terrible CGI though, even for 1998.
Underrated sci-fi thriller based on a great novel by Michael Crichton. Well acted, decent (but dated) special effects and a very suspenseful and intense atmosphere. I love movies with these sort of themes and time/paradox concepts. Perhaps a bit too long and drags in the middle, but nowhere near the disaster that critics made it out to be. I recommend this one, its much more thoughtful than one would think.
I enjoy Dustin Hoffman in any and every movie he's in - whether they are make no sense or not. Sidenote: I think I love Dustin Hoffman because he gets these roles where he has at least one moment where he speechifies in that casual conversational way about something deep, abstract or beautiful.
Starts out with Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L Jackson investigating a spaceship which crashed 300 years ago (wow!), but turns out to be from the future (OMG this is going to be the best film ever!) and ends up with the characters trying to render themselves unconscious so they aren't attacked by jellyfish which are a product of their own imaginations (What a load of shit.)
When several different types of experts/scientists are flown to the middle of the Pacific Ocean for what they believe is a plane crash they soon discover that things are slightly more complicated. An alien craft is discovered in more than 1000 feet of water and it is up to this research team to find out what it is, what's inside of it, and where it came from. However, what the team will discover far exceeds what their expectations could ever be for such an unusual discovery. Filled with suspense, drama, and action this is worth a rental for most and purchase for fans.
Creepy, tense, a bit scary, then it makes no sense & you get depressed.
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Dead Man's Letters
- The Ugly Swans
- Morel's Invention
- The Man from Earth
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…
- 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…