A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
the ultimate speed freak's tale.
Over the course of three days Ross, a college dropout addicted to crystal-meth, encounters a variety of oddball folks - including a stripper named Nikki and her boyfriend, the local meth producer, The Cook - but all he really wants to do is hook up with his old girlfriend, Amy.
SPOILER ALERT: Drugs are bad.
Like Requiem for a Dream, but a way more realized and less melodramatic take on addiction. Also Mickey Rourke is putting on some great work in this role and certainly indicates what would be his stellar return to acting a few years later in a far more enjoyable Aronofsky film.
Spun is the movie before 8 Mile were Brittany Murphy plays herself. Oh shit I'm going to straight to hell!
Bold. Brittany Murphy is junkie bold.
In this 'meth-lab-bust-chaos' of a film the keen viewer realises the narrative and the misgivings of the plot when or if constipated because of some junk he shot up his arm last evening, or was it afternoon or maybe Tuesday?
God bless her soul. Murphy's edginess was something I could relate to, like how I appreciate and respect Ledger for locking himself in a hotel room to become Jack Napier. Both met an early demise. I guess I'm only projecting my fascination with 'The 27 Club'. Ledger missed it by one year and Murphy by five.
However, it is the heart-rending and agonising and distressing and tormented and genius monologue in the end that…
Another one of those interminable, shallow drug movies trying to emulate the classics that came before it and make it edgier by upping the amount of filth, sex, cartoony acid trips, and extreme close-ups cut together by a spastic monkey.
The filmmakers clearly either knew their script was going nowhere and felt too uninspired to actually try to come up with an interesting, fresh approach, or just wanted to make their own "Requiem for a Trainspotter" but lacked the vision to make it anything more than a pitiful fan film.
How can something that fast-paced be so boring?
"I don't like resorting to violence. But men are evil. They need healing." Debbie Harry delivers this line with seething passion. It is yet a number of cleverly timed cameos. But this line fairly sums up a lot of what we see.
Jonas Åkerlund's "Spun" was largely dismissed by critics at the time of its release. I disagreed then as I do now. Akerlund's experimental, dark, grim, comical and twisted plunge into addiction is a unique and adrenaline-fueled subversively entertaining ride of a movie.
A speed freak who's insanity seems to be hanging on by a strained thread is led into a three day bender of an adventure after his stripper/dealer pulls him into the meth-cook who creates "the fuel"…
Spun is a whirlwind. It's grimy, gross, slathered in skeeviness. It's an amusement park ride, where the only rollercoaster is scoring and taking and scoring methamphetamine. I don't know much about methamphetamine, so I can't say how accurate it is, but it almost doesn't matter because Spun is one of the least romanticized film versions of drug addiction I've seen.
The characters are great; terrible people, but great. They're supposed to be disliked. They are largely dislikable. I didn't really care what happened to them, but I was invested and interested in what happened to them. This is an oddly fine line to walk in movies. Few can pull off the "hate them but be interested in them" thing, at…
Rapid editing and fast motion complement the portrayed psychological frenzy to varying effect, from genius to tendentious.
68/100 - Decent.
Paranoia is the theme and drug is the dream. "Spun" is a very styled movie about drugs effect on a of group lost bodies; Ross (Jason Schwartzman), Nikki (Brittany Murphy), The Cook (Mickey Rourke), Spider Mike (John Leguizamo), Cookie (Mena Suvari) and Frisbee (Patrick Fugit). "Requiem for a Dream" is the most effective drugged-like experience in movies -- Darren Aronofsky made a seminal expression of the destructive nature of the substance. "Spun" is a more cranked looking version. It was made by some independent filmmakers creating a deserving movie that has a unique look made by its editing style that is explosive and promising in the very beginning of the film. As if it was edited by an actual drug…
A couple of thoughts during this movie:
1.) Oh, Brittany Murphy. I miss the fuck out of you
2.) Mickey Rourke seems very intimidating in real life, but he looked even more intimidating with those terrible white cowboy boots
3.) This is basically a terrible-American version of Trainspotting
4.) Spun is the poor man's Requiem for a Dream
P.S. I was orginially going to give it one-and-a-half stars, but I thought about the visuals of Spun, so I gave it two-and-a-half stars because I'm a generous person.
Requiem por un sueño y Spun seguidas... Mejor no os cuento qué he hecho este fin de semana.
Q: What would Requiem For A Dream look like if Darren Aronofsky was an idiot?
A: A lot like Spun.
Ralph Bakshi-esque motifs (vulgar humor/style) make up a large majority of "Spun". I did not think the film went anywhere beyond its cartoonish exterior, which was far too grotesque and intentionally off-putting for me to fully enjoy on its own.
Films with scenes where someone has a poo.
I'm 37 years old.
I'm a psychology major hoping to become a filmmaker, so I've always been interested in the depiction of this subject…