• Austin Campbell

    ★★★½ Added by Austin Campbell

    Alejandro Jodorowsky's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN has got to be the most abrasive movie I've seen so far. It's so dense with symbolism, the only way to pick it apart is by stopping the movie every few minutes and pondering. This could actually be a bad thing, but I won't deny the vision and the creativity on display is mesmerizing.

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  • Dustin Sells

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Dustin Sells 18 Apr, 2014

    This is the kind of joyful filmmaking that asks "what else can we do?" Followed quickly by "are we having fun or what?"

    The story is of a thief (also the archetype for the fool in the tarot deck) who somewhat accidentally finds himself with a guru on the path to enlightenment. That makes this sound like a quietly beautiful Bresson or Tarkovsky film, but that's not even close.

    It's more like an acid trip through the major arcana with…

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  • joshers

    ★★★ Watched by joshers 19 Apr, 2014

    Yikes.

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  • Brian

    ★★ Watched by Brian 18 Apr, 2014

    There is a point in satire when you portrait something so excessively that it becomes even more annoying and obnoxious than the thing you were satirizing in the first place.

    That's what makes this film a very tiring experience.

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  • Daniel Barnes

    ★★★★½ Watched by Daniel Barnes 05 Apr, 2014

    Where do you even begin to penetrate something as insane, and insanely inventive, as Jodorowsky’s psychedelic religious parable? Here is the plot synopsis offered by IMDB: “This film gives the omniscient view of what social engineering caused by greed has done to the modern world, but shows us how to live and not give in to a material world.”

    OK. That’s certainly one to way look at it. Perhaps we can turn to my notes for another perspective: “bottles, bugs,…

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  • Chevalier

    ★★★★ Added by Chevalier

    Jodorowsky turns Mexico City into a surrueal apocalyptic metropolis. Even when his new-age stuff kicks in the movie always remain engaging to watch, thanks to Jodorowsky's incredible eye for composition.

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  • UncreativeName

    ★★★½ Watched by UncreativeName 12 Apr, 2014

    The imagery is constantly shifting and changing in The Holy Mountain. As soon as you think you have what Alejandro Jodorowsky's is aiming for pegged he goes off into an entirely new tangent with something completely different. It is as strange of a film that I have seen. It is an insane concoction that seems to be tapped directly into the mind of Jodorowsky combining the freedoms of the counter-culture (especially of the sexual variety), guilt over imperialism, critiques of…

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  • grrhinks

    ★★★★★ Watched by grrhinks 30 Jan, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • malcolm1980

    ★★★★ Watched by malcolm1980 06 Apr, 2014

    This film makes El Topo (also by the same director) look like a conventional narrative. I personally don't think it's quite as great as El Topo but this is still one heck of a film. The plot, if you can call it that, involves a man who resembles Jesus Christ who eventually finds a group of people who come from different planets who wish to be "enlightened". It's actually a hell of a lot stranger than it sounds and is…

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  • Heretic

    ★★★★★ Watched by Heretic 04 Apr, 2014

    I admire the courage it took to make this. Nothing else like it exists.

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  • realrustyhook

    ★★★★ Watched by realrustyhook 01 Apr, 2014

    Beautiful

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  • kitkiddo

    Added by kitkiddo

    Weirdest film I have ever seen in my entire life.

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