A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
The Ninth Gate
Every book has a life of its own.
An all-expenses-paid international search for a rare copy of The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom brings an unscrupulous book dealer deep into a world of murder, double-dealing and satanic worship.
''To travel in silence / by a long and circuitous route, / To brave the arrows of misfortune / and fear neither noose nor fire, / To play the greatest of all games / and win, foregoing no expense / is to mock the vicissitudes of Fate / and gain at last the key / that will unlock the Ninth Gate.''
Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate is a film that despite its fair share of silliness, always seduces me to enter back into its sometimes campy, but mostly mysterious universe. Johnny Depp embodies Dean Corso (albeit, in a bit of a flat performance), a rare book dealer/swindler who is immersed in a quest to hunt down the remaining copies of…
The Ninth Gate is a strange one from Roman Polanski, a director who has of course dabbled in the occult landscape he again taps here, arguably to greater success. Adapted from the Spanish novel El Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Polanski's film is quite an elegant, cultured malaise of a story that could almost define the term 'slow burn', if it even burns at all. To many undoubtedly it's subject matter--an unscrupulous book dealer is hired to find a tome that may be able to raise the Devil--would be inherently boring and Polanski's careful construction of Johnny Depp's lead character's journey snooze inducing, yet oddly enough there is just something about the way Polanski shoots this, something about the manner…
Dirk's review of Mortdecai highlighted the decline in the fortunes of Johnny Depp's career path all too clearly. Commercial and critical success has been elusive lately for Owensboro, Kentucky's favorite son, so the chance to step back in time and enjoy one of his better but lesser known films (though not a huge hit) was too good to turn down. The Ninth Gate may be hokum, but crafted by Roman Polanski and featuring elements of the occult and an intriguing supernatural concept, it's entertaining hokum.
Depp plays a rare book dealer who gets asked by a wealthy collector to authenticate his copy of a book that can summon the devil himself. Frank Langella is the man who sends Depp to…
Somewhere in here, there is a good movie. The story is actually rather interesting, but it's ruined as the movie doesn't know whether it wants to be scary or silly, a supernatural noir or a movie about someone hunting down a book. The result is a dull mess where you don't care about the characters but is interested in where the story goes. Sadly, after a while you stop caring about that too, since it's all fairly obvious, aside from the preposterous ending.
Johnny Depp and Frank Langella are awesome though. Together they almost make the movie worth watching, if you're a fan of both and have seen every other movie with them forty times. If not, don't watch this.
The Ninth Gate is one of the dullest film I have seen so far this year. There is not a single interesting moment in this film. This film is far too long. There are so many scenes in this film that should have been cut out. They do not push the story forward at all. The first act of this film is just establishing Depp’s character. His character is not in the least bit interesting. All of the characters have zero personality to them. I could not have cared less about them. The music is so out of place here. It is so distractingly loud. The action scenes look terribly fake. I cannot believe Roman Polanski directed this.
A "Book detective" researching a books authenticity finds himself immersed in the wacky world of satanists.
Thank God i've watched this movie before knowing of Letterboxd, because that ( <----- ) has to be the shittiest poster I've ever seen for a movie.
The Ninth Gate is an important movie for me. It's not only a movie I love, but it also broke a silly prejudice I had against Roman Polanski. It's not that I hated all his movies, I just never watched any, up until I watched The Ninth Gate. I refused to watch any due to the fact that he drugged up an under aged girl and had sex with her. That really didn't sit well with me,…
Being full of mystery and absorbing enigmatic scenes, this is one of those films that reach the point in which all of the viewer's attention focus on the action, allowing him to remain careless before the rest of the world.
Depp perfectly plays the roll of Dean Corso,an exceptional books dealer who lives into a cloud consisting of two parts of whiskey, one of brilliant intellect and a dash of sublime elegance. All powered by the irresistible pair of female main characters, who bite and seduce both Corso and the spectator.
Adventure relaxed with a tremendous fineness and Evil subjects enhanced with an overwhelming sensuousness combine forming one of the most gripping and emotional films I have ever seen.
Mientras la trama detectivesca de Depp se desarrolla, nada que objetar. Pero, pasado el ecuador del metraje, a Polanski se le va de las manos todo y se hunde por completo cuando llega a un final hecho sin fuerza, ganas o inspiración.
This is still my personal favorite of Polanski's films, though it is admittedly not his finest work. The Ninth Gate absorbs and intrigues. Emmanuelle Seigner is mesmerizing. I love this mood.
Apesar de um roteiro bastante falho, Roman Polanski conseguiu imprimir nesse projeto (provavelmente encomendado) uma atmosfera cômica, satirizando não só o cinema sobrenatural como também a ideia que as pessoas fazem de si próprio (com toda a história do assassinato da Sharon Tate e a execução de filmes como O BEBÊ DE ROSEMARY e REPULSA AO SEXO).
This is definitely minor Polanski, but still entertaining. More in line with the other '90s occult millennial-anxiety fare (with a noir edge) than anything peculiarly Polanski.
Cf. End of Days
Like typical Polanski, it does teeter on the overlong side, but there's enough intrigue within the story to keep me watching. Depp is good, but the supporting characters stand out more.
The pacing could have used a bit of a push to give the story a stronger sense of danger and thrills, but overall this is an average, yet interesting film.
Lots of fun with weird supporting characters and super sweet sequences of research (=the most cinematic action par excellence tied with a gun fight directed by John Woo).
a quien no le guste probablemente no la entendió
Tuvo un arranque lleno de misterio y la verdad que no tuve problemas con la actuación de Depp. El problema llega cuando preparan el clímax y todo lo referente a su final empieza a ser insufrible, y es una tremenda lastima por el buen desarrollo que manejaba la historia.
Mientras la veía pensé que me iba a encontrar con otro peso grande dentro de la filmografía de Polanski, pero el final no quiso que fuera así.
"There's nothing more reliable than a man whose loyalty can be bought for hard cash."
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
Horror movies I've seen. List copied from my IMDB account. It will keep expanding.
In no particular order.