A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
The Truman Show
On the air. Unaware
Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows--including his wife and his best friend -- is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.
A straight shot into my all-time favourites, an excellent satire of reality television n celeb obsession & an impressive demonstration of the power of media, The Truman Show is one of the most original, creative & thought-provoking ideas to surface on the silver screen and wonderfully balances its elements of comedy with drama to deliver a cinematic experience that's as entertaining as it is enlightening.
The Truman Show chronicles the life of Truman Burbank whose entire existence has been nothing but a 24x7 running TV show. The city he lives in is a huge studio with hidden cameras everywhere & the people he interacts with on a daily basis are paid actors but when a series of events force him to question the…
I have only a handful of loves in my life- my wife and children, my pets, a select few true friends, and cinema.
Cinema has been with me for as far back as I remember, staring wide eyed up at a seemingly immense screen as a small boy, parading its wares and taking me to times and places I would never have imagined. Having seen literally thousands of movies, it takes something truly special to make a list of my favouries of all time.
The Truman Show is one of those.
Every second of it is pure celluloid magic. It oozes brilliance from every scene, from every word. It is cobbled together from some siezmic alchemy that only when the…
Film #82 of Project 90
”We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”
Peter Weir’s smart and stunning Truman Show is not just a simple movie, it is one of those insightful and delicate artistic creations which tries to warn us about a dark future which may not be so distant, and 1998, the penultimate year of the twentieth century was probably the best time to make this. The age of communication not just changed the everyday life of us all but it also changed our very nature and the way we think. Mass media, with their escalating power and influence changed the meaning of concepts such as freedom, morality and identity forever and created a…
If ever a satirical comment was made about what we are as human beings without being vaguely poetic or annoyingly crass about it, it is to be found in The Truman Show.
This is by no means an intelligent satire, but it is a smart one, which in telling a story like this is very important. Weir paces his film perfectly and unravels and de-constructs Truman's world in a meticulous and deliberate way, which is helped by Niccol's superb script. I do not use that word lightly, as this script nears storytelling perfection.
Another thing that Weir manages to do is reign in the insanity of Jim Carrey. This man is such a dichotomy. Here he shows how unbelievably gifted…
Another family movie experience, this time no trauma. The 11- and 8-year olds were both riveted; Sophie was so plugged in that when they were trying to find Truman in the dark she said, "Why don't they just turn on the lights?" Cue the sun!
I can't figure why I didn't appreciate this movie more when I saw it back in '98. Save one crucial Jim Carrey line reading that still feels false ("You were never inside my head"), and the somewhat curious decision to not fully introduce Christoph sooner even though the walls of his perfectly constructed facade are crumbling long before a renegade character reintroduces himself to Truman, it all works -- the Director/God-Star/Adam parallels, the TV satire…
I had a ‘Truman Show’ moment once. I was heading home via the train after a long day at work and was looking out the window as the carriage slowed to a crawl. A little off in the distance was a field, and on it were lots of guys spread across its length playing football – only they weren’t! Nobody was running, kicking, heading or even moving. They were stood as still as lamps. Strange, they were even looking over in our direction…..my direction (or so it seemed). I put my head to the window for that marginal closer look thinking how unnerving the whole thing appeared, like the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse ala Dawn of the Dead, but…
der Film altert nicht, ein Meisterwerk
The effects are somewhat dated but the film itself is timeless.
Carrey makes a decent transition from pure comedy to a comedy-drama mix and the movie remains an interesting time capsule from the early days of the reality TV boom, but it's still not my favourite Carrey role.
Second time I've watched this for a film class.
Still prophetic and funny and extremely profound. The last scene still kills me.
This idea should be approached with more nuance and cleverness. I somewhat suspect Brooks's "Real Life" accomplishes that task.
How have I gone so long without seeing this? Apart from being engaging and entertaining it manages to say so much socially and philosophically, and it does so seamlessly without ever feeling like it's belaboring a point.
I always remembered that this film took its time, and it used to be a bit much, but watching it again with someone who hadn't seen it before and had little to no knowledge of the plot, it was kind of incredible, and illuminating to the brilliant mystery and intrigue of this world. It's audacious, and its satire isn't always relevant anymore, but when it is, and when the film makes its boldest and most beautifully creative moves, it fucking SHIIIIIIIINES.
I also love this film because Carey plays basically a child, and it's a beautiful performance. His last scene, when it's silent, is probably one of my favorite scenes in film of all time, because of his performance, and the artistry with which it's rendered. Confronting our own existence is rarely so brilliant and poignantly horrifying and traumatic.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…