A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while.
Despite feeling rather unmoved by Quentin Dupieux's Rubber, I decided to give Wrong a chance after stumbling upon it on Netflix last night. What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be!
Dolph (I laughed whenever anyone said his name, especially when the Pharmacist/Pet Detective referred to him as Adolf) is a quiet, mild-mannered, middle-aged guy who wakes up at 7:60am and starts his quirky adventure in the hunt for his missing dog, Paul.
While the film had very interesting point-of-view shots, great cinematography and a subtle and lovely score, the absurd and humorous story will surely remain the most memorable feature of Wrong.
It is very clear that Quentin Dupieux is an imaginative and creative person with a unique…
People working in an office with sprinklers continuously spraying water.
People dying. And then not dying. And then dying.
Accessing dog turd memory.
A random car painter.
All so very, very Wrong. Yet somehow right. Where Rubber didn't click, this piece of absurd surrealism did.
There is still hope for me and Dupieux.
Anti-Humor Absurdist Sketch Show: The Movie: The Sequel: Sort Of
Dupieux drops the social commentary (Or does he? I really have no fucking clue.) and shows that it's not the shit that sticks that's fun, it's the act of throwing it against the wall. Though not especially funny or incoherent enough to elicit more complex brain functions, Wrong - when watched from a distance - combines a precise blend of acting, direction, editing, and a script just absurd enough to evoke that strangely comforting sense of temporary confusion; it's a free drug trip, and I only had to remind myself that I wasn't really losing my mind a few times throughout, and that the world would make sense again after the film. If Rubber rubbed you the wrong way with its moralistic pretensions, and if getting tricked into considering you might be having a mild stroke is your thing, Wrong might be right for you.
"Beaudiful...ver' moving..." - Master Chang
If Rubber was Quentin Dupieux subverting the B-movie genre, this is Quentin Dupieux subverting the David Lynch movie. Whether the beats from Lost Highway are intentional or not, there's an inescapable feeling hanging above Wrong that leaves you longing for a better film. Wrong is by no means a bad film, oh no; it's Dupieux being incredibly brave with a script chock full of inconsistencies and off-the-wall symbolism. There are scenes that ramble on and are out of place in the conventional narrative that the film sometimes reverts to, and although entertainingly strange, this wears a little thin as the film goes on.
Working on the thinnest of plots, Dupieux draws out some cracking moments…
With Rubber, director Quentin Dupieux had all of the pieces on the table to build a gleefully bizarre puzzle, but he just couldn't get all of them nestled in place. I sure didn't regret watching it, though, and was curious to see if he could orchestrate the madness a little better the next time around. It didn't take him long to churn out the next entry in his increasingly weird filmography. It's called Wrong, and Dupieux has clicked this time. It won't be for everyone, of course, but I was highly entertained and amused.
Dupieux's films are not so easy to categorize, but I guess we can file his work under 'dark comedy'. Wrong finds the filmmaker more focused with…
So many questions.
Is the opening scene supposed to be the directer telling us that we're about to watch him take a giant dump on screen?
Is the main character's facial hair supposed to tell us that he has no soul?
Is Victor's truck supposed to represent America? (It's red, white and (later) blue, and the fuel gage doesn't work so we never know if it has enough gas or not.)
I don't know what it is about Dupieux's strangeness that works for me, but it does. The clock gag got me every single time.
In "Wrong," Dolph(Jack Plotnick) is having a bad start to his day. To start with, his dog has gone missing. Then, his palm tree has mutated into a pine tree. His gardener Victor(Eric Judor) says he can fix the problem but it will cost $500. On the plus side, Emma(Alexis Dziena) takes a liking to Dolph after he calls the pizza place where she works to complain about the lack of logic in the company's mascot. So much so, that she sends him a free pizza with a note inside.
Look, I understand if Quentin Dupieux's films are not for everyone. But I think his brand of surrealism works well in this story of an office drone whose life and…
Very weird. Very interesting, but very weird. Slightly boring.
It's better than Rubber, I'll give it that. It doesn't fulfill the great first act buildup but the more surrealistic nightmare it tries to become, the more generic it became.
Dupieux, who made the smushy absurdist RUBBER, then moved on to the moodier WRONG. Dolph, played by Jack Plotnick, is an office drone who needs to find his missing dog. Same cracking surreal absurdities in them both.
RUBBER, I think, was funnier and more shocking, as desert and cops and explosions added confusion over whether it was straight exploitation gone awry or twisted black comedy gone straight. WRONG's much thicker anyway. I appreciate the order, though: if this one came first, the dull suburban malaise, that would cheapen the loud/weird desert bang.
Weirdness/layering of a grinning Lynch conspiracy -- wow, just as crazy and stupid and well-built -- that works sometimes and doesn't sometimes.
I wasn't much of a fan of Rubber, Quentin Dupieux's previous film, but this particular brand of strangeness worked for me for reasons I can't quite articulate. (Oh, comedy, so hard to talk about.)
Weird. The work of an artist director and his dreams. A few parts are funny and it's definitely unusual. I think David Lynch would enjoy it.
A man wakes up to find his dog missing. This "mystery" plays more like a lucid dream. As surreal as Dupieux's previous film, Rubber.
Enquanto os absurdos de Rubber serviam ao propósito meio metalinguístico do filme, aqui as coisas beiram o puro niilismo, sendo erradas por simplesmente assim serem. Isso se faz interessante no começo e ainda acompanha um trabalho de fotografia lindão, mas acaba que cansa do meio para o final ...
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Pulp Fiction
- Dead Snow
Films with scenes where someone has a poo.
I'm 37 years old.
- No Blade of Grass
- The Last Wave
- 1990: The Bronx Warriors
- Miracle Mile
This is a compilation of all feature films that have played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX from 2005 through…