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Normally I watch less intense movies, but after re-watching Mulholland Dr. last night, and realizing how much I loved it, I'm looking for other similarly challenging films. I didn't much care for Lost Highway or other Lynch movies, but Mulholland Dr. really hits the spot. Memento comes to mind too.

Any other suggestions?
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Donnie Darko comes to mind.
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Originally Posted by BRussell

Normally I watch less intense movies, but after re-watching Mulholland Dr. last night, and realizing how much I loved it, I'm looking for other similarly challenging films. I didn't much care for Lost Highway or other Lynch movies, but Mulholland Dr. really hits the spot. Memento comes to mind too.

Any other suggestions?

You didn't like Blue Velvet? I don't know what you mean by "challanging", but
here are my suggestions:

Cronenberg's "Crash"
Videodrome
Four Rooms
The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her lover\t
Brazil
Siesta
Delicatessen
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post #4 of 61
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Originally Posted by jdcfsu

Donnie Darko comes to mind.

Yeah, I'd put that into the same class as I'm thinking. I've seen it though.

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Originally Posted by e1618978

You didn't like Blue Velvet? I don't know what you mean by "challanging", but
here are my suggestions:

Cronenberg's "Crash"
Videodrome
Four Rooms
The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her lover\t
Brazil
Siesta
Delicatessen

Thanks, I haven't seen most of those. And now that you mention it, I did like Blue Velvet.
post #5 of 61
Andrei Tarkovsky's (1972) Solaris.


...just thought of another, and from 1972 as well: Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers.

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Originally Posted by BRussell

Normally I watch less intense movies, but after re-watching Mulholland Dr. last night, and realizing how much I loved it, I'm looking for other similarly challenging films. I didn't much care for Lost Highway or other Lynch movies, but Mulholland Dr. really hits the spot. Memento comes to mind too.

Any other suggestions?


Being John Malkovich?
Pi?
Requiem for a Dream? (*shudder*)
The Interview?
Baghdad Cafe?
Crash (the Cronenberg one)?
Junior Brown's Planet?
Heat?
Gods and Monsters?
House of Sand and Fog?
The House of Yes?
Identity?
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post #7 of 61
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Originally Posted by dmz

Andrei Tarkovsky's (1972) Solaris.


...just thought of another, and from 1972 as well: Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers.

I had mixed feelings about Solaris. It was mysterious like the ones I'm looking for here, but it was very slow-moving and the mystery wasn't really all that interesting.

I haven't seen Cries and Whispers, I'll have to check that out. I liked Persona quite a bit.
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Originally Posted by BRussell

I had mixed feelings about Solaris. It was mysterious like the ones I'm looking for here, but it was very slow-moving and the mystery wasn't really all that interesting.

I haven't seen Cries and Whispers, I'll have to check that out. I liked Persona quite a bit.

Watch out though, Cries and Whispers makes Solaris -- you did see the 1972 version, yes? -- look like Diehard.


Also, what about Dark City?

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Originally Posted by dmz

Also, what about Dark City?

I have never understood why people like that movie so much.

Ooh! What about eXistenz?
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I have never understood why people like that movie so much.

It was a fairly self-conscious rant on predestination --- you should've loved it!

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post #11 of 61
Sprit of the Beehive. Glacially paced but beautiful and lyrical spanish film from the 80s. Not really in the neck of the woods of some of things you were mentioning, but I deeply love it and never pass up an opportunity to recommend it.

Burden of Dreams, a documentary about the making of Aguirre, the Wrath of God. Klaus Kinski going slowly insane in the jungle. Priceless.

Welcome to the Dollhouse. I kinda loath everything Todd Solondz did after this, though.

Brick. High school noir that totally works.

Breaking the Waves. The mothership of von Trier's freaky woman hatred/exaltation oeuvre, but it's such a great performance by Emily Watson. Not really everybody's thing.

Audition. The most fucked-up movie I have ever seen. Starts out like a Fred MacMurray vehicle and ends up like a snuff film. And it's Japanese.

Old Boy. Also Japanese, and, come to think of it, even more fucked up than Audition. The Japanese are seriously into some weird shit.

The Navigator. Medieval peasants escape the black death by digging a tunnel to the 20th century. I can't justify recommending this.

The Stuntman. Tricky pomo doings involving the film industry. Peter O'Toole, so you can't go too far wrong.
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Originally Posted by addabox

Breaking the Waves. The mothership of von Trier's freaky woman hatred/exaltation oeuvre, but it's such a great performance by Emily Watson. Not really everybody's thing.

Jesus that's an amazing movie.

As an aside, I LOVE Watson in Trixie. She's the most amazing foot-actor I've ever seen.
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post #13 of 61
Have you seen Carnivale? It's right in the same vein of a lot of the films mentioned here, but spread out over 30 or so hours.
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Have you seen Carnivale? It's right in the same vein of a lot of the films mentioned here, but spread out over 30 or so hours.

I didn't make it past the first season with that. Loved the first season. But didn't make it past it.
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post #15 of 61
A few comments on some suggestions:

Dark City and eXistenz are decent -- make you think? Not so much.

Old Boy is fantastic, but it's a Korean film, not Japanese. This is something that would probably sit up there with Donnie Darko, Mulholland and Memento.

Here's another for the growing list: Abre los Ojos/Vanilla Sky. Their basically the same movie, Abre los Ojos came first though and then Cameron Crowe made it better.
post #16 of 61
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Originally Posted by jdcfsu

A few comments on some suggestions:

Dark City and eXistenz are decent -- make you think? Not so much.

Old Boy is fantastic, but it's a Korean film, not Japanese. This is something that would probably sit up there with Donnie Darko, Mulholland and Memento.

Here's another for the growing list: Abre los Ojos/Vanilla Sky. Their basically the same movie, Abre los Ojos came first though and then Cameron Crowe made it better.

Yikes, Korean it is. I amend my remark above to: the peoples of Northeast Asia and immediate costal environs are really into some weird shit.
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post #17 of 61
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Originally Posted by jdcfsu

A few comments on some suggestions:

Dark City and eXistenz are decent -- make you think? Not so much.

Bah --- combine that comment with midwinter's feigned 'not knowing' why people 'like' that movie so much, and BRusell's highly heretical comment about the storyline of Solaris being 'slow-moving' and the mystery 'not all that interesting' --- I have to ask.... is movie watching for you guys always have to be a trip to the philosophical Nuremberg rallies?

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post #18 of 61
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Originally Posted by midwinter

Being John Malkovich?
Pi?
Requiem for a Dream? (*shudder*)
The Interview?
Baghdad Cafe?
Crash (the Cronenberg one)?
Junior Brown's Planet?
Heat?
Gods and Monsters?
House of Sand and Fog?
The House of Yes?
Identity?

Thanks for the suggestions. I've seen several of them, but I've never heard of Junior Brown's Planet. What's that? I didn't see it on Netflix or Amazon. Seeing Pi and Requiem for a Dream also reminds of Primer (oh I guess it's not by the same guy - I thought it was).
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Originally Posted by dmz

Bah --- combine that comment with midwinter's feigned 'not knowing' why people 'like' that movie so much,

It wasn't feigned. I honestly don't understand why people like that movie.
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post #20 of 61
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... and wasn't occupying the pre/post coital timeframe?

dmz, for me, everything is either pre- or post-coital.

I did like Solaris, BTW. But it was slow. So was 2001: Space Odyssey.

[edit]ah, dmz, you edited out your best line!
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Originally Posted by midwinter

It wasn't feigned. I honestly don't understand why people don't like that movie.

Feigned! Admit it! Feigned in a moment of post-coital scheming!
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post #22 of 61
If you liked Persona try some of the earlier efforts.

E.g., the Virgin Spring. That one knocked me for a loop and a half.
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If you liked Persona try some of the earlier efforts.

E.g., the Virgin Spring. That one knocked me for a loop and a half.

Try watching Virgin Spring trans-coital. It's revelatory.
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addabox - I haven't seen a single one of those! Thanks.
post #25 of 61
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Originally Posted by midwinter

It wasn't feigned. I honestly don't understand why people like that movie.

Yes, of course.

My god, man!? why all the baiting? ... Sewell's character's primo 'birth' experience in the bath at the beginning, through the repeated 'escape from control' of the 'beings that live off others' themes--coupled Jack Bauer's use of science to overcome, to help the Übermensch realize himself -- culminating in the overthrow of the Fates....?

Give me a break.....

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post #26 of 61
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Originally Posted by Timo

If you liked Persona try some of the earlier efforts.

I saw that in a european film class when i was in college. Loved it.
post #27 of 61
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Originally Posted by dmz

Yes, of course.

My god, man!? why all the baiting? ... Sewell's character's primo 'birth' experience in the bath at the beginning, through the repeated 'escape from control' of the 'beings that live off others' themes--coupled Jack Bauer's use of science to overcome, to help the Übermensch realize himself -- culminating in the overthrow of the Fates....?

Give me a break.....

I don't have a clue what all this means...
post #28 of 61
Polanski's The Tenant
Coppola's The Conversation
Soderbergh's The Limey
Welles' The Trial
...and anything by Kubrick, but especially A Clockwork Orange
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Originally Posted by dmz

Yes, of course.

My god, man!? why all the baiting? ... Sewell's character's primo 'birth' experience in the bath at the beginning, through the repeated 'escape from control' of the 'beings that live off others' themes--coupled Jack Bauer's use of science to overcome, to help the Übermensch realize himself -- culminating in the overthrow of the Fates....?

Give me a break.....

How about instead of acting like an ass you believe me when I say "It wasn't feigned. I honestly don't understand why people like that movie"?

If what you're describing here is in fact why people like the moviebecause it sticks ham-fistedly to some kind of Jungian/Nietzschean/Campbellian narrative structurethen fine. I don't find that kind of narrative structure interesting or compelling in and of itself, and I was hoping there was more to it than a stylized Campbellian masturbation with reference to neither Baudrillard nor simulacra that I was missing, considering the sheer volume of film buffs I know who love it. Is there something special about the acting? About the sci-fi adaptation of noir? About the noir adaptation of sci-fi? about the sets? about the lighting? camera work? the effects?

But seriously, man. This is AO, not PO. I'm not baiting anyone and I'm making sincere statements. You can ratchet down the paranoia about a thousand percent.
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Originally Posted by BRussell

Thanks for the suggestions. I've seen several of them, but I've never heard of Junior Brown's Planet. What's that? I didn't see it on Netflix or Amazon. Seeing Pi and Requiem for a Dream also reminds of Primer (oh I guess it's not by the same guy - I thought it was).

The Planet of Junior Brown is a weird little movie I caught late one night on cable. Was apparently released as Junior's Groove, but a solid performance by Sarah Polley, Margo Kidder (who I don't like), and Clark Johnson (Meldrick on Homicide).
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Polanski's The Tenant
Coppola's The Conversation
Soderbergh's The Limey
Welles' The Trial
...and anything by Kubrick, but especially A Clockwork Orange

Good ones, all.
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The Planet of Junior Brown is a weird little movie I caught late one night on cable. Was apparently released as Junior's Groove, but a solid performance by Sarah Polley, Margo Kidder (who I don't like), and Clark Johnson (Meldrick on Homicide).

Ooooh, for intense BRussell could just do a "Homicide" marathon. Andre Braugher is an entire sub-genre of intense unto himself.

Oh yeah, let me add to the list Run Lola Run and The Princess and the Warrior, both by German director Tom Tykwer and both staring sexy-in-that- slightly-butch-Euro-way Franka Potente.

Both are a tad gimmicky but tons 'o fun. Run Lola Run, in particular, is one of those "I"m too crazed with film ideas to edit myself or say no to my most excessive impulses" kind of deal but in a highly controlled German way.
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post #33 of 61
Clark Johnson is also a director; mainly TV shows like The Shield, but he did make The Sentinel with Michael Douglas recently. And if you like Andre Brougher, I suggest you download the first season of Thief if you haven't seen it already. Very intense show, and not all flashy like that Heist show on NBC.
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How about instead of acting like an ass you believe me when I say "It wasn't feigned. I honestly don't understand why people like that movie"?

If what you're describing here is in fact why people like the movie—because it sticks ham-fistedly to some kind of Jungian/Nietzschean/Campbellian narrative structure—then fine. I don't find that kind of narrative structure interesting or compelling in and of itself, and I was hoping there was more to it than a stylized Campbellian masturbation with reference to neither Baudrillard nor simulacra that I was missing, considering the sheer volume of film buffs I know who love it. Is there something special about the acting? About the sci-fi adaptation of noir? About the noir adaptation of sci-fi? about the sets? about the lighting? camera work? the effects?

But seriously, man. This is AO, not PO. I'm not baiting anyone and I'm making sincere statements. You can ratchet down the paranoia about a thousand percent.

I call baiting on the highest order. If you thought the movie was clumsy, you should have said so. Guilty!!








(that said, my cat-kicking deficit need not show in my posts -- apologies)

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post #35 of 61
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Originally Posted by e1618978

I don't know what you mean by "challenging"

I mean films that you don't really understand when you're watching them the first time. YOu have to do a lot of work just to figure out what's going on.
post #36 of 61
Have you seen 'Festen'?
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No mention of 2046 yet‽ That's a new classic. also Kieslowski's double life of veronique.

BTW, if you haven't read it yet, the new yorker article on mulholland drive's background is the key to understanding much of the big picture, and if Auditioning Betty in Mulholland Drive from the fall 04 film quarterly deconstructs the most important scene.
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Originally Posted by BRussell

I mean films that you don't really understand when you're watching them the first time. YOu have to do a lot of work just to figure out what's going on.

You mean like puzzle films?
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Ooooh, for intense BRussell could just do a "Homicide" marathon. Andre Braugher is an entire sub-genre of intense unto himself.

I thought about just saying that, too. Especially those early seasons.

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Oh yeah, let me add to the list Run Lola Run and The Princess and the Warrior, both by German director Tom Tykwer and both staring sexy-in-that- slightly-butch-Euro-way Franka Potente.

With the caveat that they are largely the same movie. Although the train in Wupperthal that runs over the river is very cool (I stayed, brielfy, in the city where the Princess and the Warrior was filmed).
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What about Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures?
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