Mindf*ck films

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  • ram 13 Oct 2006 12:25:40 3,488 posts
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    I've got a few friends coming over next weekend to watch a few films and the theme is films that do your head in.

    We've come up with Donnie Darko, Mulholland Drive & Blue Velvet. Can you recommend any others?

    Need to be films that either have wierd twists or are just plain wierd in the way the above are.
  • Fat-Boy 13 Oct 2006 12:28:26 4,300 posts
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    Get them drunk and make the watch Memento. Then ask them for a brief outline of the plot when it's finished.
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    Jacobs Ladder
  • York 13 Oct 2006 12:28:51 8,667 posts
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    ram wrote:
    Donnie Darko
    Beyond me how this film got that kind of reputation.

    I blame Jo Whiley for never shutting up about how she couldn't understand it on Radio 1.
  • Pinchy 13 Oct 2006 12:29:03 842 posts
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    jacob's ladder.
  • Fatfish 13 Oct 2006 12:29:47 3,377 posts
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    Anything by David Lynch - such as Videodrome or Naked Lunch. There's another one called Dark City which I seem to remember was quite trippy too (not by David Lynch though I don't think).
  • Fatfish 13 Oct 2006 12:30:46 3,377 posts
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    boabg wrote:
    Jacobs Ladder

    +1 Great film.

    edit: There was good Korean thriller on Film4 last night as well - called Old Boy. About a bloke who had been held prisoner for 15 years but some weirdo. Kept in a room on the 7.5th floor of an office block. Good fight scenes, but the whole story is an unravelling of why he was held captive, who held him captive and what happened to him, his wife and his daughter. Didn't stay up to watch the end, but was really gripping up until I switched off.

    There's some really good Asian mind fuck films out there. We had another thread on a horror film (again, Film4) about a group of Korean soldiers sent to find out what happened to a platoon of guys that disappeared. Can't remember what it was called, but the twist at the end was really freaky!

    Edited by Fatfish at 12:34:39 13-10-2006
  • Shrimp 13 Oct 2006 12:30:46 1,081 posts
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    Primer, Primer, Primer.... oh, and Primer.
  • pjmaybe 13 Oct 2006 12:31:51 70,676 posts
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    Naked Lunch definitely.

    Eraserhead.

    Blue Velvet for so many reasons...

    Possibly even Wild at Heart.

    Freaks.

    A lot of Jan Svankmayer's stuff.

    Oh and even City of Lost Children for the "Santa" sequence.

    Peej
  • silentbob 13 Oct 2006 12:32:10 29,026 posts
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    Brazil, 2001:A Space Odyssey, Kairo (aka Pulse).

    They should have you all gibbering wrecks in no time at all. :)

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    Acid + Yellow Submarine = bliss :)
  • [maven] 13 Oct 2006 12:34:28 5,187 posts
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • mad_caddy 13 Oct 2006 12:34:34 3,306 posts
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    Shrimp wrote:
    Primer, Primer, Primer.... oh, and Primer.

    +1

    It did my bloody head in completely!
  • ram 13 Oct 2006 12:35:17 3,488 posts
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    Ahh Naked Lunch saw it ages ago but that is a good recommendation. Jacobs Ladder great film but seen it too often.

    Memento we've all seen but great film.

    Never heard of Primer.

    Brazil great, 2001 great I'll have a look at Kairo.

    Eraserhead seen it, didn't really like it, too freekin wierd (even though thats the point :) )

    Thanks for the recommendations.
  • cubbymoore 13 Oct 2006 12:35:22 36,504 posts
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    Pi
  • TwistidChimp 13 Oct 2006 12:35:52 8,825 posts
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    mad_caddy wrote:
    Shrimp wrote:
    Primer, Primer, Primer.... oh, and Primer.

    +1

    It did my bloody head in completely!

    Ditto, if you watch Primer once and can honestly say.. yes.. I knew exactly what was going on there. Your a lying bast and should be treated as such.

    chuffing ace film though.

    Edited by TwistidChimp at 12:40:48 13-10-2006
  • Scurrminator 13 Oct 2006 12:35:56 8,465 posts
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    a scanner darkly, the machinist and superman returns - watch it and then wonder how they fucked it up = ultimate mind fuck

    You dare to strike Scurrcules!?

  • Fatfish 13 Oct 2006 12:36:23 3,377 posts
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    [maven] wrote:
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Not really a mind fuck though - just a well put together realisation of a journo's drug fuelled antics in a big city with weird people and lots of trippy lights and sounds.
  • Shrimp 13 Oct 2006 12:38:56 1,081 posts
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    TwistidChimp wrote:

    Ditto, if you watch Primer once and can honestly say.. yes.. I knew exactly what was going on there. Your a lying bast and should be treated as such.

    Damn right. Although if you read the Wikipedia page (MASSIVE SPOILERS of course) you'll find that what's actually happening is following a very simple (but obscure) rule (iterated many time), making it even more impressive.
  • The_Aardvark 13 Oct 2006 12:39:17 3,063 posts
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    Someone's already beat me to Pi and Momento.

    Akira?

    Spirited Away is pretty trippy but not exactly mindfuckage.

    Identity is pretty under-rated. That's got a nice twist going on.
  • ram 13 Oct 2006 12:39:26 3,488 posts
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    Machinist, great film, unbelievable how much weight he lost for the role. That is dedication to your art.
  • gang_of_bitches 13 Oct 2006 12:39:53 5,644 posts
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    Pretty much anything by David Cronenberg as I believe Fatfish meant to say. They're pretty much all freaky, always liked Dead Ringers myself.
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    The_Aardvark wrote:
    Identity is pretty under-rated. That's got a nice twist going on.

    +1 Picked this up in the video shop for a fiver as my missus likes that Cuasck guy. Good film!
  • NeoGoaT 13 Oct 2006 12:40:26 290 posts
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    Ichi the Killer.
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    Oldboy?
  • NeoGoaT 13 Oct 2006 12:43:13 290 posts
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    Fatfish wrote:
    boabg wrote:
    Jacobs Ladder

    +1 Great film.

    There's some really good Asian mind fuck films out there. We had another thread on a horror film (again, Film4) about a group of Korean soldiers sent to find out what happened to a platoon of guys that disappeared. Can't remember what it was called, but the twist at the end was really freaky!

    It's called R-Point I think.
  • The_Aardvark 13 Oct 2006 12:43:39 3,063 posts
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    How about Hero? That's got a great non-linear structure and awesome kung-fu age. Also, everything in every scene is colour co-ordinated. Which is just above and beyond.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 13 Oct 2006 12:45:01 7,020 posts
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    For total headfuckedness then watch The Cremaster Cycle.

    For a more chilled, but dreamy epic watch the Qatsi Trilogy or Baraka. They are particularly good if you are stoned. So I've been told.
  • Deleted user 13 October 2006 12:50:07
    "I Spit on your Grave" and "The Driller Killer" are fucked up films.
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