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Surreal.

This movie will change the watcher in the same way as a car crash changes a person. This is more an experience than a movie. It won't easily leave your mind. For the rest of your life you'll remember The Holy Mountain. It's an onslaught. There is symbolism and confusing, surreal, absurd imagery in every second. There is not a single frame in this movie where there is not something a little out of the ordinary. It's fatiguing in its insanity. The plot is thin, you'll forget it's there.

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a mad man. The stories behind his movies productions are just as interesting as his movies. George Harrison was originally supposed to play the lead. Jodorowsky had to movie the production to New York because he was getting so many death threats. Jodorowsky almost never uses actual actors and the main players in Holy Mountain were put on an actual spiritual quest. Jodorowsky fed them hallucinogens, took them to the mountains and filmed them going through rituals that included subjecting them to their worst fears.

Holy Mountain is probably not Jodorowsky's most well made movie (that's probably Santa Sangre), but it is the most insane thing I've ever seen.

A couple warnings, Jodorowsky's films are filled with nudity. It's wall-to-wall. There's some imagery people might find disturbing. It doesn't last very long though.
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The Fall (2006)


Drama/Fantasy

The most beautiful movie ever made. Filmed in over 20 different countries. The locations are amazing and all real, there's barely any special effects or CGI in what you'll see. It's amazing from credits to credits, whether it's the ridiculous visuals or the performance of the 6-year-old Romanian actress who co-stars. Ebert said it best: "You might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it."

Set in the 1920s, a stuntman is grievously injured and befriends a little girl in the hospital. He tells her an incredible story about men seeking revenge (one of whom is Charles Darwin).
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Repo Man (1984)


Possibly my favorite movie. Funny, weird and insightful about our culture, but in a way where the movie still revels in its own silliness and absurdity. Endlessly quotable. The plot deals with alien corpses, a radiation addled scientist, punks, revolutionaries and repo men. Features my favorite actor: Harry Dean Stanton
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Drama

Directed by the Coen Brothers. Really, you should watch all of the Coen Bros' movies. They've made two bad ones: Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers and even those have their redeeming moments (in The Ladykillers "We must all have waffles, forthwith!" is one of Tom Hanks' best line readings ever). They have a few lesser ones, but they're all pretty good.

My favorite gangster movie. Set during Prohibition, it tells a complex story of two rival gangs (the Irish and the Italians) with Gabriel Byrne stuck in the middle. There's some amazing action pieces, but it's not an action movie. The real entertainment comes from watching Gabriel Byrne plot and try to survive.
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Videodrome (1983)


Directed by David Cronenberg. Stars James Woods.

Super mindfuck of a movie. James Woods is a TV producer specializing in pornography, he wants to find harder stuff. One night he finds a mysterious and disturbing show called Videodrome. As he tries to track down the source he gets pulled into a strange war between two opposing...I don't really know. But the Videodrome is effecting Woods in terrible ways.

There's insane hallucinations(?) and visuals. If you're squeamish, this might not be your best choice.
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Blue Velvet (1986)


Psychological drama/Noir/Thriller

Directed by David Lynch. Stars Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini.

Blue Velvet is a very uncomfortable movie, but it's very good and it has one of the most memorable villains of all time. A young man is walking home and finds a disembodied ear. His journey to find out where the ear came from leads him down a very dark path.
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Dogtooth (2009)


Greek.

Disturbing, very black comedy about the young adult children of parents who have kept them secluded and fed them wild misinformation about the world. One of the most interesting movies I've seen.
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Primer (2004)


Time-travel.

A true indie movie. Made for $7,000, it's the kind of thing that can only be made without studio interference. The best and most complex time travel movie ever made. I still don't fully understand what's going on. The "time machine" looks so innocuous and the rules the movie sets are logical.
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Basically takes place in one room. A group of college professors come together to throw a going away party for their departing colleague. The man of the hour starts to intimate he might be 14,000 years old. A nice thought experiment, a little overwrought at times, a little historically inaccurate, but pretty good all the same.
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Mystery/Drama/Musical

It's basically a pagan sex musical mystery.

While the remake is a lot of fun for how terrible it is, it's also interesting because it removes everything that was unique or thought provoking about the original. There's a lot of themes about prevailing values and perspective.
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Cube (1997)


Sci-Fi.

A bunch of strangers wake up in a room. Naturally, they don't know where they are or how they got there. They soon find that there are other rooms, almost exactly the same as the first room, except riddled with deadly booby traps.
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Bronson (2008)


Biopic.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who also directed Drive. Stars Tom Hardy, who was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Amazing movie, incredibly entertaining. Based on the true story of one of Britain's most famous and most violent prison inmates. There's a ton of great action, it's got a nice framework and non-linear story structure. What I wasn't expecting was how funny the movie was.
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Brick (2005)


Noir.

Directed by Rian Johnson (Looper). Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The gimmick of Brick sounds terrible: film noir set in a high school where all the kids talk in slang from the first half of the 20th Century. But it works and it works really, really well. It doesn't come off a cutsey or forced. It's a great detective twisty story with a cast comprised entirely of amoral characters. It's great just watching JGL's character doing legwork. The tropes of detective stories is made to fit perfectly in the high school setting.

A young outcast's girlfriend is found dead and he tries to figure out what happened.
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French

Thriller

Directed by Jean Luc-Godard

Godard is one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite directors. If you watch Band of Outsiders, you'll see more than a few things that'll remind you of Tarantino. You can see why. Everything's so cool. The dialogue is great. It even has a memorable dance scene that I like way more than Pulp Fiction's. Kind of experimental directing in a few places (especially that dance scene).

Two men and a woman plot to rob the woman's rich aunt.
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Maybe the best documentary I've seen. It's about a man named Thierry who goes around documenting street artists. Eventually he gets hooked up with Banksy. Then, things get a little strange. Really makes you think about the nature of art.
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Mystery/Drama

It's tough to say why, but I found this movie very unsettling. It freaked me out for a few hours after I watched it. It's also very beautiful and hypnotic. Set in 1900 in Australia, a bunch of school girls and a teacher from a private school go missing during a picnic. The rest of the movie deals with the fallout of their disappearance.

Almost every frame of the picnic is amazing to watch. You could take any frame and it would make a great picture. The direction and composition is dream-like.
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Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

One of the blackest of black comedy. Satire played so straight someone not paying attention could miss the humor all together. In fact, the amazing George C Scott wasn't even told it was a comedy (and somehow he managed to be the funniest in the movie. Some of the most iconic images in movies come from Dr. Strangelove.

A general goes insane and sends planes to nuke Russia. The president convenes his war cabinet to figure out what to do. Peter Sellers plays three roles. Has my all-time favorite ending. And, seriously, I can't stress enough how incredible George C. Scott is.
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The Devils (1971)
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Possession (1981)


Psychological drama/Horror

A very divisive movie. Some people find it too slow, some people find the gorgeous Isabelle Adjani to be too shrill and some people find it to be disturbing, nihilistic trash. So, fair warning. I loved it. It is disturbing, there a few sequences I never though I'd see in a live-action movie.

It's about a man who comes back from a long trip and finds his wife acting very strange and carrying on an affair. The surface and the sub-text are about a crumbling marriage. And what's in between is Lovecraftian madness. Has one of the darkest endings I've seen, but also one of my absolute favorites.
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Loved this movie! This is what I look for it a movie. Crazy visuals, beautiful cinematography, madness.

It's a movie that only gets described by comparing it with other movies and directors. Names that get thrown around: Kubrick, Lynch, Jodorowsky, Cronenberg, Tarkovsky, 2001, Clockwork Orange.

It's pretty divisive. There's no plot. Nothing is explained really. It's extremely slow to start. The ending is weak. But I don't care. There needs to be more psychedelic, mindfuck sci-fi movies. The middle sequence is one of the greatest I've ever seen in film.
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Holy Motors (2012)
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Freeway (1996)
Trash. Glorious, glorious trash.

Freeway is a sleazy, crazy exploitation movie that has garnered critical acclaim which seems to always be prefaced with the reviewer saying they tried not to like it.

Reese Witherspoon is a crude, illiterate and violent teenaged girl with a drug addicted hooker mother and a piece of shit step-father. When they're both arrested, she goes on a journey to her grandmother's house. But the way there is full of dangers.
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Looper (2012)


Action/Sci-Fi/Time Travel

Directed by Rian Johnson (Brick). Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Jeff Daniels.

One of my favorite movies of 2012. The pacing and themes are reminiscent of westerns, the action is well-done, but not over-used, the concept is interesting, there's some pathos. More than a couple amazing sequences. I could've done without a few things, but overall: Superb.

Time travel exists, but is illegal. Criminals organizations use it to send people into the past to be killed. The killers are under contracts the stipulate they must eventually kill themselves. Surprisingly, this system proves to be flawed.

Looper also has the greatest child actor I have ever seen. This kid is better than most adult actors.
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The Imposter (2012)
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Try your very best to know nothing about Cabin in the Woods. If you decide to check it out, don't read any descriptions.

I'll tell you this: it's very clever, it's very funny, it may seem like your average dime-a-dozen horror movie, but it is not.

I think it's brilliant.
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House (1977)


Japanese. Comedy/Horror

One of the craziest movies I've seen. It was partly written by a child and it shows in the best possible way. It's like Scooby Doo mixed with Evil Dead 2 mixed with just off-the-wall madness. Everything is strange: the sound, the editing, the angles, the special effects, the plot. There's not a single frame of normalcy. Even when normalcy is being shown it's through a weird super-happy Brady Bunch filter.

A bunch of friends go to a haunted house and things go poorly.
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Moon (2009)


Sci-Fi.

This is another one where the less you know about it, the better it is. Really great, inventive sci-fi.
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Western. Directed by Sergio Leone. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef.

When I think of the word "epic" my mind immediately leaps to this movie. It's almost perfect, there's one scene that drags and the rest flies. The characters cover so much ground, going from one dangerous situation to the next. The score is brilliant. The characters are flat, but nothing could matter less. Action is never very far away. There's even a little bit of humor.
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Action/Martial Arts

Indonesian.

The most brutal action movie I've ever seen. The violence is non-stop almost to the point where it becomes fatiguing by the end. It starts with gunfights, moves on to melee and finishes with some extremely impressive martial arts. Possibly the greatest action movie I've seen.

A SWAT team go into a seedy tenement to arrest a crime lord. Things go poorly.
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Stalker (1979)


Russian.

Soviet movie directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Very long, very slow, but once you get into the movie's rhythms it seems to fly by. It gets labelled as sci-fi, that's all I'll say. It feels a lot like "Easy Rider" in that it consists mostly of watching people travel and taking in the scenery. The entire ending portion of the movie is really powerful.

There exists an area called "The Zone." If you want to go into The Zone, you need to enlist the services of men known as stalkers. This is a movie about a trip to The Zone.
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French. Can also be found dubbed in English.

A vision of a truly alien world. A lot of things resemble what's found on our planet, but they're so, so different. Unsettling, surreal and entrancing. Thought provoking. On this world, humans are treated like pets and vermin by super-advanced giants.
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Pontypool (2008)
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Santa Sangre (1989)


Surreal/Horror

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Jodorowsky's most straight forward film, but still very strange, and his take on horror movies. Also his best looking movie with some really beautiful visuals.

I don't want to say much about the plot, but it's basically about a boy who grows up in a circus and is taken to a mental hospital after a traumatic event. Years later, his mother returns and he acts as her arms.
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Tabloid (2010)
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El Topo (1970)


Spanish. Surreal.

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Not Jodorowsky's first movie, but his first good one. It makes a lot more sense than Holy Mountain. It has an actual plot. The imagery isn't as relentless. Unfortunately, it kind of falls apart a little towards the end.

The first half of the movie is a riff on Westerns. It's about a gunfighter named El Topo, who claims to be God, who hunts down and kills a group of bandits. He rescues a woman (and abandons his son), who convinces him to duel the four master gun fighters that live in a desert. Each master represents a different religion or philosophy. Later, El Topo is betrayed by the woman. He wakes up in a cave populated by deformed and inbred outcasts. He agrees to clear out the cave entrance so they can be connected with the outside world.

El Topo is often called the first midnight movie. It was championed by John Lennon and paved the way and inspired so many other surrealist directors. El Topo (and Santa Sangre) are on Roger Ebert's list of great movies. It's amazing a movie that is so influential is so obscure.

The boy in the movie is Jodorowsky's actual 6-year-old son. In the very beginning, he has his son bury a picture of his actual mother who Jodorowsky had separated from, and one of his actual toys given to him by his mother. It's pretty safe to say Jodo is an irresponsible parent. The woman El Topo rescues was kind of just a transient, acid burn out woman Jodorowsky found wandering around. He took her into his house, she lived with his family.

Has one of my favorite quotes: "The mole is an animal that digs tunnels under the ground, searching for the sun. Sometimes his journey brings him to the surface. When he sees the sun, he is blinded.”
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Wild at Heart (1990)


Directed by David Lynch. Stars Nicholas Cage, Laura Dern. Also, Willem Dafoe, Harry Dean Stanton, Crispin Glover.

Wild At Heart is the Lynch movie that Lynch fans don't seem to like. I don't know why. It's full of Lynchian weirdness. It's his take on the road movie. Two people traveling, trying to find the perfect place, but only moving further into despair. It's funny and bizarre. Lynch directing Cage is great, crazy directing crazy.
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Drama/Madness

Directed by Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man). Stars Nic Cage...and Xzibit. There is no connection with the original Bad Lieutenant.

Just crazy directing crazy. Nic Cage is an incredibly unhinged police lieutenant who is addicted to pain killers and other drugs. He's investigating a multiple homicide and dealing with his own gambling debts.

It's a balls-to-the-wall crazy movie. Cage throws it into overdrive and there was incredibly weird story and style choices, such a lizard vision. There's some pathos in there too and it doesn't feel forced.
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Thriller.

Stars Walter Matthau. Co-stars Jerry Stiller.

Such a great, low-key movie. A group of men take a subway car hostage and Walter Matthau works to get them free. No big action moments, but entertaining all the way through. Has one of my favorite endings.
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Heathers (1988)
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Biblical drama.

Directed by Martin Scorsese. Stars Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel. Cameos by Harry Dean Stanton, Andre Gregory and David Bowie. Soundtrack by Peter Gabriel.

It sounds like a made up movie. All of those people in a Jesus movie. It's crazy, but it's the best Jesus movie (Life of Brian aside) ever made. It was very controversial when it was released for very stupid reasons.

Most Jesus movies focus on the divinity of Jesus or put a lot of emphasis on his sacrifice. Last Temptation is more interested in Jesus as a man. Willem Dafoe is a great Jesus and Harry Dean Stanton has an amazing monolog towards the end.
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