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on 25 Feb 2007 09:55

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Bizarre and fascinating movies

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1. Jules and Jim (1962)
The relationship between the three main characters is so unbelievably bizarre that it will repulses and fascinated me at the same time. It's like putting yourself through mental torture just because you want to know how it feels. The mind-f**k doesn't stop till the very end and the calm narration just adds another level of weirdness.
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People who added this item 1975  Average listal rating (1180 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
2. Blue Velvet (1986)
The movie is populated by some extremely bizarre characters who engage in equally bizarre acts. It's essentially a detective drama, but it adheres to few conventions of the genre, throwing surprises at you all through the story.
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People who added this item 33  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.4 
3. Rouge (1987)
Would you come back after death to find someone you loved? Our heroine did just that. In 1934 Fleur and Chan made a suicide pact when they could not marry and be together, in the hope that they would be together after death. Fleur waited for 53 years before she came back as a ghost to find her paramour. This movie it part love story, part ghost story, and completely engrossing.
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People who added this item 409  Average listal rating (212 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
4. The Vanishing (1988)
Get inside the mind of a psychopath and nothing will prepare you for the ending.
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5. Chungking Express (1994)
The source of most of the bizarreness is the character of Faye, played by Faye Wong (Was she playing herself or pretending to play herself?) who invades the life of an unsuspecting (and unnamed) Hong Kong cop, played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai. In my mind, I could never decide if her actions were cute or creepy.
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People who added this item 667  Average listal rating (338 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.9 
6. Breaking the Waves (1996)
The movie takes a deeply religious idea, that of a miracle granted by god in return for a true devotee's sacrifice and totally f***ks with the idea, f**king with the audience's head in the process. I have never squirmed in my seat as much as I squirmed the first time I watched this movie.
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People who added this item 394  Average listal rating (187 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
7. The Idiots (1998)
A movie about letting out your "inner idiot". Bizarre? Intriguing? Awesome? Yes, Yes and Yes.
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8. Fight Club (1999)
Brad Pitt makes one decent movie in a decade, and this was one of them. The mutually destructive relationship between the two protagonists is the bizarre center of this movie (and ode to nihilism and anarchy, btw) and there's a surprise waiting at the end.
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9. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
The constant interplay of death and sex throughout this movie makes it a compelling movie. Even Tom Cruise manages to pull off a convincing performance (largely because his character is dazed for pretty much most of the movie, which works with his wooden acting).
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10. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Who is Tom Ripley? Even Tom Ripley wouldn't know who he is, considering how quickly he sheds one skin for another. He's a sociopath and sociopaths often make for compelling viewing on-screen.
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11. In the Mood for Love (2000)
Quite possibly the most romantic and heartbreaking movie ever made (just my opinion). To watch these two people come close time and again and be kept apart (by their own doing and other times by circumstance) yet again is excruciating, yet fascinating.
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12. Amélie (2001)
The story is essentially a cutesy romance from your average chick-flick, till you start adding in the quirks of the characters and the quirks in the style of storytelling, adding up to something special.
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13. Mulholland Drive (2001)
Dream? Reality? Some mix of the two? WTF is going on here?
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14. Whatever You Say (2002)
I can't believe that we've been watching reality TV for more than a decade and a half now. This movie recognised the absurdities that come with the reality TV genre almost a decade ago. At times it was hard to tell if it the director was trying to recreate a reality TV show or spoof one.
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15. Kontroll (2003)
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People who added this item 518  Average listal rating (308 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
16. Memories of Murder (2003)
Seriously, the strangest detective drama I've seen in my life. Mixes in comedy, brutality and edge of the seat tension for a terrific movie.
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17. Dogville (2003)
The whole movie is shot in a set with no walls. Just that would get it on this list, even before you get to the cynically powerful story.
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18. Bad Education (2004)
The story in this movie proceeds on so many levels simultaneously that you can't help but be completely riveted. Most of the movie is about a director and an actor who are making a movie. The fun starts when the stories of the characters of the movie-within-the-movie start to become very similar to the stories of the characters of the movie. Making any sense so far? Fortunately, Almodovar is such a master storyteller that he keeps things straight for the rest of us.
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People who added this item 735  Average listal rating (419 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
19. 3-Iron (2004)
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People who added this item 248  Average listal rating (133 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
20. Samaritan Girl (2004)
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People who added this item 828  Average listal rating (424 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
21. 2046 (2004)
A sequel to 'In the Mood for Love' which is also part of this list (scroll above). It continues to torture the audience with excruciating heartbreak. It's not quite the masterpiece as the movie it follows, but it's bizarre style and great acting still keeps you riveted.
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22. The Lives of Others (2006)
It's the time of Communist rule in East Germany and a member of the security police is asked to conduct surveillance on a artistic couple by his corrupt superior and and dig up some real or imaginary on them. While conducting the surveillance, he becomes intimately involved with their life and begins to sympathise (love?) the two people whose life he is invading. He represents the very personification living life vicariously.
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23. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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24. Three (2010)
A man and a woman are going through a bad patch in their relationship and both start affairs.... with the same man. Need I add more?
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People who added this item 5058  Average listal rating (3358 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.8 
25. Inception (2010)
A dream within a dream within a dream, is your head spinning yet? The story is clearly influenced by the Matrix but tells a more personal story and the world doesn't need to be saved or humanity rescued.

Christopher Nolan definitely knows how to use the freedom provided by sci-fi to create unusual situations and stories that obviously cannot be explained in the normal world. This movie is possibly his best use of sci-fi so far.
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People who added this item 1225  Average listal rating (841 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
26. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Joss Whedon delivers again with his mix of comedy, horror and sci-fi a la Buffy. The climax wasn't too satisfying however, which knocks it down a whole star in my opinion.
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Mind-f**ks, unusual romances, unusual characters, unusual styles of storytelling, unusual stories... just plain unusual.

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Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Apr 30 21:33
Two suggestions: Scorsese's After Hours and Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at May 1 2:09
I haven't seen After Hours, but I'll put it on my to watch list :)
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at May 1 6:56
Some suggestions, from the sublime to the ridiculous (in a good way!):

Kubrick's 2001.
Cronenberg's Videodrome & Naked Lunch.
Miike's Visitor Q.
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Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 1 13:08
I can't wait until I get Netflix- eventually. :) In the meantime, I'll check the library to see if any of these are on file.
Posted: 2 years ago at Jul 7 18:34
Tetsuo: The Iron Man and Hausu almost totally define wtf-ness in movies

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