Mentally challenging movies?

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  1. Jeremiah

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    After just seeing Mulholland Dr. last week and talking about Memento today with friends I was wondering what are some other mentaly challenging movies out there that I could rent?

    I heard Blue Velvet was good but Lost Highway was not. I don't expect there to be many but I know there has to be several out there. They don't have to be David Lynch films either.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Ike

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    Lost Highway is very good, and a noodle scratcher. If you liked Mulholland Drive, absolutely go find a copy of Lost Highway. They deal with similar themes in some similar ways, but Lost Highway is a little more "out there."
     
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    I would highly recommend the film Jacob's Ladder. When I watched it with my girlfriend it created some nice conversation afterword and besides that it is just one terrific movie.

    -Eric
     
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    Open Your Eyes from Alejandro Amenabar (The Others). Cameron Crowe remade it as Vanilla Sky.
     
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    Frailty!
     
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    I just saw Mullhonland Dr and up till now I thought Memento was confusing but man Mulholand Dr makes your brain freakin explode. What the heck was that? I wanna like it but I still dont know what the heck happned.

    Najib_H

    p.s. I just saw Frailty and it has to be there also. Great movie if you guys have nor seen it.
     
  7. Garrett Lundy

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    Also check Donnie Darko
     
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    Thanks for the replys everybody, I will be looking for these movies in the comming weeks.
     
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    2001

    Fight Club

    12 Monkeys

    A.I.

    K-Pax

    Blade Runner

    Contact

    Dark City
     
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    Akira.

    Ghost in the Shell.
     
  12. Tom Meyer

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    You want to question what it means to be alive ? Try:

    Wings of Desire (of course!)

    After Life

    The Seventh Seal

    Waking Life (brush up your Kierkegaard first)

    (will add more when I get home and look @ my DVDs)
     
  13. JohnRice

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    A lot of great suggestions.
    I have to second Donnie Darko.
    Mulholland Drive is also a recent one that fits, except I'm not sure there is too much to understand. I think it is purely perceptual.
     
  14. Jack Briggs

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    The entire Stanley Kubrick ouvre. Also, on a lark I screened the Vertigo DVD last night and was reminded once again how Mr. Hitchcock spoke volumes with his composition alone--and a single tilt of the camera would be worth thousands of words. His films engage on a cerebral and a visceral level all at once.
     
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    Mentally challenging films don't necessarily have to be the kind that go out of their way to confuse you. Any film that has a lot brewing under the surface I would consider a challenging film. Just look at any of Kubrick's works.

    Hmm, Jack managed to post exactly one minute before I did. I suppose I should add another example then. How about Terrence Malick, especially with a film like Days of Heaven, which appears so simple on the surface but almost each image in the film has a double meaning to it.
     
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    Jack

    Then I hope you will be joining The Cinematography thread when we get to Vertigo. Due to some snage, it may be the next film discussed.
     
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    Forget Donnie Darko, watch Pi instead!!
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    Seriously, both films are WELL worth watching if you like a challenge.
     
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    Also I would reccomend movies that have multiple interpretations, meaning you could believe one idea or have a completely different take on the whole movie.

    American Psycho

    Total Recall

    Usual Suspects

    Although none of these films are too confusing, it's fun to look at them from both (or more) points of view.
     
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