Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Favorite Twisted Movies

Yesterday I saw the above trailer for the new Darren Aronofsky movie, Black Swan.  If you don’t know who Darren Aronofsky is, you either don’t pay attention to things like who directs awesome movies or you are missing out on some sweet ass movies.  Aronofsky directed and wrote Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler.  You may not be familiar with the first two, but I’m sure you’ve at least heard of The Wrestler thanks to the kudos Mickey Rourke got from the movie.  Anyway, Aronofsky is awesome.

Why do I mention this?  Because this trailer got me thinking about some movies I haven’t thought about in a long time.  Some great movies that I thought I would share with you.

Pi — As I wrote above, another Aronofsky movie.  A psychological thriller about a man obsessed with numbers and the patterns that occur in everything.  He begins obsessing over the numbers his self-built computer spits out.  Things get crazy and intense and you’ll wonder if you’re not going crazy yourself.  It’s brilliantly shot in black and white and it keeps you thinking and guessing throughout.  What really makes this movie stand out to me is that it makes you aware of the delicateness of your sanity.  We’re all just one consuming thought away from completely losing our shit.

Memento — This is a movie that most of you have already seen.  No matter.  It’s still great and you can all nod your head while you read along.  What makes this great?  The same thing that makes Pi great.  The fact that it makes you feel what the main character is feeling.  The main character, Leonard Shelby, has anterograde amnesia which means he can’t create any new memories.  The film is structured so that you don’t have any more information than the main character and you feel like you have no short term memory, either.  You’ll feel like your brain is broken after watching it.  Don’t worry, it’s not actually broken.  Unless it is.

The Big Lebowski — Am I wrong?  You’re not wrong, Jeff.  You’re just an asshole.  Yeah, you’ve seen this.  It’s hilarious and great.  Watch it again.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — You’ve probably figured out that I like movies that mess with your head—or are about messing with someone’s head.  This is another example of that.  Jim Carrey’s character undergoes a procedure to have memories of his ex-girlfriend erased from his mind and we’re taken along on the ride through his memories.  It’s a sweet and dark movie about why even the bad memories are good.

Requiem for a Dream — Okay, this one might not be for everyone.  Like any other Aronofsky film, it’s very, very dark.  Some scenes are very hard to watch, but I think it’s worth it.  It deals with the different types of addiction and how it can ruin your life.  If you thought Trainspotting was disturbing, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  Ellen Burstyn is fantastic as the mother addicted to TV and diet pills.  It’s not easy to watch, but who says movies should be easy to watch?

You should watch all of these movies, but probably not back to back.  Otherwise you won’t ever want to interact with humans ever again.

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