At The Morning News today I quantify and enumerate my favorite brand of film: movies during which you have no freakin’ idea what the hell is going on.
Pretty much any list of this sort is going to provoke violent “this list is worthless without ______?!” reactions. (Ha! Halfway through writing that sentence someone IM’d me the link to this Metafilter thread). The last minute addition of Donnie Darko to the list was an acknowledgment of this fact, but I had to draw the line somewhere.
There were a fair number of other movies that I skipped because of the “premillennium problem”–that is, the huge spate of remarkably similar films released just prior to the year 2000 (e.g., The Thirteenth Floor) Given that, you may wonder how The Game got on there. Well, first of all, it perfectly fit the criteria I set out in the introduction, so it wins on a technicality. And I quite enjoyed it. It’s also significant because it sort of forecasts the rise of ARGs, but I somehow neglected to mention that in my review.
Here’s some others I considered adding to the article … and that you should consider adding to your Netflix queue:
- Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
- Stalker (1975)
- Liquid Sky (1982)
- House of Games (1997, doesn’t really qualify but I love it so).
- The City of Lost Children (1995, my review here)
- Pi (1998)
- Audition (1999)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Das Experiment (2001, my review here)
- Oldboy (2003)
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, my review here)
- The Machinist (2004)
- A Scanner Darkly (2006, my review here)
Also, if you haven’t watched the 1967 BBC series The Prisoner … yeah. You should do that.
Feel free to mention your favorites in the comments.