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The Ornithologist

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Possession (1981)

Surely one of the most deranged, mind-bogglingly bizarre horror movies ever made, Andrzej Zulawski cult classic Possession (1981) is a hard movie to find, particularly in its uncut, 123-minute version. So there's this husband, Mark (Sam Neill) and wife, Anna (Isabelle Adjani) who fight. The wife disappears. She might be having an affair. The husband finds that their son's teacher (also played by Adjani) is a dead ringer for his wife. A private detective is hired. A second apartment is discovered, and inside it is... well... a kind of... thing. Zulawski, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 75, directs with a deceptive quality; things seem normal until they suddenly don't. It's a lurching feeling, like a waking hallucination. Although barely anyone knew quite what to make of it when it was first shown, Adjani at least won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. read more...
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    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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Possession (1981)

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  • With: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent, Johanna Hofer, Carl Duering, Shaun Lawton, Michael Hogben
  • Written by: Andrzej Zulawski, Frederic Tuten
  • Directed by: Andrzej Zulawski
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Running Time: 124 minutes
  • Release Date: 10/28/1983
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Enemy (2014)

The Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) continues his collaboration with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, following last year's Prisoners. The result here is much tighter but far less realistic. Indeed, Enemy could easily be described as surreal. It's a mystery story, with mystery elements, but the movie does not provide much in the way of answers. It's more like a David Lynch film, with clues, emotions, images, ideas, and sensations coming together for one unique experience, with a bizarre, unforgettable ending. read more...
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    • Carnality ▶ Strong animal desire, hunger or desperation
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Enemy (2014)

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  • With: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini
  • Written by: Javier Gullón, based on a novel by José Saramago
  • Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
  • MPAA Rating: R for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Release Date: 03/14/2014
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Madeline's Madeline (2018)

Josephine Decker's Madeline's Madeline is done in a kind of hallucinatory fashion, with wandering shots and editing that jumps in and out of scenes that are either dreams or fantasies or illusions. The young star, Helena Howard, clearly has something, and hopefully she can get more strong roles in the future. She's Madeline, a troubled teen girl who is part of an after-school acting class. Her teacher (Molly Parker) encourages her to dig deeper in her exercises, mainly pretending to be animals. Her mother (Miranda July) is exasperated at her strange behavior. Things just seem to meander through a series of actors doing acting exercises until we're not sure whether or not Madeline is insane. Many have admired it, but I'm afraid it just didn't really work for me. read more...
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Madeline's Madeline (2018)

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  • With: Helena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker, Okwui Okpokwasili, Julee Cerda, Sunita Mani, Felipe Bonilla, Lisa Tharps, Curtiss Cook, Reynaldo Piniella
  • Written by: Josephine Decker
  • Directed by: Josephine Decker
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/10/2018

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Woodshock (2017)

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Like Me (2018)

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