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My Own Private Idaho

  • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
  • Surreal ▶ Yes please
  • Innocence ▶ Seasoned, Savvy, Streetwise
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Belle de Jour (1967)

If Martin Scorsese's recent films have been disappointing (Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence), at least he is using his power as a filmmaker to re-release classic films to the general public. Thanks to Scorsese, Mirimax picked up the distribution rights to the "lost" classic by director Luis Buñuel (who is probably most famous for slicing up that cow eye in 1928's Un Chien Andalou). Its subject matter understandably offended some upon its initial release, but it's the best film you can see in the theaters right now. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Carnality ▶ Strong animal desire, hunger or desperation
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ No thanks
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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Belle de Jour (1967)

92.0% Match

  • With: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page
  • Written by: Jean-Claude Carrière, Luis Buñuel
  • Directed by: Luis Buñuel
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Language: French with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/23/1967
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8½ (1963)

Federico Fellini's manic, larger-than-life 8 ½ (1963) rules as the king of all Italian movies. It's the Citizen Kane, the Children of Paradise of Italy. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Brainy ▶ Brainy or complex
    • Production Level ▶ Polished
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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8½ (1963)

90.0% Match

  • With: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Barbara Steele, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk, Madeleine Lebeau, Caterina Boratto, Eddra Gale, Guido Alberti
  • Written by: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi, based on a story by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano
  • Directed by: Federico Fellini
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Language: Italian with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 138 minutes
  • Release Date: 02/13/1963
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The Ornithologist (2017)

The Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues (O Fantasma, Two Drifters, To Die Like a Man) is usually puzzling, and polarizing. I tend to like his films, but he tends to alienate many critics. He's openly gay but doesn't show gay themes in a soft or coddling way. He can be absurd and surreal, but not necessarily at the same time. His new The Ornithologist feels like it tiptoes around territory previously explored by David Lynch, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Alejandro Jodorowsky, and it had me for most of its running time, but as it reaches the final ten or so minutes, it more or less dives off a cliff. It lost me. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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The Ornithologist (2017)

90.0% Match

  • With: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues, Han Wen, Chan Suan, Juliane Elting, Flora Bulcão, Isabelle Puntel
  • Written by: João Pedro Rodrigues, Joao Rui Guerra da Mata
  • Directed by: João Pedro Rodrigues
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: In Portuguese, English, Mandarin, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 117 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/06/2017
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I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

Charlie Kaufman has made only eight films in 21 years, five as a writer and three more as a writer/director, and few other filmmakers today have showed as strong and as vivid a personal vision. His vision often has to do with discomfort and fears of inadequacy, loss and eroding mortality. They're not easy to watch; I certainly underrated his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York when I first saw it (I need to see it again), mainly because of what a distinctly uncomfortable, and endless, experience it was. His new I'm Thinking of Ending Things, adapted from a novel by Iain Reid and premiering on Netflix, sunk its claws into me a little more easily, perhaps because of the pandemic (perhaps we're all seeing things more like Charlie these days). I confess the movie lost me, and I had to do a little research into the novel to pick up some final clues, but it will certainly be worth seeing again. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Anxiety Level ▶ I like my stomach in knots
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

89.0% Match

  • With: Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, David Thewlis, Guy Boyd, Hadley Robinson, Gus Birney, Abby Quinn, Colby Minifie, Anthony Robert Grasso, Teddy Coluca, Jason Ralph, Oliver Platt (voice)
  • Written by: Charlie Kaufman, based on a novel by Iain Reid
  • Directed by: Charlie Kaufman
  • MPAA Rating: R for language including some sexual references
  • Running Time: 134 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/04/2020
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Swiss Army Man (2016)

This is the kind of bizarre, original, risk-taking independent movie that is increasingly rare to find in these times of superhero and action movie franchises. It's weird and amazing, and refreshing. Co-written and co-directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Swiss Army Man is a compendium of strange ideas, beautiful things, some disturbing thoughts, and a touching friendship that could only be found in movies. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Rules ▶ Escapable or can be transformed
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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Swiss Army Man (2016)

89.0% Match

  • With: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero, Timothy Eulich, Richard Gross, Andy Hull, Marika Casteel, Aaron Marshall, Shane Carruth
  • Written by: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
  • Directed by: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
  • MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual material
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Release Date: 06/23/2016
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