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The Trial

  • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
  • Surreal ▶ Yes please
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Gerry (2003)

Gus Van Sant's newest film Gerry has already earned a notorious reputation for being slow and pointless. It tries moviegoers' patience and has supposedly caused them to walk out en masse. For some people, that might hold true, but Gerry could well be Van Sant's masterpiece. It easily ranks with -- and at times surpasses -- his best work to date: Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho and To Die For. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Moralistic ▶ No thanks
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Pace ▶ Slow
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

Gerry (2003)

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  • With: Matt Damon, Casey Affleck
  • Written by: Gus Van Sant, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck
  • Directed by: Gus Van Sant
  • MPAA Rating: R for language
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Release Date: 01/11/2002
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Apocalypse Now (1979)

Only a few times in cinema history has an artist gone mad, drunk on his own power and genius, and created a loony, foolhardy, giant-sized masterpiece. Usually this comes on the heels of some huge box office success that allows both artist and financiers to believe that he can do this mad thing. D.W. Griffith mounted Intolerance, the biggest movie ever made after the huge success of The Birth of a Nation. Erich von Stroheim took on a 12-hour version of Frank Norris' McTeague, now called Greed and existing only in a 140 minute version (a newer version uses stills to restore lost scenes and runs 242 minutes). Bernardo Bertolucci made a five-hour, intercontinental epic called 1900 after the success of Last Tango in Paris. And Werner Herzog attempted to tell the story of Fitzcarraldo by hauling a life-sized ship over a life-sized mountain. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Innocence ▶ Seasoned, Savvy, Streetwise
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please

Apocalypse Now (1979)

91.0% Match

  • With: Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Marlon Brando, Sam Bottoms, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Albert Hall, G.D. Spradlin, Jerry Ziesmer, Scott Glenn, Bo Byers, James Keane, Kerry Rossall
  • Written by: John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola
  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Running Time: 153 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/10/1979
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Decasia (2003)

DVD Details: Plexifilm's handsome DVD includes liner notes and a radio interview with both Morrison and Gordon. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Moralistic ▶ No thanks
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

Decasia (2003)

91.0% Match

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  • Directed by: Bill Morrison
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 67 minutes
  • Release Date: 01/24/2002
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Stalker (1979)

After Solaris (1972), the famous Russian master filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky dabbled in science fiction once more with Stalker, an even more ambiguous and intelligent film. While Solaris was set in the claustrophobic, cluttered boredom of a spaceship, Stalker takes place mainly in The Zone, a mysterious area reportedly created by a meteorite, although many believe it is the result of something Divine. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Pace ▶ Slow
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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Stalker (1979)

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  • With: Aleksandr Kajdanovsky, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Alisa Frejndlikh, Natasha Abramova
  • Written by: Arkadi Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, based on their novel
  • Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • MPAA Rating: Unrated
  • Language: Russian with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 161 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/31/1979
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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)

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  • 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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