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The Ornithologist

  • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
  • Surreal ▶ Yes please
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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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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • 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: 10/27/1983
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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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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • 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: 03/13/2014
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Luz (2019)

Tilman Singer's Luz, from Germany, is one of the stranger horror movies in recent years, more of an impression than an experience, easier to watch than to describe. A young woman cab driver named Luz (Luana Velis) walks into a police station and starts saying strange things. Meanwhile, a man in a bar, Dr. Rossini (Jan Blurhardt) attracts the attention of a woman, Nora (Julia Riedler), who discovers that he's a psychotherapist, tells him weird stories and buys him odd-looking drinks. Then the man, disoriented, receives a page and goes to work. Luz is in a large room where a woman sits at a desk and a man sits in a recording booth. The doctor arranges a few chairs and hypnotizes Luz, and then she re-creates (I think) the events of earlier in the evening while driving her cab. (To be honest, Luz reminded me a little of Winona Ryder's "Corky" from Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth.) Then it gets really bizarre. Singer shoots on 16mm and allows bits of dust and wear to show on his images, and his wide, chilly staging and rhythms are meant to recall some of the edgier, moodier horror movies of the 1970s, likely those by David Cronenberg and Dario Argento, rather than any jump-scares or blood or screaming. The 70-minute running time is exactly right, bringing it closer to the realm of experimental horror than anything mainstream. If something like Berberian Sound Studio is more your cup of tea than, say, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, then give Luz a whirl. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Anxiety Level ▶ I like my stomach in knots
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

Luz (2019)

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  • With: Luana Velia, Jan Bluthardt, Nadja Stubiger, Johannes Benecke, Julia Riedler, Lilli Lorenz
  • Written by: Tilman Singer
  • Directed by: Tilman Singer
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: German, Spanish, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 70 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/15/2019
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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: 08/09/2018
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Woodshock (2017)

Written and directed by fashion industry sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, this experimental, drug-hazed movie certainly looks interesting, but whatever it's up to, it doesn't seem to have achieved it. read more...
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    • Surreal ▶ Yes please
    • Optimistic ▶ No thanks
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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Woodshock (2017)

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  • With: Kirsten Dunst, Pilou Asbaek, Joe Cole, Jack Kilmer, Susan Traylor, Steph DuVall
  • Written by: Laura Mulleavy, Kate Mulleavy
  • Directed by: Laura Mulleavy, Kate Mulleavy
  • MPAA Rating: R for drug use, language and a scene of violence
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/21/2017
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