Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Mental Misdirection of Thought Provoking Film...

I have long called this class of Movies: “Mind F*** Movies” - and the ones listed below are some of the best in recent years. Of course, many of Alfred Hitchcock’s films could have made this list, however, I am only including one film by that talented Director. This list is in no particular order, as each of these films has their merit in plots that deceive, twist and turn, and confuse in general – while hiding some Grand Illumination Noir to be revealed. These are highly recommended.

1. Vidocq (2001) - Strange and Darkly Surrealistic French Film with Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet, Inés Sastre. Fantastic film!  French with English subtitles... Trailer

2. Dark City (1998) – Can I just state: Strange and Darkly Surrealistic (again) Think Matrix.  Trailer

3. The Matrix (1999) – What can I say that hasn’t been said before. (No link needed)

4. The Prestige - The Prestige (2006) is a film starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Michael Caine. With David Bowie as Tesla. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Make sure you watch from the very beginning to the very end. There are many Mysteries to be revealed! Trailer

5. Momento – Also by Christopher Nolan. I’ve told you this before, haven’t I.  Trailer

6. Fight Club – One Hell of a Mind F*** Movie! The trailers never did it justice. Multi depth, subliminal twist and turns with one big surprise wrapped in Dark Poetry. A must see film!

7. IDENTITY (2003) - Clever and Deceptive: Trailer

8. Jacob's Ladder - Based on MK-Ultra... Trailer

9. Angel Heart (1987) - "Harry Angel has been hired to search for the truth... Pray he doesn't find it."  One of Mickey Rourke’s better performances. Trailer

10. David Cronenberg's: eXistenZ (1999) – “Reality”..? Trailer  Allegra: "This is it you see. This is the cage of your own making. Which keeps you trapped and pacing about in the smallest possible space forever."

11. Pi – 1998 Sundance winner. Numbers and the esoteric meaning of… Trailer

12. Naked Lunch – Surreal, Trippy and Bizarre. Based upon the book by William Burroughs. Directed by David Cronenberg. Trailer

13. Twelve Monkeys (1995) – Time shifts, or Reality shifts… by Terry Gilliam - Trailer

14. Brazil - by Terry Gilliam (1985)  Bizarre Fantasy.  Trailer

15. Mulholland Drive (2001) – by David Lynch. Dark, brooding and mysterious. Trailer

16. Lost Highway - Another great Film by David Lynch - Trailer

17. Thirteenth Floor - Directing could have been a little bit better.  Still a good one to watch. Trailer

18. The Sixth Sense - What can I say.  I see... Trailer

19. Siesta - Couldn't find a Trailer for this one.

20. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.  Of course!

21. Pan's Labyrinth - by Guillermo Del Toro. Trailer

22. And… the old TV show: The Prisoner.  Be seeing you...

Comments welcome!


  1. I'm a fan of a lot of these, so I guess that means I should look up the others. LOVE that The Prisoner made your list by the way :)

  2. Glad to hear it... Love The Prisoner!