There is a ‘genre’ of movie which main concern is to mess with your mind and make you leave a cinema with that beautiful emotion known only as: ‘whatthefuckisgoingon?‘ I am indeed talking about the ‘cinematic mind-fuck’. From Terry Gilliam, to David Lynch and the influential Luis Bunuel, there are directors out there who delve into our minds and distort reality and unreality so much that we don’t know what the hell is going on. Below is my top 5.
In no particular order.
1) Un Chien Andalou – Luis Bunuel
Nothing makes sense in this surrealistic nightmare, and indeed it’s not supposed to. Severed hands are hit with sticks, books turn to shotguns, clothes disappear and reappear, and near the end, there’s a random shot of a butterfly. It’ll frustrate you, anger you, and fuck with your mind.
2) A Clockwork Orange – Stanley Kubrick
Masterpiece of satire, yet unbelievably weird. A woman is killed with a giant sculpture of a penis, there are random pieces of pop-art with naked people on, there’s a fast-motion sex scene, and none of the characters speak what we’d call ‘English’. And all of the main characters where jock-straps on top of white trousers. Psychadelic, or what?
3) Mulholland Drive – David Lynch
David Lynch’s movie is just about comprehensible as it nears its end, yet the rug is pulled from under the carpet in the last thirty minutes. People randomly turn smaller, dreams become reality and reality becomes dreams, and…oh I don’t know what’s going on. I imagine Lynch himself doesn’t know what the hell is going on…
4) Memento – Christopher Nolan
One of the best thrillers ever made. A man investigates who raped and murdered his wife…yet, it’s all told backwards. Yes, backwards.
5) The Alphabet 1, 2 and 3 – David Lynch
An oddly disturbing set of films consisting of random images and clips. It’s also a bit silly as a story is told through different letters of the alphabet. It’ll probably ruin your memories of learning the alphabet as a child forever.