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January 26th, 2004

Reality-Bending Movies

This weekend, my wife and I went to see The Cooler. One of the previews, though, was for the upcoming Charlie Kaufman film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The movie’s site follows through with the trailer’s image, which starts off with the feel of an infomercial.

Afterwards, though, I noted that I was really looking forward to the film. Kaufman’s other two big films, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation., were highly to mostly enjoyable. This one looks just as good as the former. But then I got to thinking about how I enjoy almost any movie that bends reality.

For instance, one gem that is worth a Saturday afternoon perusal is The Thirteenth Floor, recommended to me by Pinger Tony. It deals with… yes, bending reality. Of course, time travel fits into this niche as well, and I’m a big fan of the Back to the Future trilogy. Another weird movie was eXistenZ, which incorporated video game aspects into its bending.

I’m always on the lookout for good movies that twist reality in unexpected ways. I don’t think Eternal Sunshine will disappoint.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 11:50:55 am
The Naked Lunch, when it was in theaters, bent reality so much, I almost needed therapy afterwards. I tried to watch it alone when it was on cable and couldn't do it.

FROM: Alex
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 12:36:46 pm
Aaahhh, Yes. Reality Bending - one of the original movies to do this was "A Clockwork Orange" by Kubrick. Even the last time I watched it, about a year ago, it gave me the creeps!

FROM: Monica
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 1:29:49 pm
did you ever see Waking Life? it was kinda more philosophical than reality-bending, but enough to be cool (esp. visually).

FROM: Ace High
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 2:43:22 pm
How about Last Action Hero as a reality bending movie. I think that it was one of the governator's best movies

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 5:27:26 pm
Naked Lunch and eXistenZ both are works by Canada's forgotten son, David Cronenberg. I'd also recommend Videodrome, which is thematically similar to eXistenZ, though quite a bit better.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 5:29:00 pm
And if you want to figure in books, go read Glamarama by Bret Easton Ellis (the guy who wrote American Psycho). If you can explain what's going on in that book (is it real? is it a movie?) you might be a supergenius.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday January 27, 2004 -- 6:21:09 pm
The Thirteenth Floor is an excellent flick. It had received little publicity, and then I saw it at my uncle's and was stunned by how good it was, and how little I had heard about it.

FROM: Jesse
DATE: Wednesday May 26, 2004 -- 6:12:27 pm
Some great reality bedning movies: Jacob's Ladder (tim robbins), vanilla sky, Donnie Darko, PI, Solaris, Waking LIfe, FIght CLub, The Game, Lost Highway, and the greatest: 2001: A space odyssey

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