The early life of Richard Feynman, played by Mattew Broderick, only saw it once and just wow.
Last Action Hero. At one point there's a movie within a movie within a movie. Far out.
The man from Earth
We park our car in the same garage, these are the first two that came to mind. Though I would add The Thin Red Line, I Heart Huckabees and 2001: A Space Odyssey to that list.
It really makes you question the reality you live in. It was The Matrix before the Matrix. Same for Total Recall. I'll add Conan the Barbarian (1982) to the list. Its a very deep film beneath the fantasy action with sword weilding musle man exterior. And it has the biggest fck off epic score of any film ever made.
Two films that made me think about life, death, questions of motivation (why do we ever do anything?), and more, but go about it in very different ways:
- The Accidental Tourist starts with the death of a child, and shows the lives of those affected by the tragedy afterwards, and how they manage to put things back together, eventually.
- The Ice Storm, on the other hand, is about life before the death of a child; the various little failures, moral and practical, that set a tragic chain of events in motion.
It only just occurred to me that both films involve the death of a child, but aren't really about that. Instead, I think it's about how such a tragedy makes the characters rethink their lives - and that rubbed off on me, a little.
On top of others mentioned, try some more Charlie Kaufman!
Being John Malkovich
Synecdoche, New York
I'd recommend watching them in that order too: BJM to get you used to his mind, Adaptation.to get you used to his meta-ness (is that a word?); by then the ultra-mega-meta SNY should be less confusing
(I haven't yet watched Human Nature or Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, so can't comment on them, maybe someone else can...)
Plenty of movies out there to stimulate the mind:
Short cuts by Robert Altman,
Paris Texas by Wim Wenders,
Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog
Melancholia by Lars von Trier
Moon by Duncan Jones
Russian Ark by Alexandr Sukotov
My Architect by Nathaniel Kahn
For a real mind-bender, see "Meshes of the Afternoon" - it's only 15 mins. and well worth it.
Dead mans shoes by shane meadows... I cant explain why it did. It just did.
Same with the fountain. brilliant film.
Michael Haneke as already mentioned .I read this blog about the film "Cache" recently , where I never saw so many hundreds of different interpretations to the films many questions! Trying to find this blog now!
David Lynch is a Master of this art as well ! ..
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Similar to films such as Magnolia.
Deep, but not 'Bergman' deep.
Alan Arkin (as always) is fantastic in it.
Sweeeet! Thanks for all those great suggestions! That's exactly the mindset I was going for! I kid you not, I will endevour to make my way through at least half of these in the coming months *takes notes* mucho's appreciatos! =)
The Ice Storm is a beautiful, magnificent film, that very little bad can be said about it.
I'll throw in Lost in Translation to boot, made me really think , and was more than just entertainment but a social commentary in a simple but beautiful level.