reality-questioning movies

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Arrival - (2016 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543164/
http://www.arrivalmovie.com/

Aliens arrive, but nobody knows the first thing about talking to them.

This is another movie whose description would spoil it. With a rather mellow and thoughtful tone throughout, it pulls the viewer in. I think it will hold up well over time, too.



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Source Code - (2011 movie) image

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0945513/
http://www.enterthesourcecode.com/

A military man is enlisted into a mission to save Chicago United States from a terror attack.

A fantastic, emotional, movie. This has all the elements of quality which make a movie truly great.

I'm surprised I took next to no notes. There really isn't any actual "substance" to this film, in the sense that there are few references to people, places, or things. It's all one contained package that is surprisingly easy to lose time with.



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The Matrix Revolutions - (2003 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0242653/

With killer-machines digging down to bypass the defences of the last refuge of mankind, a man with sudden magic powers magics with his powers.

Oh god, make it end. The writing is so fucking sloppy that the second movie and this third movie should not be watched by anyone, most especially fans of the first movie.

  1. The Matrix - (1999 movie)
  2. The Matrix Reloaded - (2003 movie)
  3. The Matrix Revolutions - (2003 movie)



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Just like this poster, this movie has no brains.
Just like this poster, this movie has no brains.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0234215/
http://www.thematrix.com/

The war against The Machines escalates, and it's a race between them digging down to Zion and The One pushing his way into the core of The Matrix for reason that wasn't explained very well.

If there are people out there who saw the first one and somehow get to this post before seeing this movie, please avoid this. Yes it's more of the same and it's "good", but this is a shit story that should be skipped.

This movie does not have an ending. It is part one of a mandatory two-movie binge.

  1. The Matrix - (1999 movie)
  2. The Matrix Reloaded - (2003 movie)
  3. The Matrix Revolutions - (2003 movie)



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Dark City - (1998 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118929/

A man, waking with no memories and thought to be a serial killer, flees his pursuers and not only learns he isn't who they think he is, but they aren't who they think they are either.

A fantastic movie.. at no point was I bored. To me, this one of the foundations of a particular movie style. It isn't that it's whatever kind of "neo-noir" but that it tells a tale about reality itself.



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doctor-strange-2016-poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1211837/

A distracted surgeon crashes his car and is left with ruined hands, but he's brought into a magic order who defend the planet and universe and stuff.

A decent movie, although fluffy and of narrow scope.



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Constantine (2014 - 2015) image

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3489184/
http://www.nbc.com/constantine

A man attains mystical powers originally for selfish reasons, but they taint with a life fraught with danger and demons.

Not a bad show, but the lead character's personality isn't attracting, and there's the old celestial stick-up-the-ass personality in another. The lead female is hot. Hotty hot hot.

This was cancelled after one season. Back in the 90s this show would have done well, but I'm guessing this genre has alternately been well-poisoned or saturated. This show has too much it has to be better than to catch enough attention to survive. I think that it's magic-fantasy was competing with an extraordinarily-strong superhero-fantasy genre.

  • 2014-10-24 - 2015-02-13
  • More-or-less based on the movie Constantine
  • .. which in turn is based on the DC comic book series Hellblazer.



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Naked Lunch (1991) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102511/

A struggling writer takes drugs, giving him incredible results with unforeseen consequences.

This is an uncomfortably-great movie. It's semi-horror in the sense of a tactile empathy the viewer has. I don't know that I'd consider this mandatory viewing, because it would strongly depend on the viewer. I don't think this would be a "love it or hate it" movie, because it's .. just odd. It's original, and that alone would make it mandatory viewing for some.



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They Live (1988) poster

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A down-and-out traveller discovers a pair of sunglasses which let him see through the illusions aliens have been using to control mankind.

With overtones of the manipulation of the everyman, I would easily put this movie in the same class as Nineteen Eighty-Four. However, the otherwise weighty impact is cushioned by comedy, great characters and a great story. Though old, this movie stands the test of time. Easily considered satirical-horror, there's much more to it.

Mandatory viewing.



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John Dies At The End (2012) poster

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http://johndies.com/

A drug reveals an alien world.

I've heard it described as The Evil Dead (1981) meets Naked Lunch (1991). I think it also has a bit of the spirit of They Live (1988)[doesn't exist]. If you know and liked those films, you'll like this one.

A must-watch.



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