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Post Your Top 10 Bizarre Films.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006 9:58 PM

CRACKERS


Seeing there has been the thread of 10 best flics of recent I thought I would run a 'Bizarre' list just to see what kind of responses I would get.

Here's mine:

1. Brazil (By Terry Gilliam)

2. Bad Taste (by Peter Jackson)

3. How I Won The War - Michael Crawford & John Lennon

4. The Million Dollar Hotel - Mel Gibson

5. Toys - Robin Williams

6. The Singing Detective - Rob't Downey Jnr. & Mel Gibson

7. The Royal Tenenbaums - Gene Hackman, Angelica Houston

8. Dead Awake - Stephen Baldwin

9. The Fisher King - Jeff Bridges & Robin Williams

10. Donnie Darko - Jake Gyllenhaal
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SOME OTHERS I CONSIDERED:


Metropolis,
Conspiracy Theory,
Who is Cletis Tout,
Big Fish,
Pumkin.
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Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:19 PM

CRACKERS


JACQUI
Friday, March 24, 2006 - 14:59
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don't know if I have ten... but...

MAY. - Without a doubt, one of the freakiest pieces of work I have ever seen. I love it.

GOD'S LONELY MAN - Slightly off center and *very* disturbing. Packs an emotional wallop.

Donnie Darko makes it, Lawn Dogs... I'm drawing a blank on "bizarre" movies.

But, yeah, MAY is just weird.


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Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:37 PM

ADAMWANKENOBI


Vanilla Sky

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Thursday, March 23, 2006 11:49 PM

LEGOLAD


Okay, interesting idea for a thread. How about I try to limit this to bizarre films that I actually liked, otherwise this would be a long and painful list...

Amélie (fantastically imaginative and quirky, in terms of visuals and content)

Spirited Away (likewise)

Edward Scissorhands (he has scissors... for hands)

Mirrormask (it's difficult to get more surreal than this)

The Man Who Wasn't There (a somber masterpiece, somewhat disturbing, with an utterly odd and constantly compelling protagonist)

Fantasia (um... I don't know about anyone else, but I thought it was pretty trippy... hippoes in tutus one moment, horsemen of the apocalypse the next)

City of Lost Children (another one by the director of Amélie... this one was almost too bizarre for my tastes -- and that's saying something -- but it has some great and twisted moments)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail ( ... you've seen it, right?)

Solaris (the Russian original, not the American remake... good luck getting through this movie -- seriously, you probably won't make it. I have yet to find a film with a slower pace than this, but if you can make it to the end, man, does it mess with your mind)

Wallace and Gromit (any and all of them; the shorts and the movie are all wonderfully wacky and inventive... and the penguin remains one of the all-time great villains in cinema history, of course )

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Thursday, March 23, 2006 11:49 PM

LEGOLAD


Hmm... I just noticed that only three of the ten on my list were made in America. How about that.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 1:59 AM

CRACKERS


Another one I just thought of which should be in the top ten - 'In The Mouth Of Madness', starring Sam Neil.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 2:42 AM

REGINAROADIE


I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet, but MULHOLLAND DRIVE.

That is without a doubt one of the most fucked up and bizarre movies ever created. David Lynch has always been a fucked up filmmmaker, but this flick takes it to the extreme.

"NO HAI ES BANDAI. There is...no...band, and yet...we hear a band."

Oh and also FIGHT CLUB. The twist in that movie, in my opinion, is a far better twist than in ISXTH SENSE or anything else for that matter. It's such a "whaaaaa?' twist and it actually works with it instead if just leaving you with it. And the ending with all the buildings exploding was just perfect.

"You met me at a very strange time in my life."

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
"I think one of the greatest things about modern America is the computerization of medical records. As a volunteer sheriff, I can look up anyone's psychiatric records and their surgical histories. Yeast infections. There are a huge number of yeast infections in this county. Probably...because we're down river...from that old bread factory."

Dwight - The Office - 209 - E-mail SurveillanceI

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Friday, March 24, 2006 2:49 AM

V


Ok...I got some gems here

1.) EL TOPO- The Weirdest Western ever made.

2.) VISITOR Q- It's no really a movie, but an experience in unpleasntness.

3.) ERASERHEAD- If there was a monarchy for bizzare films, this is the king.

4.) WHAT IS IT?- And to that king, a Jester of sorts...by George McFly himself, Crispin Glover

5.) TALKING HEAD- Is it a movie, or a movie about a movie that is a movie within itself?

6.) SUICIDE CLUB- Horror doesn't always have to be a freak in a suit with an axe...

7.) AUDITION- Ditto.

8.) CUBE- This one just keeps hitting you in the brain.

9.) PI- Who knew advanced mathmatics could be dangerous and scary?

10.) BEING JOHN MALKOVICH- I still don't get why people don't get this film.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 5:45 AM

OTMA


In no particular order
1: Twilight of the Cockroaches - Live action/animated. Starring anthropomorphized roaches.
2: Toxic Avenger - Weird toxic mutant horror/revenge film.
3: Delicatessen - Romance, apartment living, and cannibalism.
4: The Foreigner - Strange, punk rock influenced indie film about a spy out in the cold. Stars include Debbie Harry and The Cramps. Shot in 1970's NYC, right where punk was happening.
5: Videodrome - Cronenberg techno-organic horror, also with Debbie Harry.
6: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai - Lots of big stars before they were big. A hero who is a rocket scientist, a brain surgeon AND a rock star. A car that drives through a mountain. Cult classic supreme.
7: Tetsuo: The Iron Man - More techno-organic horror. A man morphs into a bizarre machine hybrid. low budget and weird.
8: Six String Samurai - Post apocalyptic samurai rock and roll western.
9: Attack/Return of the Killer Tomatoes - OK, cheating a bit, but the 80's sequel deserves mention too. Killer Tomatoes. Really.
10: Death Race 2000 - A killer cross country auto race with TV coverage and points scored for running down bystanders. Predates reality TV by decades. Some Fox exec probably wishes they could put it in their lineup.
I could think of more, maybe stranger, but these ones I thought of first.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 6:17 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


Hey Legolad.

Three of your bizarre films are amoung my top ten favourite films.

Amelie, City of the lost Children and Edward Scissorhands.

City of the Lost Children Being my favourite. I hadn't really considered it being bizarre before.

As for my list of weird ones...

1•The Freezer - Japanese flick set in an apartment where a raped woman takes vengence by feezing her attackers in her freezers.

2•A Zed and Two Noughts Peter Greenaways first major film. Very strange. Amputees, animals, Jim Davidson, time lapse films of rotting animal carcases and nudity.

3•Any Ken Russell film but of course these are also crap.

4•Baby of Macon Peter Greenaway again. Kinda over indulging in his perversions with this one. Not my cup of tea.

5•Buckaroo Bonzai and the Hong Kong Cavaleers Across the eigth Dimension Wacky but hip ! Great fun film. Good call OTMA

6•Most Cronenberg Films The Brood,Crash,Naked Lunch etc

7•Beetlejuice Totally bananas but follows a beautiful twisted logic

8•The Idiots Daft and not in a good way. Just perverse.

9Lost Highway Strange and sinister: Metamorphosis, road rage, Mulitple identities and non linear plot.

10 O Lucky Man Extremely weird. Maybe as a consequence of 70's trippy direction. Arthur Lowe in multiple roles, overaged breast feeding, pigs with Men's heads on em, or Human heads with pigs bodies and the list goes on.

Extra Mention to UROSOKIDJI legend of the Overfiend.... Er just plain nutts!!!!! Wasn't expecting that.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 6:38 AM

COPILOT


Here we go
Vulgar-Run run away fast
Female Trouble-(or anything staring Devine)-Only for my first love but never again will I ever watch this it was so tramatic
Ones I enjoyed
City of Lost Children-Wouldn't have watched it without prodding but I'm glad I did
Dead and Breakfast-Musical Zombies doing the thriller dance? That's just awsome
Undead(I think that was the title)-Zombies and Aliens in the same movie? Cool!
Amile-First movie I ever watched with Significant Other and there was a lot of love in that room.
Cecil B Demented-Good campy slightly violent fun!
FLCL-Okay so it was anime televison but had to watch it twice and still didn't really know what was going on.
Donnie Darko-Loved it but didn't totally understand untill the directors cut.
Almost forgot Naked Lunch!


An I carried such a torch

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Friday, March 24, 2006 6:53 AM

CHRISISALL


S, ya haven't seen bizarre 'till ya seen "Forbidden Zone".

It'll make you dizzy with bizarre.

Chrisisall

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Friday, March 24, 2006 7:09 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
S, ya haven't seen bizare 'till ya seen "Forbidden Zone".

It'll make you dizzy with bizare.

Chrisisall



Yeah not heard of it buddy I'll take your word for it. Year? Director?

Just as a side note pal you ever catch a film called :AMERICANA with David Carradine? one of those true gems that surprises you.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 7:14 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by TheSomnambulist:
ever catch a film called :AMERICANA with David Carradine?

No, I'll look out for it, though.
Forbidden Zone was a flick done by the Rocky Horror peeps (if memory serves), and starred Herve Villachez as a king of a certain dimension- a musical, and it's from the late seventies/early eighties.
Makes you feel like you're stoned watching it (not in a good way).

Bizarro Chrisisall

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Friday, March 24, 2006 7:16 AM

SULTEN


DROWNING MONA - very wierd.
Edward Scissor hands - again wierd.
The new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - wtf wierd
all i can think of atm

Jayne! The hero of Canton. I LOVE VERA!

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Friday, March 24, 2006 7:22 AM

HEB


Alice in Wonderland.

I watched this again recently and I don't think I'd ever realised how weird it was.



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Well, my sister's a ship... we had a
complicated childhood
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I wear the cheese. It does not wear me.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 7:31 AM

CRACKERS



Naked Lunch - now that film deserves an oscar for being probably the most bizarre flic I have ever seen.

Also I have thought of several more flics which all should get an oscar for wierdness.(maybe I should have made this a top 20 list - lol).

David Lynch's - Eraserhead

Stanley Kubrick's - Clockwork Orange & Eyes Wide Shut. (Actually I think all of the Kubrick stuff I have seen is wierd).

Stuart Gordon's - Dagon (Anyone not familiar with the works of H.P Lovecraft don't have a hope of getting this film.)

Ed Wood's - Plan 9 from outer space
(I actually own this one - Shhhhhhhh don't tell anyone).

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Friday, March 24, 2006 8:26 AM

SINGATE


I don't have ten but I'll throw in four that I haven't seen on anyone's list so far:

2001 - Took me a long time to figure this film out and even now that I get it the movie is still trippy, especially the last fifteen minutes.

Naked Lunch - Just weird.

Boxing Helena - Again very weird.

Jacob's Ladder - Great flick. The whole "entire movie was just a dream" thing was still a fresh concept at the time.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 8:31 AM

JPSTARGAZER


I haven't seen half the movies you guys are mentioning. But someone did touch on Cronenberg films, and eXistenZ qualifies for both being a Cronenberg film and being weird (I own it though). Also on the scary but bizarre side is Jacob's Ladder. I didn't know what to think while watching it...I also own that movie. But to quote Lucas from Empire Records, "Always play with their minds...." I typically enjoy bizarre films if they're not just being weird for weirdness sake. Do you think that's a commentary on me? Probably not.


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Friday, March 24, 2006 8:57 AM

MILFORD


I'd agree with all of those, but I'd probably have to put Eraserhead at the top of the heap. Those little people in the radiator give me the creeps every time.

I would like to add another. Have any of you seen ZADOZ with Sean Connery? How they convinced him to be in that is beyond me. Completely senseless.

Leaning into the wind that used to carry me-Stavesacre

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Friday, March 24, 2006 9:03 AM

ZORPRIME01



Thought you'd never ask!


1. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

2. Brazil

3. Fargo

4. Being John Malkovich

5. The Big Lebowski

6. Memento

7. The Hudsucker Proxy

8. Spirited Away

9. Big Fish

10. Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas


Yeah basically anything involving the Coen Brothers or Charlie Kaufman is going to be up there for me... I would've added more Coens actually, but didn't want it to be a Coen-only list. If you like 'em, definitely also check out:

Miller's Crossing
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Barton Fink

And I assume everybody's pretty much already seen the Tarantino films, or they'd be near the top of my list too.




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Friday, March 24, 2006 9:29 AM

DEADLYUNPREDICTABLEMIDGET


1. Santa Sangre
2. Meet the Feebles
3. Natural Born Killers
4. The Cook, the Thief his Wife and her Lover
5. Tuvalu
6. Jan Svankmajer's Faust
7. Dark City
8. Baba Yaga (Black Magic)
9. Zardoz
10. Brazil

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Friday, March 24, 2006 9:48 AM

LEGOLAD


Quote:

Originally posted by TheSomnambulist:
Hey Legolad.

Three of your bizarre films are amoung my top ten favourite films.

Amelie, City of the lost Children and Edward Scissorhands.



I love Amélie and Edward Scissorhands too. Absolutely beautiful films. Like I said, I was trying to pick movies I l liked; glad to see other people like them too.

Quote:

Zorprime01 wrote:
6. Memento



Ah! Forgot about Memento. That should have been on my list. That was the movie that made me want to see Batman Begins; I couldn't believe they'd chosen the director of Memento to do it.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 1:16 PM

SICKDUDE


Quote:

Originally posted by Crackers:
'In The Mouth Of Madness', starring Sam Neil.


Yeah, great movie!

For guaranteed bizarre, obscure, and yet still good movies (okay, maybe not a money-back guarantee):
Sorcerer (1977)
The Beast
Repo Man
Cherry 2000
Leningrad Cowboys Go America
Spaced Invaders
You Never Can Tell (1951)


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Friday, March 24, 2006 2:49 PM

SIXSHOOTER


I can't believe no ones mentioned Guitar wolf: Wild Zero.

Greatest Alien, Pro-transsexual romance, Rock 'n' Roll, Zombie splatter, action movie I ever sawed.

As the weird hallucination of Guitar Wolf (yes, that's the man’s real name) himself so eloquently put it:

"ACE! Love has no borders, nationalities, or genders. JUST DO IT!!!!"

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Friday, March 24, 2006 3:35 PM

GIXXER


True Stories - I could watch this for hours. Wondrously rambling.

Tetsuo - could do with cropping a bit. Feels like you've been watching it for hours.

La Belle et La Bete. Cocteau could always kick Salvador "Athena Poster" Dali's ass for style.

Bride of Frankenstein. For Elsa Lanchester's hair, and the way she hissed. Much more inhuman than anyone else who ever pretended to be a monster.

Head - The Monkees

A Matter of Life and Death

Shadow of the Vampire - This is what you get when your leading man is childish, mischievous, and a bit of an all-round rascal.

The Singing Ringing Tree (I know it's cheating, but if you were ever looking for weirdness, and that troublesome midget Mal mentioned, look no further. Un-PC reference to the dwarf. Little bastard.)

H R Pufnstuf while I'm cheating.

And one dishonourable mention, because I'm still pissed off about the rubbish advertising Serenity got.

The Steve Martin Pink Panther. Absolutely wall to wall everywhere you look. Weird is the decision to make it at all. The original was mildly amusing but nothing to warrant the fuss. And Steve Martin... Just stop crapping over your reputation. I'd rather remember greatness than Father of the Bride 8 - Jason Returns.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 4:43 PM

GRINGO


Here are a few that have been mentioned:

Buckaroo Bonzai (all good, but John Lithgow as
Dr. Lizardo is priceless)

Brazil

Dark City

A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)

I don't know if these have been mentioned yet:

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop
Worrying and Love the Bomb (Also a Kubrick
film with Peter Sellers & George C. Scott)

Insignificance (definitely a must see)


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Friday, March 24, 2006 5:16 PM

BILLYANKERS


1. Naked Lunch - Who's more bizarre than Wm. S. Burroughs?
2. Vampire's Kiss - Nicholas Cage eats a cockroach and thinks he's turning into a vampire
3. Clockwork Orange - Most bizarre costumes/makeup in film history
4. The City of Lost Children - Weirdest cast of characters ever
5. 200 Motels - Frank Zappa's commentary on Rock and Roll Road Tours starring Ringo Starr and Keith Moon
6. Videodrome - 100 things you can do with a video tape
7. Blue Velvet - Dennis Hopper says f**k in almost every sentence
8. Eraser Head - In Heaven there is no beer
9. Re-Animator - H.P. Lovecraft gone wild
10. and anything with Billy Bob Thornton

Honorable mentions..
The Cell
Jacob's Ladder
The Ring


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Friday, March 24, 2006 8:52 PM

DREAMS2


A Boy and His Dog - starting a young Don Johnson and his dog.



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Friday, March 24, 2006 10:42 PM

ORPHEUS


I could only think up eight.

Meet the Feebles - Peter Jackson's muppet parody. Bizarre on so many levels. Vulgar/violent beyond belief, definitely not for the kids.

Dead Alive (Braindead) - Also a Jackson film, this time it's his take on zombie films. Goriest. Film. Ever. Made.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - Terry Gilliam's film about an old man reliving the tales of his youth. It's a fun flick, but it's...out there.

Evil Dead 2 - If Dead Alive is the goriest horror film ever, Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 is the best horror film ever. Disembodied hands try to kill people, demons possess people at random, deer heads inexplicably come to life and start laughing at Bruce Campbell. Genius.

Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey - So, so, so much stranger than the first Bill and Ted film. They play Death at Battleship, visit Hell, visit Heaven, and build "Good robot uses" to fight the "Bad robot uses". Station!

The Happiness of the Katakuris - Weird-ass Japanese film by Takashi Miike. It's so hard to describe that you really have to see it to understand. Whenever the film does something that the filmmakers can't do live-action, it switches to claymation instead. Then zombies come to life and people sing about it. Goofy as hell.

Shaolin Soccer - Stephen Chow's soccer film. If you've heard of it, you know how goofy it is. Very, very, bizarre.

Orgazmo - Before South Park made them famous, Trey Parker and Matt Stone parodied the porn industry. They made the film like a bad porn movie, it's acted poorly on purpose, even though it's about porn and it's vulgar as all hell, there's not a bit of female nudity in the entire film. So very strange.


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Saturday, March 25, 2006 4:35 AM

CRACKERS


This thread has really come up with really bizzare flics. The ones I don't know I'm not sure if I dare see them - lol. That said, I think I might totally bypass the other Peter Jackson flics you mentioned.

Some others I thought of are:

Battle Royale - one of the wierdest story lines
and probably one of the most bloodthirsty films ever made and,

Battle Royale 2 - If you like Japanese flics with strange story lines and bloodthirsty action then these 2 are for you.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 5:19 AM

NUCLEARDAY


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
S, ya haven't seen bizarre 'till ya seen "Forbidden Zone".

It'll make you dizzy with bizarre.

Chrisisall



Lol, that was a trip. Oingo Boingo, man... (And Danny Elfman as Satan :) There's something seriously wrong with that movie. I keep telling people the intro song for the Dilbert series is from that movie, but no one knows what I'm talking about.

Good picks in here. Solaris, Man Who Wasn' There, Head, Tetsuo, and of course Deathrace 2000, and A Boy and His Dog. Can't think of any that haven't been mentioned yet. I guess there's always Cemetary Man, and Brown Bunny.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 6:11 AM

PROWLER


In no particular order:
Bubba Ho-Tep
Bringing Out the Dead
Vanilla Sky
What Dreams May Come
Paperhouse

The number one strangest movie I've seen has already been mentioned numerous times: City of Lost Children. I love it though!
I'm gonna have to rent some of your picks now.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 7:51 AM

JAYNESBUNKWOMAN


Don't think i have 10, but here they are:

1 - The draughtman's contract

2 - Naked Lunch

3 - Brazil

4- Twin peaks (wasn't a movie but man david lynch is confusing!)

5 - Orlando

6 - adaptation

JBW

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 8:15 AM

ORPHEUS


Quote:

Originally posted by jaynesbunkwoman:

4- Twin peaks (wasn't a movie but man david lynch is confusing!)



Actually, there was a Twin Peaks movie. It's called Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 10:27 AM

JAYNESBUNKWOMAN


Didn't know about the movie - was it as confusing as the show??

JBW

I'll be in Jaynes bunk

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 1:56 PM

DEADLYUNPREDICTABLEMIDGET


Quote:

Originally posted by DeadlyUnpredictableMidget:
1. Santa Sangre
2. Meet the Feebles
3. Natural Born Killers
4. The Cook, the Thief his Wife and her Lover
5. Tuvalu
6. Jan Svankmajer's Faust
7. Dark City
8. Baba Yaga (Black Magic)
9. Zardoz
10. Brazil


Didn't list any info on mine so for those that nobody else has listed:
1. santa sangre - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098253/
4. The Cook, the Thief his Wife and her Lover - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097108/
5. Tuvalu - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162023/
6. Jan Svankmajer's Faust - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109781/
8. Baba Yaga (Black Magic)- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069753/


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Saturday, March 25, 2006 2:11 PM

ORPHEUS


From what I remember, the movie was actually the pilot for the show, so yeah, it probably was.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 2:35 PM

GIXXER


(Raises hand as resident Twin Peaks obsessive)

For the TV show there was a 2-hour pilot with a long gap before the seven one hour routine episodes - hence everyone's hairstyles going slightly whacky apparently overnight.

Then there was a second series, 2-hour first episode then 21 1-hour episodes up to mid 1991.

Then followed the film "Fire Walk With Me" which was a prequel featuring ------ and showing what happened to --------

G


"Doc Hayward said you needed familiar stimulants, so we figured, what the hell, kazoos."

(Bobby Briggs - visiting a vegetative drooling Leo in hospital)

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 6:43 PM

GINGER08


1. Adaptation- I didn't even finish that movie it weirded me out so much.

2. Alice and Wonderland- Cards! that kill people! And that messed up cat

3. Willie Wonka and the Chocoalte Factory- the first one. not the one with johnny depp. athough the one with Johnny Depp is rather strange

4. The Weatherman-strange, very strange

5. The Birdcage-hilarious but odd

"huh."

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 8:18 PM

BERENTAUR


In some random order...

Donnie Darko- rabbits and time travel
Pandemonium- poets... Colleridge... opium... need I say more? (oh, and John Hannah is nice to look at)
Beetlejuice- beautifully twisted
Edward Scissorhands- scissor hands...
Eternal Sunshine
Ed Wood
Spirited Away
Dark City
Brain Dead
Meet the Feebles- so very wrong

I think that's 10. I'm sure there's many more.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 10:51 PM

BELUGASMOM


The ONE bizarre movie I remember most clearly is CUBE. I've seen other bizarros, of course, out of the thousands??! of movies I've seen in my lifetime, but CUBE I remember so vividly..........very unsettling, disconcerting, disorientating....and well done.

Life is short, brutal, and unpredictable. EAT DESSERT FIRST.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 11:34 PM

MALBADLATIN


Add:

The brother from another planet.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087004/




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Sunday, March 26, 2006 2:19 PM

ORPHEUS


I know it's not really a film, but this thing is probably the most bizarre movie I've ever seen come out of The Movies (a PC game wherein you can make movies).

http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/23697

It's called "Come On".


Come on.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006 2:45 PM

20THCENTFOXHATER


when you say bizarre, I'm not sure if you mean good movies and bad movies, so I'll post a list of bizarre movies that are not necessarily "good" in MY opinion.

Donnie Darko- I love this film. I recommend for everyone.

12 Monkeys- Probably Terry Gilliam's only good film. Bruce Willis is very good in it too, and has one of the best endings I've seen. The end rivals Donnie Darko and Fight Club.

Brazil- I love neo-noirs like this, but I can't just help utterly hating this piece of go se.

Undead- Terrible, terrible Australian zombie/alien film that thinks it's cool by putting an awful script, awful actors, and a few so-called "cool" moves together and hoping it's good. It sucks. Avoid like the plague.

Fight Club- Brad Pitt acting well? Better believe it. This movie is a much watch by anyone, but especially males, as it questions the role of men in today's consumer society. Read the book by Chuck Palahniuk, it's what inspired the film, and is a better satire than the film is- which says a lot about how high of quality both the film and book are. See it already.

Hellboy- the trailer looked bad, but it turns out to be surprisingly good. Better than the comics in my opinion. Del Toro did a fantastic job on this film.

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy- need I say more?

Clockwork Orange- I've never been a fan of Stanley Kubrick, and I don't particularily like this movie as I find it boring. There are some exceptionally well done parts though.

Pulp Fiction- I admire Tarantino's work ethic of doing what he wants to, but I find this movie overrated.

"I aim to misbehave."
"Can't do something smart, do something right".

HOMER: "Oh Lisa, you and your stories; Bart is a vampire, beer kills brain cells. Now lets go back to that... building thingy... where our beds and T.V.... is".

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Sunday, March 26, 2006 6:15 PM

WOLFINSHEPHERDSCLOTHING


Only have one that hasn't been listed yet:

The Serpent and the Rainbow.

Supposedly based on true story of a guy who studied voodoo and Zombism. Can you get more bizarre than some voodoo guy nailing Bill Pulman's privates to a chair?!

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Monday, March 27, 2006 5:24 AM

CARTOON


I make it a point not to watch "bizarre" films. However, in my younger days, I saw several -- all mentioned here by others. Most notably "Eraserhead" and "Brazil" -- as well as "Dawn of the Dead" (all three which I saw theatrically).

One film that many here may not have seen, though, which I found to be incredibly disturbing was a German-made film (w/English subtitles) called "The Wansee Conference". It wasn't "bizarre" like "Eraserhead" (which, in my opinion, of all the films I've seen, nothing can beat when it comes to "bizarreness") -- but it was disturbing in another way.

"The Wansee Conference" was a non-fictional account of the meeting at which the "final solution" was finally agreed upon by the Nazi's. From what I've read, much of the actual dialogue comes from the actual minutes of the meeting (the Germans were notoriously efficient record-keepers).

While the film comprises nothing more than a bunch of Nazi officials (rather, actors portraying them -- the film was made decades after the actual events portrayed therein) sitting around a table and discussing how to exterminate an entire race of people. What I found so disturbing about this film was the way they coldly and matter-of-factly talked about murdering millions of people as if they were ordering lunch. Even to the point of discussing the logistics, and how they could do it most cost effectively.

Very disturbing. Considering there is no action, no blood, no nudity or sex -- just a bunch of people sitting around a table and talking about how to commit genocide -- it is easily the most disturbing film I've ever seen.

edit: Here's a link to a review: http://www.artsjournal.com/popcorn/archives/2005/04/video_virgil_th.ph
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Monday, March 27, 2006 10:26 AM

CRACKERS


Quote:

Originally posted by cartoon:
I make it a point not to watch "bizarre" films. However, in my younger days, I saw several -- all mentioned here by others. Most notably "Eraserhead" and "Brazil" -- as well as "Dawn of the Dead" (all three which I saw theatrically).

One film that many here may not have seen, though, which I found to be incredibly disturbing was a German-made film (w/English subtitles) called "The Wansee Conference". What I found so disturbing about this film was the way they coldly and matter-of-factly talked about murdering millions of people as if they were ordering lunch. Even to the point of discussing the logistics, and how they could do it most cost effectively.

Very disturbing -- just a bunch of people sitting around a table and talking about how to commit genocide -- it is easily the most disturbing film I've ever seen.

edit: Here's a link to a review: http://www.artsjournal.com/popcorn/archives/2005/04/video_virgil_th.ph
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I agree with you that this is a very disturbing film, although I have not seen the German film, but the English remake from several years ago. One thing that struck me is the portrayal of Reinhardt Heydrich as the cold calculating monster he really was, but at the same time cordial, almost a gentleman. Also that he and other members of the conference were so nonchalant about the whole affair - even eating a cooked meal while discussing the extermination.

Along these lines however, there is another film I consider more sickening, that is "A Painful Reminder: Evidence for All Mankind." This film is made up of the footage taken by allied forces at liberation of the camps, including footage taken by the Soviets. This footage, after being perused by by allied leaders, was deemed to distressing for the public and was quashed with no intention for it to see the light of day. If you are able to stomach this film I highly recommend it. But be warned, I'm 39 and this film made me cry and want to vomit - it is very distressing. Yet I think this film should be a must see just so we can see what humanity can be lead to when just a few leaders can turn peoples and cultures against themselves. This is one part of our mosern history that should never be forgotten or we will be in danger of repeating it. We have already been witnesses to this with people like Pol Pot, Iddy Amin, and others. Also of more recent the genocides of Rwanda/Burundi and the Balkans. Another recent film which gives this potrayal of these events and similar are below if you wish to peruse them.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0376816/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395169/



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Monday, March 27, 2006 11:55 AM

CARTOON


I may have already seen that. If not, I've seen something very similiar (I can't recall the title). I've seen a lot of stuff on that subject matter, and it's very disturbing, indeed.

Funny thing I have to mention about that -- you mentioned that you're 39 and it bothered you. Well, I'm not quite a kid, myself (actually, I'm closer to Adam Baldwin's age), and I have to relate that I saw a lot of this kind of stuff when I was a teenager and I never blinked an eye. It wasn't until I got into my 30's that it actually started bothering me. I can't explain why I was desensitized to it as a kid, but it bothered me with the passage of time.

BTW, I haven't seen the British remake of "Wansee", but I recommend you trying to see the German version if you like that sort of thing. I taped it off TV when it was initially on in the late 1980's (or early 1990's), so it's in my library somewhere, but I haven't seen it in years.

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