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What are some good introspective movies?

Asked by bigchina (40points) March 8th, 2008 from iPhone
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bigchina's avatar

…movies that get you thinking, or even play mind games

TrenchMouth's avatar

gattaca always gets me thinking. It is def in my top 10 of all time.

squirbel's avatar

The Usual Suspects, if you have not seen it, will give you a good ride – it lets you think you’re right and then smacks you ‘all upside the head’...

The Game
The Prestige
Shawshank Redemption

All of these are my favorite “mind-game”, “whodunit” style movies!

Brome's avatar

Avalon and Ghost in the Shell, both from director Mamoru Oshii. They make you wonder about human nature and self identity.
Lola rennt, from Tom Tykwer, brings an interesting light on the relationships in a couple. Plus you never know how things are going to end.

cake7's avatar

yes the prestige& the illusionist.

sndfreQ's avatar

Memento also gets by vote; I like the indies that examine some of these ideas especially through production design and visual effects and editing.

Some others:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Being John Malkovich

Anything by David Lynch (a genius)

Pi (Aronofsky)

Requiem For a Dream (also Aronofsky)

Jacob’s Ladder (dark)

12 Monkeys

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


A Clockwork Orange

Fight Club

anything by David Fincher
I can go on and on but these are just off the top…

sndfreQ's avatar

@squirbel: Kaiser Sose!

squirbel's avatar

I was watching it till early in the morning, and was starting to snooze from tiredness…(it is not boring) ...and when I saw the shoes on the pavement my eyes slowly widened to the size of saucers and then I jumped and was like “No Wai! No Wai… Awwwww man it got me! Aw man that was awesome..” etc etc…

Quite the performance that early in the morning :P

I see you’re a Kubrick fan; never could handle his rawness – I’m of the fairer and more modest sex ^.~

sndfreQ's avatar

Also Lars Von Trier’s Breaking The Waves but it can be depressing…look all these up on as they have pretty good background on these and other films.

sndfreQ's avatar

@squirbel: right…Apocolypse Now

But Eyes Wide Shut was Kubrick’s last film, and while not too harsh (if not a tad bit on the kinky side), was indeed thought provoking and not a bad performance for Cruise and Kidman.

sndfreQ's avatar

@Brome: right, Run Lola Run here in the states…awesome flick and great editing and soundtrack (Underworld! One of the best techno artists of all time).

cake7's avatar

that is so funny I was just talking about run lila run because I saw above lola rent

sndfreQ's avatar

and also Dancer in the Dark (Lars Vom Trier) of you can handle musicals and Bjork. Speaking if trippy musicals, All That Jazz was (the late) Roy Scheider’s tour de force based loosely on the life of famed choreographer Bob Fosse.

I just saw Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn -amazing, and Christian Bale’s finest acting yet…

bigchina's avatar

Coffee and Cigarettes and American Psycho are a couple good ones.

I just recently saw The Usual Suspects.. I agree, that was a triiip.

squirbel's avatar

I saw eyes wide shut when I was just a kid. I spent most of it with my eyes closed. (for some reason imdb claims it came out in 1999, but that isn’t right. I left home at 17. I saw it when I still couldn’t drive and couldn’t see R rated stuff.

El_Cadejo's avatar

If you want a mind game movie just watch Mind Game another great movie is Cat Soup
All of cat soup is on youtube and its only a half hour long, really good movie if you want to think.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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