Movies for the Mind

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    Post movies you think were profound or intelligent or very meaningful to your existence.

    Here's a few that come to mind:

    - Memento (unbeatable story)

    - A Serious Man (the Book of Job from the Bible; meaning of existence? What does God want from us?)

    - Synecdoche, New York (existential movie for the more patient viewers; excellent in my opinion)

    - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (loved the ending)

    - Fight Club (interesting sociological/psychological insights and good story)

    - The Fountain (awesome symbolism/metaphors for the human condition)

    - Mulholland Drive (the subconscious mind)

    - Straight Story (the heart of simplicity)

    - Chinese Coffee (directed and acted by Al Pacino; superb dialogue in this one)

    - Sunset Limited (with Samuel Jackson; scientific nihilism versus Christian faith)

    - Doubt (prejudice vs truth?)

    - Gran Torino (atone by dying for something worth dying for)

    - Death And The Maiden (just awesome; paranoia)

    - Santa Sangre (beautiful atmosphere - the beauty of this movie never leaves my mind)

    - Edmond (the price to pay for cutting ties with society)

    - Seul Contre Tous (if you like Dostoevsky, you'll love this movie)

    - Oleanna (formal vs private relationship; explores student/professor relationship deeply; superb dialogue)

    - L'anne Derniere a Marienbad (a mirror facing a mirror ... narration within narration within narration ... this one requires a lot of patience, but a true work of art)
     
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    - Barton Fink (just simply amazing, hard to describe it)
     
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    Oh I loved Gran Torino.
    Hmm Dolores Claiborne I enjoyed a lot. I think that one can be pretty deep.
     
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    - Stalker - Asks what you really want.
    - Solyaris - Asks whether what you believe is real, such as who you are, how the world is, and what describes a human.
    - Pandorum - Testing the sanity of the character pretty much.
    - Some others I'll get around to listing
     
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    Barbie As The Island Princess
    Mickey Mouse ClubHouse
    Barbie Of Swan Lake
    Dora the Explorer - Candy Land
    Barbie in a Christmas Carol

    I WOULD LIKE TO SAY PHILOSOPHY OF A KNIFE IS MY FAVOURITE MOVIE




     
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    - 2001 - Because only two of the five acts has dialogue, a totally visual film.
    - The Tree of Life - Maximalistic and touching. I think of it almost every week, especially Pitt's character.
     
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    Didn't you forget LazyTown?
     
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    oh yes thank you,that's on my list
     
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    And Legend of the Bunny Picnic?
     
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    oh mate,too much violence in that movie that's so brutal.but i'll consider it
     
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    Yeah that one was a little harsh when it first came out. I think Hello Kitty Adventures was worse though.
     
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    whoa,i have unrated version of hello kitty adventures it makes my stomach turn
     
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    The rape scene in beauty and the beast was pretty gory, but it really helped add depth to some of the talking cutlery characters.
     
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    Guys it's not so incredibly funny to troll with lousy movies.

    Thanks for the real contributions, love Solaris.
     
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    I know good god almighty I can't sit through it all.
     
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    Good list

    Moar:

    *The densest of all: Waking life

    * A scanner darkly

    *The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    *Lost Highway

    * Adaptation


    Second tier: Brazil, eXistenZ, Eraserhead, Inland Empire, Being John Malkovich
     
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    Try a Peter Greenaway movie, I'd say The Belly of an Architect. If you want to hit the heavy stuff, then The Pillow Book.
     
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    Taxi Driver

    Blade Runner

    No Country For Old Men

    Brazil

    The Fisher King
     
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    vat?

    No, seriously, that brainless shit?

    And, btw, Brazil was already posted
     
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    Isn't the thread like a personal list of your favorite "brainy" movies?
     
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    Hey, if you want to repeat what's already been posted, suit yourself...
     
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    I see you listed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. There's a British B movie that is quite good and deals with a similar subject, and comes to a rather unique outcome: The Man with Rain in his Shoes (aka Twice Upon a Yesterday, aka If Only). It's way lighter than the former, but I'm sure you'll get the message in it.
     
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    Umm..It seems a little edulcorated, and I hate P.Cruz, but maybe I'll check, tnx anyways

    Reminds me of one of my favourites, Groundhog Day, which it's a very intelligent movie below the surface
     
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    True that. as I said, it is way lighter than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind so don't expect something identical. P. Cruz was fairly unknown to the English media at that time, she still wasn't in the international spotlight either; I find her performance quite acceptable, plus she doesn't have a lead role so you won't see/hear her a lot.

    Never seen that, will check it. Thank you!

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned 21 Grams, Magnolia or My Life Without Me yet.
     
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    Do it, seriously.

    I hated Bill Murray till that movie...but the real goodie is the script, it seems to be a light comedy but in reality is like a fucking Swiss watch. Masterful IMO

    One of the very few movies which is used by Christians and Buddhists alike to teach their followers, maybe the only one
     
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    The Bicycle Thief-It tells a simple story about poverty in Italy and one man's desperate attempt to retrieve his stolen bike, which without he could not work. The bike was his lifeline, if he did not find it, his family would most likely starve.
    The Big Lebowski-A wonderfully pointless movie about a man who wants revenge for his pissed-on rug and the colorful cast of characters he interacts with to further the oddball plot. The Dude himself is such an intriguing character, with his lackadaisical attitude but dogged determination to dish out payback for his ruined rug, or at least get a new one.
    I've got others on the tip of my tongue, but I can't think of any now.
     
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    Metal Gear Solid 4.
     
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    Hideo Kojima can sure say a lot without saying a lot

    Videodrome
     
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    Kojima's writing skills are slightly above those of Michael Bay.