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Some Really Weird Movies You Should See Before You Die

Christy Lemire and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Ebert's At the Movies

A couple of weeks ago Ebert’s At the Movies (Episode 107 – March 4, 2011) reviewed Uncle Boonmee who Can Recall His Past Lives. David Lynch came up during the discussion between the critics, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and Christy Lemire:

IGNATIY:

Well, at the same time, this isn’t about real people, it’s about these kind of spirits and other creatures.  I mean how do you feel perhaps about the films of David Lynch?

For more than two decades in the USA, David Lynch has been the go to guy when a non-Hollywood-type film comes up in discussions. It’s common for people to say something like, “It’s weird. It reminded me of David Lynch.” I had this experience at film school when fellow students said one of my films made them think of Lynch.

Why is the frame of reference for “weird cinema” limited to Lynch when there are plenty of films that are just as, if not more, weird than his?

Here are some of them.

Note: some of these are definitely not for children or the squeamish.

Click on the image to see the full movie or excerpts.

Un Chien Andalou by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali

L’Age d’Or by Luis Buñuel

Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren

The Blood of a Poet by Jean Cocteau

Film #12: Heaven and Earth: The Magic Feature

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome by Kenneth Anger

Tribulation 99 by Craig Baldwin

Wavelength by Michael Snow

Zorns Lemma by Hollis Frampton

WR: Mysteries of the Organism by Dusan Makavejev

The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Paradjanov

Forbidden Zone by Richard Elfman

1. Un Chien Andalou by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali

2. L’Age d’Or by Luis Buñuel

3. Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren

4. The Blood of a Poet by Jean Cocteau

5. Film #12: Heaven and Earth: The Magic Feature by Harry Smith

6. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome by Kenneth Anger (Clip)

7. Tribulation 99 by Craig Baldwin (Clip)

8. Wavelength by Michael Snow

9. Zorns Lemma by Hollis Frampton

10. WR: Mysteries of the Organism by Dusan Makvejev (clips)

11. The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Paradjanov (clips)

12. Forbidden Zone by Richard Elfman (trailer)

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Written by David Kilmer

March 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm