01) A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop (2009, 95 minutes)
02) Blood Simple (1984, 99 minutes)
A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop is a remake of the Coen bros’ first feature, Blood Simple. Zhang Yimou directs an interpretation that applies the Coens’ familiar writing mechanics, with his own unmistakable visual splendor.
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03) American Psycho (2000, 101 minutes)
04) Memento (2000, 113 minutes)
Christian Bale (American Psycho) and Guy Pearce (Memento) lead the viewer through plot lines that can only be truly observed from one point of view- their own. And because of reasons specific to either character, we cannot trust what they see. My advice? Make your own judgments of reality.
05) A Scanner Darkly (2006, 100 minutes)
06) Waking Life (2001, 99 minutes)
A Scanner Darkly and Waking Life are the only two Richard Linklater-directed films that utilize an animation technique called ‘rotoscoping.’ Rotoscoping is the act of taking footage and illustrating on top of it, thereby creating a kind of live-action/animation blend. These two films utilize rotoscoping to induce a kind of surreal, dream-like, state that elevates their own inherent supernatural implications. With A Scanner Darkly, you get more paranoia, more conspiracy, and in Waking Life, you get more philosophy.
07) If…. (1968, 111 minutes)
08) A Clockwork Orange (1971, 137 minutes)
As many A Clockwork Orange fans know, Malcolm McDowell did not just happen upon the Alex DeLarge character. Kubrick was struck by MdCowell’s acting as Mick Travis in If…., a Lindsay Anderson film from 1968. Though many consider both performances to be excellent, Alex comes across as completely disregarding Mick’s already latent social filter, becoming a kind of full actualization of narcissism and psychopathy. So similar are the two roles in many regards, that the extremity of Alex DeLarge’s behavior, in comparison to Mick Travis, may be one of the largest differences between them.Read less