The Top 10 Movies That "F" With Your Head
Inception has become the new movie that everyone in your office says you have to see if you ever want to have any social status in the lunchroom for the rest of your natural life. It’s not hard to see why: the movie is a total mindf***. But it's not the first.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
By Danny Gallagher
10. Fight Club
Source: 20th Century Fox
This adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s hilarious send-up of the modern male ego (or rather, the lack thereof) found fun in giving a great big finger to just about every facet of our oppressive society, including any sense of sanity you will ever have again.
The first four-fifths of the film takes the audience on a wild, testosterone-fueled psychosis of mayhem, destruction, and general disarray on everything from meaningless corporate sculptures to the sappy innocence of children’s films. But the cart derails when the audience learns that the protagonist/antagonist Tyler Durden is actually not Tyler Durden. He’s not even a person. He doesn’t exist. He’s just a self-appointed guide to the narrator’s diseased and stressed imagination. That would have been one hard-to-shoot love scene for the director and the actors...for more than one reason.
Source: Newmarket Films
Christopher Nolan might have been able to tie more knots in people’s brains with Inception than a coked-up Boy Scout troop could produce at a weekend “Knot-It-Off” jamboree, but that's because he had a good head start.
His famous indie smash hit took every concept that had been developed for movie-making for time, plot development, and exposition and shoved them face first into a wood chipper. The movie jumps back and forth between different time periods in the tragic life of Leonard until the two converge into one focal point on a bell curve of “What the f***.” A special edition of the DVD featured a recut of the film that plays the events in chronological order from its gripping start to enthralling finish (or is it the other way around?). It’s been said that if you watch the new cut while playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album, then you’re probably unemployed and really, really stoned.
8. The Game
Source: Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Director David Fincher has an odd method of turning the mundane and ordinary of everyday lives into gripping moments of unrelenting terror and fear. His home movies could probably make you sleep with a fully automatic rifle under your pillow and a ring of fire surrounding your bed for the rest of your life.
This oddly fun noirish-thriller stars Michael Douglas as a wealthy executive who enters into a strange “game” as a birthday present that slowly seems to take over his life, starting with his job and ending with his very name and reputation. Most movies find fun in not letting the audience in on whom the protagonist shouldn’t trust. Here, everyone is a suspect...from his brother, played by Sean Penn, to even the extras meandering in the background. Nothing, as they say, is as it seems. It’s like The Matrix but with good acting and less S&M wardrobe consultants.
7. Being John Malkovich
Source: USA Films
Just about every major religion only considers the body to be a vessel for the soul. In this film's case, John Malkovich’s is a vessel for avoiding death, thanks to a special door in the world’s tiniest office that transports your living soul into his head for 15 minutes and dumps you out on the edge of the New Jersey Turnpike. If a soul enters the vessel at the right time, they can live in his body and his offspring’s bodies by leaping from “vessel to vessel” when it’s “ripe.” And if that concept doesn’t make your brain all hurty, just wait for the scene when John Malkovich enters his own portal and is confronted by a world inhabited entirely by John Malkovich. It’s so weird, it’ll have you screaming “Malkovich Malkovich!”
Source: Universal Studios
Now we start getting into very strange territory and by strange, I mean, your computer is morphing into a gila monster that only speaks Spanish, words have no inherent value or meaning and purple monkey dishwasher.
This cult classic from director David Cronenberg takes on the equally huge cult of television and reduces it to a wasteland of soft-core porno and quick fixes of schadenfreude-heaven. You know, the way it should be. However, it all gets screwed up when a new show featuring people being tortured and killed for no apparent reason crops up on a pirate signal and starts giving its viewers hallucination-induced brain tumors. Our hero/lead victim James Woods is subjected to horrifying visions of breathing Beta-tapes, random acts of unnecessary violence, and even a large man-vagina on his stomach that provides a handy storage pouch for weapons, tapes, and skin-piercing grenades that are bound to become another useless product for a late night infomercial ("Introducing the Sham-Gina!").