The Top 10 Movies That "F" With Your Head
5. Vanilla Sky
Source: Paramount Pictures
Usually, the words "Tom Cruise" and "bats*** crazy" have more in common with each other than "peanut butter" and "jelly," except this time, the two are slightly more grounded in reality.
This critically-acclaimed brain bruiser from Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe takes the concept of sleeping and waking consciousness and turns each into twisted replicants of mind-blowing awesomeness. During one half of the movie, publishing mogul David Aames thinks his friend with benefits, played by Cameron Diaz, died in a car accident of her own doing as he falls in love with another woman, played by Penelope Cruz, but their personalities and identities seem to jump in and out of each other every time Aames wakes up or goes back to bed (or does he?). Of course, the most confusing dilemma of the movie is why Tom Cruise is getting all worked up over whether he’s sleeping with Cameron Diaz or Penelope Cruz, giving men everywhere another reason to want to jump up and down on his lifeless body like it's Oprah's couch.
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Source: Focus Features
Writer/director Charlie Kaufman has a special gift for concocting the most absolutely absurd corners of mankind’s imagination. His films, like the aforementioned Being John Malkovich, have a great deal of fun in taking sheer insanity and making it seem like a familiar problem without having to drug the entire audience with a heavy dose of Thorazine.
His collaboration with equally absurd director Michel Gondry took the same joyous spirit and applied it to our dark and depressing memories by creating a fictional company that wipes your brain clean of the source of all your misery. The procedure unfolds just as our hopeless romantic Joel, played by Jim Carrey, realizes he wants to keep his memories of his ex-girlfriend, played by Kate Winslet, intact. The result is an extremely off-road trip down “Mindf*** Avenue,” which just happens to eventually intersect at “Brainbleed Street” and dead ends just after “David Fincher Way.”
3. Donnie Darko
Source: Flower Films
Imagine every crazy, twisted, or completely f-ed up movie you’ve ever seen. Now insert a giant demonic, metallic bunny rabbit who can break the laws of space and time somewhere in the plot. When your brain stops making your eyes bleed, please continue reading.
In this cult classic, a troubled teen, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, makes friends with a rabbit who claims to know when the world will end and enlists his angst-ridden, pill-popping candidate for Valium to create a little chaos before the dark cloud swallows the Earth whole. This means everything from flooding his school to burning down a motivational speaker’s lavish house. And the funny thing is, it gets even weirder than that. If you can understand the complex structure of the film’s space and time construct, then you should probably be doing something more constructive than wasting time on the Internet...like building a super-collider that runs on solar power and love.
2. Paranormal Activity
Source: Paramount Pictures
Sure it seems just like your typical run-of-the-mill horror film about two pretty and innocent-looking people being terrorized by some unseen being from the bowels of Hell.
This sleeper horror hit of 2007 found a new way to terrorize audiences: by making them feel and almost believe that this stuff could happen to them. People who saw the film and screamed the whole way through left the theater in a numb malaise of shaky fear that one critic from the Los Angeles Times called “hard to get rid of.” And she was right. Herpes was easier to eradicate from your body than the fear this movie left inside of you long after you’d left the theater.
There are very few words that can accurately describe just as how big of a mindf*** it is to watch this movie, so I’ve combined them together in one long word for effect: “holymotherf***ingcrazyinsanebats***insanementallydementedpurplemonkeydishwasher.”
David Lynch showcases a twisted and tragic tale of human struggle (I think) using the most brilliant and insane images ever used in a movie that went mainstream (and that includes Billy Madison). It features Henry, an eccentric but shy man, who becomes the father of a bizarre-looking baby overnight and is subjected to a series of strange dreams and occurrences. From a bizarre dinner with his girlfriend’s parents featuring tiny chickens that spew goop and having the brain from his disembodied head used to make pencil erasers, Eraserhead makes every student film you’ve ever seen look like a competent and cohesive piece of cinema.