There are a shitload of movies out in this strange and fascinating world that try to make you think. But, as my experience has shown so far, most just fuck you over and become gigantic cliches that could have been explained in about six pages of tight-written text.
Take the Matrix. What a fucking letdown. Yeah, good movies, but as far as the philosophy went, they should have just left the first one alone. When they tried to continue it, it turned into the Bible, and that's just fucking annoying. And I like the Bible. But think about it: They spent millions of dollars, revolutionized the use of cameras and computer imagery, to rewrite an ancient story that most people already fucking know
Another problem with "thinking" movies is that they try to confuse you to hide the fact that they're just rewriting a book that was written by a dead Roman a couple thousand years ago. Look at Minority Report
. What the fuck was that? I was told how it kept me guessing,how it really changes my outlook on the future. What? Obviously, if you were surprised by advanced technology involving crimes and such, you never read any Asimov, or Christ, even Bradbury delved into the subject.
But wait, there's more.
There are a few "thinking movies" that are quite good (surprisingly in some cases). Many of them are old, but most of them don't involve special effects as a plot line, feature huge actors of the time, or even try to create a whole new world. Somehow instead of trying to dictate how we see life, these films give you a different angle from which to look. These films can put strange spins on old thoughts with dialogue, or just completely skewer your current ideas by shining the light from a different place (something we all need at some point in time).
So, I want to create a list of Real "thinking Movies." Ones that don't so much "Change the way you thought about [insert generic object, like cows, here]" But instead just give you a good story that surprises as well as entertains.
- A few good examples:
- American Beauty
- The Manchurian Candidate (sadly, they're remaking this one. I'm willing to bet it'll do decent at the box office but will suck terribly compared to the original)
- Fight Club
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- A Clockwork Orange
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- 12 Angry Men
- Pulp Fiction
There are more out there. Make some suggestions, as I'm eager to expand my strange fascination (and hate) of the people who think movies like Titanic
or AI: Artificial Intelligence
or even The Matrix Series
to be life changing or well-thought out, or even thought provoking.
To all those who think I'm wrong about the Matrix: Watch it again. And every time someone says Neo say Christ aloud. And then read the bible. Either way, it's repetitious.
So, in conclusion, "little help?"