Something Else

Some movies are more than just a story on the screen. These movies listed are beyond the regular box office formula of the cinema and give you something else: an experience. They tell you a story in way no other movies have done. Sometimes they are not even good, but they do use this media to show you something else, something you are not expecting. Giving you a different insight on what a movie can be.

I decided to make this list remind myself of the many different takes a movie can communicate with the spectator.

(The list is not finished. I am still working on it.)
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Playtime (1967)
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Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ After watching this movie I just could not believe how limited to a box office formula most movies made these days are. This movie shows what cinema can be. It is so much more than a cute happy ending or endless pointless breath-taking cliche action scenes; it is art, it is design, it is music and it is photography. It creates an environment and puts you as an observer, just like we are in our lives: not knowing exactly what is happening, but always amused. ” - fabiopetz
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
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After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Mulholland Dr. defines the most important aspect of Lynch's movies: what you get depends on your personal history. His movies, this one in special, just bring strong situations, with some missing parts. This gaps are filled by the audience's judgement with a little effort, so the movie has a different meaning for each person who watches it. There is no right or wrong. The surrealism just works as a catalyst to awaken something deep inside the people who watch it. ” - fabiopetz
Planet Terror (2007)
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After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. (105 mins.)
“ Worst movies can be even better than good ones. Everything is funny and unexpected. A female hero with machine-gun-leg is just so rich. So worth exploring. Rodriguez has the amazing ability to turn the worst zombie plot into an interesting story, with interesting characters and a deep message. Hope not spoil the surprises, but what I think is so great about it is that if just expecting some bizarre scenes and you pay some attention to the movie you will get surprised that is actually deeper than most action movies. ” - fabiopetz
Rubber (2010)
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A homicidal car tire, discovering it has destructive psionic power, sets its sights on a desert town once a mysterious woman becomes its obsession. (82 mins.)
Director: Quentin Dupieux
“ The story of a psychotic tire with paranormal powers named Robert. What else can I say? This idea is just so different from anything else. If Indiana Jones can survive falling from the Iguaçu Falls, why can't a tire have paranormal powers? This movie also puts you into a story where you do not have the slightest idea of what may happen. After seeing a tire blow up some heads, just anything can happen. It opens the plot to infinite possibilities. Just excellent exercise for your creativity. Rubber can be shallow yet deep. It is a meditative experience. ” - fabiopetz
Naked Lunch (1991)
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After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
Samurai Princess (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
AS group of young schoolgirls walking through the woods is attacked and raped by a gang of thugs. Only one of the girls survives... (82 mins.)
Director: Kengo Kaji
“ Just about every scene has flesh, blood, organs... and that is exactly what anyone who is watching this movie wants. Samurai Princess manages to keep style despite the very low budget. Some things that happen in the movie are just pointless and have no connection to plot. And why should everything have? It is like a cartoon filmed. So many things I never saw in any other movie here. A brainstorm. ” - fabiopetz
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
“ Fact? Fiction? Who knows? Who cares? The movie gets you thinking about what is real, about what Banksy wanted to do with Thierry Guetta, about what banksy wanted to say with film, about what is art. So metalinguistic in so many ways. Street art showing and talking about street art. Art questioning art. Artist creating a real world artist from just the most unlikely person. Very clever. Very funny. ” - fabiopetz
Dogville (2003)
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A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away... (178 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
Antichrist (2009)
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A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. (108 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
“ The first scene of the movie, as many have said, is indeed beautiful, despite the tragedy of what is happening. The way it is done is just amazing art. The rest of the movie is often awfully appealing and I really do not get why the characters do such stupid things. I actually though of leaving the theatre. But I hanged on. And I found this to be the most disturbing movie I have ever watched. I could not speak a word for like 20min after it finished. The movie completely transformed my mood. I might have not liked it. However it did transformed me. And that is what a movie is supposed to do. ” - fabiopetz
Kinatay (2009)
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A young man tries to make some money so he can marry his girlfriend. He takes a job for $2,000 and then soon realizes that this job involves killing a woman. (105 mins.)
“ Kinatay may be a bit boring depending on how you watch it. But as soon as put my myself on the skin of the main character, it really got me. It is annoying, it is uncomfortable, but that is the situation it is making you experience. Very real. Very nice work done on a very simple plot. Shows movies do not need to be complex to be interesting. ” - fabiopetz
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
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Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. (81 mins.)
“ The movie may be disappointing, but it sure showed that this amateur documentary look can give the movie a taste of real that is almost confusing. It is scary without nothing really to be scared of in the scenes. Just using the imagination of the characters to stimulate the audience's. Very clever. ” - fabiopetz
Life in a Day (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010. (95 mins.)
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax