Quirky love, Psychedelic, Visual, Tripped Out Delights : Tiff's Favorites

by tiffanyrsluder | created - 10 May 2011 | updated - 16 Jul 2014 | Public

This is a list of my psychedelic, visually striking and stimulating, quirky love stories, Gothic, tripped out, leaves you thinking for a couple of days kind of favorites of mine. :)

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1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 253,968 | Gross: $75.08M

All time favorite since I was a child...the composition by Danny Elfman is beautiful. "Jack's Lament" in the cemetery in front of the full moon is my all time favorite scene. Jack thinking there is something more out there...feeling tired of the same old thing, reaches into a whole new world. (dmt???lsddd???)

2. Garden State (2004)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm

Votes: 197,712 | Gross: $26.78M

Another movie that can bring me to tears. Great soundtrack! Natalie Portman is the biggest sweetheart in this movie. Quirky love!

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 775,772 | Gross: $34.40M

What a nice, happy, little dysfunctional couple. Really love the sequences traveling through his subconcious, reminds me a lot of my own dreams. Quirky love :)

4. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 243,933 | Gross: $57.39M

Beauty, Truth, Freedomm and Love. This movie still makes me cry. A very moving film...even though I HATE musicals! Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor play really convincing roles in this film.

5. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 209,684 | Gross: $10.14M

Very beautiful film. Very visually stimulating. Sad and moving story. Quirky love.

6. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

Votes: 265,024 | Gross: $78.62M

I just love this movie! So touching! Really like the concept and little Haley Joel Osment does a great acting job for as young as he is. Emotional movie.

7. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

74 Metascore

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 397,409 | Gross: $56.36M

The soundtrack by Danny Elfman is just STUNNING! I'm a huge Tim Burton fan, but the music definitely makes the film what it is! Funny & sad in one.

8. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 184,347 | Gross: $0.00M

GOOD MOVIE! Will leave you thinking for awhile after! Highly recommend.

9. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

R | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 158,220 | Gross: $24.01M

Very quirky and funny. A little bit of off/dark humor. Good movie all around.

10. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 140,800 | Gross: $28.87M

Based on a true story. Great soundtrack. Great acting. Funny and dark.

11. Waking Life (2001)

R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

82 Metascore

A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater, Wiley Wiggins

Votes: 54,946 | Gross: $2.89M

Be ready to step outside of your boundries.

12. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 70,652 | Gross: $25.89M

So happy I finally watched this movie. Salma Hayek does a wonderful job of playing Frida. Very inspiring to see such a strong woman.

13. Devdas (I) (2002)

185 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jackie Shroff

Votes: 31,876 | Gross: $3.50M

Indian musical bollywood style. Beautiful story, great dancing and singing. The lead actress is a knock-out! Try it!

14. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 666,199 | Gross: $0.19M

Awesome soundtrack...leaves you with an eerie feeling inside. Can be watched over and over trying to understand what the fck is going on.

15. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 512,988 | Gross: $10.06M

Tripped out movie! Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki...who i highly recommend for all of his films.

16. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

69 Metascore

A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 55,351 | Gross: $0.34M

This movie was a little too much for me to watch when I started...I had to take a break it was so powerful. Very visually stimulating. Nice to see a movie that attempts to show what a dmt experience is like. Left me stunned for days after. Great cinematography. Very deep stuff.

17. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Suzuka Ohgo

Votes: 127,863 | Gross: $57.49M

Beautiful movie...let me with a funny feeling. Highly recommend!

18. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 278,059 | Gross: $22.86M

Another movie that reminds me of my dreams. A little creepy and freaky...just the way I like them.

19. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 272,807 | Gross: $2.38M

Another Hayao Miyazaki classic. Good story, visually stimulating.

20. I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | 107 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 59,389 | Gross: $12.78M

A movie about exestensialism and the purpose of exsistence. Quirky comedy, that you may need to watch a few times to truly understand.

21. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 169,608 | Gross: $75.29M

Awesome, creepy tripped out movie! A lot of people think Tim Burton did because it is so much like his others works. It was really directed by Henry Selick who did NBC, and based on a book by the famous author and comic book writer Neil Gaiman.

22. Cool World (1992)

PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

28 Metascore

A comic strip femme fatale seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt, Michele Abrams

Votes: 18,380 | Gross: $14.11M

Tripped out eye candy. Good movie for cartoon & comic book fans. A little neurotic.

23. Now and Then (1995)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Christina Ricci, Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch

Votes: 23,343 | Gross: $27.40M

Childhood favorite about friends growing up in the 70's when things start changing from cookie cutter world to the revolutionary Vietnam hippie days.

24. The Addams Family (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

57 Metascore

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 108,647 | Gross: $113.50M

My dark gothic side loves this quirky classic...since I was a child. Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci are my favorites in this film.

25. Gia (1998 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s, from her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her untimely death.

Director: Michael Cristofer | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mercedes Ruehl

Votes: 35,851

Angelina Jolie's early work...hot lesbian model movie. She's crazy in this film.

26. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 55,801 | Gross: $19.52M

Italian movie from 1960. Loved listening to the italian and seeing scenes and costumes from the past. Takes a turn in the end that kinda left my jaw on the floor. Wasn't expecting what I was left with in the end.

27. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 149,904 | Gross: $4.00M

"there is no place I know that compares to pure imagination" ... good movie to be a little high for. :)

28. The Cell (2000)

R | 107 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

40 Metascore

An FBI agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colton James

Votes: 86,477 | Gross: $61.33M

Very DARK, HEAVY, INTENSE... and indeed so for my tastes but I just love this movie as it delves into the subconscious of a murderer. Visually stimulating...very creepy.