Inland Empire

I rented this film from Blockbuster on a whim and was immediately lost in a three-hour nightmare. It was sleepy, surreal, violent, harrowing, and completely impenetrable and it affected me deeply. There’s one moment in particular that genuinely startled me in a way I haven't experienced since. There’s something special about being lulled to sleep only to be shocked awake by a unique horror. Shattering any sense of shelter. It’s a truly beautiful and terrible experience.

LA Notte

This one destroys me every time. Antonioni is a master of capturing the doomed reality of romantic relationships and he does this mostly with space. You feel like a voyeur following the characters around the party as they wander into situations or no situations at all. You just exist with the characters for every nuanced minute they are on the screen and this makes them feel more tangible. It's subtle, but stirring and the ending is perfect. I'm also a sucker for movies that take place in the span of one day.

The Swimmer

Our dad showed us this movie when we were little and it blew us away. It's one of the only films on this list that we chose for its concept more than the way in which was executed. That’s not to say that the directing and performances aren’t great–they are–It’s just not as atmospheric as the others films. It’s very narrative. Built around a singular idea, but one that is strange and brilliant and ultimately tragic. A great example of making something truly unique within the limitations of a preexisting formula. A haunting pop song.

Fallen Angels

The key elements of any Wong Kar Wai film are mood, atmosphere and space. Fallen Angels has as all of these elements with plenty to spare. It’s also a little more energetic and lively than some of his others films which is nice in the midst of all the hazy imagery and blurry lights. A gritty, moody, neon dream. The soundtrack is killer too.

Point Break

Growing up, my sister had an enormous VHS collection, and it took me a long time to get around to watching this one. The name confused me. Being from Georgia, I didn't know any surfing terms. Eventually, I just went for it and I don’t think I could have been any more entertained. It’s a complete mess of adrenaline and snarky one-liners, mostly directed at Keanu Reeves, mostly by Gary Busey. A particular favourite: “I was takin’ shrapnel in Khe Sanh when you were crappin’ in your hands and rubbin’ it in your face.” It’s a buddy cop film on steroids. There are essentially four climaxes, each one outdoing the last, and by the end of the movie, the stakes couldn’t be any higher. Before jumping out of a plane sans parachute, Patrick Swayze’s character taunts Johnny Utah (Reeves) with what may be the most disputed and creatively insulting one-liners in film history. Swayze ad-libs: “I know it hurts Johnny. I know you want me so bad, it’s like ass in your mouth.” The film has no class. It makes no excuses. It’s just pure entertainment.

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