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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 6/3/2012 12:14:29 PM   
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Watched Adrift the other night, whilst the film was annoying & dull it made sense, except the last 5 mins.

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Couldn't tell if the mom & last guy were still alive as they were filmed in parallel to another boat circling an empty (bar the baby) boat

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 6/3/2012 8:22:02 PM   
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Any Adam Sandler film.

Just baffles me how anyone can enjoy that shit.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 6/3/2012 8:47:02 PM   
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The Holy Mountain always baffles me. But in a good way.



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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 7/3/2012 9:01:09 PM   
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

I remember enjoying the hell out of that film but i cant for the life of me remember what the plot was as it was so convoluted.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 8/3/2012 12:25:18 PM   
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Revolver is another that springs to mind.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 8/3/2012 12:46:08 PM   
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

I remember enjoying the hell out of that film but i cant for the life of me remember what the plot was as it was so convoluted.


Such a fun flick. Altough it did start the rise, and in my mind, fall of Robert Downey Jr as a competent actor.

At the time I thought I understood the plot but now I can't remember anything about it, at all.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 9/3/2012 11:55:01 AM   
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Revolver left me a bit
As did Lost Highway the first time I watched it. I've since revisited LH and have to say that my thoughts on it are pretty similar to what jobloffski wrote on the previous page. Even if I'm way off though it still a fantastic film.

Revolver however, is just shit!

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 9/3/2012 3:38:48 PM   
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quote:

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The Holy Mountain always baffles me. But in a good way.



what's with the nipple cover up man?


Didn't want to risk a warning from the mods. I'm pretty sure any nudity is a no-no on the boards.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 9/3/2012 10:48:00 PM   
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

I remember enjoying the hell out of that film but i cant for the life of me remember what the plot was as it was so convoluted.


I love that film, but the first time I watched it I got really lost. Second time was better but still confusing. Another watch is needed I think.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 10/3/2012 12:06:35 AM   
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I agree with the majority that films like Memento and inception have a clear narrative, but you have to focus to enjoy them, which for me is a good thing, it adds depth. The Fountain took a few watches, but I see it as a story about the soul. The bubble being his entire life (obsession) after his wifes illness becomes acute, and the conquistador portion a parable about his heroic efforts to cure her.

Mulholland drive baffled me, although the end gave some resolution, so now I just accept it as a great, if twisted, tale. Trying to rationalise his films makes me queasy!

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 10/3/2012 12:18:57 AM   
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For me, The Fountain was a parable of the grief of losing 'the one' and it's impact it has on your soul for eternity.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 12/3/2012 1:49:19 PM   
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I recently lost my David Lynch virginity with lost highway and have to admit I was completely lost at first. I made the huge mistake of trying to force it to 'make sense'. However, once it clicked that it wasn't actual 'reality' I was watching, I was blon away. It has definitely whet my appetite for more of his films.


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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 12/3/2012 11:12:28 PM   
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The Fountain's not that confusing, surely?


I get the present day timeline and the whole thought of when you die you change into something else and become part of it.

No idea what was happening in the future bubble or to the conquistador (spelling)


My take is:

His wife knows that he will obsess forever about ways he could have helped her, but she has accepted that there in no more that can be done, so she writes the story of the conquistador, imagining him as that character to 'send the message' that seeking to prevent life ending is not possible in the terms someone who wants eternal life wants. Your life/essence becomes part of the fabric of nature, and goes on in that way or something, but the obsession with the fountain of youth leads to life passing someone by.

We all die, we all become part of the 'cosmos' or whatever.

Re the bubble, I read that as symbolising him, isolated from life by the grief pre and post losing his wife, in retreat from the rest of life, hence the monk like appearance/rituals. But via this contemplation, and once he has understood that his wife accepted her passing and, and wrote the story of the conquistador because he must accept the natural processes of life and death too, and just saying this literally would have less effect, he symbolically becomes 'enlightened' and 'ascends' out of his state of isolation/contemplation/grief to accept her passing and be able to go on with life, and not let life pass him by in grief or wishing he could have done more to, help, just as his wife wanted.




This, only put better than i could have.

To be honest I can't think of any films I've failed to understand... but I haven't seen twin peaks FWWM or much Lynch in general. I remember seeing 12 monkeys at the cinema and being bewildered that almost no one else in the cinema got it.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 12/3/2012 11:38:27 PM   
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Just watched Valhalla Rising. I have no clue wtf was going on, if anything- bar Mads Mikkelsen looking round menacingly every few seconds

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 13/3/2012 12:57:36 PM   
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I'm convinced the thing with most Lynch films is that, half the time, even he doesn't really know what they're about - he just throws in images and events that interest him, whether they make sense or not.

It's rare that I see any deep analysis that makes sense from Lynch himself when questioned, and when really pressed he just throws in the "eye of a duck" thing and leaves it at that. It's at that point I think to myself "yeah, he just doesn't know what to say now".

Despite the fact I can't stand him, Mark Cousins is the only person who seems to be able to coherently explain what Lynch means by the eye of a duck, but that doesn't explain ANY of the weirdness in ANY of Lynch's films, it merely confirms the idea and the phrase as being something for him to fall back on when other words fail him.

Having said all that, I love several Lynch films and Twin Peaks, and the man himself entertains me no end.


As for me, I don't know about completely baffled, but every Wes Anderson film since (but not including) Rushmore has just gone over my head in the sense that I haven't connected with them and they just seem to be odd for the sake of being odd (Tenenbaums and Darjeeling Limited being the prime suspects).

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 16/3/2012 8:45:52 AM   
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my box set of twin peaks and fire walk with me arrived yesterday. I have never seen them and hope they live up to expectations? A few people on here have mentioned they are good so I'm really looking forward to cracking it open tonight!

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 16/3/2012 2:02:06 PM   
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I haven't seen Twin Peaks since in first aired years ago. But there is a short gag on The Simpsons that sums up the show superbly

Homer is sat alone, lit only by the glow of the tv he's watching. From the tv we here the immortal line..
"Damn fine coffee you have here in Twin Peaks".
We then see on the tv, Agent Cooper dancing with a horse, under a tree.
Homer - "Brilliant, BRILLIANT!"
Homer's brain - "I have absolutely no idea what's going on???"


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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 16/3/2012 2:07:45 PM   
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That is an awesome Avatar Darth.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 16/3/2012 2:33:01 PM   
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Thank-you sir
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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 9:18:58 AM   
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Jean Luc Godards Histoire du Cinema, 4 episodes of images, Tom Waits classical Music ,Poetry and god knows what else its a real mind exercise

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 11:22:46 AM   
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Surprised no-one's mentioned Donnie Darko.

Slaughterhouse 5 and Jacob's Ladder were both a bit confusing at first as are some of the Lynch films. I couldn't explain Mulholland Drive if asked to, no idea. I applaud Lynch though for not making it easy for us and taking us out of our comfort zones as they say.

and speaking of Godard, I tried to rewatch Alphaville (1965) recently and found it too bizarre and unfathomable to finish and yet I remember enjoying it immensley on first viewing many years ago.


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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 1:34:07 PM   
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2001: A Space Odyssey.

Just incoherent nonsense.




Another vote for this.

Also Burn After Reading. To this day I have no idea what on earth happened in that film, why any of the characters are connected or why anything happened.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 1:46:18 PM   
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Synecdoche, New York. Even the title is baffling.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 3:08:16 PM   
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2001: A Space Odyssey.

Just incoherent nonsense.



Another vote for this.



Again, what exactly is so incoherent about it? Its very simple and straightforward.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 3:39:15 PM   
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Synecdoche, New York. Even the title is baffling.


Yeah, same for me. Not only baffling but extremely irritating.

I would also suggest Wim Wenders' 'Until The End of the World'. One of only two films I've ever given up on and turned off.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 3:39:31 PM   
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2001: A Space Odyssey.

Just incoherent nonsense.



Another vote for this.



Again, what exactly is so incoherent about it? Its very simple and straightforward.



Agreed. But incredibly boring.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 4:04:39 PM   
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2001: A Space Odyssey.

Just incoherent nonsense.



Another vote for this.



Again, what exactly is so incoherent about it? Its very simple and straightforward.



Agreed. But incredibly boring.


Cold yes
Boring no.

2001: is one of those rare films where I can totally loose myself in.
Theres a beautifull slow operatic sense about the whole film.

Though I can understand how some people get baffled by it,and it certaitly took me a while before the plot/empasis clicked for me.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 4:07:16 PM   
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Revolver is another that springs to mind.


I don't think even Guy Ritchie knew what was going on in Revolver.

Such a dumbass film.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 1/5/2012 7:36:24 PM   
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Revolver wasn't baffling. It was just pretentious nonsense.

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RE: Films That Completely Baffle You - 2/5/2012 1:19:13 PM   
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Primer.


After a few watches of this, i know how the unfortunate Granger felt in this movie. A great movie but mind boggling to decipher without help.

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