Indecipherable & Indie


Indecipherable & Hollywood

Top arthouse films we really don’t get. But actually enjoyed.   Proof that it’s not just art house directors that are bonkers.
An Andalusian Dog (1929)
Surrealism’s poster boy, Salvador Dali, co-wrote this Luis Bunuel short where a severed hand crawls with ants and woman’s eye gets slit open. What does it mean? Sit down and tell us about your childhood.
  Apocalypse Now (1979)
Ostensibly a war film, director Francis Ford Coppola’s visually spectacular voyage up a river is actually more akin to one long acid trip with killer quotes and a top soundtrack to boot. Memorably, Marlon Brando’s monologue makes no sense at all.
Sleep (1963)
The inventor of pop art, Andy Warhol, filmed a man sleeping for five hours. As we watched, life soon began to imitate art.
  Twelve Monkeys (1995)
There’s nothing like some time travel to amp up the weirdness and, here, it’s mixed in with killer viruses, an apocalypse and the possibility of insanity. Definite- ly a mindfuck.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
Metal Fetishist Man jams an iron rod into his leg, which turns into a festering wound crawling with maggots. When he’s hit and killed by a car, the driver develops metallitis, where scrap metal at- taches itself to his body. Ooh-kay.
  Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003)
Once we had all gotten over the super cool slow mo effects of the first installment, the two sequels brought us to the slow dawning realization that the actual plotline was simply nonsensical.
The River (He Liu, 1997)
A mother wants to shag her son, who has a neck pain that won’t go away. Eventually, he ends up doing it with dad in a sauna. And then there’s that body in the river. Go figure.
  Fight Club (1999)
The first rule of fight club is you don’t talk about what a complete head trip the whole thing ac- tually is. So many questions: Does Brad Pitt re- ally exist, has Edward Norton done any good films since?
Tropical Malady (2004)
A guy transforms into a tiger and tries to eat his boyfriend for 118 minutes. Next to Tropical Mala- dy, Uncle Boonmee is a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston.
  Inception (2010)
Leonardo DiCaprio plays a miserable mind extractor. Visually stylish, the-dream-within-a-dream storyline ends up making us seriously question our own intel- lect. You do realize you may just be dreaming you’re reading this right now?