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Deviate (from normal storytelling)
List creator: chaosmind
Created on: August 27, 2006 - 6:34 PM PDT
Description: a list of films that changed my ideas about narrative structure

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Blue Velvet (1986)
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  "Mommy!" My first real "out there" film, still holds the power to shock.
Memento (2000)
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  Backwards storytelling.
Reservoir Dogs (15th Anniversary Edition) (1992)
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  Back-and-forth storytelling
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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  Dreamlike storytelling, complete with a fairytale recitation (within the fairytale).
Time Bandits (Criterion Collection) (1981)
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  Pure fantasy.
Lost Highway (1997)
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  It's a dream, and a story told backwards ... or something.
Altered States (1980)
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  Drugs, dreams and sensory deprivation. A love story.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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Not Rated
  More drugs, less love. Harrowing.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
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  Paranoid dream, deathbed flashback, or purgatorial redemption? You decide.
Un Chien Andalou (1928)
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  Surreal. Viscerally-unpleasant, but an undeniable proof of the power of images.
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
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  Eight dreams.
Liquid Sky (1982)
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  So... you can get money to back films like this one? There *are* no films like this one!
Begotten (1991)
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Not Rated
  Still screwing up the courage to watch this one.
Eraserhead (1977)
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Not Rated
  The man in the planet? First time I noticed events at the beginning mirrored at the end.
Gummo (1997)
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  Never going there again.
The Qatsi Trilogy (Criterion) (Disc 1 of 3): Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance (1982)
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Not Rated
  I'll go here again and again.
Flesh Gordon (Collector's Edition) (1972)
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Not Rated
  Ray Harryhausen, eat your heart out!
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
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  Yes, but what the hell is that watermelon for?!?
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
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  "Okay, I get the picture: White Tigers, Lords of Death, guys in funny suits throwing plastic explosives while poison arrows fall from the sky and the pillars of heaven shake, huh?"
Natural Born Killers (1994)
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  pick a style, any style
Meet the Feebles (1989)
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  this is a stand-in for "Meet the Hollowheads," which is more gross and less humorous than Peter Jackson's Muppets-from-hell tale.
Magnolia (1999)
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  buncha stories come together on Magnolia Ave. random singing and a rain of frogs.
Open Your Eyes (1997)
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  Vanilla Sky. (Watch this one first.)
Brazil (Criterion Collection) (1985)
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  "I wonder which of these seven endings I should use for my movie. Hey, I've got an idea..." The Citizen Kane of surrealist fantasies.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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  Speaking of which... The breakfast scene is brilliant: one meal spanning ten years of a relationship. The master never exceeded his brilliance here.
F For Fake (Criterion Collection) (1973)
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  Not to say that he didn't remain the master 'til the very end!
Floundering (1994)
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  You've heard of fake endings? This one has a couple of fake middles.
Spider (2002)
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  Meshes past and present. Hallucinatory.
Videodrome (Criterion Collection) (1982)
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Not Rated
  "Long live the new flesh!" Cronenberg's most harrowing, hallucinatory work. You've been warned.
Man Bites Dog (Criterion Collection) (1991)
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Not Rated
  Fuck Jerry Springer AND Survivor. THIS is the last word on reality television....
Visitor Q (2001)
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Not Rated
  ...er, maybe not. Ick.

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