“Now you're looking for the secret. But you won't find it because of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.”
― John Cutter, 'The Prestige' (2006)
Great films with poignant, memorable, Shyamalanesque, or downright traumatic endings.
When Movie Twists Fail, via Georg Rockall-Schmidt:
What a Twist: Double Consciousness and M. Night Shyamalan, via Back Row:
6 Huge Movie Plot Twists That Caused Even Bigger Plot Holes, via Cracked:
'mother!’s Ending: What Does It All Mean?, via Vanity Fair:
Why 'The Sixth Sense' Ending Has Never Been Matched, via Esquire:
And the Award for the Grossest Twist Ending of the Year Goes To…, via The Mary Sue:
Practically the whole of your childhood is dead (including the Powerpuff Girls), bigotry has entered the White House, we are about to face similar problems for the same reason, and Pokémon have taken people out of reality and off of cliffs. It's no wonder I go to the cinema so many goddamn times. However, with all these disinteresting sequels and "original" concepts, I don't see that happening nearly as much as 2016.
As far as I know, there's no farting corpses, very little hot dogs, hardly any seagulls, no chance of cute 3D redheads and a bunch of gems I've already witnessed first at a festival. Until another festival can surprise me, be it Flare, Sundance, LFF or even the LIAF, the most notable experience I can think of as of yet is seeing who else will attend the My Little Pony movie.
One thing's for sure - there will be less to see than last year, and the rising interest in digital releases doesn't help (especially with the region cheats). Will there be another Carol like there was twice last year, not counting their UK releases this year? Or is 2017 just going to be the weakest year for film by far? Unless we act soon, it won't just be democracy that's dead.
“We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
― H.P. Lovecraft.
Is our limited perception of time, space and reality just a thin layer of pretense protecting us from the incomprehensible, evil and/or uncaring horrors that rule the universe?
When someone dares ponder the vast gulf of nonexistence before his/her lifespan (never mind its quickly-approaching resumption), he/she is, in a fundamental way, not terribly unlike a helpless newborn who dies within moments of its birth.
Our existence awakens to an incomprehensible, chaotic reality — bright and loud and terrifying. And then, all too soon, it is gone forever. In our brief moment of conscious being, we witness fear, corruption, violence, and the pervasive instability of all systems — a general sense that we are, at all times and places, thoroughly insignificant and desperately unsafe.
And while there are beautiful things here for some of us — love, comfort, the company of friends — we often fear that those good things exist only to mock our brief and meaningless existence. That, in the end, we are all destined to face ultimate, inescapable forgetting.
And then, beyond all of that, there is the possibility of monsters. Monsters so enormous and inherently beyond our limited perception that one glance at them would tear our consciousness from the moorings of sanity and reduce our physical being to its component atoms.
This list of films exists for those who enjoy gazing, slack-jawed and mind-boggled, into the dangerous unknowable.
10 Visually Stunning Cosmic Horror Films, via Scene360:
‘Starfish’ Plays Like an Eclectic Mixtape of Cosmic Horror, via Bloody Disgusting:
When The Abyss Looks Back: Contemplating 'The Void', via Everything is Scary:
10 Mind-Bending Cosmic Horror Films, via FilmSchoolRejects:
Showing The Incomprehensible: 'Annihilation's Influences, via Thomas Flight: