Top action/mind-bending movies

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Nov 6, 2012
  1. Engert
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    Let's discuss on why some movies suck such as Apocalypse Now and why others don't such as Inception.
    Here's my list:
    1. Cypher
    2. Payback
    3. Death Sentence
    4. The Zodiac
    5. Snatch
    6. The thirteenth floor
    7. The Oxford murders
    8. Lord of war
    9. The Matrix
    10. Fight Club
    11. Once upon a time in the west
    12. Stay
    13. 11:14
    14. The Game
    15. Matchstick Men
    16. Unleashed
    17. Goemon
    18. Event Horizon
    19. Daybreakers
    20. Echelon Conspiracy
    21. Peaceful Warrior
    22. Sin City
    23. 8MM
    24. Running Scared
    25. 21
    26. The Terminator
    27. The usual suspects
    28. The insider
    29. Gothika
    31. Murder by numbers
    32. Paycheck
    33. The Bourne identity
    34. Leon the professional
    35. Kick Ass
    36. A fistful of dollars
    37. Seven
    39. Unbreakable
    40. LA Confidential
    41. Gattaca
    42. The alphabet killer
    43. Knowing
    44. Shutter Island
    45. The good the bad and the ugly
    46. Inception
    47. Heat
    48. Max Payne
    49. Blade
    50. Fallen
    51. Transporter
    52. Crank
    53. Dark City
    54. District 9
    55. Kung Fu Hustle
    56. Shoot ‘em up
    57. The jacket
    58. The fifth element
    59. Crouching tiger hidden dragon
    60. The fountain
    61. Memento
    62. Point Break
    63. War Inc
    64. The assignment
    65. Back to the future
    66. The prestige
    67. Untraceable
    68. Cloverfield
    69. Once upon a time in America
    71. Silent hill
    72. Revolver
    73. Planet of the apes
    74. The cell
    75. The number 23
    76. Smoking aces
    77. 300
    78. Inside man
    79. Lucky number slevin
    80. Déjà vu
    81. Perfume the story of a murderer
    82. The Manchurian candidate
    83. The butterfly effect
    84. Alien collection
    85. Tron and Tron Legacy
    86. Adaptation
    87. Ocean’s Eleven
    88. Avatar
    89. Solaris
    90. Equilibrium
    91. Catch me if you can
    92. Batman begins
    93. The island
    94. Cocaine cowboys
    95. The chronicle of Riddick
    96. Spy Game
    97. The machinist
    98. Gran Torino
    99. Ninja Assassin
    100. American History X
    101. Being John Malkovich
    102. The Devil’s Advocate
    103. The dark knight
    104. Pitch black
    105. Hancock
    106. Dark City
    107. Gladiator
    108. Taken
    109. IP Man
    110. The ten
    111. Identity
    112. The nines
    113. Pandorum
    114. Gamer
    115. For a few dollars more
    116. The fifth patient
    117. Casshern
    118. American Psycho
    119. Predator
    120. Thank you for smoking
    121. Shinobi: heart under blade
    122. The departed
    123. Zodiac
    124. Enemy of the state
    125. Children of Men
    126. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
    127. 16 blocks
    128. The time machine
    129. limiltless
    130 Source code
     


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    A lot of those aren't action or "mind bending" movies.
     
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    It's close enough so it's ok.
     
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    Here's a lit of my favorite snack foods. Discuss why some made the list and others didn't...

    1. Matchbox cars
    2. chess pieces
    3. crackers
    4. Aquafina
    5. diapers
    6. staples
    7. wireless mouse
    8. crackers
    9. sea turtles
    10. A League of Their Own
    11. glass
    12. sporting equipment
    13. crackers
     
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    This isn't bending my mind at all. It's just giving me a headache.
     
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    Your list is bad, and you should feel bad
     
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    There's a lot that isn't really "mind bending", it just explores complex themes. Like District 9 isn't an action movie and it's not mindbending, it's a sci-fi movie that explores concepts of racism essentially. Cloverfield isn't an action movie or mind bending, it's a disaster film (and ironically a disaster of a film). American Psycho is just a psycho movie, not really action or mind bending at all.

    It just seems like a kinda random list of movies that can loosely have "action" or "mindbending" tied to them.
     
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    Yes, it's still ok.
    So since you mentioned Cloverfield, i think it was semi-disaster. It was kind of original for its time and not a ripoff like the other movies who followed it.
    What do you think about Apocalypse Now? My review of that film basically is that if you are 35 or younger you should not watch it. It may have been great in 1979 but it falls short in 2012.
     
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    Well Cloverfield is a disaster movie just in a found footage style. I wouldn't say it's terribly original, it just mashed a style of filming with a genre. I mean it'd be as original as filming a comedy in a film noir style. There have been found footage films before it, I mean it got more mainstream popularity in Blair Witch Project but dates back as far as 1980.

    I never actually saw Apocalypse Now but I'll be honest and say I don't really like war dramas. I enjoyed Saving Private Ryan but that's about it.
     
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    Crackers should have been at the top of this list since it's a type of food that can be used in all weather environments and terrains.
     
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    Yeah that was a good movie along the lines of Black Hawk Down but it's interesting how you view District 9. Exploring racism. Although that's true i view the movies in terms of originality not category. Because we can fit pretty much all movies into Racism. Love, War, Alien, Death type of categories.
     
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    I hate to be so abrasive but that's an incredibly simplistic and honestly horrible way to view movies.

    There's not many movies that tackle the issue like District 9. It uses sci-fi as a metaphor to reveal something about racism. The aliens look ugly and the audience is supposed to perceive them as ugly to only highlight how we, at one point, viewed other races. That while in the eyes of the aliens, they find themselves to look good, we find them ugly for no reason other than our own construction of what is deemed "beautiful" and "ugly". The transformation of the main character from human to alien helps show just how stark a contrast there is between the races. One day the protagonist is accepted by society, a perfectly happy and successful man. The next day, he's abused and exiled from society, going so far as to mutilate himself because of the change. The protagonist then feels empathy for the aliens which society has segregated as he experiences their struggle. None of this would be possible reasonably without the use of a sci-fi metaphor.

    To say it's an average film or something along those lines because it fits into a few categories is just an absolutely awful way to judge film and honestly takes your views as an analyst of film into question.

    Also how the fuck can you put Max Payne and Blade above District 9. They're both incredibly generic action flicks. Even by your view of judging films on originality they're terrible. They're flat, plain action movies.
     
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    Now i understand why you see it that way. Because when the main character turned alien i did not view him as ugly. As a matter of fact i did not view the aliens as ugly at all. His transformation was actually cool. That's how i saw it.
    Also the order of things in my list does not mean anything. It's to get people discussing my 'flaws' into my ranking.
    Honestly i did not see a topic here that 'reviews' movies that all the members have seen. So i opened this one.
    Max Payne and Blade were again cool action flicks for their time.
    Here's one movie i saw recently that sucks balls. Act of valor. Not a movie not a documentary, not too sure what to call it. Bad guys always carry aks "good guys" always win. This is what i would expect from a chuck norris movie but not a movie that it tries to take itself too seriously.
     
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    By "ugly" I mean "would you bang it?" By and large people would say no on the aliens of District 9 because they were designed that way. Contrast that to Avatar where the aliens are designed to be aesthetically pleasing. Pixar eyes, friendly features, foreign but not too distant.

    I'm just kinda flabbergasted that "cool action flicks" would win out over a masterfully crafted film like District 9. They're not even good action flicks honestly, there's nothing really notable about them.
     
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    Wow... Goemon. Didn't think that movie fit there (even that high in that list of yours) even though I liked it.
     
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    So what other movies have you seen lately? How about looper? That was an OK movie. Too long. Too much dialouge and not much action.

    lol. You could simply say that we have a different taste in movies instead of justifying.
     
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    Hmm since I haven't really followed movies lately. I've recently watched the Big Lebowski and the Candidate which I wasn't pleased with. I will watch Looper later this week as well as Dark Knight Rises.
     
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    Looper was hardly a straight up action flick as much as it was a sci-fi movie. It was more a drama than an action flick and I thought it was really good. It explored time travel really well but it made sure to not make it really a monger for loopholes (no pun intended) and it offered some really interesting concepts. Really solid movie.
     
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    Yeah bu the science stuff behind is what I found confusing
     
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