If you can't go on a literal trip this weekend, you can at least watch a trippy movie.
Boy meets girl? Rags to riches? Quests and tragedies? Who cares! How about killer car tires, multi-dimensional tunnels of poop and vegetarian Zombie goblins. Maybe you'll obsess over the intricate use of symbolism, maybe you'll be in a constant state of scratching your head and saying what the fuck? But one thing's for sure: you won't be able to look away. Here are some mind bending surreal films to look at over the weekend....
The Holy Mountain (1973)
Directedy by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
One of the most underrated and important films ever made, the infamous Chiliean director broke a million moulds with this visual masterpiece that was produced by The Beatles' manager. Every single scene there is something intrinsically bizarre and metamorphic going on all of which point towards the film's themes of greed in the modern world and social engineering. Jodorowsky’s first film in a decade The Dance of Reality comes out later this month.
Directed by: Quentin Dupieux
Your standard boy loses dog, palm tree turns to pine tree, rains indoors, boy develops canine telepathy, girl falls in love with French gardener thinking it's boy, gardener dies and comes back to life, feces has memory, man travels to end of the world, boy finds dog comedy drama. Nothing in this 'so weird it’s almost uncomfortable' world that Dupieux. who happens to also be French electro producer Mr. Oizo’s. creates is ever explained.
Directed by: Quentin Dupieux
Sort of Mr.Oizo's prequel to Wrong, Rubber is about a car tire called Robert who has psychic powers and goes on a human killing spree. Brilliant.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Having directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, Kaufmen flew the flag of skewed plot lines in the late ninties and early naughties. He was the screenwriter in this fantasy comedy-drama in which, essentially, a guy played by John Cusack finds a portal that's made of shit which leads to the mind of famous actor John Malkovich, played by famous actor John Malkovich, and is able to observe and sense whatever he does for 15 minutes at a time.
Holy Motors (2012)
Directed by: Leos Carax
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... but what if there's no beholder? This Franco-German film follows Monsieur Oscar brilliantly played by Denis Lavant as he travels around Paris in his limousine acting out a slew of different characters from an assasain to a monster to a banker, usually for no reason at all.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
Directed by: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A scientist in a stranget society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. Beautifully colourful and whimsical, despite it's surreal and twisted nature, it all makes sense in the end.
Fantastic Planet (1973)
Directed by: René Laloux
Fantastic Planet is a 1973 cutout stop motion science fiction allegorical film set on a aesthetically Dali-esque world called Ygam where minute humans have been domesticated like pets by giant blue aliens.
Directed by: Claudio Fragasso
A movie that by all physical laws of the universe should simply not exist. Sometimes movies just aren't surreal on purpose, but become so due to their utter rubbishness. Voted one of the worst films ever made, it now has a cult following. Humans are turned into vegetables in order to be eaten by the vegetarian trolls who aren't really trolls. Also there is no Troll 1.
Heart of Glass (1976)
Directed by: Werner Herzog
The plot line is a bit weird. It's set in an 18th century Bavarian town with a glassblowing factory. The baron and the rest of the town descend into madness after the master glassblower dies along with the secret of how to make red ruby glass, believed to have magical powers. The production however, was really weird. During shooting, almost all of the actors performed while under hypnosis. Every actor in every scene was hypnotised, with the exception of the character Hias and the professional glassblowers who appear in the film. The hypnotised actors give very strange performances, which Herzog intended to suggest the trance-like state of the townspeople in the story.
Enter The Void (2009)
Directed by: Gaspar Noé
A stunning visual, existential journey through the life of an American drug dealer living in the vast city of Tokyo, all shot POV style (the screen even goes black when the protagonist blinks). After he's killed during a drug deal gone wrong, the rest of the film observes his life, and the repercussions of his death from the view of his floating soul, seeking resurrection. It's Camus on Acid. Not for the epileptic.