Movie Dog: Five Films In Which Reality Comes Apart

This is a follow-on to a page in the Drooly Dog Zine Issue 002. To learn more about that, go here.



I love movies that break reality apart because that’s what we do inside our heads every day let’s face it. Here are some favorites though:

  1. Run Lola Run, 1999. I’ve loved this movie and its soundtrack forever. Lola’s got to get hold of 100,000 marks in 20 minutes or the mob kills her boyfriend. Except that she has that 20 minutes over and over. A story about alternative time and scenarios and an excellent techno soundtrack. Watch it with subtitles. It’s in German. DVD | Amazon Video
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004. About love, and forgetting, and doing stuff to your brain that you really shouldn’t because you want to forget love. Somewhere in between surrealism and science fiction. The beach dream scene and the child-regression scene are the best. Jim Carrey and and Kate Winslet. DVD | Amazon Video
  3. Birdman, 2015. I love this movie so much. An actor making an attempted comeback on Broadway, and all the weirdness that comes with that – Michael Keaton just covers the story in neuroses. And there’s a scene in which Emma Stone’s face travels miles without ever leaving the screen. DVD | Amazon Video
  4. Dead Again, 1991. Back when Kenneth Branagh, the biggest ego in show business, and Emma Thompson were a thing (they made Much Ado About Nothing during this time also which has just a stunning opening scene). Dead Again is a mystery about past lives and murder and it’s got Derek Jacoby. Much fun and black and white nostalgic intrigue scenes. DVD | Amazon Video
  5. Amelie,  2001. A story of shyness and love and imagination. In French with English subtitles. Just, beautiful. And if you get a chance to see the musical, I saw it at Berkeley Rep and it was beautiful too. DVD | Amazon Video

If you watch any of these come over to the Facebook Group and make pronouncements about them okay? See you there.

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