DIRECTED BY: Shane Carruth
FEATURING: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins
PLOT: After a man known as the Thief drugs a young woman and steals most of her money, she loses her job and some of her memory, and needs to start an entirely new life; a year . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: UPSTREAM COLOR (2013)
DIRECTED BY: Harmony Korine
FEATURING: Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, James Franco, Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez
PLOT: Four college girls head to Fort Lauderdale for a week of binge drinking, drugs and sex and wind up teaming up with a local gangster for a crime spree.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It isn’t in . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: SPRING BREAKERS (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Kim Nguyen
FEATURING: Rachel Mwanza, Serge Kanyinda
PLOT: Rebels abduct a 12-year old girl from her African village and force her to become a soldier; when her military commanders decide she has magical powers, she is declared the army’s “war witch.”
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: The tiny dash . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: WAR WITCH (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Harmony Korine
FEATURING: Ewen Bremner, Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog, Evan Neumann
PLOT: Scenes from the life of schizophrenic Julien and his bizarre family.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Made between his startling debut Gummo (1997) and his acerbic comeback movie Trash Humpers (2009), Julien Donkey-Boy is the Harmony . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: JULIEN DONKEY-BOY (1999)
DIRECTED BY: Abbas Kiarostami
FEATURING: Tadashi Okuno, Rin Takanashi, Ryo Kase
PLOT: Akiko is a young female student moonlighting as a call girl; her pimp sends her on an assignment in the suburbs, where her client, Takashi, is an elderly professor who doesn’t seem terribly interested in her carnal services. When he deigns to . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (2012)
“[The persona is] a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual… one result of the dissolution of the persona is the release of fantasy—disorientation.”–Carl Jung, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology
DIRECTED BY: Ingmar Bergman
. . . → Read More: 139. PERSONA (1966)
“To take ‘Dogville’ primarily as the vehicle for this [anti-American political] view, however, is to make it a much less interesting movie than it is… Mr. Von Trier offered, ‘I think the point to the film is that evil can arise anywhere, as long as the situation is right.’ It is the pervasiveness of that . . . → Read More: 138. DOGVILLE (2003)
DIRECTED BY: Bryan Buckley (“Asad”), Shawn Christensen (“Curfew”), Yan England (“Henry”), Sam French (“Buzkashi Boys”), Tom Van Avermaet (“Death of a Shadow”)
FEATURING:Gérard Poirier, Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Matthias Schoenaerts, Harun Mohammed, Fawad Mohammadi, Jawanmard Paiz
PLOT: Five short stories (each approximately 20 minutes long): a dead soldier works for a shadow collector in the afterlife, an . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION) (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Ki-duk Kim
FEATURING: Jung Suh, Yoosuk Kim
PLOT: A mute woman who runs a fishing resort becomes obsessed with a suicidal fugitive hiding out in one of the floating cabins.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: It’s a bizarre, perverted sadomasochistic love story in a unique setting, made with skill and a . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE ISLE [SEOM] (2000)
DIRECTED BY: Giorgos Lanthimos
FEATURING: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Stavros Psillakis, Ariane Labed, Johnny Vekris
PLOT: A group of four people act as stand-ins for deceased loved ones to help families with the grieving process.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Alps feels like a faint echo of director Lanthimos‘ surprise (and . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: ALPS (2011)