Graham Reznick is the director of the extremely weird 2008 feature I Can See You, described as “a psychedelic campfire tale” and certified by us as one of the 366 Best Weird Movies of All Time. Graham’s personal homepage is here, and you can find I Can See You‘s official site here. [UPDATE 3/11/2011: Just over a year later, we note that three of Graham’s suggestions—Performance, Altered States and Hausu—have been certified as among the weirdest of all time, with more to come, we’re sure.]
I am honored to have been asked to provide a list of Weird Movies for 366 Weird Movies.com! For my list, I decided I would compile a group of weird films that I always feel like watching, no matter what my mood, or how many times I’ve seen them. They may not be the “best” movies, or even the strangest—but they all contain at least a touch of the sublime (except, perhaps, #10), and they’re all my favorite weird films. Many of these I saw when I was young, and are major influences on my own work and approach to filmmaking. Some may not, at first glance, even seem that weird—but I hope within this context you’ll be able to enjoy and appreciate them for the inherent weirdness that they contain!
Listed in no particular order:
1) PERFORMANCE (Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg, 1968-70, UK)
It’s hard to even describe what makes this movie so special. A gangster on the run hides out with a formerly passionate rock star (Mick Jagger in his first, and perhaps best, role) in swingin’ 60’s London. Sounds simple, but it’s so wrought with the cultural tensions of 1968 that it becomes an ultra dense diamond of sheer psychedelic freak out. Several viewings encouraged!
2) TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch, 1994, USA)
I could probably put Lynch’s entire catalogue on here so for simplicity’s sake I’ll just pick one. I oscillate daily on my favorite David Lynch movie/production, yet more often than not I end up here: FIRE WALK WITH ME was the first Lynch film I saw, when I was about 13, and it was the first time I understood that movies could be weird AND good. If you’ve seen the show, this movie is NOT like the show. The show can GET dark at times, while exploring the wake left in a troubled teen’s death, but this film is DIRECTLY FROM the subjective, paranoid, and dysfunctionally emotional perspective of that troubled teen – in the six days leading up to her death. It is the HEART of the mystery that forms the show, and it’s an amazing experience that can at once be read as a strange criss-crossing of inter-dimensional signals, or a beautifully moving metaphor for harrowing sexual molestation. It’s never failed to give me chills.
3) VIDEODROME (David Cronenberg, 1983, CANADA)
“Because it has something that you don’t have, Max. It has a philosophy. And that is Continue reading GRAHAM REZNICK’S 10 FAVORITE WEIRD FILMS