5 Films I couldn’t Stop Thinking About
Almost Everyone has seen at least one movie that you just couldn’t get off of your mind. Sometimes for days, even weeks. Maybe it had an emotional ending, a character you could relate to, or perhaps it just downright confused you (Inception). Here are five films I simply could not stop thinking about after my first viewing.
Wow. This story captivated me within the first few minutes. When I heard the plot for this film I couldn’t take it seriously. The film came out in 2013 and it wasn’t until 2015 before I actually gave it a shot. I remember it being around two in the morning and I needed something to put on just to help me get to sleep. I never expected to be so emotional invested in a love story about a divorced man and his AI. I was literally rooting for this “couple” and it left me heartbroken. This film will always be one of my all time favorites.
Disclaimer, Jake Gyllenhaal is the greatest actor of our time. Also Denis Villeneuve is one of the greatest directors working today. With that out of the way Enemy is one of those films that will really EFF with your mind. You really need to pay attention to details on this one. There were times where watching this film I thought giants spiders were taking over the world. Spoiler alert, they aren’t. But this film explores the subconscious of a man struggling with adultery and the never ending cycle he faces. This film is so underrated. It’s not for everyone but I feel everyone should give it a shot at least once. If you do end up getting confused I recommend checking out some of the interviews with the director on the film. It helps clear up what the message is.
La La Land
Climb these hills, Im reaching for the heights. Yeah, I know all of the words. I didn’t really buy into the hype of this film before I went to see it. I simply do NOT like musicals, never have. But this, this is different. I remember sitting alone in a theater full of girls and couples. Seconds later a musical number starts and I questioned “What did I just get myself into?” It didn’t take long before I was invested in this film. It was like I completely forgot where I was an got immersed in this story and the characters. The ending of this film is still one of the best endings I have ever seen. It made me feel happy but at the same time it wrecked me emotionally. I’m pretty sure I lost sleep for two weeks straight just thinking about this story. Thank you Ryan Gosling for saving Jazz.
Everyone is sleeping on this movie. I just have to say it. So many “film buffs” haven’t even bothered to watch it. Okay I admit I’m a Jake Gyllenhaal fanboy but that is not the reason I love this film so much. I will willingly admit Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon both had better performances than Gyllenhaal. This was one of the best revenge stories ever put on the big screen. I won’t say a lot about the plot but I will just say this. If you have ever had your heart broken by someone you might like this story. Please check it out.
The Witch is one of my favorite horror films. I own it on blu-ray and I have only seen it once. There is a good reason for that. It freaked me the hell out. In a good way. This film doesn't rely on jump scares. In fact I don’t remember there being any jump scares at all. This film builds tension through great story telling. What really made this film stick with me though is its ending, which I wont spoil but it is very tense. The film ends with a scene in the woods and yeah… It’s just so creepy. If you have seen it you know what I mean.
That is my five films! Please feel free to share your opinion!
— Keenan Stroup