Mind Benders & Time Shiftersby sbfraser3 | created - 24 Mar 2015 | updated - 04 Mar 2019 | Public
Off-normal flicks that have come my way. Some are much better than others, but all are worth a look if you like this kind of movie. In no particular order, except that some of the first few titles are uber low budget offerings that put 99% of Hollywood to shame.
- Instant Watch Options
- Movies or TV
- IMDb Rating
- In Theaters
- On TV
- Release Year
1. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 717,191 | Gross: $1.48M
I personally liked the Theatrical cut better than the now more common extended version - it left even more for you to decipher on your own. 9/10
2. Primer (2004)
PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.
Votes: 93,275 | Gross: $0.42M
Two guys and a box. You can't get much lower tech. 8/10
3. Ink (I) (2009)
Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares.
So imaginative. I've watched this several times over the years. 9/10
4. Coherence (2013)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.
Votes: 97,208 | Gross: $0.07M
Such a cool idea; based loosely in real theory. I don't really consider this a spoiler, but (geek alert) the final 10 seconds contradicts the basis of the underlying premise. I wish they'd come up with an ending that didn't, but it was still effective. 8/10
5. Lunopolis (2010 Video)
Not Rated | 98 min | Sci-Fi
Two documentary filmmakers accidentally uncover the greatest moon secret the world has never known, and the powerful organization determined to keep it that way.
Too much fun. Bogs down a little in the middle, but still worth it. Apparently this movie was made for less than $5,000, so don't expect a lot of flash. 7/10
6. Final (2001)
R | 111 min | Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Bill wakes up from a coma in a hospital ward, raving about tissue regeneration experiments, final injections, organ transplants and having been cryogenically frozen. Battling flashbacks of ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,226 | Gross: $0.01M
A special project movie with stars Dennis Leary & Hope Davis (both great here) that was done for $80k. 7/10
7. Arrival (II) (2016)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.
Votes: 554,875 | Gross: $100.55M
Solid, all the way around. Interesting take on "non-linear" time and how we might perceive it. 9/10
8. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
Votes: 1,937,593 | Gross: $292.58M
Great premise. Wish they'd had a more aggressive editor for the chase/fall sequence at the end - it went on forever. 8/10
9. Interstellar (2014)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Votes: 1,390,381 | Gross: $188.02M
Wow. Just so good on every level. 10/10
10. The Nines (2007)
R | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.
Votes: 32,031 | Gross: $0.06M
Very cool. Melissa McCarthy was great, and Hope Davis is always very good. Got "whacked" in the ratings because of it's strong religious overtones, but you don't have to be religious to think it's a very cool & original concept. 8/10
11. Timecrimes (2007)
R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.
Votes: 54,563 | Gross: $0.04M
Interesting, but not one of my favorites on this list. 6/10
12. Inland Empire (2006)
R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
As an actress begins to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world becomes nightmarish and surreal.
Votes: 51,269 | Gross: $0.75M
You could put almost anything Lynch into this category. I only added two. 8/10
13. Mulholland Drive (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Votes: 303,164 | Gross: $7.22M
See above. 8/10
14. Stay (I) (2005)
R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
This movie focuses on the attempts of a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality.
Votes: 72,053 | Gross: $3.63M
I heard someone call this "Lynch Lite". Ultra-lite is more like it; but still pretty good. 7/10
15. Spider Forest (2004)
R | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A recently widowed TV producer is drawn to an isolated cabin in a mysterious woods.
Korean. Subtitles. Very "foreign" feel, in a good way. 8/10
16. Solaris (1972)
PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
One of my favorite movies of any kind. You need to be the kind of person that can settle in for a VERY paced (read slow) offering. A fact that may be interesting only to me: I've seen this movie, the G. Clooney remake, and read the original book by Polish author Stanislaw Lem. They are all good, but each focuses on a very different underlying theme. 10/10
17. Mr. Nobody (2009)
R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.
Votes: 206,219 | Gross: $0.00M
Really liked this. 8/10
18. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.
Votes: 1,072,358 | Gross: $25.54M
Better the second time through. 7/10
19. The Fall (2006)
R | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.
Votes: 104,096 | Gross: $2.28M
This and The Fountain are true "eye candy". This would be one of my lower rated on this list. 6/10
20. The Fountain (2006)
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.
Votes: 221,645 | Gross: $10.14M
See above, but I liked this better. 8/10
21. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 988,585 | Gross: $210.61M
Too straightforward for this list, yet here it is. 8/10
22. Triangle (2009)
R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht.
So close, and yet . . . 2nd tier but top of the 2nd tier. 7/10
23. 12 Monkeys (1995)
R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
Votes: 557,239 | Gross: $57.14M
This one had to grow on me. I really didn't think much of it when it first came out, and I'm still not totally sold on it. Maybe it's just a Terry Gilliam thing? 6/10
24. Looper (2012)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Votes: 516,947 | Gross: $66.49M
Love the "Closing The Loop" concept. 7/10
25. The Jacket (2005)
R | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.
Votes: 105,915 | Gross: $6.30M
I really don't know why I liked this, but I did - much more than I should have. 7/10
26. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.
Votes: 73,088 | Gross: $35.75M
Ditto (see above). 6/10
27. Source Code (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train within 8 minutes.
Votes: 467,572 | Gross: $54.71M
Pretty good, but the ending could have been a lot less formulaic. 7/10