I’d like to discover more films like these.
A direct inspiration for the Silent Hill games. A Vietnam War veteran suffers from nightmarish hallucinations and attempts to make sense of events in his life.
As in Silent Hill 2, the characters experience events and encounter “monsters” that are highly symbolic. There’s a fancy new Blu-ray release of this that I’d like to get one day.
Or Lost Highway or Mulholland Drive. Inland Empire just happens to be my most recently-watched of these David Lynch films. (“I like pancakes.”) I think it’s hard to find a better portrayal of internally-consistent dream logic that on the surface appears to be random nonsense.
Being John Malcovich
A friend told me to see this when I was in high school. It was years later (just recently) that I finally did. This one’s more of a comedy than the others I’ve listed, but I don’t know that any of these really fit a genre.
I could just have easily included Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, or The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, but Time Bandits is my favorite Terry Gilliam film. These veer even farther into comedy and are more straightforward, but they still have elements of what I’m referring to in places.
I might have also included The Cell, Vanilla Sky, Santa Sangre, or Holy Motors, but I didn’t care as much for those ones (for various reasons). I guess The Machinist might belong in this list as well.
Any other recommendations?