Three Movies You Need To See By Rafael Gallaher

Our writer shares with you some flicks he’s been digging on lately

A still from "Irreversible"A still from "Irreversible"

A still from “Irreversible”

It’s spring break, so I don’t have all my night classes. Right after work I start marathoning fun stuff. I’ve fondled my guitars quite a bit and actually had some time to suck shit on some video games. I’m seriously terrible at video games. When I play “League of Legends,” everyone on the opposing team gets super fed super fast because my strategy is to run at them and die within seconds.

It’s probably because I normally have a movie going at the same time, and I end up paying attention to it rather than clicking enemy minions and stuff. Oh well.

Some of the flicks that have really impressed and distracted me more than the others are:

The Fall
This movie is very skillfully made. It presents two stories, one in real life and one that takes place in the imagination of a little girl. The real life story truly grabs the watcher by the heart with a steel grip and makes you care about the characters, who are in a hospital recovering from serious injuries. Prepare for feels. The imagination sequences are stunning in their surrealistic trippiness.

They were filmed on multiple continents in beautiful locations and shied away from CGI as much as they could; when you see the cool stuff in the movie you’re not distracted by how mushy the computer cartoon looks, which is a major relief in today’s green-screen-obsessed film industry. I’ve rewatched it a few times and find some new pristine element perfectly lodged in this “must” for anyone who appreciates great storytelling and dialog, surrealist art, or wants to see a bunch of great scenery.

It’s almost like watching psychedelic album art cover come to life.

Irreversible
I don’t think I blinked once while watching this movie. It simultaneously made me the most disturbed I’ve ever felt while watching a movie and instilled in me a gargantuan jealousy of the the storytelling abilities of the filmmakers behind this movie. Besides having a gripping story and an in-your-face flavor of cinematography, the story moves in a twisted way. You can’t guess what’s happening next, and even if you could, you’d be too focused on the brutal depictions to do it.

I leave a warning, though, if you have any qualms with graphic violence and sex, steer clear of this film — it’s not even for the mildly squeamish. This movie is Prowler in the Yard of psychological horror films.

High and Low
My parents are both Marines, so I spent my early years in Okinawa, Japan. Some things from that lovely land have stuck with me: I have always wanted to be a sumo wrestler, I can never eat enough soba or sushi, and I can study about samurai all day long. Needless to say, I’m a fan of Akira Kurosawa.

This director pretty much wrote the book on samurai flicks. I, however, am not going to tell you guys about his samurai stuff because most folks don’t know that Kurosawa could make a fantastic cop thriller, too. “High and Low” is my favorite of his cop movies. Although it was made way back in the day, it contemplates some fairly unsettling subject matter as it takes you on a weaving tour from the neighborhood of a wealthy family whose child is the target of a cruel kidnapping all the way down to the disgusting heroin underground of the inner city.

For me, parts of this movie tap into the same inner well of despair that bands like Neurosis and Primitive Man do. Watch it with the kiddoes!

Let us know about any great psychological horror or strange surrealist flicks we may have missed in our scouring of the DVDs or the NetFlix. We’re always up for visual escapism.

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