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film friday: trippy

Welcome back for another Film Friday; a feature posted every other Friday where we recommend some of the best films from different, yet niche, genres for you to watch over the weekend.

For this week, our film recommendation theme is trippy. We wanted to share with you some films that will leave you scratching your brain at the end; either by the intricate plot, or the stunning out-of-world visuals. Prepare to have your mind blown. We hope you enjoy the following five films we’ve recommended.

Inception (2010)

As Nolan’s Tenet film is further delayed due to Corona, we can’t help but think about how incredible his other work is; including Inception. Can you believe this film came out exactly a decade ago?! This science-fiction heist film revolves around a thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, and is given the near-impossible task for planting an idea into a target’s subconscious mind to erase his criminal history. Inception is the closest thing to a cerebral pop-masterpiece. The enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and stunning aesthetics, coupled with perfect editing, acting and music, makes you unable to take your eyes off the screen for the entire movie. Even after you finish the film, not only will you be baffled by the intricate ending, but you’ll be seriously left wondering whether you are currently in reality or in a dream. 10/10.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

This film is the embodiment of sci-fi meets rom-com, as the film follows an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories after their relationship turns sour. Eternal Sunshine is not only incredibly original and achingly beautiful, but it also reminds viewers that joy and pain are intricately linked all throughout our lives; one is difficult to experience without the other. It forces us to remember the good and bad of the lovers that broke us and helped us grow. The film’s visual effects and incredible plot is enough alone to make this film a must-watch a least once in your life. We especially recommend this film if you're going through a break-up.

Coherence (2013)

This micro-budget film was an unexpected success after it was so positively received by viewers everywhere. The story follows a woman who joins her friends at a suburban dinner party, yet strange things begin to occur when a comet is passing overhead. The film's realistic filming and dialogue will grab every single ounce of your attention, as its seemingly normal story will grow feelings of unease and curiosity as to where the plot is heading. This refreshing sci-fi movie’s original concept is essentially a jumbled cinematic math problem, leaving you tripped out and confused as the credits start rolling. If you get a kick out of films that leave you astronomically perplexed by the end: this one’s for you.

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Our first animation recommendation! Whilst we’d recommend any Studio Ghibli film for an exhilarating visual experience, Alice in Wonderful will give you more of a trip. As the film turns 70-years-old next year (crazy, right?), this Disney film remains a delightful classic. When young Alice follows a White Rabbit down a hole, she enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of wonderland, where she meets many memorable people along her journey. The entire film showcases the amazing skill of animators, as every character is original, creative, and instantly iconic. Not to mention the incredibly catchy songs that will have you singing along throughout!

Shutter Island (2010)

Our last recommendation is a real brain-scratcher that'll make you want to immediately re-watch the film as soon as you finish. It’s also our second recommendation to include Leonardo DiCaprio as the main character, as he’s just, you know, *chefs kiss*. This dark, psychological thriller revolves around a US Marshall investigating the disappearance of a criminally insane patient from a remote psychiatric facility. The film is a terrifying mix of heart-breaking drama coupled with hair-raising thrills and horrifying recollections of reality. Shutter Island is a gothic masterpiece that will frighten, enthral and captivate you all in one. If you enjoy films that have plot twists so strong they give you whiplash: you need to see this at least once.

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