Thursday Movie Picks: Movies That Confused Me

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

Today’s theme was suggested by Brittani and is movies that confused you! Weirdly, I can’t think of a bunch of films right from the top of my mind, but I’m quite certain there had to be several. Some movies are just baffling and we will take a look at some of them now!

Doors

Doors is a horror anthology movie, about doors from outer space. What do they do? Make people crazy or disappear. What else? I don’t really know, because I never understood the purpose of the doors. Maybe possess people? It’s an option.

Arrival

I love this movie with my whole freaking heart! I think it is beautiful and touching and memorable like few alien movies I watched. However, the timey wimey bit was a tad confusing. Maybe time is happening all at once? I don’t know, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Annihilation

Confession time: I still haven’t watched Annihilation … BUT I have read the book. I actually held off from watching the movie, because I wanted to continue with the book series, but then something always got in the way. It was a baffling read for sure though, so I imagine the movie to leave you with quite the questions as well though.

O Beautiful Night

In the end, I just had to rep some German language cinema as well. I remember really enjoying this movie, but I never fully got it. It’s a really strange film about death and how to properly live. Maybe.


What are some movies that confused you? What did you think of my picks? Let’s talk about that!

21 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Movies That Confused Me

  1. There for a minute I thought you were going for a theme of only choosing one word titles. I haven’t seen any of these or actually heard of any of them except Arrival and that stars that Adams woman and I avoid her films whenever possible. I have heard Arrival is decent but I’ll never watch it. Doors sounds rather intriguing.

    Like you I’m sure I’ve seen more than these three that confused me but these came immediately to mind.

    Brazil (1985)-Some low-level flunky (Jonathan Pryce) in a world dominated by machines and technology spends his time daydreaming to escape his mundane existence leading to a muddled mess of confusion and ennui for the audience.

    Eraserhead (1977)-In the gloomy city Henry (John Nance) lives in a bleak apartment with his wife Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) a one night stand he knocked up. When the baby comes it’s a bizarre lizard-like creature that won’t stop wailing. Henry tries to find the reasoning behind this from the other tenants, including a disfigured lady who lives inside a radiator, but answers aren’t easy to come by. In my case they were impossible.

    Liquid Sky (1982)- An alien creature invades New York’s punk subculture in its search for an opiate released by the brain during orgasm or something like that, I’ll be damned if I could figure out what the point was or if this thing even had one!

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    • Joel, I really thought you wer going to carry on my failed one-word-title theme, but then you also threw a curveball with the last one!

      It’s a shame you don’t like Amy Adams, because Arrival was brilliant in my eyes. I love the movie so much.

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  2. Honestly any alien movie confuses me so much lol. I haven’t seen Arrival, but every time I watch the trailer I’m left very confused. I love Amy Adams though so I kind of want to give it a try in the future! Great post 🙂

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    • It’s a book series and the movie covers more than just the first book, which has the same title though. I never continued reading, so I have no idea if it might be helpful overall haha but I had a really great time reading it!

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  3. Annihilation does leave you with questions, but the good ones where you discuss them with friends for a happy hour or two. Not the ones like, “What the hell did I just watch? Did that make any sense to you? How did this get made into a movie? Why wasn’t there any oversight?” Tenet was the movie that did that to me. I left midway through the movie because I had no idea what was going on or what anyone was saying.

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  4. I read all of the Arrival Annihilation books and I remember being extremely annoyed that nothing ever got explained there. It was confusing just for the sake of being confusing. The movie was a tad better in that regard, but I’m still not happy. At all. 😂

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