Koltnow: Readers weigh in on confusing movies
Judging by last weekend's box office, few people were confused about whether they should shell out good money for "Cloud Atlas," the three-hour movie that begs the question: "What?"
The lavish production grossed less than $10 million, which barely pays the catering bill on a typical studio movie.
In last week's column, I used "Cloud Atlas" as an excuse to list the 10 most confusing movies of all time. The list included: "The Matrix Revolutions," "The Tree of Life," "Vanilla Sky," "Inception," "Mulholland Dr.," "The Fountain," "Donnie Darko," "Inland Empire," "The Jacket" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."
Here is a sampling of what readers had to say:
Margot Pierrong: "I loved your article about movies that make your head spin. And I was so happy to see you listed some films that I watched and said to myself: 'Boy, I sure didn't understand this movie at all.' But I am wondering if you viewed the film 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?' I have watched that movie twice and I am still scratching my head. I like challenging. Confusing? Well, not so much."
Steve Reiland: "Enjoyed your article on confusing movies. Recently, my wife and I saw 'The Master.' Leaving the theater, her first words were: 'And this was your idea?' Several days later, she said: 'I want to see that movie again. I now think I appreciate it.' Clearly, a confusing movie."
Mike Gibson: "I am glad to say that I have never seen any of the movies you mentioned today in your column. I get confused just watching Mickey Mouse cartoons, so I would have really been lost in those movies."
Terry Crow: "Your usual good job listing confusing films. For your consideration, I give you the following, in no particular order: 'The Shining,' 'Fight Club,' 'Lost Highway,' 'What Dreams May Come,' 'Blue Velvet,' 'Total Recall' and a Jim Carrey double-header, 'The Number 23' and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.' I would like to have my money back. Who do I contact?"
Todd Cumberland: "As usual, your list is good, although I really like 'Vanilla Sky.' Two movies I would add are 'Total Recall' and 'Through a Scanner Darkly.' To this day, I can not tell what that movie is about. I just realized that both are based on Philip K. Dick novels. Miss the nightlife column."
Carlos Lopez: "I think you forgot to mention 'Inception' as being one of the worst movies of all time. That movie was so hard to understand, and a waste of money and time."
Joey Haban: "Perhaps the list should be entitled '10 Films That Confused Me Personally?' Yes, you really need to say more about 'Mulholland Dr.' (not 'Drive'), especially since it's one of Lynch's most accessible movies. I take it you never saw 'Eraserhead?' This is a shallow and dismissive list, including several movies that have quite a bit more to them than 'Uhhh, I didn't get it.' "
Jim Gutel: "How could you leave off 'Eye of the Beholder' with Ashley Judd and Ewan McGregor? I should have asked for my money back for that one."
Kurt Volmer: "Great column last Sunday. Regarding 'Inland Empire': I am completely mystified. I know some people have linear dreams, but I would guess that most of us have dreams similar to a David Lynch movie – disjointed packets of scenes that we just can't quite remember precisely upon waking. Why should I pay to end up feeling like I just woke up? I had trouble with 'Mulholland Dr.,' but for some reason, I loved that movie. I would say that it has to do with the tension he creates with the point-of-view, the lighting, dialogue and that menacing hum you can feel in your chest. And the naked scene."
Timothy Mangan: "'The Big Sleep.' Who killed Sean Reagan? Who is Sean Reagan?"
Julie Gallego: "I still love 'The Big Sleep,' even if I don't understand what happened."
Alex Esquivel: "I understood all of those. I love 'The Fountain.' "
Dennis Brownlie: "I vote for 'No Country for Old Men,' 'Five Easy Pieces,' 'Memento' and 'Pulp Fiction' as confusing movies I never figured out. Since I love movies that make no sense and have no plot, my daughter recommended 'Inception,' which I have not viewed."
Jeanine Sansone: "I have enjoyed reading your articles over the years. I feel sorry for all the people who will stumble into 'Cloud Atlas,' believing the hype and being cheated of their money and time. With your soapbox, please keep telling people that you panned the movie. People want to leave a theater uplifted, not confused by what they saw."
Mrs. R. Geggie: "As always, I do enjoy your columns. Don't think I will see 'Cloud Atlas' because it seems too close to being another 'Melancholia' or 'The Tree of Life.' I agree with most of the others in your column, but I loved 'Donnie Darko,' after I saw it a few more times and maybe understood it. Ask your editor if you can write more columns."
Dwayne Takeda: "All (the films on your list) are from the 21st century, except '2001.' Does that say something?"
Corina Tinker: "I thought 'Vanilla Sky' was brilliant. I just shared that movie with my son, and he really liked it."
Brenda Lee: "Ummm...I'm confused."
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