Friday, August 13, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks - Movies that Confused You


Wandering Through the Shelves hosts Thursday Movie Picks. It's a weekly series where bloggers post and share various movie picks every Thursday. 

The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.

This week's theme is Movies that Confused You.


A mild-mannered college professor (Jake Gyllenhaal) discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.

I'm pretty sure there is a trail of symbolism that I probably missed and clearly leads to the ending, but even with a giant-ass spider staring us down - I have no idea what is going on.

Fight Club 

A depressed man (Edward Norton) suffering from insomnia meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), and form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives.

I remember watching this when I was a teenager and just letting the end credits roll over. I'm not sure what I found so confusing about it, but I'd be interested to find out since I've never revisited it.

The Big Lebowski

Jeff `The Dude' Leboswki is mistaken for Jeffrey Lebowski, who is The Big Lebowski. Which explains why he's roughed up and has his precious rug peed on. In search of recompense, The Dude tracks down his namesake, who offers him a job. His wife has been kidnapped and he needs a reliable bagman. Aided and hindered by his pals Walter Sobchak, a Vietnam vet, and Donny, master of stupidity.

I totally understand that The Stranger is the narrator of the story - just like what a voice-over would be in an any other movie. But the way the film bookends with him leaves me with so many questions of how that character knows everything, why The Dude doesn't know who he is, is he God?? It's the Coen Brothers - so I just end up never putting too much stock in some of their bizarre choices.

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