Spike Jonze Movies

Spike Jonze is a multi-talented fella who’s directed, acted, produced, and even served as cinematographer. Best known for his innovative music videos, he’s also made three feature films over a 20-year period, with each drawing critical acclaim. He co-owns a skateboard company, and he helped create the MTV prankster series Jackass. Fans of Three Kings may remember Jonze as Private First Class Conrad Vig, a shitheel soldier who wants to be just like Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg). I’ve seen Read more [...]

Paul Verhoeven Movies

Films by Paul Verhoeven One of the most notable Dutch filmmakers to ever look through a lens, director Paul Verhoeven has been filling the silver screen with raw sexuality and over-the-top violence for four decades. The latter may have something to do with a childhood spent in World War II Europe, when he and his family lived nearby a German military base repeatedly targeted by Allied bombings. If that’s the case, then all I can say is “Thank you, Allied forces.” After receiving degrees Read more [...]

10 Best Gus Van Sant Movies

As an artist, Gus Van Sant has tried his hand at photography, music, directing, and writing (both screenplays and novels). It turns out that he’s pretty damned talented at all of the above, but his work behind the camera has brought him the greatest degree of fame. Gus Van Sant movies can often be relied upon to feature male actors who are uncommonly handsome (Matt Damon, Matt Dillon, River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, etc) and present stories about individuals marginalized by society. While his willingness Read more [...]

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Movie Interpretation

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Movie Interpretation Terry Gilliam has always been a bold and inventive filmmaker, and his latest work is just the most recent example of a lifetime spent pushing the boundaries of his art form. I’m talking about The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, of course, the dark, moralistic fantasy starring Christopher Plummer, Heath Ledger, Lily Cole, and Tom Waits. Filled with symbolism and rich subtext, the film has left many clamoring for an Imaginarium of Doctor Read more [...]

Donnie Darko Movie Interpretation

Donnie Darko Movie Interpretation Donnie Darko, a dark thriller released in 2001, helped launch the career of actor Jake Gyllenhaal and director Richard Kelly. While the story of a teenager trying to save his world from an impending apocalypse failed to break even at the box office, it did receive favorable critical reviews and has since become a cult favorite with a large fanbase. Of course, Donnie Darko can be confusing as hell to viewers more accustomed to action films and animated nonsense. Read more [...]

The Shining Movie Interpretation

The Shining Movie Interpretation Released in 1980, The Shinning was directed by Stanley Kubrick and adapted from the best-selling horror novel by Stephen King. As with most works by the genius Kubrick, the film is riddled with symbolism, metaphors, and plenty of visual trickery designed to reward those viewers who pay close attention. For those of you who want a greater understanding of what to look for in this movie, I proudly submit this article designed to serve as an explanation of The Shining. Read more [...]

No Country for Old Men Movie Interpretation

No Country for Old Men Movie Interpretation Winner of the Best Picture Oscar, No Country for Old Men was just one of many critical darlings from filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. While it’s not as heavy on symbolism as some of their previous works (Barton Fink, for example), it does deal with a number of issues that are worth examining. Therefore, we proudly present this No Country for Old Men explanation, which he hope will tie up any loose ends and provide you with additional incentive Read more [...]

10 Outrageous Oliver Stone Movies

Oliver Stone movies are always an exercise in paranoia and social commentary, which is why the maverick filmmaker has earned his own entry here at Odd Films. Ever since he made his directorial debut with 1974’s Seizure (starring Herve Villechaize), Stone has been motivated to provide an uncompromising vision of complex individuals caught up in a maelstrom of real-life chaos. His films have been rewarded with nine Academy Awards, including wins for Best Picture (Platoon), Best Director (Platoon Read more [...]

Joel and Ethan Coen Movies

Joel and Ethan Coen Movies A two-headed monster in the land of Hollywood, Joel and Ethan Coen are often referred to professionally as the Coen brothers. It’s an appropriate designation, too, as many of those they’ve worked with describe the duo as having the uncanny ability to know what the other is thinking. And whether they’re writing, directing, or producing together, one thing is clear: Coen brothers’ movies are decidedly different from what you’ll find in mainstream motion pictures. While Read more [...]

Bong Joon-ho Movies

If you’re a fan of South Korean cinema, then you’ve likely come across one or more Bong Joon-ho movies. That’s because Mr. Bong (Tommy Chong would love this guy) has rapidly positioned himself as one of the nation’s premiere directors and screenwriters. With topics ranging from serial killers to fiercely devoted mothers, Bong Joon-ho has infused his work with a variety of thoughts and emotions, and he’s never afraid to use violence or dark humor in an attempt to make his point. So far he’s Read more [...]