Most confusing/convoluted plots of all time

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  1. Tim Lookingbill

    Tim Lookingbill Alfalfa Male

    New Braunfels, TX
    Wiki says Get Smart did an episode of the same title.
    Wiki is sometimes wrong so I'll just leave it at that, but thanks for the feedback.
  2. Greg Gee

    Greg Gee Forum Resident

    One of my favorite films! Love it!
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  3. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Should really take better care of himself

    It was remarkable. Everyone in it was excellent, many of them doing some of the best work in their careers. And the amazing thing is that it was so enjoyable even though I hadn't gotten every last little bit of the plot, the tale was told so well that I didn't mind.
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  4. Greg Gee

    Greg Gee Forum Resident

    It's one of those films I can watch over and over again and it just never gets old. As you say, the acting is incredible. Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe are as good as they get. I've always felt that anything Guy Pearce does is usually worth watching.
    Have you seen The Proposition? I've recommended that a few times to friends and they've come back to me scratching their heads. I don't find it convoluted but others have.
  5. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Should really take better care of himself

    No, missed that one. I'm pretty sure my wife Vickie has seen it - she pretty much sees everything,
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  6. I really really hated that movie. Not because it was convoluted it was just boring and a poorly told tale. Twice twist but a twist is only as good as everything that comes before and how good it is st telling the stories.
  7. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Should really take better care of himself

    Yeah, I saw that as a sneak preview with the directors... and obscurity was sort of a refuge for them. What was interesting is that they made the entire film using leftover ends of unexposed film reels that they got at a great discount. So they plotted out every scene to occupy that exact amount of film, after having endlessly rehearse each scene over and over. From what I understand every scene is literally the only take.

    So what I'm saying is it's a more interesting idea than execution.
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  8. Tim Lookingbill

    Tim Lookingbill Alfalfa Male

    New Braunfels, TX
  9. I actually enjoyed the series but the show seemed planned on the fly with Syfy interfering just as they had with BG.
  10. And a homage to a movie (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) that Nolan loved. Personally, I enjoyed the film although the ending made me sad...
  11. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

    Davis, CA
    Another contender might be The Tree of Life with Brad Pitt. Either convoluted or simply pointless...not sure which. Maybe both?
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  12. Luckily I had read the book. Lynch’s film is like a weird Reader’s Digest version of the film. On acid.
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  13. I vote for pointless and pretty.
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  14. It’s compressible. After lots of drugs.
  15. It was on a The Black List when I read it so I could follow it pretty well. Likewise, I thought the film was comprehensible to me just a lot of mysterious things that kept you guessing. I thought they did a good job but felt at the t8me it could have been a very good one hour episode of The Twilight Zone or even Night Gallery (or the 80’s reboot of TZ).
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  16. It definitely was an influence on lots of commericals particularly this one

    Chanel No.5 #5 Share the Fantasy

    From Ridley Scott.

    Love this scene though at 1:40 with the people generating shadows while the rest of the trees, etc do not.

    "Last Year at Marienbad"
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  17. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    Oh, I loved Dark. Terrific show. Short description: "I'm my own grandpa." :laugh:

    I got a couple of episodes in and said, "well, the only way this makes any sense is if time travel is involved." Boom!
  18. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    I love Inception and have watched it twice in a theater and twice on home video. Liked it every time. Terrific film, and the story is not that hard to follow if you pay attention. But the sound mix is atrocious, a primo example of dialogue buried by a hundred layers of music and sound effects. Awful. If you can overlook that, the acting and story and VFX and art direction and cinematography are phenomenal. Nolan is a difficult, very opinionated filmmaker, but I think he often does good work.

    But I hated The Prestige, because I felt a lot of it was a cheat, plus Nolan diverged drastically from the novel on which it was based. There's a lot of goofy crap in that film -- and I discovered all my objections were the script changes he had altered from the novel.
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  19. razerx

    razerx Who me?

    The East
    I don’t know much about British accents but after watching Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet and not understanding half the dialogue we wished the movie had subtitles. Seems the more “international” crop of movies from the UK have more understandable accents for universal consumption? Sorry if I am being insensitive.
  20. VU Master

    VU Master Forum Resident

    Chinatown may not have the most convoluted plot ever but I doubt that anyone ever made sense of the whole thing on the first viewing. According to Robert Evans, paramount was initially reluctant to release it, because much of it was so confusing.

    I think I finally got it all on the 5th or 6th try.
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  21. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    Naw, I can't buy into a movie like that -- too many plot holes in that idea.
  22. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

    Godfather Part III
  23. daglesj

    daglesj Forum Resident

    Norfolk, UK

    Yes, well I've never cared to watch it since I saw it at the cinema.

    Seen 1 and 3 many times.
  24. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Plot-wise, "Tree" is actually very simple. It's just not told in a straightforward manner!

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