Screen Junkies » retreat http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:30:49 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The 5 Most Memorable Movie Mindf*cks http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-5-most-memorable-movie-mindfcks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-5-most-memorable-movie-mindfcks/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:00:01 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245290 Yeah, Oldboy is on the list.

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Everybody with a brain likes a good mindf*ck once in a while, right? The damage done to your scalp from repeated head-scratching is nothing compared to the satisfaction and pleasure from a nice confusing narrative jolt. Of course, this doesn’t apply to the characters involved, who are often left shattered by the onscreen twists and turns. The characters in Retreat are no exception. So, in honor of the film’s DVD release on 2/21, open your mind up to five of the best cinematic mindf*cks of all time.

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Total Recall

Unlike the other movies on this list, Total Recall actually refers to its central twist as “a mindf*ck.” It goes like this: Arnold Schwarzenegger is an average, everyday family man living in the far-off future of 2084. One of the benefits of living in the future is that instead of going on an expensive vacation, you can get the memories of a vacation implanted in your skull – and these memories can even be exciting and dangerous adventures. That’s the option Arnie goes for, but it all goes awry when the dangerous adventure turns out to be real – or does it?

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‘Retreat’ Trailer Pits Billy Elliott Against A Married Couple http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/retreat-trailer-pits-billy-elliott-against-a-married-couple/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/retreat-trailer-pits-billy-elliott-against-a-married-couple/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 22:52:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=210760 And this is why you never trust a ginger.

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On a remote British Island, a man (Cillian Murphy) and his wife (Thandie Newton) are living a quiet, peaceful existence until a vacation in which they rescue an injured man who washes ashore. The strange man is played by a very grown up and very creepy Jamie Bell, who audiences fell in love with as Billy Elliott.

Well, Mr. Elliott has a bit of a dark side, the inhabitants discover as they find a gun to go along with his sordid past. Despite their reservations, they reluctantly believe his claim that a deadly affliction has wiped out much of the earth, forcing the trio to quarantine themselves in their cabin.

First time director Carl Tibbetts seems to have found a winning formula here. The minimalistic sets do a good job of fostering tension and claustrophobia. Also jarring is hearing Mr. Murphy speak with a brogue. He’s been in so many American films recently, I felt we had naturalized him. Nope. Still Irish.

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