10 Movies That Will Mess With Your Head

10 Movies That Will Mess With Your Head

Are we living out "The Truman Show"?


Lately, I have been turning to films and shows for creative inspiration or just my own form of escapism. I have found that the movies that I love the most are the ones that challenge me and twist my preconceived notions until there's nothing left. As we see our society changing and re-shaping itself around us, watching a film that mirrors our same doubts, fears, and dreams can be a comforting thing... or it can make us ten times more scared than we were before. Art is subjective, we know that. We see what we want to see in it; no two people will ever feel the same way about anything. But I think we can agree that there are some forms of art — films — that really mess with us and leave us staring open-mouthed at the screen as the credits roll. Here are a few.

1. "The Truman Show"

This 1998 film brings all those "is this a simulation" jokes to life. Finding out your whole life is one massive television-produced lie? That's enough to make anyone lose it, along with running into an overly-polite person at every turn.

2. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

Another movie starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, one that delves into every fear anyone has ever had about relationships. Equal parts drama, comedy, and science fiction, I found myself confused for the first half of the movie. It's one of those movies where you're thrown in without much context, which easily disturbs a lot of people.

3. "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond"

Yet another Jim Carrey feature... this time a Netflix documentary about Carrey's experience playing the late comedian Andy Kaufman in the 'Man on the Moon' film. The documentary doesn't mess with your head in the way 'Inception' might, but the way Carrey goes in depth about staying in character the entire length of shooting - to the point where he ends in the back of an ambulance - really makes you think about identity and your own reality.

4. "A Cure for Wellness"

"A Cure for Wellness" is a thriller, one of those movies where you have to solve the puzzle, to try to figure out what the secret plot twist is before the main character does. The whole premise is based on a cure that a remote wellness center is offering to people who are plagued with a mysterious illness. The entire situation is shady, confusing, and the end of the movie leaves you feeling more disoriented than the rest of it. It's either a poorly articulated movie or a wonderfully executed psychological thriller.

5. "A Quiet Place"

This John Krasinski film includes only a few minutes of audible dialogue. For many people, silence is unsettling. The suspense and anticipation of not knowing when the monsters will appear or a jump-scare will pop up in each scene keeps the viewer on edge. Additionally, this is another one of those movies that brings you in without much context so you're left not knowing what to expect. Then there's the whole putting-your-baby-in-a-box thing.

6. Any Lifetime Movie

Anyone else notice how weird Lifetime movies are? They're always about kidnapping or boyfriend-stalker situations that feel a little too real.

7. "The Dressmaker"

This 2015 thriller starring Kate Winslet (available on Amazon for Prime members) centers around the scandal that took place when Winslet's character was a kid. The entire town accuses her — a child — of killing a classmate and she is sent away alone. The rest of the movie serves as her returning in her adulthood to try to piece together the murder she somehow committed but can't remember. The child violence is gruesome and disturbing...the elements needed to mess with your head before it's even over.

8. "Pocahontas"

Does this one need an explanation? It's historically and culturally inaccurate and just plain creepy. Besides the blatant unbelivable aspect of the story of an indigenous girl really falling in love with a violent and oppressive white settler, the fact that it is loosely based on a true historical moment that was stolen from indigenous tribes makes it worse. The real story of Matoaka is not the cookie-cutter fairy tale Disney wants you to believe; it is actually extremely tragic and was sadly made worse by being exploited. Try explaining that to your kids.

9. "Alice in Wonderland"

One of my favorite books and movies, "Alice in Wonderland" serves as one of those nonsensical stories that we all know and love. But it's also one of those movies where if you try too hard to figure it out, it'll really mess you up. That riddle, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" will have you going mad for a week.

10. "Silence of the Lambs"

My dad let me watch it as a kid. Do I really need to say anything else?

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.

Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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To My Younger Brother, Now That We're Both Older

Always know that I'm proud of you.


I'm writing this for you because even though we're all grown up now, I still find myself thinking about the days back when we'd play pretend with all of our toys, wishing we'd grow up faster. I'm writing this because I remember the days we'd bounce on the trampoline until the sky overhead turned pitch black, reaching for the stars as if one of them may hold the key to the future. I remember that night out in the pouring rain and thunder when we ran from yard to yard with our neighbors because this suburb was ours, and we wouldn't let any weather stop us from having our fun. I remember Uppy-And-Downy, Mission On, and blaps, all the silly tactics we invented to avoid sleeping at night because our imaginations never rested. I remember how we fought all too well, but we made up every time because that's what best friends do.

And now that we're older, I'm off at college and you're finishing up high school. Every visit home to you is like winning the lottery. It's worth a million dollars and more when I walk through the front door and you pick me up and spin me around, sometimes before I've even set down my luggage. I've never smiled bigger than in those moments because then, everything comes flooding back to my memory, and I remember how lucky I am to have you in my life. The best part is seeing how different you are every time I'm home, finding out what's new in your life, and seeing how you've changed in my absence.

I'm writing this to you because you should how much you mean to me, even more so now than ever. Always know I'm proud of you. Distance can't break our bond, just like the rain couldn't stop our fun. Distance only drives us closer to one another.

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