10 Movies That Will Mess With Your Head

10 Movies That Will Mess With Your Head

Are we living out "The Truman Show"?

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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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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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