the holy mountain 1973

top 10 of my fave movies

#10 Taxidermia, György Pálfi, 2006

#09 Antichrist, Lars Von Trier, 2009

#08 GUMMO, Harmony Korine, 1997

#07 Confessions, Tetsuya Nakashima, 2010

#06 Venus in fur, Roman Polanski, 2010

#05 Pulp fiction, Quentin Tarantino, 1994

#04 Kynodontas, Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009

#03 The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky,1973

#02 Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975

#01 Possession, Andrzej Zulawski, 1981

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Best “New-To-Me” Films - 2015 

(excluding new releases, in alphabetical order)

  • Braking the Waves (1996, dir. Lars von Trier)
  • Enter the Void (2009, dir. Gaspar Noé)
  • Fallen Angels (1995, dir. Wong Kar-wai)
  • Fish Tank (2009, dir. Andrea Arnold)
  • The Holy Mountain (1973, dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky)
  • Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005, dir. Miranda July)
  • Paris, Texas (1984, dir. Wim Wenders)
  • Safe (1995, dir. Todd Haynes)
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005, dir. Park Chan-wook)
  • A Woman Under the Influence (1974, dir. John Cassavetes)
25 Great Moments In Surreal Cinema (limit one per director):

The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928, Germaine Dulac)

Un Chien Andalou (1929, Luis Buñuel with Salvador Dalí)

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, Maya Deren)

Spellbound (1945, Alfred Hitchcock with Salvador Dalí)

Satyricon (1969, Federico Fellini)

The Holy Mountain (1973, Alejandro Jodorowsky)

Eraserhead (1977, David Lynch)

Alien - (1979, Ridley Scott with H.R. Giger)

Dimensions of Dialogue (1982, Jan Švankmajer)

Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)

Street of Crocodiles (1986, The Brothers Quay)

Dreams (1990, Akira Kurosawa)

Jacob’s Ladder (1990, Adrian Lyne)

Naked Lunch (1991, David Cronenberg)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, Henry Slick with Tim Burton)

Cremaster 4 (1995, Matthew Barney)

Trainspotting (1996, Danny Boyle)

Pi (1998, Darren Aronofsky)

The Mask of Zorro (1998, Martin Campbell)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick)

Magnolia (1999, P.T. Anderson)

Titus (2000, Julie Taymor)

The Cell (2000, Tarsem Singh)

Songs from the Second Floor (2000, Roy Andersson)

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008, Guillermo Del Toro with Wayne Barlowe)

Occult Films

Above - Artwork from Ninth Gate

For those of you who love watching films like me, here’s a post of one of my favourite occult related films. My documentary posts (which are more educational) can be found here

  • The Prophecy (1995) - Archangel Gabriel within this film is portrayed as a malevolent character who is angry because God has allowed humans into heaven. He descends to Earth to capture the most evil human soul he can find, planning to use it to defeat his enemies. I love this film because it’s stylistically beautiful (particularly the opening scene) and has lots of symbolism within it, as well as great actors. There are some mentions to the Qabbalah and other esoteric texts.
  • The Ninth Gate (1999) - Dean Corso, a rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a legendary demonic text deemed to be written by Satan himself, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones. This one’s perfect if you love mystery films or Roman Polanski’s work. 
  • Dracula (1992) - In my opinion, the most faithful on-screen adaption of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, despite a slight tweaking in the storyline. Dracula is determined to reunite with his lost love, as he journeys to London and causes a reign of terror. This is my favourite film of all time. The soundtrack is breathtakingly beautiful, the costumes and set design is absolutely stunning and Gary Oldman does Dracula the most justice and is legitimately frightening (i’ve seen every Dracula film possible). Bram Stoker was very much influenced by the tarot deck when coming up with his characters - and these archetypes are clearly present within the film. 
  • The Witch (2015) - Believing that a witch has cursed their family, pilgrims homesteading on the edge of a primeval New England forest become increasingly paranoid after the sudden disappearance of a newborn baby. The atmosphere within this film is unbelievably foreboding and the cinematography is amazing. Be warned that the dialogue is written in an older form of English. 
  • The Craft (1996) - A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them. This one’s slightly lighter than the others. 
  • The Illusionist (2006) - In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. Eisenheim within the film is known for his brilliant stage illusions but as he delves increasingly into the occult and summons spirits of the dead, he attracts a growing cult whose members believe he is a miracle worker and harbinger of a “spiritual republic.”
  • The Holy Mountain (1973) - In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment. This film is extremely unique so definitely worth a watch if you love creative films.