Everyone loves big summer blockbuster movies with big explosions and huge special effects budgets. But those movies tend to be entertaining because of the spectacle they provide, and not necessarily the substance they bring. Sometimes you just need to watch a dense, complicated movie in order to feel really satisfied. Something so layered and convoluted that you’re not quite sure if it’s a masterfully crafted story full of symbolism and hidden meaning or just a load of abstract randomness the writers and directors figured would be accepted as creative genius. Either way, audiences can take what they will from these 10 perplexing movies.
11. 2001: A Space Odyssey
From the epochal opening scene of primitive human’s first encounter with extraterrestrial intelligence to the wondrous final image for man reborn as some sort of super-evolved space baby, Stanley Kubrick’s seminal space opera forever changed the face of science fiction movies. However, it still remains one of the most confusing cinematic experiences ever, due in large part to the 30 minute psychedelic cosmic roller coaster that takes place after you think the movie has reached its conclusion. What really happens to Dave after he defeats Hal and goes through the stargate wormhole thing is open to wide interpretation, but it’s exactly this sort of thought-provoking storytelling that has made 2001: A Space Odyssey required viewing of cinephiles.