Following the feedback and success of our 30 Films to See Before Your 30 feature, we continue our latest series, 5 Movies to Watch This Week. As the title suggests, five movies are featured each week regardless of release date along with where to watch it. Included with each film you'll find the year it was released, a trailer, and a brief description/synopsis (sourced from the film's official release and/or Wikipedia when necessary).
Altered States (1980)
A science fiction-horror film directed by Ken Russell, Altered States is based on John C. Lilly's sensory deprivation research conducted in isolation tanks under the influence of psychoactive drugs like mescaline, ketamine and LSD. William Hurt plays Eddie Jessup, a scientist obsessed with discovering mankind's true role in the universe. By enclosing himself in a sensory-deprivation chamber and taking hallucinogenic drugs, Jessup hopes to explore different levels of human consciousness, but instead is devolved into an apelike monster.
The Holy Mountain (1973)
A Mexican-American surreal fantasy film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, The Holy Mountain is flooded with sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism. A spiritual quest for enlightenment, the Alchemist (Jodorowsky) assembles together a group of people from all walks of life to ascend the Holy Mountain to displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe.
The King of Comedy (1982)
Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul D. Zimmerman, The King of Comedy focuses on themes including celebrity worship and American media culture. Robert De Niro plays Rupert Pupkin, a deranged comedian who will go to any length to gain the spotlight. Pupkin kidnaps his idol, TV talk show host Jerry Langford in order to get an appearance on Langford’s show.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Letters from Iwo Jima is a Japanese-American war film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers and is a companion piece to Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, which depicts the same battle from the American viewpoint.
A Japanese Comedy directed by Juzo Itami, Tampopo is billed as the "first Japanese noodle western," the film offers a satirical view of the relationship between food and sex. Watch as a widow running a Tokyo restaurant and a cowboy hat-wearing truck driver try to make the perfect bowl of ramen.
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