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Live Poll: Movies That Feel Like Experiences

Experience.

Like a key to a new world or a window to *the* world; whether a real or a fictional world, whether a fiction with a unique look or a reality with an absorbing mood, whether a look leading us to contemplative amazement or a mood driving a captivating story, some cinematic experiences take the viewers not only to new dimensions but new dimensions of perceptions... even when rooted in reality, even when puzzlement or frustration is part of the deal. Some directors took risks and they deserve a credit for that.

So even if each movie is an experience by itself, this poll is about those that took the word to its fullest meaning (only one movie by director).

Which movie feels like the most unforgettable experience?

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https://www.imdb.com/poll/29OfrXvEGVc/

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So, it's gonna be cliche for me to say this, but I suggest The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
You can add it or not.  I'm probably in a minority that would vote, but still.  :)

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Now, that's the problem with the poll, I wanted to focus on "plot-less" movies. I didn't want to include "Inception" because I thought that despite the whole surrealistic juxtaposition of fiction and reality within many layers of existence, the film was fairly conventional and had a rather followable narrative... but then I gave up thinking that the film could be perceived as dreamy and escapist to someone who doesn't have a negative bias like I.

"Narnia" is an interesting suggestion, I could also include "Pan's Labyrinth" but the problem with fantasy is this: suppose I include these two, or just "Narnia", what makes them worthier additions than any 'LOTR' or 'Harry Potter' film or "The Wizard of Oz"?

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Well, to me Narnia has an amazing plot, of course, but I think that the visual experience is great, too.  The creatures, the special effects, the costumes, the battle scenes, the acting - to me, it all adds up to be an experience.  You need all of those things combined to make it majestic.  
Like I said, that's just me talking (lol) but I believe that good plot also makes for an experience.  If the story feels flimsy, lazy, or contrived, I'm not going to enjoy most of the rest of the film.  Not being a LOTR, HP, or WOZ fan, I can't get into them like I care wholly about Narnia.  
But as I said, just go ahead and do what's right for this poll.  :) 

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Lol, you know what? the heck with it, I trust your judgment, if you felt it like an experience it would be unfair to prevent this poll from the movie of which you're the number one fan... I'll add this, and Pan and Eddie's suggestions below.

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ElM, thank you!  :D  Can I suggest one more?  If so, then I say Rampage (2018).  Sure, it was a big, silly movie, but I found it much more visually satisfying than the likes the Transformers and stuff.  Truly big screen worthy stuff.
This one is not as important as Narnia, however if you feel it's okay, it might be a good one to add.  Don't struggle with it; it won't matter to me either way.  Again, thank you!  :)

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Woodstock!

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I'm sorry but I had second thoughts and I think it would make the poll a bit more consistent if I stick to the initial idea, which means considering only movies without plots. The absence of a clear storyline is the factor that enhances the feel of living an experience, rather than following a story. 

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Okay, you can remove Narnia.  :)  Rampage is more of a movie without a plot, so that should qualify.  :)  Really, I was in awe the whole time.

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I didn't just remove Narnia, lol I have nothing against the film, I didn't even see it:) I'll check for Rampage :)

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Is it that "Rampage"? I'm perplex because from what IMDb says, it sounds rather plotty unless you tell me that the plot is just what sets the action and the rest of the film has nothing to do with it:

When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.

Sorry to be so picky, I'm already guilty about that but even the 6.1 rating doesn't help...

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Well, the plot is well explained, but like you said, it's more just what sets up the action.  The geneticist takes about 25 seconds to explain the pathogen, lol!

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All right, I'll take your word then :)

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Thank you so much!

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From your list, The Tree of Life

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ElM,

I hesitate suggesting this film, since I personally hated it. But it does seem to meet your criteria.

For your consideration:
Tommy (1975)
Director: Ken Russell

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Not only it does, but I happen to be on the other side of the love spectrum, you must have your reasons for hating it but the film became an instant favorite to me: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw2412775/?ref_=tt_urv

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Thanks, ElM.

I personally found the film unrelenting intense and disorienting. I felt like I contract a bad case of influenza.

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Lol, I must be immune to *that* kind of flu :)

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I love this one, ElMo. It reminds me of going to see the film 'Kedi' (2016) with a friend a few years ago and afterward, I asked him what he thought of it (I loved it) and he disparagingly responded, "Ugh, what's the point? There was no plot." I didn't say this, of course, but I couldn't help but to think, "what is this? The fourth grade?" Since then, I've noticed that several otherwise bright, interesting people have similar views about movies, which I don't understand. This poll gives credit to all of those films, on the list as perfect examples and others beyond, in general, that are more nuanced and don't rely on plot -- and, as you put it so perfectly, are experiences. Bravo. 

The list is great and it's going to be so difficult to choose: I have it narrowed down to about seven films, lol. 'So happy to see 'My Dinner with Andre' on there. It seems that movie is often forgotten. 

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FYC:

Kedi certainly has no plot, although it's a documentary

Perhaps Loveless (the summary and storyline on the film's page drastically oversell the idea of a  storyline and don't seem to reflect the realities of the film)

Perhaps The Florida Project, although something happens at the end that somewhat ties together a few things and creates a bit of a plot. Until the end, however, it's much more of a character study that allows the viewer to see the world through the eyes of the six-year old main character. 

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Well, "Woodstock" was a doc too, I guess I'll have to add your suggestions, "The Florida Project" reminded me of "In the Class", a movie that also deserves to be included. And thanks for the compliment (you didn't answer my question about your picture:))

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Oh yeah, The Class! What a good film and fits really well on this list. That movie had such an impact on me; I imagine it impacts most people who know it. 

Did you ask me a question about my picture that I didn't answer? Oh, or did you realize where my picture came from? Lol. 

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FYC

Arrival(2016)

Holy Motors (2012)

Synecdoche New York. (2008)

they fulfill the description of their list or I think they become incredible sensations that explore the depths of the human being in a poetic way for me. They have an incredible plot and they are one of the closest examples to the masterpieces of cinema. Your list and you will choose if they work as unforgettable experiences.

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I've heard about the last two and it's OK, "Arrival" looks rather plotty...

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I started Arrival and got about 3 minutes into it and I quit.  Just looked boring and sad and not what I was in the mood for that day.  Maybe I can try it again sometime.

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Well, I'm good at 'getting it", lol!  Maybe I should try it again.

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Narni, you really should give him another chance.