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Equal parts childhood reminiscence, Expressionist horror film, teen detectived serial, and Grand Guignol reverie, Brand upon the Brain! is a new cinematic spectacle from the unique mind of Canada's own Guy Maddin. (thefilmcompany.org)

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Brand Upon the Brain! belongs to 34 collections
1. Criterion Collection (public: moderated by caffe - 128 stars)
2. Certified weird (public: moderated by Dreamer - 31 stars)
3. Post-1960s black & white photography (public: moderated by djross - 18 stars)
4. Non-verbal (public: moderated by djross - 13 stars)
5. Best of criticker: Drama (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 8 stars)
6. Silent (public: moderated by Dorkovsky - 7 stars)
7. Male Frontal Nudity (public: moderated by bobyang - 5 stars)
8. Best of criticker: Comedy (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 5 stars)
9. Best of criticker: Fantasy (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 2 stars)
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May 23 Flukt710 Flukt710
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80 35%
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35 65%
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62 37%
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
30 3%
Oct 14, 2017 jagarnyfiken jagarnyfiken
86 93%
Oct 08, 2017 bof bof
81 85%
Dr Caligari, La Jetée and Moominpappa At Sea thrown into a blender and topped up with Canadian Club. Not a movie to watch casually or too drunkenly, but I'll be damned if it's not some sort of masterpiece.
Sep 19, 2017 bellst74
70 46%
Aug 20, 2017 caffe
84 86%
Aug 03, 2017 luckyxiii
70 41%
Aug 02, 2017 whataboutit
90 74%
Jul 24, 2017 smellyjoe
90 78%
Jun 24, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
54 36%
Jun 13, 2017 mjh0811 mjh0811
90 84%
Jun 04, 2017 FrancoZero FrancoZero
10 38%
May 30, 2017 aymansousa aymansousa
80 89%
Apr 22, 2017 skeeter20
70 76%
Apr 12, 2017 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
39 86%
Apr 09, 2017 ICMforum
100 78%
Apr 07, 2017 Philosofem
69 45%
Mar 11, 2017 ptkw ptkw
100 99%
Mar 06, 2017 mkrusell
58 23%
Feb 28, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
72 85%
Feb 24, 2017 Panunzio
88 94%
Feb 04, 2017 pythag3
100 93%
Jan 30, 2017 ricardo.rmq
84 75%
Jan 16, 2017 maedchen76
95 32%
Jan 09, 2017 fre
80 85%
Nov 28, 2016 jackinthebox jackinthebox
80 78%
Nov 17, 2016 Ronin22
73 90%
Nov 01, 2016 jerrywarton
69 68%
Oct 18, 2016 TheMarkle
90 95%
Oct 01, 2016 alexlma alexlma
7 49%
Sep 17, 2016 ntnvnv ntnvnv
84 88%
Aug 13, 2016 artemis artemis
92 95%
Jul 17, 2016 heyimdylan moss piglet
8 92%
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
100 88%
Jul 01, 2016 genecal
52 6%
Jun 03, 2016 Batty Batty
80 74%
May 28, 2016 el-ahrairah
85 85%
May 13, 2016 LuxNatalis LuxNatalis
60 56%
Apr 15, 2016 firebirdekb
64 39%
Apr 09, 2016 oddis87
87 85%
Mar 18, 2016 mikaniam
20 7%
Mar 12, 2016 dimsuz
95 51%
Jan 27, 2016 skap skap
60 25%
Jan 25, 2016 meliorism meliorism
90 90%
Jan 16, 2016 maksler maksler
65 35%
Jan 15, 2016 Metropolitan Metropolitan
80 70%
Jan 02, 2016 mightysparks mightysparks
19 2%
Dec 16, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
41 91%
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73 48%
Dec 07, 2015 GLADos
72 64%
Nov 29, 2015 GrimsChild GrimsChild
35 25%
Nov 28, 2015 LordCouture
75 79%
Nov 17, 2015 rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
100 92%
Nov 14, 2015 Swoony Swoony
88 86%
Oct 22, 2015 jpmarchant
90 60%
Oct 15, 2015 Niska Niska
49 91%
Oct 14, 2015 Hadzibegovic Hadzibegovic
75 59%
Oct 01, 2015 Aut15711
100 60%
Sep 28, 2015 drewTO
97 95%
Sep 27, 2015 Moribunny Moribunny
58 48%
Maddin deserves praise for coming up with his very own aesthetic and narrative form, here creating a radical pastiche of fictional autobiography and silent era genres, and stretched to full length. However, Brand Upon the Brain is a chore to watch. Both the plot and the visuals are intentionally hard to follow, and after a while tedium is the primary effect.
Sep 09, 2015 littleberk
6 19%
Aug 09, 2015 redux
0 0%
Jul 18, 2015 Arrhythmia
5 36%
Jun 03, 2015 begoniabol begoniabol
8 11%
Absolutely unwatchable, pretentious bullshit that can induce seizures with the amount of cuts
May 18, 2015 zetes
90 82%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
90 82%
Apr 16, 2015 loosecanons loosecanons
11 89%
Mar 31, 2015 mcflip
80 24%
Mar 25, 2015 Fergenaprido Fergenaprido
56 7%
Mar 22, 2015 tommy_leazaq
73 88%
Mar 18, 2015 Lilarcor Lilarcor
92 98%
Mar 12, 2015 Lonewolf2003
95 97%
Mar 11, 2015 10kfilms
87 83%
Mar 03, 2015 joachimt joachimt
70 64%
Feb 28, 2015 DreadTalon
40 6%
Feb 22, 2015 TraverseTown TraverseTown
40 23%
Feb 21, 2015 guvolefou guvolefou
85 92%
Gördüklerim içinde en eğlenceli Guy Maddin filmi. Sadece dış ses kullanılmış, sessiz film estetiğinde bir film ancak bu kadar izlenilir olabilir. Ses bandı muazzam.
Feb 20, 2015 gogomogo1
50 23%
Jan 27, 2015 deadghost deadghost
82 56%
Jan 15, 2015 petcor80
85 88%
Dec 31, 2014 acrolyne acrolyne
70 33%
Dec 25, 2014 zomgmouse
90 87%
Dec 20, 2014 marjoline
75 64%
Dec 17, 2014 Fsjallink
88 88%
Dec 13, 2014 palfi
75 55%
Dec 09, 2014 roger-ebert
35 79%
Dec 02, 2014 erkmen erkmen
73 62%
Nov 29, 2014 Bialy_91
69 44%
Nov 29, 2014 Sane
86 90%
Nov 17, 2014 comepelicula comepelicula
75 79%
This is an oniric movie that has a lot of surrealist elements, quite enjoyable, it has a really different style in filmmaking and narrating which is interesting. The only bad thing is that the plot and visual style is a bit repetitive and the plot in the middle flats out to pick the rhythm again in the end.
Nov 06, 2014 DocBrowne
70 40%
Oct 28, 2014 eitan62
90 71%
Oct 08, 2014 Peeperkorn41
85 81%
Sep 20, 2014 RavynLoony RavynLoony
77 89%
Sep 10, 2014 gargantua gargantua
84 89%
Jul 10, 2014 KTK
3 %
Jul 09, 2014 gorkemturkay
71 46%
Jun 23, 2014 fabioleal
75 63%
Jun 16, 2014 nathantreid
1 0%
Jun 01, 2014 themagician
70 44%
May 31, 2014 Parallax Parallax
84 75%
May 25, 2014 Groooan
47 96%
Apr 23, 2014 Lepra Lepra
70 36%
Apr 03, 2014 fufutos
74 57%
Mar 31, 2014 mr_oscar mr oscar
91 71%
Feb 25, 2014 arzinger
80 85%
Jan 20, 2014 pyrosexual pyrosexual
65 17%
Jan 14, 2014 hip
75 59%
Jan 11, 2014 overrated overrated
51 43%
I don't get it.
Dec 30, 2013 replica
90 89%
Dec 14, 2013 jbissell jbissell
85 76%
Dec 14, 2013 undinum undinum
85 76%
Dec 07, 2013 Dicke_Taube
80 86%
Dec 07, 2013 ellis ellis
100 96%
Nov 28, 2013 Hairmetal92
7 58%
Nov 11, 2013 C12H17N2O4P C12H17N2O4P
76 68%
Nov 06, 2013 Derekstar Derekstar
100 92%
Guy Maddin invented his own genre, and he's the only person who makes movies in it.
Nov 04, 2013 finlay
40 18%
Oct 18, 2013 JooskiPea
87 73%
Oct 08, 2013 panchovilla
89 89%
Sep 30, 2013 ettubrute
90 73%
Sep 13, 2013 pomegranates pomegranates
80 59%
Sep 11, 2013 knoxshelton
85 41%
Aug 17, 2013 boilerplate boilerplate
80 61%
Aug 11, 2013 zachheltzel zachheltzel
85 81%
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
70 68%
Aug 09, 2013 Barkinson
40 21%
Aug 03, 2013 Achk
4 8%
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
60 20%
Jun 08, 2013 Kortee Kortee
66 49%
May 25, 2013 kurisu1974 kurisu1974
80 93%
May 12, 2013 IDYmilkshake IDYmilkshake
90 93%
Childhood memories and your brain in a blender.
Apr 20, 2013 madmen1977
75 42%
Apr 20, 2013 MA M_A
90 95%
"It takes the weight of many orphans to keep father's casket in the earth"
Apr 08, 2013 honeycuttwc
85 89%
Mar 12, 2013 Toke Za
60 46%
Jan 19, 2013 Nepeta
85 79%
As Maddin attempts to paint over the memories of his past instead he finds himself trapped by them. Also: the harp-playing detectives!
Dec 14, 2012 synthono
75 30%
I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it.
Nov 27, 2012 rublyov
84 76%
Nov 15, 2012 sofielykke sofielykke
98 94%
Nov 14, 2012 debaser1985
77 84%
Nov 13, 2012 beardmetals beard_metals
75 79%
Oct 31, 2012 schedrevka
87 61%
Oct 23, 2012 Ronin21
85 86%
Oct 09, 2012 bevan
70 54%
Sep 30, 2012 dormice dormice
85 84%
Sep 07, 2012 redmdb redmdb
88 48%
Aug 17, 2012 willow
86 83%
Jul 28, 2012 tomwalsh
95 99%
May 29, 2012 mlaney ()
99 88%
May 12, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
49 29%
May 11, 2012 Communicants Communicants
85 87%
Apr 27, 2012 BadSmile BadSmile
80 90%
Apr 21, 2012 nrm4
66 65%
Apr 01, 2012 BigJarv79
81 85%
Mar 12, 2012 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
94 98%
A film that is creative and experimental, but grounded in effective storytelling technique, creating a magical experience. It's such a warm film despite the insanity and made me genuinely happy. Little Guy is a fantastic character and his adventure, both emotional and physical, in the film is a delight to watch. For all of the film's experimentation the narrative is very pulpy and engaging, and the chapter break style is one that works incredibly well at pacing the film.
Mar 10, 2012 Henrik Henrik
86 93%
Feb 28, 2012 valfuindor valfuindor
80 76%
Feb 12, 2012 sillstaw
82 43%
Feb 09, 2012 katatonic katatonic
90 76%
Feb 07, 2012 Suldrup Suldrup
90 96%
Jan 27, 2012 TartanLlama
95 96%
Jan 21, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
75 45%
Dec 27, 2011 Lone_Wolf miller
8 81%
Dec 26, 2011 Seethruskin Seethruskin
5 79%
Nov 30, 2011 hubies hubies
55 20%
Nov 26, 2011 jaqueline jaque_line
100 78%
Oct 27, 2011 Darren Darren
90 86%
Oct 15, 2011 sidehacker sidehacker
81 84%
Oct 07, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
73 92%
Oct 02, 2011 ratedargh ratedargh
85 75%
Sep 28, 2011 NRM03
49 23%
Sep 24, 2011 kooou kooou
80 70%
Aug 29, 2011 hellbike
71 49%
Aug 18, 2011 jethro
85 72%
Aug 16, 2011 O_o
75 55%
Aug 15, 2011 kafka1325 kafka1325
65 66%
Aug 09, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
79 89%
Aug 04, 2011 jonnykungfu
90 93%
May be the most Guy Maddin of all Guy Maddin films. Filled with his obsessions with German Expressionism, B-movies, fairy tales, and general batfuck insanity, this film is probably the best introduction to Guy Maddin's style, and one of his most captivating. Maddin is definitely the most interesting film-maker working today, and every film of his is an event.
Aug 01, 2011 frankslater
90 64%
Jul 29, 2011 CinematicESP CinematicESP
94 92%
The visual design, the editing, and the fantasy logic are fantastic. All the elements come together to create a truly unique cinematic experience.
Jul 05, 2011 QREX
40 67%
Jul 02, 2011 simajudas simajudas
77 76%
Jul 01, 2011 Tds4a Tds4a
85 82%
Jun 21, 2011 magnani magnani
100 97%
Jun 17, 2011 rant1229 rant1229
4 59%
May 28, 2011 lagartazul lagartazul
87 59%
May 13, 2011 NRM02
51 36%
Apr 24, 2011 bmmello
81 70%
Apr 20, 2011 matty5190 matty5190
87 80%
Apr 16, 2011 frg frg
9 84%
Apr 08, 2011 VinegarBob VinegarBob
5 4%
Mar 25, 2011 NRM01
81 98%
Mar 22, 2011 Burhart Burhart
65 28%
Mar 20, 2011 ateliertovar
100 62%
Mar 18, 2011 anhonestmess
80 76%
Mar 17, 2011 ShaqFilmClub ShaqFilmClub
95 64%
3 Shaqtaculars
Mar 08, 2011 Granto
81 85%
Feb 18, 2011 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100 %
Feb 16, 2011 WBadger WBadger
90 89%
Feb 13, 2011 green_man Edson Abas
85 90%
Feb 12, 2011 Kazaam Kazaam
40 22%
Jan 28, 2011 fakesenator fakesenator
93 93%
Jan 22, 2011 gaucho
6 87%
Jan 05, 2011 springbreak9
100 99%
Dec 17, 2010 macumbalove macumbalove
50 %
Dec 03, 2010 stailea
97 94%
Nov 17, 2010 KasperL KasperL
75 77%
Stunning imagery and a dreamy sequence that would've made the Surrealists proud. Maddin has matured since 'Careful' and 'The Saddest Music in the World'. The stylistic tribute to the silent era is a perfect match with his autobiographical story about revisiting old memories. The film can feel slightly pretentious but it's grounded by its fascinating mixture of the realistic and the bizarre, the affectingly personal along with the absolutely confounding. Even so, a bit too weird for me.
Nov 12, 2010 poltergeist poltergeist
85 95%
Nov 11, 2010 zerkalo_ii _zerkalo_
70 54%
Oct 20, 2010 whitejeft whitejeft
98 96%
Oct 20, 2010 ppk ppk
92 95%
Oct 13, 2010 bood
80 68%
Oct 07, 2010 catfacer catfacer
85 76%
Sep 23, 2010 chumlum
6 68%
Sep 21, 2010 AICHEG AICHE
71 42%
Sep 20, 2010 Cantstopdrew Cantstopdrew
94 96%
Sep 13, 2010 Leland Leland
95 88%
Aug 30, 2010 lauratron lauratron
92 94%
Aug 22, 2010 hazelhawks hazelhawks
94 99%
Aug 11, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
75 70%
Aug 07, 2010 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
86 86%
Maddin at his most impressionistic and poetic, while still retaining his playful absurdist edge. Captivating.
Aug 03, 2010 kubodegelo kubodegelo
20 0%
Jul 27, 2010 Risselada Risselada
72 55%
Jul 17, 2010 micmac_ii micmac
77 80%
Jul 12, 2010 JooJoo JooJoo
4 53%
Everything about this is telling me to love it, and yet, my resistance stays strong. The whole thing just feels tired at a certain point (though, never too strongly).
Jul 02, 2010 DividedFrame
92 91%
Jun 09, 2010 jodamico jodamico
82 86%
Jun 06, 2010 Capybara
100 74%
May 18, 2010 Seftref
60 49%
Apr 17, 2010 NoSex NoSex
95 95%
Apr 17, 2010 bearjazz bearjazz
100 98%
Apr 10, 2010 Mentaculus Mentaculus
100 99%
Guy Maddin's revisionist history of Guy Maddin. Guy Maddin's revisionist history of Cinema itself. Maddin's kind of cinema strives for truth - not BEHIND the Secrets!, but WITHIN the Secrets! Contradictory? Naturally.
Apr 03, 2010 clarkah Prof. Sebby
80 87%
Mar 26, 2010 kasator kasator
90 95%
Mar 18, 2010 Blevo
90 94%
Mar 16, 2010 Beaucine
4 51%
Mar 09, 2010 margot margot
95 74%
Mar 05, 2010 RHalpain RHalpain
85 86%
Mar 04, 2010 joedhunt
65 33%
Feb 27, 2010 kastenm kastenm
82 86%
Feb 03, 2010 LEAVES
27 17%
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