24.11.11 by Jeff

Tomer Hanuka / Interview

I’m still putting together posts covering my trip to Israel but in the meantime I thought you might be interested in a mini interview with Israeli illustrator Tomer Hanuka.

I also have a giveaway copy of his new book “Overkill” which contains over a decade of his work. If you wanna snag the book, read to the end of the interview!



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It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Vancouver, although it’s now mid-afternoon and I’ve been inside all day working. Can you describe where you are right now?

I’m sitting at my desk looking out the window. It has a view of the building right next to us — a wall of bedroom windows so close you can jump straight into those tenants lives and pick up where they stopped. This is the east village, in New York. It’s calm, gray, just rained.

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What are your favourite places to eat out there in New York?

It’s called Le Relais de Venise l’Entrecôte, in midtown. There is no menu, just one item – steak and fries with a secret sauce. You eat this and your taste buds, cholesterol levels, and arteries all explode in unison. The backdrop depicts carefully rendered wall paintings of renaissance style clowns.


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I’m really excited because it looks like I’ll be headed to Israel next month. Have you been back there recently? What can you tell me about the art scene out there?

I go quite often. The art scene is hard to pin down. It’s fertilized on political soil and is reactive but not restricted to the circumstances. I’m sure you’ll have a blast.


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I know a few sets of twins and all of them it seems are into the same things as their brother or sister. You and your brother are both illustrators, is it more common for twins to have the same interests?

I would guess that it is. Part of it is genetics, and part of it is the need to have a separate bubble from the world. One level between selfhood and society there is twinhood.


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What was your favourite thing to draw when you were younger?

It was either monsters or pretty girls, I can’t remember which was my brother’s favourite and which was mine.

At what point did you feel like you had your own illustrative style? And are you consciously trying to change the style you are known for in any way?

About six months after graduating from SVA it dawned on me that I could get commercial work using the drawings I was doing ‘on the side’ for personal stuff. I think the work changes constantly, it’s a reflection of whatever I’m going through or excited about at a certain time. Whenever I start a new piece the first reaction is panic — it’s still like walking in a dark cave.


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What was the last film that blew your mind?

Mimic. It’s an old Guillermo Del Toro flick from the early 90’s about cockroaches in the NY subway system which mutated to human size and manage to mimic, in silhouette, the shape of a man wearing a rain coat and a hat. The generic urbanite waiting for the train. Iit’s a powerful metaphor about metaphors.

Mimic is a great movie! I always love the creature designs in Guillermo Del Toro’s films, and the autistic kid was a great actor. Did you see Super 8? Parts of it remind me of Mimic.

My read of Super 8 was that the alien/monster was some sort of manifestation of grief. The boy represses it, then faces it and processes it, and in the end releases it.


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I remember there was an interview where you mentioned you liked listening to music from films, if someone were to take your work and make scores to accompany them what do you think they would sound like?

It would sound like loops of unsuccessful car ignition, layered over with heartbeats, and an occasional shotgun blast. But in harmony.


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Maybe we can wrap this up with a shout out or two to some illustrators that are doing amazing work and don’t get enough recognition?

The Hopital Brut anthologies have always been hard to look at/look away. That is an interesting place to be at, as a viewer.

That stuff looks amazing! Well, thanks for taking the time to talk with me, Tomer!

I’m psyched that we’re doing this!


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If you would like to snag your own copy of “Overkill” tell me the last film you saw that blew your mind, in the comments below!

I’ll pick a winner next Friday! Good Luck!

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Ben

    The last film that blew my mind? Probably Drive, if anything for the elevator scene.

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    • T H E S K I N I L I V E I N

    • The last film I saw that blew my mind was this week I watched a film called ‘Polytechnique’. It was about the Montreal university shooting that took place in the late 80s. Fourteen female engineers were killed by a killer who claimed that ‘feminism ruined his life’. It was extremely emotional.

  • Lauren Smith

    the human centipede ( 1 and 2 )

  • Andrew


  • Melancolia, Lars Von Trier

  • George

    The Sixth Sense. (Dude, he was dead the whole time! I was like; “Whoa! Whaa…”)

    • George

      But seriously, I’d say “The China Syndrome”. It’s amazing on it’s own, though, it blew my mind after the fact, because later on I learned that it had no musical score, AT ALL. Delayed mind-blowing.

  • Melancolia , Lars von Trier

  • Probably ‘SNOWTOWN’ for me. A great film… Inane & based on a true story. Imagine American history X set in the Australian outback.

  • burak

    last film that blew my mind: “Biutiful”

  • Gummo, Harmony Korine

  • The last film that’s genuinely got my mind thinking was The Prestige which was based on a novel by Christopher Priest which coincidentally enough was adapted by the director Christopher Nolan. Incredible film- trully “magical” as it were.

  • Saw Diabolique (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046911/) at the TIFF theatre a couple of days ago….it was incredible!!!

  • Just like everyone else, probably Inception.

  • the movie blew my mind is “China Town”!!!!!!!!!!!

    I want this book so badly.

      I was left cursing at the screen!

  • Ari

    hmm that would be The Help! :)

  • “Alphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution” loved the story that has something of george orwell’s 1984 and his style between a film noir and a sci-fi

  • Mehdi

    Cache. What a mind fuck.

  • Rubber. I mean it’s a tire that psychokinetically kills things!

  • Toy Story 3

  • Super 8 blew my mind!

  • Angela

    Tree of life.. wonderful and sad and overwhelming yet amazing how they captured the sun in all the shots. Really great movie.

  • Hope

    Doc: Manufactured Landscapes

    • Robin Jordan

      GREAT DOCUMENTARY! Favorite!!!
      I’m glad it blew your mind, I wish more people would watch it.

  • Judy

    Grave of the Fireflies

  • aaah drive. I even dressed up like the guy for halloween.(The movie was on teathers late here in france) Sadly no one knew who I was standing for… had to tell them to watch the damn movie!

  • de

    Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins

  • Ricardo Dantas

    Synecdoche, New York; Charlie Kaufman


  • Just (about an hour ago) watched Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg. That was a pretty mind blowing documentary film. It’s unbelievable to think a place could be so messed up.

  • My friend recommended “Waking Life” and it blew my mind.
    It has made going to bed a lot more exciting!

  • Somang


  • a movie that blew my mind is drive with ryan gosling it had the hole tone with him him being the loner who will go over and beyond for some one he is in love with even tho he cant even have the person and it was pretty good because of the sound track and the start of the movie when he gets away from the cops by parking his car at a stadium when the game ended and after it happened it was like thats why he was looking at his damn watch the hole time but yeah the movie blew my mind

  • Kaitlin

    Enter The Void -crazzzzy >_>

    • Christoph

      Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio

      >>The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explains the lack of dialogue by stating “it’s not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It’s because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live.”<<

  • wuedhued

    it’s an austrian film called “der aufschneider” :)

  • Daniel Aitken

    Gaspar Noe’s “Enter The Void”

  • Leo

    Its a bit long ago, but True Grit was absolutely awesome.

  • “Colour Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story” by Brian William Cook

  • the last film that blew my mind was ,” Histoire d’O “

  • Never Let Me Go. So very powerful. Watching with a lover made such power reality.. now that that lover is no longer, the film’s deep sense of power frightens me.

  • Zach

    Eye of the Beholder

  • The last film that blew my mind was Gaspar Noe’s “Enter the void”. Have you seen it? I think its one of the most visually stimulating films ever done. It shows, on first person, the visions of a drug trip, its quite amazing. The fact that the movie its settled in Tokio adds more layers to the movie’s visual complexity. Its a long film, but i think it’s totally worth it.

    I really like Tomer’s work. I think that his work (along with james jean’s) end up pushing the boundaries of illustration one step further.

  • Rebekah

    The last film that blew my mind has definitely got to be A Pixar Story.

  • Ingrid

    “In the Mouth of Madness” was probably the last really great movie I’ve seen. Really terrifying stuff.

  • Kazan’s ‘East of Eden’

  • Savannah

    Midnight in Paris! I love that movie! I have read all of his books and seen all his movies but this one was so sweet and well thought out. I was so in awe and smiled for weeks. I am now taking a writing class so one day I can make a comic book as wonderful as Midnight in Paris with cool artwork like Tomer Hanuka! :)

  • redd

    Fight Club.

  • Old Boy. Incredible story line with unbelievable cinematography. Twisted movie that connects you to the protagonist in an amazing way. I am disappointed they are creating a remake! I refuse to watch it. The original (with English dubbed over it) is too great to recreate.

  • Oldboy

  • iain worgan

    koyaanisqatsi AMAZING!!!!!

  • AJ

    The last film that blew my mind was City of God. Such a beautiful film with a genuine narrative that weaves the events of several people’s lives into a gorgeous web that keeps you trapped and leaves you wanting more.

  • The rum diaries, blew my mind. not as good as “fear and loathing” but still top notch.

  • the last film that blew my mind was ,” Histoire d’O “

  • Derik

    It was The Lady, by Luc Besson and Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • jc

    howl’s moving castle!

  • OMG I just completed my degree in Professional Illustration and it would be such a wonder for me to have that Book! The last film I saw that really blew my mind was “Oldboy”. Chan-wook Park’s second chapter of his excellent Revenge Trilogy is without a doubt a “Must See”! The screenplay is brilliant; the characters are developed very well, extremely complex, and the plot is ingenious! One of most well-made films I’ve ever seen!

  • Such a great interview, it makes me want the book even more and admire Tomer on a new level, especially with his appreciation of Del Toro. The last movie I saw that blew my mind was Melancholia, it was so intense and so unrelenting.

  • Cinema Paradiso!

  • Colette

    Not the last film I’ve seen but I believe Paprika is the last film I’ve seen that blew my mind. Not only was the design, detail, and animation amazing but the story just sucks you in. I had to watch it 3 times to get it all, and I probably still didn’t get it all. It had some of the most memorable scenes I’ve seen in an anime as well (the butterfly room and the doll parade). It sort of deals with similar themes as Inception.. seeing dreams, controlling dreams, but it a much different way.
    See.. now I have to go watch it again, haha

  • hm, latest movie that blow my mind, probably friday night lights. Even got a tattoo from it, “whatever it takes”. I guess you can say i got pretty inspired.

  • Daniel Aitken

    “Enter The Void” Gaspar Noe

  • Nic

    Memento was a mind blowing movie. Essentially it is a thriller mystery shot backwards.

  • The tree of Life!! i didn’t like the ending, but otherwise it was great!

  • Nonysus

    Martyrs! (french movie)

  • It has to be ‘Paris, Texas’ by Wim Wenders.

  • WOW! that book looks sick!

    last movie i watched that blew my mind was basketball diaries ,i really couldnt believe how good leo was at b-ball only to mess it all up on the Hammer.let that be a lesson to ya kids..

    before that..
    planet terror blew my mind, the girl who looses her leg and just slams an assult rifle rite on up their as a prosthetic and is some how able to operate a sub machine gun with her decapatated limb, thats mind blowing shit rite their.

  • Bresson’s “Au Hasard Balthazar”. I’ve never been so convicted by a story in my life. Has the feel and stature of any Tarkovsky film.

  • Rebecca

    Another Earth, absolutely blew my mind. I cannot stop thinking about it 3 months later..

  • Maria Ramirez


  • Oldboy blew my mind.

  • Drive, just about as flawless a movie as I’ve ever seen. My mind was just obliterated by it. SO good.

  • Last movie I saw that blew my mind was..
    “The end of Western Civilization II”, the greatest Steven Tyler quote can be found in this movie.

  • The last movie I saw that blew my mind is Antonioni’s Blow-up, ‘cause it’s about photography, an study of it, how it can obviously show what is evident, but also has an infinite number of tricks that are not necessary easy at first sight. It’s a revelation behind an image and the exposure of creative processes that lead to surprising results, an study about vision and ghosts.

  • I Saw The Devil. It’s a hyper violent revenge story with a pretty unique premise. It makes the elevator scene from Drive seem like a unicorns birthday party. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Red Band Trailer on-line.

    • I’ve seen this movie and agree with you. I Saw the Devil is an emotional roller coaster.

  • sebastian

    Haha. That would have to be The Return of the Jedi.

  • sebastian

    Love Exposure

  • Definitely Drive. It’s just … Cool. It blew my mind.

    I need to chew more toothpicks and talk less.

  • Tough question. I’ve seen so many exquisite films lately. I’d say it’s between Let the Right One In (specifically that scene where the school bullies are trying to drown the boy & all get slaughtered by his vampy girlfreind…. probably the coolest shot I’ve ever seen in any film… ever), , and American Pop. But Im going to go with American Pop because it was so vast. The plot covered like 4… or 5 generations? The details and social/cultural idiosyncrasies from each decade were uncanny! Also, Ralph Bakshi is a pure genius! That book looks rad! Tomer Hanuka is one of the most talented illustrators ever!!

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  • marium

    triplets of belleville


  • brdvd

    it was “exit through the gift shop”.
    It retains the feel of a documentary while slowly building up to almost a statement movie about what I felt was, in a way, the modern take on The Emperor’s New Clothes coming to life in the street art scene.

    I highly recommend it to art enthusiasts, novices who are just getting to know Bansky and basically any person who likes movies that make you think.

  • Drive.
    Le Concert.
    Il y a longtemps que je t’aime.

  • ‘Carlos’ by Olivier Assayas, a great film, but I was taken with the bigger idea that these things were happening in the world in the 70s/80s, and the dynamic between how much has changed and how much has stayed the same in our society.

  • rui

    Canino by Giorgos Lanthimos

  • Pau


    • Kristen

      Great fucking movie but super twisted.

  • Melissa

    Pulp Fiction, nothing since has stood out in my mind. It blows my mind each and every time I watch it.

  • johannes

    “Children of Men” only movie I ever saw that added so many layers compared to the book. They had only two hours but managed to open up a lot more discussions about an alternate reality then the book. Plus lots of contemporary art throughout.

  • Christina Bruun

    I just saw “Buried”. A movie, where a guy is beried alive in a box 3 meter under the ground (during the Iraq war). He has a mobile phone and can call everybody. But nobody can help him. Oh my God, such a scary senario. I can’t sleep tonight. :/

  • Being John Malkovich!

  • KIDS, scenes from that movie play in my head constantly, the dialogue is memorable, and a great film to discuss at the dinner table amongst friends!

  • tree of life. everyone else is lying.

  • Jared

    X-Men:First Class

    Awesome performances. Incredible death scene at the end. It blew his mind too.

  • Damien

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy by Tomas Alfredson. Great colour tone, great 70’s atmosphere and great oppressive mood. John Hurt has the ability to suck in a cigarette and for nothing to come out.

  • Asta

    Waltz with Bashir

  • wow the last film that really blew my mind must have been “The Man with the Golden Arm”

  • Turner

    You think you know what’s going to happen next then BAM! Something crazy happens…crazy awesome.

  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona was a great film by Woody Allen.

  • The last film that blew my mind was Terrence Malick’s the Tree of Life.

  • Vegetarian

    I haven’t seen it in a while, but The Whale Rider is one of my all time favorite films and most definitley blew all the others out of the water.

  • Rose

    last week on dvd …bad boy bubby .. classic crazy aussie

  • George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD (78′). brilliant movie that has a lot to say on on american society, consumption and zombies. all of that criticism is still valid toady. the opening sequence is so tight and capturing http://youtu.be/0cXW6gADeSY.
    I can watch that movie again and again.

  • I really liked ‘I love you Philip Morris’. I had no expectations, and didn’t fully realize it was a true story up until the end.

    By the way, Asaf Hanuka, Tomer’s twin brother, was a teacher of mine in art school. Both are truly remarkable illustrators.

  • The Usual Suspects

  • Myra Breckenridge!

  • This book looks amazing, jus got into Tomar’s work earlier this year. The foil cover and the fucshia looks bangin’

    The last film I watched was Blade Runner….the battle between Deckard vs Pris was my favorite scene, the mood of hallow lights in the dark building and the bizarre screams Pris emitted was pretty badass 8-)….wish I could wake up in world like that (without dying of course) :P…

  • Matthew Glenn brinkley

    Coffee and Cigarettes

    The cinematography, oh such amazing cinematography.

  • The last film that blew my mind was Saawariya. I love set design and I find it sad that because of new technology we use it less and less. This movie had sets that honestly blew my mind.

  • Last movie I saw that blew my mind was definitely Drive. I listen to that soundtrack on the daily. Although I did also watch the Dark Crystal for the first time which had some of the prettiest puppets I’ve ever seen…

  • Camille

    does band of brothers count? If not then The Motorcycle Diaries, fascinating and taught me a lot

  • Ramille

    Last film that seriously blew my mind? Probably American Psycho. The idea of imitating a perfect normalcy to mask abject tendencies is relatable on a lot of levels, not just the maniac serial killer type. I have a thing for pieces that are explorations of identity. It’s comforting, and every experience ends up being semi-autobiographical.

  • Nina


  • Nina

    Also, Enter the Void

  • Mike

    Tree of Life…still getting flashbacks from that flick.

  • Andrew Ord

    Mmmm last film that blew my mind would probably be ‘Tekkonkinkreet’ as it was a visual feast but incredibly poignant in places with iconic design across the board. There are others for sure but this one stirred something deep within my own creative soul and appealed to the themes I deal with in my own work, like what I look for in all art and expression it was a instinctual response that bypassed the intellectual ego and is exactly the same response I have when I look at Tomer Hanuka’s work.

  • Shea Kennedy

    “Being John Malkovich”

  • Heartbeats (2010)
    by Xavier Dolan
    It was incredibly beautiful.

  • ash

    Jackass 3D

  • Beginners. A movie about the complex relationship between a son and his father. Something I can empathize with. Plus beautifully muted feel to the film.

  • Watched ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,’ about a man in the Isan region (very rural, considered unrefined in the Southern cities) of Thailand. Its about a man who is on the edge of death and starts to remember all that he has been in past lives (including a catfish and a water buffalo). He also begins to see ghosts and is revisisted by his wife and son, one who died a long time ago, one who went into the forest and was never heard from again. I won’t give anything else away except to say that at first I did not get this film at all but now the more I think about it, the more brilliant it becomes. Especially considering it was shot on 35 mm film with no digital effects whatsoever.
    Recommend checking it out.

  • Tim

    Drive Angry.

    Nicholas Cage is the Nick Cage of our era.

  • The book of Eli.

  • Sleeping beauty!

  • Almodóvar latest film, La piel que habito.

  • I watched home video of myself coming off an airplane to the United States as a baby and being held by my family. Not really a film, but to imagine the life I would have lived elsewhere certainly humbles me. Sure that’s a personal subject, and though I understand the face that I’ve exposed my family’s own sensitivities to attempt to win a book, I feel this hasn’t been completely diluted its significance.

  • Becky

    ‘Sauna’ blew my mind. It’s possibly one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen in it’s own way. Hard to explain why. Definitely keeps you thinking.

  • Medianeiras (Argentina)

  • Ugetsu by Kenji Mizoguchi.

  • “Life in a Day” so awesome to think of what everyone else is doing around the planet in a single day!

  • Lucas M


  • kelly

    Ghosts of Rwanda…a documentary…very disturbing…

  • MindGame – best anime ever.

    Just a taste –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lIKCBCLo4U

    • it really is the best anime ever.

  • ben


  • Melancholia by Lars Von Trier – The final scene of the earth colliding with another planet is stunning. (Not a spoiler – you know the ending if you watched the beginning)

  • Wes

    David Lynch’s 1990 surreal romance thriller, ‘Wild at Heart’

  • Christina Gould

    The last movie that blew my mind was Being John Malkovitch. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Vanishing Point (1971) (Life is making decisions without remorse.)

  • I guess Tree of Life did blow my mind in a sense.. it pissed me off because it was unnecessarily lengthy and somewhat pretentious to me. Worst of all was the fact that the movie company here (I live in Hong Kong) tried to package it as something it was not. BUT, back to the original question, the last movie I saw that blew my mind.. was probably Black Swan. There are some flaws to the plot, but I absolutely loved the visuals and the cinematography. And Natalie Portman was perfect in it, of course :)

  • The last film that blew my mind would definitely be Black Swan (2010) by Aronofsky. I still remember leaving the theatre feeling exhilarated and disturbed. It was the most relentlessly beautiful film I’ve seen.

  • Lucas


  • Carl

    The Tree of Life!

  • The last film that truly enthralled me was ‘Scene’s from the Suburbs’. Even though it was a short film it showed the way that teenagers feel trapped inside their own towns, as well as the feeling of separation of community in modern times.

  • THE SECRET OF KELLS, no doubt. my mind was continuously being blown with every gorgeously composed sequence. On top of that lovely profound story devoid of cheesiness.

  • WASS

    “The Stendhal Syndrome”, Dario Argento! Crazy hallucinations caused by great works of art. So crazy!

  • Kristen


  • Fellini Satyricon

    I watched it a few weeks ago with a friend. The first time I watched it, I was alone and maybe 11 or 12 years old. I couldn’t sleep so I was watching public television at 3am. I turned it off because I knew it was strange but felt odd that I enjoyed it so much. But this time at 23, it was mind-blowing maybe because there was someone else experiencing it with me. We were silent for the entire films save for a few “oh my god”s. my roommate walked in, as I was grinning and practically salivating at the shot of a woman writhing and screaming as she literally gave birth to fire. my roommate was disgusted, but I couldn’t look away. It was mind-blowing because I realized that even as a little girl I’d been seduced by a certain dark aesthetic that I still enjoy now.

  • Nanda

    Paris Is Burning! This is a wonderful documentary from the 80s, it’s provocative, fascinating, and an art piece! A hidden gem :) I’m still amazed at the art direction and the amazing editing!

  • Touching the Void – awesome documentary about utter hopelessness and the will to live.

  • 12 Angry Men (1957) by Sidney Lumet. NOW THAT’S A MOVIE!

  • The Tree of Life (2011) – The frame after frame is visually stunning.

  • “Breaking The Waves”. Well done film, but very depressing. So much so that I don’t think I could watch it again. I thought the chapter breaks were beautiful.

  • Zach Collins

    Run Ronnie Run!

  • “Short Term 12” it was a short film about a social worker that worked in an institution for juvenile teenagers, it was beautiful!

  • Elin Mack

    “PINA” by Wim Wenders

  • The Thing and then The Thing. They line up perfectly.

  • I saw ‘Exit through the gift shop’ about a year ago and it blew my mind.
    I was working in advertising as an account executive and hated every minute of it.
    that movie literarily inspired me to go go back to the art field and start all over again. eventually I went back to school to study design.

  • Joel

    City of god. its been a long time since ive seen it but its that last movie I remeber see that I was totaly wowed by. When it was over I remeber thinking that it was one of the best movies ive ever seen. There has been other movies that I really liked and a few that may have blown my mind but I can remeber them so they must not have been that mind blowing. mimic is pritty awsome too. Mabey ponyo too that was more recent but that was more feel good and pritty then mind blowing. I guess I could suck up and say waltz with basir mabey. but that last movie I clearly remeber being mind blown was city of god.

  • Sean

    The Sigur Ros documentary!

  • INNI – Sigur Rós documentary :) love their music.

  • Fear and loathing

  • children of men, if only for this 4 minute miracle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfBSncUspBk

  • tk

    latest film i saw was inception (finally!)

  • Les Géants. Belgium movie, probably the best movie I’ve ever seen.

  • 12 Angry Men (1957)

  • Dylan Danger Batty

    Daft Punks ELECTROMA… need i say more

  • The last movie I saw was a documentary called “Life in a day”. Footage from hundreds of people around the world going about their every day routing and talking about life, TRULY AMAZING DOCUMENTARY!

  • Little Miss Sunshine! Soo cute :)
    Can’t believe i haven’t seen this great klassic before now!?

  • 11-11-11 .. some crazy shit that got me mindf*ck.

  • Gabrielle

    Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona,” without a doubt.

  • That would be Stalker from 1979 by Andrey Tarkovsky. I didn’t realise how much truth can be put in a cinematic image.

  • John Felix

    Killer Elite 2 (Tropa de Elite). Brazilian film centered on the tactical police unit (BOPE) who run anti narcotics operations in the high Rio favelas and the insane level of corruption within the unit. Totally jaw dropping films, 1&2.

  • Scott

    “Let the Right One In”. Crazy.

  • Johnny

    Enter the Void by Gaspar Noé

  • the last movie i saw was “Tree of life” it literally blew my mind…BOOM

  • The animated movie “MIND GAME”, directed by Masaaki Yuasa.

  • I would have to say, “Wild at heart”.
    I just saw it a few days ago, but hey, I saw it eventually :)

  • agne

    delicatesen (1991)

  • Caitlyn

    Amelie. beautiful. he was the photo booth repair man!

  • Diede

    The last movie that blew my mind was, Symbol (Shinboru) – Hitoshi Matsumoto. I still don’t get what the movie is fully about, which made it al the more injoyable. Its just absurd.

  • Woah I really had to think about this one … Without repeating the typical ‘art house’ films that everyone’s mentioning, and the somewhat more recent ‘Inception’ crew … Something that stands out for me truly is LAND OF THE BLIND.

    A political satire which basically tells the story of a hypothetical people’s leader who brings down a hypothetical monarchy (obviously based on the various times in history where tyrants have been over-thrown to simply be replaced by an even worse one).

    The biting humour and painful irony of the story is deeply insightful. All while the set dressing and costumes dramatise stereotypes to the point of poetic epiphanies!

    What sets it apart is that it doesn’t wallow around in intellectual wanking by just ‘being different’ like most arthouse movies where nothing actually happens or the grotesque is used in a pathetic attempt to pose as ‘thought-provoking’. Compared to the other side of the scale where films dabble in exploring more ‘meaningful’ themes but eventually just ends up shying away from going all the way, THIS one is not afraid to take the truth to its ridiculous, painful and yet totally transformative conclusion.

    A visual feast, and a nod to people who actually pay attention to the historical cycles of human stupidity AND genius this film is equal measures bitter and sweet.

    Much like wisdom. Much like art.

    You can read more about it here >

  • Klara


    That movie literally blows your mind

  • idaNerdy

    After seeing the title -OverKill- one movie cross my mind
    “A Serbian Film” (2010). My jaw was droped and stuck to the floor weeks after I saw it.

  • Confessions (Kokuhaku) – not because of the plot but the side of human nature it was hinting at.

  • Paris, Texas
    Wim Wenders

  • Guy

    For me, it has to be Satoshi Kon’s “Perfect Blue”, which I’ve seen only recently(along with another great one, “Millenium Actress”).
    You can never ignore Kon’s great directing style, it will constantly baffle your sense of time and space, and soon enough you’ll start to question yourself, what is now, and what is real.
    It’s a story about obsessions, about regrets, jealousy, and fears. It’s dark, twisted and thrilling, and constantly challenging the viewer’s mind and heart, bringing him an inch close to the edge of his seat with every scene, down right to the ecstatic climax.
    Perfect Blue was, and still is, great source of inspiration for probably everyone, including Darren Aronofsky, the director of “Requiem for a Dream” who paid 59,000$ for the rights, just so he could use one, very powerful scene from it.
    And that’s it! I hope to enjoy a shiny copy of your book. Thanks.

  • Timo

    David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers. Beautiful, haunting and sad. And it’s about twins!

  • Well unfortunately I realy can’t be realistic picking the movie that blow my mind cause I am pretty dissapointed in to what is in theatar lately(and I don’t want tell you the rerun list of my fav movies), so the last blowmind movie (theatar) – that made a mark on me was Super 8, and if you want from tv, last week I saw Dead Set (UK movie about zombies, and the only survivors are people from Big Brother :P)that for a horor movie was pretty great.

  • Geri

    Se7en – still can’t get over it

  • Liisa

    Kon-Tiki (1950) – the Academy Award-winning film of an astonishing adventure, a journey spanning 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft.
    So unreal; peaceful and joyful, at the same time deep and inspirational!

  • Gaspar Noé’s “Enter the Void”(2009).
    So different, so unique, so hypnotic…And the amazing visual style is nothing like ever seen in cinema.

  • Kyle

    The last film that blew my mind was Princess Mononoke :)

  • Adriana

    The last movie that blew my mind was Sherlock Holmes (2009).
    I know that it sounds kinda pop, but I really liked it and the main reason I did is because I was in London last year This movie reminded me of the great time I had in London with it’s scenes from many main tourist attractions such as the Piccadilly circle, parks, tower bridge and even every street was amazing to remember. I’m greatful to this film because of my daily routine and problems I almost forget the joyful moments I had in London.

  • Ellie

    I watched Gunfight at the OK Corral, totally sleep deprived at about 3 in the morning and found myself, or my brain, in it’s not so salubrious state, visually analysing and saying “wow” at all the shadows for some reason…

  • I watched Confessions (kokuhaku) little over a week ago. A brilliant observation into the breakdown traditional archetypes. The lead character – if there was one – would be the mother/homeroom teacher. Things kick off when her daughter is found drowned in the pool.

  • Ron

    I’d say Inception…

  • Enter The Void, by Gaspar Noe.
    As mind blowing as his previous, Irreversible, just in a different way.

    it made me think for days.

  • Lee

    Dogtooth. Dark, thought-provoking, subtle, plus you can read into it as much as you want, it’s effective (and entertaining) on so many different levels. You should watch it.

  • Fitzcarraldo / Werner Herzog


    Goodbye Solo / Ramin Bahrani

    can’t decide…

  • ofir sharer

    I watched “bronson”,made me thinking on growing a mustache.

  • A Man Escaped / Robert Bresson


    Fitzcarraldo / Werner Herzog


    Goodbye Solo / Ramin Bahrani

    in chronological and emotional order…

  • laura

    Tree of Life! It was like participating in a painting

  • Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancolia’.

  • Louise

    Mulholland Drive by David Lynch!

  • paul


  • hey as the friend up there “melancholia”…i saw it in the cinema and i stood still grabbing the seat the whole film. in the end i was shaking

  • bixn

    nearly never watch films, i rather enjoy read books – there: fightclub (the film’s nice too, tough)

  • Parker


  • Yara

    Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. The shark flies up in the air and eats a plane, and there’s science behind it.

  • oddsac the animal collective movie. part when monster eats the family is nuts

  • Stephanie Clark

    The last film I saw was “El Topo” by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

  • Inglorious Basterds!

  • miguel

    Enter the void was a TRIP, a bit long and shot in an unorthodox way but a TRIP nonetheless!

  • inception. the fight scene in the hotel hallway. ridiculous and awesome.

  • Four Lions.

  • Brendan

    The last movie that saw that totally blew my mind was “MEMENTO” directed by the lovely Christopher Nolan. :)))) gotta love BOOOOOOOM.COM

    • karen

      Tzameti 13- russian, made my palms sweat, terrifyingly simple and messed up story
      also just saw Lady In a Cage – gets ugly fast

  • Out of the Blue, Dennis Hopper creates a riveting coming of age flick. An overlooked gem, realism & heart.

  • Laura Pummell

    127 Hours. So well done & left me feeling emotions I didn’t know I had. Amazing.


    Well, I spent two months this summer living in a tent in the streets, in what you might call “occupy Tel Aviv”. But still, I wasn’t really able to formulate into words what I was protesting against.
    Then, I saw the amazing documentary “The Cruise”, and my mind got BLOWN. That man in the film put all my thoughts and feelings into words.
    Amazing film, a must watch for everyone who’s able to dream.

    • Totally Agree, “The Cruise” is great. You know that guy (Timothy Levitch) was also in “Stroker and Hoop” and in “Waking life”, which I recommend.

  • Mr. Nobody. A Belgian/Canadian production looking at the possibilities of we live life.


  • Frank

    Bill Cunningham. Pure joy watching that man!

  • Jonathan

    Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)

    But sometimes I’m fed up with my spiritual existence. Instead of forever hovering above I’d like to feel a weight grow in me to end the infinity and to tie me to earth. I’d like, at each step, each gust of wind, to be able to say “Now.” Now and now” and no longer “forever” and “for eternity.” To sit at an empty place at a card table and be greeted, even by a nod. (…) No, I don’t have to beget a child or plant a tree but it would be rather nice coming home after a long day to feed the cat, like Philip Marlowe, to have a fever and blackended fingers from the newspaper, to be excited not only by the mind but, at last, by a meal, by the line of a neck by an ear.

  • Pascal



  • Yulia Vilensky

    Short Cuts (1993)

  • Fanelle

    Drive.. stunning

  • Emily

    True Romance!

  • Sofia

    The Fall by Tarsem, just perfect.

  • jaycie

    Never Let me Go

  • Vinnie

    Food, Inc.

  • american psycho,
    and please help me to get the reservation at dorsia, with bale please
    lol. :=}

  • KJ

    tree of life was at times profoundly beautiful. i would say my mind was blown.

  • Maximo Albuquerque

    “EL TOPO” FROM JODOROWSKY… pleases both my cowboy and 70’s psicadelic.

    hell yeah!

  • The last movie that completely blew me away was Ivan’s Childhood… So good!

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Although that was a rewatch so not sure if it counts, haha!

  • “Avatar” of course! Such a great movie!

  • Rodri

    I think cronenberg’s dead ringers, very sick as usual.

  • Carla

    D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance. The sets are impressive.

  • Crispy

    Hunger by Steve McQueen (not the actor). It’s about the IRA hunger strike in ’81 and it is very good considering it’s his first film.

  • The last film that blew my mind was the documentary “Waking sleeping beauty”, truly inspiring :D

  • Fay

    The Five Obstructions .. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before..

  • Fay

    The Five Obstructions .. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before!

  • Original.

  • fabrizio

    two girls, one cup

  • Tales From The Hood was actually really eye opening. Though disguised as an homage or spoof of Tales from the Crypt, it’s actually a film filled message ranging from confronting racism to stopping black on black crime.

  • Rokas

    Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy working with time

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT3lveJmjY8 ,well you have to see it to understand how much this film have in it self.

  • Chris


  • Chelsea

    I just saw Woody Allen’s documentary- I wouldn’t say it ‘blew my mind’ but it was really interesting. He is one fascinating guy.

  • neil

    Brazil…really crazy wicked film with some beautiful scenes and imagery on escapism …really got me onto Gilliam’s other stuff.

  • Anna


  • the man from earth

  • My Mind was blown by Tarkovky’s movie- “STALKER” (1979)

  • Alicia

    Super 8 was mind blowing and stunning. But I recently saw Pan’s Labriyth for the first time and thought it was a stunning, beautiful film.

  • !!!!!!!!!!!—– MIND GAME —–!!!!!!!!
    and all the other works of Masaaki Yuasa( a new classic for me)


  • native//nouveau

    The last film that blew my mind was the french film Incendies. It’s been out for about a year now, but I just saw it recently. It was visually beautiful, incredibly touching, deeply saddening in some parts, and unexpectedly shocking in others. I recommend it highly.

  • Cape Fear, Scorsese. Incredible movie. Amazing performance by DeNiro.

  • Giles


  • Katy

    V for Vendetta. – Brilliant film :)

  • Enter the Void, it’s blow any ones mind!!!!!

  • noga klein

    the movie “elephant” by Gus Van Sant

  • Last film that blew my mind was Inception.

  • Gareth

    Die Welle – Denis Gansel
    Just got around to watching it – scary ace.

  • Jerrrrrry

    ‘Project Nim’ about a chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky – raised by a human family and taught sign language – needless to say it doesn’t go well for the chimp

  • Being John Malkeovich blew my mind because it is actually about being in someone else’s mind, its a bit like inception with so many different layers in the plot

  • Leo

    “Harakiri: Death of a samurai” from Takashi Miike, I had the pleasure to watch this while it was still on Cannes. Strong theme, cultural beliefs, amazing acting and great colors. It’s not that usual samurai swords fight, bloodbath and so…it’s more of a strong reflection about living on the edge, giving up the pride and even the honor in order to survive.

  • Vylko Chobanov

    La Antena

  • Erica

    The girl with the dragon tattoo!

  • rachel

    the color of pomegranates left my soul a singin’ and my eyes a weepin’

    watch the whole thing here:


  • It would be “Abre Los Ojos”

  • Kelvin

    Old Boy, good mind f***.

  • Kelvin

    Old Boy, good mind f***.

    And Tomer’s work, especially his use in color, actually reminds me of some of Old Boy’s scenes. Like eating the raw squid and hacking everyone with the hatchet.

  • Jordan Schinkel


  • L.A. Confidential. Everyone was in love with the hooker. I mean she was pretty hot, but she’s still a hooker.

  • A Scanner Darkly. I did watch it on acid, though…

  • It would be either Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” or “Super 8”. Both very different, but equally compelling.

  • “Mind Game”, animated by Studio 4°C!

  • I was about to say “Drive”, but i see it’s quite a popular choice among the people above. I did like Super 8 even more. The train scene was A-W-E-S-O-M-E.
    Reminded me of my video classes when we used to shoot analise each frame.

  • ‘Norwegian Wood’ – devastatingly beatiful.

  • M. Gordy

    I re-watched Children of Men recently. Amazing film, and one of the few with Special Features that don’t feel like trimmed fat, but rather help you better understand the layers of metaphor and cinematic complexity.

  • LIFE DURING WARTIME directed by Todd Solondz

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It was extremely provocative and the dream scenes put me in a trance.

  • Donna

    “The Bad Seed” 1956

    • or Fantastic Planet
      or Akira
      or The Company of Wolves

  • I saw the Muppets this weekend…it was epic…Seriously forgot how good the humor is…for kids and adults…and WHO doesn’t like signing puppets…thats what I thought:)

  • I saw the Muppets this weekend…it was epic…Seriously forgot how good the humor is…for kids and adults…and WHO doesn’t like singing puppets…thats what I thought:)

  • Le Quattro Volte

  • Ryan

    Saw Little Princess for the first time. Was not expecting my reaction!

  • Ponyo, kid fish turning into tsunami turning to gold, turning back with a little girl running onto, the definition of conversion… oh man

  • Brandon

    The Future, by Miranda July. I’ve always been amazed by July’s simultaneously heartfelt and gut-wrenching storytelling abilities.

  • “Koyaanisqatsi” cant stop thinking of it. I think thats the best how a creation (the movie) can affect the mind. It’s so freakin true and inspiring.

  • enter the void

    i’d love the book

  • Bailey


  • Tree of Life!

  • vanessa

    oooh! bring me the head of alfredo garcia!!! from the 70ies.. only watched it a few weeks ago, mindblowing!
    happy wishes from germany

  • Chelsea

    Black Swan. It blew my mind in the way that it was completely intense, and drew you into the main characters mind the whole way through. The music was haunting and really brought out the psychological horror. Many scenes will be forever stuck in people’s minds!

  • Sophia

    I’m young. I just saw the Shining. I pissed my pants; I was so fricken scared.

  • Sophia

    I’m young so I’m a little late on 70’s movies…

    So… I just saw The Shining.

    Maybe I pissed my pants I was so scared.

  • Sophia

    Ok awesome I thought there was a glitch so I reposted my first post to the best of my memory… Sorry everyone!

  • DJ

    just recently watched Old Boy… it blew my mind.

  • Alejandro

    The las scene blow my mind was from the film “Melancholia” and wa when Kristen Dunst in slow motion is runing with a tree roots in her body. Simply awesome!

  • Alejandro

    Melancholia = Kirsten Dunst runing with tree roots in her body all in slow motion, lighting, music, feeling just awesome!

  • Allie

    Tree of life was visually amazing.

  • Justina

    P.Almadovar ´The skin I live in´

  • Peter

    Guston: A life

    A documentary on Philip Guston, filmed at a gallery hosting a life long retrospective. He gives his opinion on the subject of painting, incredible. I think whats valuable here is the fact that Tomar realized that style is just yourself done well, something that he realized came easier in the sketchbooks without the stress of succumbing to the industry. As they say, when all else fails, tell the truth!

    Thanks for telling the truth Tomar, your work is inspiring.

    and I want that book really bad.

  • Peter


  • Rear Window, again!

  • The last movie that blew my mind was a documentary called “Bombay Beach” AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

  • “Seven” – David Fincher,
    Huge fan of your work, Tomer.

  • Se7en – David Fincher.
    Huge fan of your work, Tomer.

  • Valentina

    Mind Game!

  • Alex

    2001: A Space Odyssey.
    I don’t think I’ve seen anything since that can top it.

  • Andrew

    I would say “Fireworks” by takashi “beat” Kitano. A truly beautiful film. Also “Satantango” which has beautiful cinematography.

  • Robin Jordan

    My Own Private Idaho. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it but it is pretty remarkable and mind-blowing. And beautiful. Talk about first-world problems…

    • Robin Jordan

      Also, the original Lord of the Flies gave me nightmares for weeks.

  • There are a lot of movies that blew my mind and it’s hard to choose which one is the best.

    Fur, An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. Both Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr was amazing in this movie.

  • There are a lot of movies that blew my mind and it’s quite hard to tell which one is the best.

    Fur, An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus… Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. were amazing in this movie.

  • Fantastic Planet
    The Company of Wolves

  • James

    I recently saw “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey” which was a wonderful documentary. Although it wasn’t done in a particularly artistic way, it was the story that truly touched me. The story of Kevin Clash reassured me that achieving your dreams can be done through devotion and persistence. Recently whenever I find myself doubting myself, I think back to Kevin Clash’s story and try to push on through my own doubts and complete my desired goals.

  • Oscar

    the usual suspects

  • laura

    Kiss of Death…wow nick cage, wow.

  • Rare Exports

  • Great Expectations!

  • kyle

    anchorman bottled my mind.

  • “Zerkalo” by Tarkovsky.

  • Mark

    One Million Yen Girl…..

    so simple but very interesting

  • Tamas Kosa

    the last movie that blew my mind is Casanova! it was pretty sick.

    <3 thanuka

  • The farm. A documentary about an urban farm in south central los angeles that fed an entire community and was forced to shut down to make way for……….a parking lot. It wasnt the film that blew my mind but people’s complete disrespect for others and lack of any moral responsibility. Made my soul hurt.

  • I just saw the Nobuhiko Ohbayashi film “House”. It did indeed blow my mind. Such an interesting and odd movie. It inspired a lot of interesting thoughts on the origins and purpose of art, actually.

  • DRIVE by Nicolas Winding Refn with Ryan Gosling. An incredible piece of art. And, as suspected, based off of a successful novel.

  • James Rothman

    “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LIves” literally took my breath away. An extremely deep and twisted plotline, layered with some of the most interesting and beautiful shots I have seen in a while.

  • 7arek

    Incendies. One of the most powerful and stimulating films I’ve seen in a long while.

  • Catrina

    “wristcutters: a love story” .. lovely :)

  • “acid” by douglas burgdorff ( http://vimeo.com/30200297 )

  • Danielle

    Hard Candy.

  • “Enter the Void” its a visually disturbing look at the destructive powers of selling sex and drugs

  • Mesrine! Both of them! I can’t believe a guy like that actually existed.

  • Karla


  • ‘WEEKEND’ (ANDREW HAIGH) …. artistically beautiful and intelligent but most of all real.

  • Caleb Davis

    The latest movie i saw that blew my mind was: Bill Cunningham New York.

    A very informative and intriguing documentary on the late and great Bill Cunningham – photographer for the New York Times. I had never heard of him before i saw this film and it was only by the discretion of a good friend that i watch it. His discipline to go out on the chaotic streets of New York City on his bike, even at the age of 80, every day to shoot the current fashion trends he observed (with 35mm film too!) absolutely blew my mind and inspired me.
    Not only did he live in a very small studio apartment entirely full of cabinets holding his entire collection of 35mm film negatives but he also lived a very humble and simple life even when he could’ve definitely had anything he wanted.
    I now recommend this film to any of my friends whether they’re into photography or maybe just fashion itself. Great stuff.

    And thank YOU Jeff, for always sharing the best and most inspiring art.

    (p.s. Here’s the trailer for the film too if you or anyone else reading haven’t seen it and are interested: http://youtu.be/NYqiLJBXbss )

  • Take Shelter – Michael Shannon needs to win an award for his performance

  • winner not announced yet?

  • Rico Macias-Zepeda

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for sure

  • CONGRATS TO Manik Nakra.

    You have won yourself a copy of Overkill! Please check your inbox!

  • Congrats!

  • Sam

    Spider by Nash Edgerton. It may only be 9 minutes long, but if you watch it 10 times, its full length, and you’ll be in shock 20 times.

  • Zoca

    I liked The Bubble…

  • Julianna Perez

    huh…it’s hard to choose a film but i would have to say the titanic. Because it makes me think more often about things people don’t usually think about. I know many people know the titanic but i chose it because it has a close meaning on who i am as a person. sorry if i’m not making sense..it’s just i have always understood things in a different way than some people, which is strange cause i am considered “to young” to think like that :)

  • I just saw Samsara.. mindblowing!

  • Mechwi

    Holy Motors is the most brilliant film I’ve seen. Such an understanding of cinema…

  • Mr Nobody and In the mouth of madness

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