Apophenic Adventures

ap·​o·​phe·​nia | \ ˌa-pə-ˈfē-nē-ə \ : the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)
What psychologists call apophenia—the human tendency to see connections and patterns that are not really there—gives rise to conspiracy theories.


The best made-up subgenre (if not necessarily the best films)? I've been thinking a lot about this lately, partially because of something I'm writing, and these articles. Also this passage from The Prison-House of Language by Frederic Jameson:

The deeper justification for the use of the linguistic model or metaphor [Jameson is writing about the 'linguistic turn' in 20th-century philosophy, specifically Structuralism] must, I think, be sought elsewhere, outside the claims and counterclaims for scientific…

  • Angel City
  • The Aviator's Wife
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Blow-Up
  • Blue Dream
  • Blue Velvet
  • Chain Letters
  • Chan Is Missing
  • Cold Weather
  • The Confabulators
  • Cosmopolis
  • Cosmos
  • Cutter's Way
  • Death and the Compass
  • Extraordinary Stories
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Fay Grim
  • The Foreigner
  • For the Plasma
  • Frames
  • Happy Here and Now
  • Illumination
  • Inherent Vice
  • Invasion
  • It Don't Pay to Be an Honest Citizen
  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  • La Flor
  • Love at Large
  • The Man Without a Map
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • The Missing Girl
  • Neighboring Sounds
  • Notes on an Appearance
  • Ostende
  • Out 1
  • The Parallax View
  • Paris Belongs to Us
  • Pi
  • Le Pont du Nord
  • The Red Spectacles
  • Repo Man
  • Rupture
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • Scenes from the Life of a Detective
  • Signs & Wonders
  • The Sentinel
  • Sleepwalk
  • Slow Machine
  • Southland Tales
  • The Spider's Stratagem
  • Sudden Manhattan
  • Trixie
  • Twin Peaks
  • Under the Silver Lake
  • Variety
  • Vortex
  • Who Was Edgar Allan?
  • Winter Kills
  • Zig~Zag