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Alex K.
11-26-2011, 08:43 AM
Not looking for films that put you to sleep, just anything that comes to mind while not being able to sleep.

Nightmare City aka City of the Walking Dead is one I go to.

That and not a film but an episode of the Ren & Stimpy show, Insomniac ren http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv2LCSJcDaE

Ian Jane
11-26-2011, 11:03 AM
Trailer comps always do it for me when I can't sleep, cause I don't really have to pay that much attention to them and then I don't feel bad if I actually get to sleep while they're playing. Otherwise, if I watch something I have to pay attention to my brain won't slow down and I'll wind up not sleeping at all. And that sucks.

Todd Jordan
11-26-2011, 06:54 PM
If I can't sleep and don't want to sleep? Is that the question? If so, I can't think of a time when that's happened. If I can't get to sleep trailer comps or shows like Robot Chicken/Aqua Teen Hunger Force/Family Guy help. Like Ian said, something that doesn't require much paying attention too.

Mark Tolch
11-26-2011, 06:56 PM
I'm with Todd on ATHF. If I have to pay attention, I feel bad.

Horace Cordier
11-26-2011, 07:24 PM
Tv on dvd usually - and something I've seen plenty of times so it doesn't feel like I have to pay attention. Old HUNTER episodes, THE TWILIGHT ZONE and CHARLIE'S ANGELS episodes are the default options for me.

Terry C
11-27-2011, 04:40 AM
Looking at the index I thought this was going to say 'Perfect movies to watch with a date'. Then I was going to say Possession, duh!

Alex K.
02-06-2012, 12:09 AM
Just going through old posts out of boredom and I'm horribly disappointed that no one has mentioned Chasing Sleep: http://www.hulu.com/watch/182076/chasing-sleep

Ian Jane
02-06-2012, 09:53 AM
Too obvious! ;)

paul h.
02-06-2012, 08:17 PM
While I think it's actually a brilliant film, BLADE RUNNER often does the trick, whether I'm trying to go to sleep or not. The soundtrack be hypmotyzin' me.

Dom D
02-07-2012, 01:29 AM
Most Eastern European art films. I defy anyone to get through Stalker without drifting off at some point.

Ian Jane
02-07-2012, 09:51 AM
While I think it's actually a brilliant film, BLADE RUNNER often does the trick, whether I'm trying to go to sleep or not. The soundtrack be hypmotyzin' me.

There was a period in my life not all that long ago that when I couldn't sleep I'd put that on. 99% of the time it did the trick. A lot of Vangelis' stuff does that.

Mark C.
02-07-2012, 02:23 PM
Even though I'm a huge fan of Uncle Jess Franco, owning over 60 of his dvds, I find some of his more sexier rompish films really good medicine for a sleepless night. Those long static shots of Lina's pubes, or other such shots lull me into a trance and then soon sleep.

Todd Jordan
02-07-2012, 06:05 PM
Pop in Jean Rollin's Shiver of the Vampires. I loved it but it put me to sleep three nights in a row.

paul h.
02-07-2012, 06:38 PM
Most Eastern European art films. I defy anyone to get through Stalker without drifting off at some point.

Again, I like this movie, but I usually drift off....

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41U2soHfsVL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Ian Jane
02-07-2012, 06:47 PM
Good call. Tried watching it a few times, have never finished it.

Goldberg
02-08-2012, 06:39 AM
Antonioni films like L'AVENTURA are trance/sleep inducing, took me three tries before I could watch it..

Alot of those hoity-toity modern art films are sleep inducing, try Bela Tarr, Phillipe Garrel or Achitpaptpong Weerasikuul. Usually when I got to see films like that I drink a V Energy drink.

Robin Bougie
02-08-2012, 07:51 AM
I have two GO-TO insomnia movies, and oddly they are both from 1995.

AMERICAN BUFFALO
and
THE WIFE

They're really great movies that everyone here should see, but they are also very talky character-driven films that take place mostly in one room -- and that makes for a good slow burn and possible sleepies.

The Silly Swede
02-08-2012, 10:33 AM
Which one of Solaris and Stalker or whatever is it that has a 10 minute silent POV buss/car ride in the beginning? That one always makes me give up. I dont think I have ever finnished it.

Randy G
02-11-2012, 03:49 AM
That's in Solaris. I love that movie but it is epically slow for sure.

Dom D
02-11-2012, 06:20 AM
I've not seen Solaris but Stalker has a silent train/cart/wierd-rail-thing journey that goes on for fucking ever as well. I don't get it.

Jeremy Cline
02-15-2012, 07:17 PM
John Carpenter's The Fog. Something about the score and those waves knocks me right out. Stevie Wayne is my Sandman, with a great rack.

Todd Jordan
02-15-2012, 07:26 PM
She sure does. And we should all thank her for posing nude when she was young.

Newt Cox
02-16-2012, 02:37 AM
The Doors

I have never managed to finish watching it. Every time I watch it I end up falling asleep.

paul h.
02-26-2012, 03:29 PM
Inception.