6. Voyeur
Now Streaming on Netflix

If you’re in the mood for a documentary that makes you want to shout in disbelief at your TV, look no further than Voyeur – a weird, creepy, funny expose of two very different men. One is acclaimed writer Gay Talese, who is a wizard with the printed word but apparently not so great at fact checking. The other is Gerald Foos, an unapologetically disturbing individual who bought a motel with the strict intent to use it to spy on his customers. Foos installed dummy vents above all the rooms, then, would hide out in an attic crawl space above the motel, peeping down at his guests.

This behavior was strange enough on its own, but even stranger was Foos’ urge to spill the beans about what he did. That’s where Talese comes in – Foos reached out to the prolific writer with the hopes that Talese would write a story about him. The story blossomed into a book – and then things got even weirder, when it began to be revealed that a lot of details in Foos’ story just weren’t adding up. The end result is a fascinating documentary filled with moments that will make you cringe and wonder just how the hell any of this happened.

For fans of: Body DoublePeeping Tom, Gay Talese’s impeccable suits.

7. Certified Copy
Now Streaming on FilmStruck

The late Abbas Kiarostami helmed this 2010 drama, a film that plays by its own rules as it draws you deeper into its journey. A writer (William Shimell) on a book tour in Tuscany meets a French woman (Juliette Binoche), and the two embark on a countryside drive.

Are they strangers, or have they actually known each other their whole lives? Part of the fun of Certified Copy is trying to figure out just what’s going on between these two characters: are they playing some elaborate mind game, or has the audience instead been sucked into some sort of alternative reality? There are no easy answers, and it almost doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that this is a profound, dreamy film that you can’t help but get caught up in. It’s almost as if Kiarostami somehow condensed all three of Richard Linklater’s Before… films into one neat narrative.

For fans of: The Before… Trilogy, Three Colors: Blue, a dream within a dream.

8. Anomalisa
Now Streaming on Hulu

If you’ve ever thought, “I’m in the mood to watch stop-motion puppets engage in cunnilingus!”, here’s a movie for you: Anomalisa. This strange, sad, unclassifiable animated movie from Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman features the voice of David Thewlis as an author who ends up in a brief affair with a lonely woman (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh).

There’s a lot more going on here, but I don’t really want to give it away. I will tell you, however, that the film is one of the best of the last decade – a melancholy and distinct journey through shame, neurosis and the mundane side-effects of life. Also, as previously mentioned, there’s some puppet sex.

For fans of: Synecdoche, New YorkAdaptation, the soothing voice of Tom Noonan.


9. We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea
Now Streaming On Shudder

If you’re looking for something quick and creepy, check out this 22 minute short ghost story now streaming on Shudder, from writer-director Sean Hogan. Christmas may be technically over, but the holiday season is still lingering on like an unquiet spirit, which makes this Christmas-themed creeper an ideal watch.

A lonely, drunken man (Billy Clarke) finds his quiet Christmas season by the sea interrupted when his long-lost daughter (Jamie Birkett) turns up unexpectedly. What follows is a slow-burn yet quickly resolved story that packs enough of an unsettling punch to have a lasting effect. And best of all: at 22 minutes, We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea never overstays its welcome.

For fans of: The InnocentsThe Changeling, jump-scare-free ghost stories.

10. Monster Trucks
Now Streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video

Yes, I really am recommending Monster Trucks. That’s right, the dumb-looking movie about a Lovecraftian squid-monster who learns how to power a truck. Look, is Monster Trucks high-art? Absolutely not. But it’s also never boring, and there’s a weird charm to the whole thing that makes it a bit of a must-see. Also, the monster – a constantly grinning blob named Creech – is adorable.

Lucas Till plays the world’s oldest high school boy, who finds himself caught up in an E.T.-style adventure when he befriends a monster that a group of shady businessmen want to destroy. Along the way, Till teams up with a bookworm, played by Jane Levy. Barry Pepper, Rob Lowe, Thomas Lennon, and Mindhunter breakout Holt McCallany all show up as well. As does Amy Ryan, who has exactly two scenes, one of which is completely silent as she stands by a mailbox and waves. I hope she got paid a lot.

Monster Trucks won’t be your favorite movie, but it’s going to entertain you, whether you want to admit it or not. So give it a chance! You might be surprised. Long live Creech.

For fans of: E.T.The Iron Giant, microwave hot wings.

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