6. No Country For Old Men
Now Streaming on FilmStruck

“Both had my father in ’em . It’s peculiar. I’m older now then he ever was by twenty years. So in a sense he’s the younger man. Anyway, first one I don’t remember too well but it was about meeting him in town somewhere, he’s gonna give me some money. I think I lost it. The second one, it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin’ through the mountains of a night. Goin’ through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin’. Never said nothin’ goin’ by. He just rode on past… and he had his blanket wrapped around him and his head down and when he rode past I seen he was carryin’ fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. ‘Bout the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin’ on ahead and he was fixin’ to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold, and I knew that whenever I got there he would be there.

And then I woke up.”

For fans of: The Man Who Wasn’t There, There Will Be Blood, Fargo, existential dread.

7. All Is Lost
Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

This criminally under-seen one-man-show from A Most Violent Year director J. C. Chandor finds Robert Redford playing an aging pleasure cruiser who discovers his boat is slowly sinking. Alone on the Indian Ocean, Redford’s character must deal with the fast-rising water, and then eventually abandon ship on a raft. This is all handled with deft skill by Chandor, who is an underrated director who deserves more work. Redford is wonderful, turning in a mostly dialogue-free performance as a man dealing with the impossible over and over again. The concept of this film alone – one guy alone, at sea – sounds like it might make for a boring film, but All is Lost is anything but. This film flailed when it was first released in few theaters, with very little promotion. Now is the perfect time for an audience to discover it. 

For fans of: Cast Away, Moon, Locke, Robert Redford aging like a fine wine.

8. The Future
Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

Miranda July writes, directs and stars in this very odd, yet very memorable indie comedy. The Future focuses on a young, hipster-esque couple (July and Hamish Linklater) who really need to get their shit together. Like, seriously. The couple decide to adopt a cat (named Paw Paw) from a shelter, but while they wait to finally go through with the adoption, their lives change considerably, and not for the better. The Future is definitely not going to be a film for everybody, and the narrative goes down some very…unexpected paths. I know for a fact that the way the film handles the cat subplot is going to upset, and possibly infuriate a few people (like it did me!). That said, this is another unique work of art from July, who makes movies unlike anyone else. I don’t know if she’ll ever make a film again, but if she does, I’ll be first in line to see it.

For fans of: Me and You and Everyone We Know, and that’s it really. There aren’t too many films to compare this to. It’s weird! 

9. Pi
Now Streaming on Shudder

Requiem for a Dream filmmaker Darren Aronofsky burst onto the scene with this grungy, unsettling, mind-blowing debut that makes math seem terrifying. Sean Gullette plays a math genius who is trying to build a supercomputer that might help predict the stock market. Instead, he stumbles upon something that might have biblical (we’re talking Old Testament here) connotations. Shot in a murky black and white that makes everything look ancient and bombed-out, Pi is a slow descent into insanity that gets weirder and weirder as the clock ticks on. Also, there’s a scene where someone finds a human brain just chilling in the subway.

For fans of: Eraserhead, Black Swan, mother!, 3.14159.

10. Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary
Now Streaming on Shudder

One of my personal favorite horror movies has its own making-of documentary! This doc from John Campopiano and Justin White is a little rough around the edges – it’s not the most polished documentary you’ll see, that’s for sure – but it’s still a pretty neat journey through both Stephen King’s terrifying novel, and Mary Lambert’s spooky 1989 film adaptation. There are interviews with some of the cast and crew here, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of Pet Sematary being made. If you’re a fan of the film, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is a must-watch.

For fans of: Pet Sematary, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, covering your eyes when Zelda appears on screen.

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