6. Christine
Now Streaming on Netflix

Release Date: 2016

Genre: Biographical drama

Director: Antonio Campos

Cast: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, J. Smith-Cameron, John Cullum, Timothy Simons

No, not the killer car one. Christine chronicles the true story of Christine Chubbuck, a television reporter who killed herself live on the air. Christine takes a few liberties with the true story, and it’s not even the best movie made about Chubbuck (that would be Robert Greene’s incredible Kate Plays Christine). But what Christine does have is Rebecca Hall, an actress in a class of her own. Hall doesn’t just play characters, she embodies them, almost painfully so. And that’s certainly true here, as she plays Christine as a lonely, mentally unwell individual spiraling out of control. Christine is worth seeing for Hall’s performance alone.

For fans of: Kate Plays ChristineNetworkCertain Women, Rebecca Hall giving a performance so good it leaves you stunned.


7. Thelma
Now Streaming on Hulu

Release Date: 2017

Genre: Foreign language supernatural drama

Director: Joachim Trier

Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

This eerie, haunting, slightly hokey drama from Joachim Trier focuses on Thelma (Eili Harboe), a college student who leaves home for university and falls in love with another girl. The romance has an unpredictable side-effect: it unleashes supernatural powers within Thelma. This is a film that’s constantly playing games with the audience – it takes a long time for us to catch onto Thelma’s true nature, and that’s part of the fun of the film. Ultimately, Thelma is an icy, stylish horror-drama that will inevitably get a pointless American remake.

For fans of: CarriePersonal ShopperThe Midnight Swim, genuinely surprising twists.


8. Mars Attacks!
Now Streaming on FilmStruck

Release Date: 1996

Genre: Sci-fi comedy full of death

Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Lukas Haas, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown

Tim Burton‘s surprisingly mean-spirited Mars Attacks! exists for one reason: to kill famous people in comically macabre ways. Burton stacks the film with a star-studded cast, then has them bumped off one by one by ghoulish, cartoonish alien invaders. I’ll admit to being turned-off by Mars Attacks! when I first saw it in 1996, but the film has grown on me. For one thing, it’s a Tim Burton movie where Burton isn’t on autopilot, going through the usual motions. For another, there’s just something morbidly funny about all the chaos and carnage Burton conjures up here. It’s hard to not like a movie that features a scene where aliens keep repeating, “Don’t not run, we are your friends!” while their in the middle of turning people into skeletons with laser guns.

For fans of: Beetlejuice, GremlinsPlan 9 From Outer Space, the acting skills of Tom Jones.  


9. Finders Keepers
Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix 

Release Date: 2015

Genre: Documentary

Director: Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel

Cast: John Wood, Shannon Whisnant

Finders Keepers follows a story that’s almost too strange to be true. But it is true. One day, self-styled entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant purchased a grill. Inside the grill, he made a shocking discovery: a mummified human leg. The leg belonged to John Wood, and when Wood found out Whisnant had his missing limb, he asked for it back. Now, if this happened to you, you might kindly hand the leg over. But Whisnant had other things in mind, leading to a battle between the two men. If this all sounds crazy, it is. But Finders Keepers chronicles it all in a funny, surprising way. A lesser film would’ve ended up involving nothing more than the directors pointing and laughing at their odd subjects. But Finders Keepers finds just the right balance to discover the honest humanity lurking beneath this very, very weird story.

For fans of: The King of KongWinnebago ManAmerican Movie, unexpected discoveries.


10. Operation Avalanche
Now Streaming on Shudder

Release Date: 2016

Genre: “Found Footage”

Director: Matt Johnson

Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Andy Appelle

Did you know the moon landing was faked? It wasn’t, of course, but that’s the set-up of the very clever found footage thriller Operation Avalanche. In the film, two agents from the CIA’s AV department infiltrate NASA in 1969, and get roped into helping stage a fake moon landing in the process. Operation Avalanche starts off on a lighthearted, comical note, and director Matt Johnson finds many ways to stage funny scenarios about the out-of-their-depth agents trying to find ways to make their fake moon landing look real. But eventually, the film slowly pulls the rug out from the audience and turns into something much darker.

For fans of: The Parallax ViewCapricorn OneLunopolis, cameo appearances from Stanley Kubrick.

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