6. Deadwax
Now Streaming on Shudder

Release Date: 2018

Genre: Horror series

Director: Graham Reznick

Cast: Hannah Gross, Evan Gamble, Ted Raimi, Yuki Sakamoto

Deadwax is a quick, creepy horror series exclusive to Shudder. Each episode runs about 10-14 minutes, which means the show never drags, never overstays its welcome, and always leaves you wanting more. Hannah Gross is a vinyl tracker hoping to find a record created by legendary sound engineer Lyle M. Lytton. The LP has developed an infamous reputation – anyone who listens to it either goes crazy, or dies. Creepy, clever, and often surprising, Deadwax is a breeze to watch, and features an exceptional performance from Mindhunter‘s Gross.

For fans of: In The Mouth of Madness, The Ninth GateCigarette Burns, cursed objects.

 

7. Sorry To Bother You
Now Streaming on Hulu

Release Date: 2018

Genre: Dark Comedy

Director: Boots Riley

Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer

Boots Riley’s gonzo satire hits Hulu this week, so why not gather your family around the TV after Thanksgiving, and teach them about anti-capitalism?! Trailers sold Sorry to Bother You as a weird, quirky comedy – but there’s a lot more going on here. Lakeith Stanfield gets a job as a telemarketer, and rises through the ranks when he starts using a “white voice.” But the company he works for is up to more than meets the eye, and as Stanfield’s character gets drawn further into the lavish lifestyle being offered him, he alienates people from his past, including his artist girlfriend, played by Tessa Thompson. This all builds to a twist so flat-out-strange that it might literally break your damn brain. Bonus: Armie Hammer, snorting lots of coke.

For fans of: Get OutBlindspottingPutney Swope, horses.

 

8. Quick Change
Now Streaming on FilmStruck

Release Date: 1990

Genre: Comedy

Director: Howard Franklin and Bill Murray

Cast: Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Jason Robards

Quick Change is one of Bill Murray‘s best movies, even though it isn’t brought up as much as some of his other work. The film portrays New York City as a hellscape that’s nearly impossible to escape, throwing one hectic situation after another at the main characters. At the start of the film, three thieves – played by Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid – pull off a bank robbery. The robbery goes surprisingly well, but getting away proves to be exceedingly difficult. Quick Change isn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as some of Murray’s other early comedies, but it’s incredibly compelling. You find yourself glued to the screen, hoping these three hapless crooks can just make it the hell out of the Big Apple.

For fans of: Dog Day AfternoonScroogedBroken Flowers, crying on the inside.

 

9. Hearts Beat Loud
Now Streaming on Kanopy

Release Date: 2018

Genre: Indie musical-comedy

Director: Brett Haley

Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette

Droll record store owner Nick Offerman is in a rut, and not quite ready to send his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) off to college. On a whim, the two end up recording an incredibly catchy song together – and start to consider starting a band. Now, Clemons’ character has to decide if she wants to give up her college dreams to stay behind for the band, and her new girlfriend (Sasha Lane). There’s a lot of predictable quirky indie moments in Hearts Beat Loud, but the film excels thanks to the performances from Offerman and Clemons. Offerman brings just the right mix of bitterness and pathos to his part, and Clemons is wonderful as the conflicted daughter. Best of all: the song that gives the film its name is dynamite, and sure to get lodged in your head.

For fans of: High FidelitySing StreetLittle Miss Sunshine,

 

10. The Rules of Attraction
Now Streaming on Hulu

Release Date: 2002

Genre: Dark Comedy

Director: Roger Avary

Cast: James van der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Kip Pardue

American Psycho is, without question, the best movie adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis novel. But The Rules of Attraction, which feels mostly forgotten, is quite good as well. This bleak, darkly comedic ensemble is set at a fictional college in New Hampshire. There, several students interact with each other, while existing in their own bubble. James van der Beek – yes, Dawson himself – delivers a surprisingly great performance as the apathetic Sean Bateman (brother of serial killer Patrick Bateman), who screws his way through college, unconcerned with the consequences. Sean catches the eye of bisexual Paul (Ian Somerhalder), while lusting himself after Lauren (Shannyn Sossamon), a virgin saving herself for her someone else. What makes Rules of Attraction so memorable is the way the multiple storylines unfold, in a Pulp Fiction-like manner, with moments doubling-back on themselves.

For fans of: American PsychoGoPulp Fiction, Fred Savage cameos.

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