#1 VAMPIRE CLAY-A weird & whimsical blend of ’80s slasher & Raimisploitation. Gooey & gory; terrific midnight movie. Read my full review here!
#2 THOROUGHBREDS-Stylish but indulgent rich kid fantasy. Yelchin shines, laughs, but thinks it’s more profound than it is. Read Nathan Smith’s take here!
#3 RIFT-?Cheap scares hamper a rather compelling—and beautifully shot—supernatural-ish relationship drama.
#4 LET THE CORPSES TAN-A gangbusters soundtrack & healthy leather fetish propel this greasy, grimy neo-spaghetti western.
#5 KING COHEN– Funny, charming, & inspiring look at the career of a Daily Grindhouse
favorite. Will make you want to make movies. Watch Matt Wedge’s interview with Cohen and the film’s director, Steve Mitchell here!
#6 BAT PUSSY-Always a pleasure to enjoy that sleazy Something Weird aesthetic. Nasty & funny regional XXX parody.
#7 MANIAC COP 2-A serious dose of nostalgia for my late night cable obsessed adolescence. Terrific fun on the big screen.
#9 BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99– Walter Hill simplicity & gangbusters ultra violence are terrific; takes so damn long to get somewhere meaningful.
#10 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL-A wry sense of humor & colorful costumes help propel this beautiful & ultraviolet samurai tale.
#11 TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE-A delightfully sleazy & silly lost Ed Wood film. Lots of scantily clad, beautiful women. Swingin’! Check out my piece on the Something Weird aesthetic!
#12 GERALD’S GAME-A gallows sense of humor helps this gruesome, compelling, & clever adaptation from getting too bleak. Matt Wedge reviews the film here.
#13 GILBERT-A funny look at the life & career of Gilbert Gottfried, who informed my love of genre film with USA Up All Night.
#14 ANYAB-The “Egyptian ROCKY HORROR” blends Batman ’66, Bowie & a foxy cast with terrific tunes into wonderful weirdness. Read my full review here!
#15 TOP KNOT DETECTIVE-Superbly executed and very funny mockumentary riff on weirdo Japanese TV & true crime documentary. Read my full review here.
#16 MY FRIEND DAHMER-Compelling performances & period detail sell this challenging, sad & even funny character study. Read Nathan Smith’s take here!
#17 3FT BALL & SOULS-A very clever and whimsical mediation on suicide, empathy, & anxiety. Funny & engaging.
#18 REVENGE-Stylish & bloody rape revenge thriller, but ultimately empty.
#19 V.I.P.-Stylishly shot, compelling tough-guy procedural thriller with a cool score & healthy nihilism.
#20 DARKLAND-Strong character beats lend gravitas to this good looking revenge drama.
#21 FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSELLIES-Ultra-cool costuming, art design, & photography elevate this South African neo-Western.
#22 78/52-Great interview subjects elevate this doc about a famous film sequence Cool, laser focused film history class. Read my review here!
#23 DOWNSIZING-A charming cast sells this sweet & silly, high concept meditation on finding ones purpose in life.
Until next year…
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