Staff Picks 2018: Weirdest Movie

 

I don’t really think we need an intro for this one, but here it is: These movies are weird. Very weird. Good weird. But still weird. Don’t act surprised if you see one of these movies, and think, “Hm, that was a little weird.” Cause they are weird. You get it.

Border

Border

I don’t want to spoil this movie, because the weirdness is the best surprise. Just watch, avoid the inclination to pause, and accept the fact that some genitals are pure magic. —Emily Figueroa

Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

In a year where Yorgos Lathinmos releases a film— even his most accessible one to date— for any other film to win this award speaks volumes to its inherent weirdness. For first time director Boots Riley, this seems to be an area in which he thrives. Sorry to Bother You starts out ordinarily enough, almost as if it wants to lull the viewer into a relaxed state, by masquerading as a modernized and stylish version of Office Space. Then Riley starts peeling back the layers through observationally funny and very odd quirks. The weirder the film gets, the more it comments on capitalism, classism, and racism; the way Riley embraces the absolute chaos by the end of the second half drives his points home with a very in-your-face attitude. Supporting an exceedingly clever script, terrific casting, and fearless direction, this insanity works to mesmerizing effect, and cements the film as one of the most unforgettable entries of 2018. —Michael Murphy

Mandy

Mandy

Weird is to Nic Cage as wet is to water. What’s weird about his latest genre-blurring feature isn’t necessarily the subject matter (Cage has set a standard running the gamut of crack, coke, and meta-performance). It’s that Mandy manages to weave together a bunch of wild shit— cannibal cults, biker gangs, LSD, and most importantly, a Cheddar Goblin— into a narrative that stays vulnerable and gentle at its core. Mandy is visceral and stylistic, but still human, which for an experimental film feels almost outlandish. —Bessie Rubenstein

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The weirdest film of the year for me was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Don’t get me wrong though— this movie was weird in a good way. Spider-Verse is a great film for fans of comic books and animated movies, because the animations actually resemble the art of the classic Spider-Man comics. Consequently, the action scenes are characterized by animated figures fighting against kaleidoscopic backdrops, with rapid-fire captions like “Wham!” and “Pow!” The plot follows a group of villains (led by Kingpin) who open different dimensions, inadvertently allowing various iterations of Spider-Man into modern New York City. These multiple Spider-Men (which include a 1950s detective and a talking pig) must team up in order to stop the world from being destroyed by Kingpin’s particle accelerator. It’s a pretty standard superhero story, but the unique animation, awesome soundtrack, and well-developed characters make Spider-Verse standout from any other film I saw this year. —Emma Steiner

Mandy

Mandy

Mandy is hard to describe, so here’s just a list of all the weird stuff in it:

  1. Nicolas Cage

  2. A cult (more specifically, Children of the New Dawn)

  3. Demonic biker gangs

  4. An LSD and wasp venom cocktail

  5. A freshly forged battle axe

  6. Some animated visions

  7. A one-on-one chainsaw fight to the death

  8. Decapitation, crushed skulls, stabbings, and smoldering bodies

  9. Some of the best cinematography and visual effects of the year

  10. SO MANY COLORS

    —David Merkle


To check out our upcoming Staff Picks— including Worst Movie of the Year and Cultural Movie Nobody Saw— check the Staff Picks 2018 page under the Opinion tab!

 
 
Besties Staff