To me, “weird” can often be another word for “creative,” “unique” or “unforgettable.” Each of these 5 movies lives up to one of those adjectives, and my bet is that if you give them a chance, they’ll have more of an impact on you than almost any big-budget blockbuster ever could.
Pig – When you hear this movie stars Nicolas Cage as a recluse who ventures into the city for the first time in 15 years in order to find his beloved truffle-hunting pig after she’s been nabbed in the middle of the night, you wouldn’t be blamed for assuming it’s another one of the many, many cringe-worthy, under-the-radar movies Cage has been churning out over the past few years. But then you’d be missing what Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper deemed “one of the best films of the year.” See why Cage’s performance is being hailed as the best of his career, and why Pig is holding a 96% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
Old – In this freaky thriller coming to the Box on October 19, director M. Night Shyamalan, notorious for twist endings, gives us a family on their last vacation together before the parents (Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps) divorce. But instead of making beautiful memories, they come to realize the beach they’ve found is aging them not-so-gracefully … in mere minutes.
The Green Knight – If you’re into medieval tales — especially the legends surrounding King Arthur, the knights of the Round Table, and the sword in the stone — then you can’t miss this one about Arthur’s nephew Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), who decides he’ll search for and face down the notorious Green Knight, a GIANT, in order to prove himself to his family. I never thought that mixing supernatural, fantasy, action and medieval elements could work, but work it does.
Needle in a Timestack – If you’re hoping the word “Timestack” has something to do with time travel, you’re in luck. As I always say, if there’s time travel involved, I’m here for it. Coming to Redbox On Demand on October 15 and the Box on October 19 is this story of a couple (Leslie Odom, Jr. and Cynthia Erivo) whose marriage is tested by their exes (Orlando Bloom and Freida Pinto) in the most unusual of ways.
Lamb – And finally we come to a movie I will never, ever forget. Like, 40 years from now I will turn to my husband while we’re rocking in our rocking chairs and say, “Remember that movie about the [REDACTED FOR SPOILERS]!?! Dang.” While my husband wasn’t actually a fan of this tale about remote Icelandic farmers (Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snær Guðnason) who come to care for an unusual lamb, I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s one of those movies where even if you don’t end up liking it, I think it’s worth experiencing once because it’s so original — and yes, weird — in all the best ways.