If you need a breather from the parade of Hollywood blockbusters with their formulaic plotlines and predictable characters, perhaps it’s time to move away from the well-trodden path and explore some of the quirky gems below. You might be in for the weekend of your life!
The sexually-confused protagonist and his lesbian best friend battle spurned witches and cults intent on world domination. Aided by cryptic dreams, a promiscuous blonde, a dead redhead and a pothead resident adviser, Kaboom’s beautiful cast hold the bizarre plot comfortably between the surreal and absurd. Oh, and there’s girl-on-girl and boy-on-boy action as well, just so you know.
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Assassins have never looked cooler. Reunions have never looked more inviting. High school sweethearts have never looked lovelier. Unions have never looked deadlier. Grosse Point Blank is the definition of cool if you grew up in the 80s.
Picture this: a heist gone bad, a secret 13th floor on a high rise, a hostage situation, insane descendants of Ivan the Terrible, and some of the worst fake Russian accents you’ll ever hear. Glorious, glorious mayhem ensues! Best viewed in the company of half-tipsy friends – preferably a group that has a couple of alpha males (you’ll see).
Another Earth (2011)
What if there’s another world out there, an exact mirror image of the world we live in? What if there’s two of everyone, of everything? What if this new world offers a chance of redemption for the damned? Another Earth is a wonderfully acted, powerful and thought-provoking film that is perfect for a lonely Sunday night. A sci-fi masterpiece.
An autistic bookie gets promoted to a hitman in a crime syndicate. He’s a natural, a merciless coldblooded killer. Hitman feels stressed and goes to a yoga class at the urging of a prostitute friend – and promptly falls in love with the yoga instructor. Hitman tries to get out of the game. Deadpan deliveries galore.
A small bank in a small town faces the perfect storm – each of the three tellers is planning to rob the bank on the same night!
About Time (2013)
Tissues alert! This is a love story like you’ve never seen before – one where time travel, the bond between a father and a son, and ping pong overshadows the lovely courtship between the protagonist and his love. Get ready to bawl when the son utters this sappy line to his dad, “A kiss will have to do.”
In Bruges (2008)
After a disastrous hit which led to the death of a child, two assassins are sent to an enforced vacation in Bruges to recover. This is where the tale takes multiple unpredictable twists culminating with the death of a midget. Oh, and the fat American scene – priceless!
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
The star-studded cast takes a backseat to a pair of pubescent star-crossed lovers intent on overcoming the odds, including a mighty storm.
The Jacket (2005)
This mystery-thriller-drama-sci-fi flick is arguably the most unpredictable movie of the last two decades. A returning war hero is committed to an asylum after… hang on. Let’s try that again.
A returning war hero dies after… wait a minute. That’s not right. A returning war hero saves a little girl and her mother from… sigh. This is what time travel does to a plot.
Oscar-winner Adrien Brody delivers a phenomenal performance as Gulf War vet Jack Starks, who struggles to distinguish the past, present and future. As an added bonus, the soundtrack, especially Roger Eno’s Fleeting Smile, serves as the icing to an already incredibly delicious cake.
Song of the day: Roger Eno – Fleeting Smile