The Oily Maniac (1976)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

The Shaw Brothers made this absolutely bonkers horror / action flick years before The Toxic Avenger. It is even more gloriously ridiculous than Toxie. You might just enjoy this movie so much you have to own the collectible vinyl figure (it ain’t cheap though).

Import Blu-ray available from 88 Films.

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Hotel Mumbai (2018)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

This is a surprisingly well-constructed dramatization of the 2008 terror attacks. It does not pull any punches, so be prepared for a lot of graphic violence. The bloodshed is balanced with mostly-believable human stories. Hotel Mumbai manages to shine some light on a story that I didn’t know nearly enough about before watching.

Available on Blu-ray from Universal.

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Duck, You Sucker (1971)

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Aka A Fistful of Dynamite – this is an entertaining Sergio Leone action movie with some interesting alterations from his Clint Eastwood features. James Coburn is great in the lead role. I suspect that Al Pacino in Scarface was just doing an imitation of Rod Steiger’s Juan Miranda character here. This one also has cult movie hero David Warbeck (The Beyond, Twins of Evil) in it, which is fantastic bonus.

Blu-ray available from Kino Lorber.

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Quick Drama / Arthouse List for Kanopy & HBO

I was working on a less cult film-oriented list for someone, and it didn’t end up panning out. Why not share the goods with you then, right? All titles are linked to imdb.

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NOTE: Sorry, a lot of titles expired since I first posted this. The list was updated 6.1.20.

Kanopy (more info here)

Dogtooth*

Melancholia (also on Hulu)

The Sacrifice*

The Wages of Fear* (also on HBO Max)

*Also currently available on The Criterion Channel

HBO Platforms

American Splendor

Empire of the Sun

Glengary Glen Ross

My Dinner With Hervé

Punch-Drunk Love

Now you can tell your Mom you saw a “real” movie. -Jonathan

Starred Up (2013)

Streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

Here’s a high quality, brutal English prison film. Action and drama are both highlighted, and well done. The seasoned criminal father is played by Ben Mendelsohn (pictured above right), who is good in everything I’ve ever seen him in. When it’s over you’ll have gotten your violence jollies, and also be able to stroke your chin whilst pontificating on the ills of the penal system.

Not available on domestic Blu-ray.

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Let the Right One In (2008)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

Most seasoned horror nerds have seen this already. However if you’re 21 right now, you were only around 9 when it was released. Also good spooky movie choices on Hulu are few and far between. If you happened to have missed this one, get on it. Let the Right One In is a very artistic and emotional vampire movie of the highest order. The film is deliberately paced, so watch with some patience.

Available on Blu-ray from Magnolia.

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Goya’s Ghosts (2006)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

Most people missed that the director behind One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest made a very good historical drama revolving around “the father of modern art” Francisco Goya. It stars Stellan Skarsgård, Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, and Randy “Cannibal Father Knows Best” Quaid. As I often say, it isn’t perfect. However Goya’s Ghosts is a solid choice if you’re looking for a movie off the beaten path.

Blu-ray available from Samuel Goldwyn Films.

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Quick Amazon Prime List

I have an overflow of movies on Prime that I’m not going to get around to recommending individually. I know some of you out there have tomorrow off for Memorial Day so, stay up late and watch a weird movie. All titles are linked to their imdb pages.

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The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

Dead and Buried (1981 – The version with no cover art is 1080p HD.)

Death Walks on High Heels (1971)

The Driller Killer (1979 – The more colorful cover is a restored 1080p HD version.)

A Field in England (2013)

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Southern Comfort (1981)

The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976 – The version with no cover art is 1080p HD.)

The Wailing (2016)

Witchhammer (1970)

Happy viewing. -Jonathan

Inferno (1980)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

This is one of my favorite Dario Argento films, and is arguably his weirdest. The movie also features some of his most memorable set pieces, so buckle up if you’ve never seen it before. The key to truly appreciating Inferno is to keep in mind that it’s intentionally constructed using dream / nightmare logic. I saw a film screening of this once and someone near me kept making self-righteous noises any time something illogical happened. That jerk missed out on a really special experience. This movie has a few flaws, but you’ll forgive them in the end… unless you’re a jerk.

Blu-ray available from Blue Underground.

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Border (2018)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

The fact that this exists gives me hope for the future of film. The less you know about it, the better. It is Anomalous Cinema in almost every possible way.

Available on Blu-ray from Universal.

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