FILM BIZARRO'S BEST OF 2013
(Posted: 28 December 2013)


Another year in the shitter. We're about the same people we were a year ago, but certain movies have came into our lives since. We're not talking about another "Hobbit" or those Wall Street people, but stuff that actually matters to us. This year we've yet again changed some awards - we realized we only want awards that will be possible to fill every year. Unfortunately "Mindfuck of the Year", "Sleaze of the Year" and "Most Visually Interesting" are three that we've struggled with previously, so we decided they shouldn't be on here. They're too specific, so away they went! Another one we got rid of was "Biggest Disappointments" - it's just too negative for a Best of-list, especially since we usually make a Worst list (this year we did it on Facebook and Twitter). We did, however, add one Worst award, and that is for posters. Why? Because ugly posters can be extremely amusing and fascinating.

Enough about that, here is our BEST OF 2013, starting with our TOP 30 and followed by the other awards!


#30


PURGATORIUM
Director: Travis B. Miller

Travis Miller's first feature film, "Bloodstained Romance", (at least I believe it was first) was rough but showed a lot of promise. "Purgatorium", however, is an excellent demonstration of what Miller is capable of producing and why I think he is going to become a unique voice in the world of low-budget and indie horror movies. Feeling inspired from the television series "The Twilight Zone", Miller's film about a group of strangers being trapped in a house is uniquely engaging through the atmosphere in the story. It's a mystery where you stop trying to figure it out and just enjoy watching it as it unfolds in a style that's been rightly dubbed as horror-noir.

#29


ANIMOSITY
Director: Brendan Steere

Playing on some familiar horror and thriller territories, "Animosity" manages to bring many of its aspects under new lights. What could have been a completely flat and predictable thriller became an experience keeping you on your guard while trying to make sense of things (in a good way). Definitely not a perfect movie, but it's a fresh take on subgenres we personally enjoy. Mixing "Pet Sematary" with the mysterious atmosphere and puzzle of "Resolution", there's plenty of goodness to get out of this thrilling piece. Keeping it all the more entertaining are all of the colorful characters. There are plenty of them, but each one seems to fill an important part, and most importantly we want to see what happens to them.

#28


QUITE A CONUNDRUM
Director: Thomas L. Phillips

We're huge fans of Thomas L. Phillips' cult movie "Special Dead", so it's with joy we're able to say he delivered with his dark indie flick "Quite a Conundrum". Stepping away from the zombies and gore, this movie delivers a ton of twists, eccentric characters and bittersweetness. Going from wit and wackiness to total personal destruction and angst towards its end, the movie is far from a single-lane road. It doesn't require you too think, but the more heart you put into it and its characters, the bigger is the reward. "Quite a Conundrum" also sees Erin Cline and Emily Rogers in two great roles, equally important to keeping the movie as fun as it is. "Quite a Conundrum" could have became just another indie title, but it's dark and entertaining enough to push its way to every reviewer's attention.

#27


LOCAL LEGENDS
Director: Matt Farley

I have hated everything Matt Farley has been involved with up until now. Imagine my shock when I didn't just love "Local Legends", but considered it for the Best of 2013 list! Yes, Matt Farley's strength happened to be that he is an artist and filmmaker, and that he decided to make a movie about himself. This is equally stupid as other efforts he wrote/produced/starred in, but its within smaller frames, and keeps itself closer to reality. Fellow independent filmmakers will recognize themselves here, but I can't help but envy Matt Farley's passion and love for what he does and everyone who is vaguely curious about his work. This is truly an important film about a struggling artist, and I would never have expected that from this guy. It's hard to forget about several bad movies, but "Local Legends" made that incredibly easy for me.

#26


PIECES OF TALENT
Director: Joe Stauffer

Joe Stauffer and David Long's film, "Pieces of Talent" came as a great surprise this year. While the trailer was enticing, it was easy to assume it would be typical low-budget horror fodder. That was not the case at all with the movie, as it is an intelligently and cleverly written piece about obsession and revenge. It's an interesting movie where even the gore and death scenes feel less exploitive and more like an integral part of a story of an artist who goes to great lengths to create his masterpiece. There's a unique style to the movie within the movie that allows "Pieces of Talent" to stand out from the flooded market of low-budget and indie horror movies.

#25


THE RAMBLER
Director: Calvin Reeder

A lot of people that have seen "The Rambler" might stop reading this list here. People seem to hate this movie with a passion! Personally I couldn't believe my luck when a movie I knew nothing about threw me into a roller coaster ride of psychological terror, gooey violence/effects and bad taste comedy. It doesn't seem to give a fuck about anything - yes, it's randomness but it differs from many "trying-too-hard" random movies by actually being entertaining. It's easy to be random, but to be random and actually manage to surprise is rare to me. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises is that Dermot Mulroney acts in a movie where he's puked on by a demon. If you can ignore the lack of story and just enjoy this as a twisted ride (which I luckily did) then I think you've got a weird night ahead of you.

#24


GRABBERS
Director: Jon Wright

If I say there's a movie from the UK featuring drinking, a pub, comedy and alien-like beings that came out this year, it's likely you'll think "The World's End". You wouldn't be wrong, but Ireland also came out with one - "Grabbers". Slimey monsters attack a small Irish town and the only way to survive is to stay in a pub and keep drinking. It has everything you need from a horror comedy - and the Irish touch doesn't hurt! Actually fun horror comedies have died out in the last decade, since everyone seems too busy trying to find the same special touch that "Shaun of the Dead" had, but "Grabbers" is more concerned with entertaining us. And it actually does. Imagine a comedy "Deep Rising" in a pub with drunk Irishmen.

#23


BLACKFISH
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

It was hard to find the right spot for this documentary on our list. It's reality, and it's about something very serious, so obviously it might be more important than basically the rest of the list. In the end, our main concern was that it at least on the list. Yes, "Blackfish" is just as upsetting as you have heard. It brings the brutal reality of how SeaWorld treats its animals to the surface, and features a ton of things to back up any and all facts, theories and confessions made within it. This is a perfectly executed documentary that has convinced us to never bring our future children to these places. "Blackfish" is devastating, and simply put a very important movie to watch.

#22


ONLY THE YOUNG DIE GOOD
Director: Dominic Deacon

Dominic Deacon and his producer, Anna Young, were responsible for two of our past favorites with "Bad Habits" and "Burlesque". They have come back this year with a genre film that seems only natural for them: neo-noir. Very rarely do you see low-budget indie productions take on period pieces and pull them off as successfully as "Only the Young Die Good" did. In both terms of look and feel, "Only the Young Die Good" picks up right where the classic noir films left off with a hard boiled detective exploring the seedy underbelly of a city, all thanks to a couple of dames that bring nothing but trouble. Staying true to the genre roots, the movie touches on many tropes, without feeling like clichés, while weaving a mysterious and lurid tale of sex and murder.

#21


PIETA
Director: Ki-duk Kim

We're not surprised that Ki-duk Kim returns with another emotionally powerful movie. "Pieta" tells of a mother returning to the son she abandoned. Her son has grown up into a slimebag, taking advantage of the poor by lending them money and demanding ten times as much back. The return brings a great sense of humanity and soul into an almost unbelievable story of terrible people, and it's hard not to get invested almost on a personal level. The movie would not have worked with a careless director, and luckily Ki-duk Kim brings his A game with "Pieta". It's a fine, expressive movie about human nature that helps us see emotions in the badest of people.

#20


A MEASURE OF THE SIN
Director: Jeff Wedding

It's easy to see why Jeff Wedding's "A Measure of the Sin" has quickly become the talk of the town during its festival run. To put it simply, you just don't see movies like "A Measure of the Sin" anymore. And not just because it was actually shot on film. A poetically haunting movie about a woman wanting to break free from the nightmarish world she lives in brought on by her entrapment and seclusion by a sinister man who once held her mother captive. It's surprising in it's minimalist style, "A Measure of the Sin" generates an atmosphere of despair that smothers the viewer.

#19


NANCY, PLEASE
Director: Andrew Semans

The main reason that a movie like "Nancy, Please" manages to impress me so much is because it focuses on the extreme lengths people can go for so little. The entire movie could have ended after just a few minutes if the main character put priority in rewriting the stuff in the book he lost, instead of going insane over it. But that's how life work sometimes, and "Nancy, Please" manages to make sense of that in an almost absurd way. It had me completely invested in something so trivial and I really appreciate that. It's a nice, different drama that sometimes ventures into a dark thriller, sometimes into an absurd comedy, but overall it's just a neatly packed movie about trivial obsession and personal principles.

#18


FOUND
Director: Scott Schirmer

Is this a horror movie or social commentary? Sure it brings up racism, dysfuctional families and the likes, but this is definitely a horror movie wearing the performance mask of tragedy. And quite a heavy one as well. It's disturbing, violent and provocative. It's a great addition to horror this year, which has at times seemed to be lacking in heavy-hitting punches. Though the brother wasn't a completely convincing character at times, there are few moments where this isn't a great and very intriguing movie. "Found" is a movie that is already being discussed quite a bit, and I doubt that will be stopping soon.

#17


MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH
Director: Don Thacker

When we first saw the trailer for Don Thacker's "Motivational Growth" it quickly became another anticipated title for us this year, and not just because the incomparable Jeffrey Combs was part of the cast. The insanely ambitious debut feature film not only lived up to the expectations set forth by the trailer, but went well beyond them. Dark. Funny. Disgusting. This genre bending movie about a shut-in taking motivational advice from a persuasive piece of talking fungus growing in his bathroom, is as entertaining as it is impressive.

#16


LOWLIFE
Director: Seth Smith

The more I think back on "Lowlife" since watching it at the beginning of the year, the more I enjoy how fucking weird it was. Somehow the movie makes itself feel entirely uncontrollable, and it's hard not to be slightly creeped out by such an experience. It's one of the most mind-bending, surreal movies of this year. I'm surprised how little I have heard people talk about this one so far. It's repulsive, funny, confusing, creepy and creative as all hell, and that's why it deserves this spot. It's a psychadelic drug-induced nightmare that will either throw you into a trance or keep you on the edge of your seat. Either way, if I know our readers right then it shouldn't be missed by a single one of you.

#15


STALLED
Director: Christian James

How lucky am I that I managed to register to Netflix and find this movie on there before making this list? As fans of "Freak Out" and having interviewed the director previously this year, you all should know how long we've been waiting for this movie. And boy does it deliver! It's undoubtedly one of the best zombie movies in many years because it did what most of the masterful zombie flicks did - the people and the situation are more important than the zombies. My biggest surprise is the amount of care put into our lead, to an extent where we actually can feel slightly emotionally drained (for a zombie movie!). The movie is also very funny, but somehow that seems pointless to mention when we're dealing with Christian James and Dan Palmer - have you ever seen them, heard them or read anything from them, and not been attacked by their silly wits? This bloody, funny, touching Christmas zombie movie is certainly a miracle in the dying zombie subgenre.

#14


MOTHER NATURE
Director: Johan Liedgren

A movie that felt like it came out of nowhere, Johan Liedgren's "Mother Nature" delivered a shockingly intelligent movie that explores the often unspoken insecurities of manhood. Disguising itself as the usual wilderness-thriller, Liedgren's film delves deep into the psyche of men and looks at the different parts of what social standards believe a man is. Particularly what it means to be a man as a father to a son. Unfortunately the actual thriller part of the movie doesn't live quite up to the point of the movie, but "Mother Nature" still manages to maintain style, atmosphere and tension that keeps it as interesting as its subtext.

#13


TOAD ROAD
Director: Jason Banker

Have you heard of "Toad Road"? Of course you have! With good reason. This is a rare independent arthouse film that balances between reality and fiction. The existentialism brought out in "Toad Road" is unlike any other this year, and that goes together perfectly with the slow pace because it gives you time to think over your past, present and future. The movie, which starts out as something a lot more mindless, ends up bringing up many important questions in life. Where the movie doesn't move much, it has started a whole process in its audience's mind that keeps us highly invested in this existential experience. Everyone involved have given their very best to create this movie.

#12


COYOTE
Director: Trevor Juenger

Bill Oberst Jr. leads the debut feature by experimental indie filmmaker Trevor Juenger, and does it with maximum insanity - as required for this role. A bold take on a man's breaking sanity, where nothing is sacred and the horror is both psychological and violent. Trevor Juenger's practice in the short film format shows, and he perfectly captures the claustrophobic aspect of Bill's character, as well as making his eventual kills stylistic and memorable for days to come. It's a daring soon-to-be cult movie that throws away conventions and goes all out ballistic.

#11


BLOOD GLACIER
Director: Marvin Kren

"Blood Glacier", or the original title "Blutgletscher" which we used in our review (wasn't a fan of the title "The Station"), doesn't stray that far away from conventional horror, but it's one that has its inspirations from just the right places. If you're gonna set a horror movie in winter landscape, isolation and feature aliens/monsters, then there is no better horror to look at then "The Thing". "Blood Glacier" has everything that's needed for a great and entertaining horror movie, with a splendid cast and mostly great effects (the CGI is usually decent, except for a few points, but the practical effects are sweet). We're horror fans at heart, so "Blood Glacier" hits us right where it should. Gerhard Liebmann as Janek alone puts this horror movie in front of most recent brainless crap that has been spewing out, because he's just fantastic in the role and makes this more heartfelt than expected.

#10


GALLINO, THE CHICKEN SYSTEM
Director: Carlos Atanes

Carlos Atanes is a name that pops up in my mind the second I think of underground filmmaking. He has surprised, shocked, repulsed, confused and amused me in the past, but with "Gallino, the Chicken System" he brings his very best. It's hard not to be amazed at how he can tie together a fistfucked roasted chicken with anything remotely philosophical, but that's essentially the key with "Gallino, the Chicken System"! His movie is visual, surreal, philosophical, comedic, futuristic (equally dreamlike) and far from good taste, and it's exactly why we love it and Carlos Atanes himself. There's nothing quite like it.

#9


THE LAND OF HOPE
Director: Sion Sono

From a director usually associated with violence, dark comedy, sadistic characters, sexuality and such, comes a very important movie about an ignored part of recent Japanese history. Based on the events and disasters that happened in Japan 2011, the focus here is a family who lives right by the edge of the evacuation zone, and they struggle to decide if to leave their family home or stay no matter what. It's a extremely moving without feeling like sensationalism for the sake of it - this is actually a subject and part of reality that has been ignored. The nuclear aspect of the disasters have been largely taboo to even talk about, but Sono decided to make a real portrayal of the aftermath of one family (based on a real family). It captures the mood of post-disaster areas, its living victims and how the government acts in those situations.

#8


JUNKIE
Director: Adam Mason

Adam Mason has largely become known as a horror director due to simple fact he has regularly been turning out horror movies since 2006. This time though, he and his writing partner, Simon Boyes, decided to break that monotony by creating a stark comedy about a junkie who ends up having one of the worst and most bizarre days when he decides to try and get sober. While being insanely entertaining and featuring such strange moments, like a zombie drug-dealer wandering the house or having Charles Manson in the basement. "Junkie" has a tendency to become rather personal at times and emotionally engaging as the main character, Danny, takes a look at his life being at rock bottom. "Junkie" breaks away from the clichés in movies dealing with addiction and delivered a creative lo-fi movie that is odd, amusing and touching.

#7


JONAS
Director: Adam Rehmeier

Adam Rehmeier's follow up to "The Bunny Game" is so contrastingly different from his previous effort, it may come as a shock to those who watch "Jonas". An amazingly simple concept about a man trying to share his love of God and deliver a message he believes he was commanded to, becomes both unsettling and complex. "Jonas" is a movie, or a series, rather, that blurs the line between reality and fiction. It is impossible to find the line that separates the two; Jonas seems real but the people he meets are very real. Even though it is often merely people telling stories, "Jonas" is an emotionally hard hitting movie. It becomes less about faith and more about the people and the variety of emotions that bubble to the surface when you watch the movie.

#6


ANTIVIRAL
Director: Brandon Cronenberg

One of the hardest things for a person to do that is following in the footsteps of their parents is to be able to step out from the shadow casted down by the established success and accomplishments from their progenitor. Brandon Cronenberg managed to do just that and while he did touch on some themes and styles made famous by his father, Brandon made "Antiviral" his own. Replicated the cold and sterile environment of a medical ward, "Antiviral" explores just how far obsession, particularly people's obsession with pop culture, can drive a person. To simply dub this movie 'Cronenbergian' is to view what Brandon created with a narrow mind. A beautifully shot film that is equally disgusting in its depiction of both the physical and psychological aspects of humans.

#5


THE EXTRAORDINARY TALE OF THE TIMES TABLE
Directors: Laura Alvea & Jose F. Ortuño

This quirky fairytale-esque story about two oddballs' love for each other and the life they are to live together is both absurd and heartbreakingly real at the same time. It shows vividly the changes in life when people are forced to take responsibility, how people struggle to keep their love fresh under different circumstances, and how tragedy can strike even within a loving family. It has a visual style that feels like an equal mix of a painting and a play, and I can't think of a better way to portray these subjects. It's a funny movie that ends in tragedy, and we're invested all the way through. "The Extraordinary Tale of the Times Table" is wonderfully quirky and dark.

#4


APE
Director: Joel Potrykus

There have been plenty of good independent comedies this year, but none of them have the attitude and the open mind of Joel Potrykus' superb "Ape". The movie treats us with every emotion we can think of, and does it with charm. Much of that is due to having Joshua Burge in the lead, who is perfect for the role. This is a brilliant movie about a lonely, struggling comedian that actually gets into how it is for stand-ups, without forgetting that it's about a character. Movies that simply "spends time" with a character can be terribly boring when done wrong, but when done right they can be amazing. Joel Potrykus and Joshua Burge are a master duo at work here. They're ready to rebel against the boring indie comedies with their oddity of a production that is "Ape".

#3


HIS DEVIL'S NIGHT
Director: Michael Todd Schneider

"His Devil's Night" has had a long journey. To cut it short, Michael Todd Schneider made a short called "Our Devil's Night" that was part of "Double Dose of Terror!!". He later made that a stand-alone production. Slowly another edit came out that added an entirely new plotline - that of an escaped mental patient. And finally that new plotline got its own feature edit. That is "His Devil's Night". Like "...And Then I Helped", this is a movie that shows all the best sides of Michael Todd Schneider as a filmmaker. He has guts, zero limitations and a fucked up imagination. This movie is intense from the start, and it only gets harder and harder to watch from there. No other filmmaker can bring out such a voyeuristic style of filmmaking while still remaining one of the most visually creative in the underground field. That's just one of the many reasons to let yourself soak into his mind.

#2


THE WORLD'S END
Director: Edgar Wright

It's no secret that we were highly anticipating the final film in what has become the Cornetto Trilogy, much like many other people were. For Frost, Pegg and Wright, "The World's End" maybe their most well rounded and mature effort to date. Gone are the homages and references and is instead filled with stronger themes and characters. The amazing comedy is still there and admittedly the movie is quite silly at times, yet "The World's End" features one of the best emotional elements (and one of the best performances by Pegg and Frost) the three have produced together. They also did a fantastic job juxtaposing reality based drama of getting older and addiction with science fiction and the end of the world. It was a great movie that did not disappoint and brought closure to something that was started back with "Spaced".



Now what the hell will top this list!?


#1


VAMPIRE
Director: Shunji Iwai

To us it's not negative that Shunji Iwai's first American production is literally all over the place. Hell, you could say it's an uneven movie. But few movies this year came out in full force with so many genres involved, and managed to get us so heavily invested in its characters as Shunji Iwai did with "Vampire". From the very first scene, we felt attached to the characters, and many tragic moments (yes, actually sad moments) later we still held on to it. It's a unique experience that I highly doubt anyone else could create than Shunji Iwai. It's disturbing and sweet, romantic and sad, silly and dark, you name it. It features a wide range of flavors that all tie together into a remarkable movie. In our opinion, this is the most underrated movie of the year and one of the most interesting spins on vampirism (mostly because it's not really a vampire movie).

Honorable mentions:
Vanishing Waves, Across the River, Slew Hampshire, Diablo, Stoker, Rewind This!, Crystal Lake Memories, Discopath, Wrong & Berberian Sound Studio

 

AND NOW TO THE AWARDS!


BOBBY YEAH / INVOCATION
Director: Robert Morgan
It's not a stretch to say the films of Robert Morgan is one of the reasons why we created Film Bizarro and his work was some of the first that we reviewed. Thankfully this year, Robert Morgan not only released the anticipated "Bobby Yeah" but also his contribution to a TV program about short films with "Invocation". Both movies demonstrate not only Morgan's incredible ability as an animator and filmmaker, but his signature style of blending nightmarish creatures and visuals with an absurd sense of humor. They'll leave you terrified, amused or scratching your head and that's why we love his work. And on that note, the ending to "Invocation" might be one of the most haunting scenes produced in a movie in quite some time.




BRUISED
Director: Jennifer Campbell
Body horror has been revived, there's no doubt (last year's Best Short Films featured 2 of them, even). Jennifer Campbell takes it down a notch and keeps it very real by giving her film a working class twist to it, which makes it not only more interesting than most, but gives it an angle that adds so much more to it.

 

LIVING STILL LIFE
Director: Bertrand Mandico
Some films are arthouse films, some are pure art. Bertrand Mandico's "Living Still Life" is of the latter, reminded us of a mix of Andrei Tarkovsky and Peter Greenaway. It's a beautifully striking and also quite provacative, and one that serves to show the skills of this filmmaking.

 

S.W. METAXU-SEQ.01
Director: Kapel Furman
This is what you get when you take a gore filmmaker from Brazil and asks him to make an art short. It's graphic, gory and raw, but behind all that is a symbolic interpretation of the life and death of a dying soldier. Being a short film by Kapel Furman that was part of an arts installation, there's no surprise that it did ruffle some feathers of the attending people.

Honorable mention: The Bighead





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THE WORLD'S END poster art by Alex Pardee. We haven't been overly thrilled with poster art this year - plenty has been good, but nothing stuck out as fantastic. This poster by Alex Pardee was commissioned by Focus after his Edgar Wright triple feature poster, and it brings out everything you need to know about "The World's End". It's simply eye-catching and making great use of the color blue.

The APE poster somehow manages to show you exactly how wacky this otherwise simple movie can be at times. It's a great poster by artist Nate Neal because it features many important aspects of the movie, but certainly raising more questions than it answers. Which is a good thing for a poster!



 

We tried to make the Best of 2013 list a positive one by taking away the "Most Disappointing" titles, but here's an award we're likely to wanna stick to. Just look at that "Vampire" art - a really fantastic movie, yet it looks like a Dracula movie released by Brain Damage Films! Horrible poster art can be simply fascinating, and here are four that we doubt even need to be commented upon. They stand on their own.


Top: The Amityville Asylum, Black Lagoon. Bottom: Blood Shot & Vampire

 






BEST ACTRESS:
AÏDA BALLMANN ("The Extraordinary Tale of the Times Table")

This award stood between Aïda Ballmann and Megumi Kagurazaka ("The Land of Hope"). While both were excellent, Aïda played a very unusual character with many quirks and a unique flair that she simply manages to act out perfectly. We care about her and her sad existence, even when she does despicable things herself. Most of the movie shows Aïda in a kitchen, and a less colorful actress could have ruined it.


Honorable mention: Megumi Kagurazaka ("The Land of Hope")



BEST ACTOR:
SIMON PEGG ("The World's End")

It may seem rather fanboy-ish or obvious to pick Simon Pegg but he definitely earned it with his performance of the damaged and nostalgia-driven character, Gary King. Simon Pegg became a popular actor as the lovable nerd-next-door slacker type, but in "The World's End" Simon allowed himself to become a believable and unlikeable character - he is essentially the antagonist for the first half of the movie. You can't help but dislike a person like Gary yet you see the complexity of the character and Simon's performance of a person who appears to have never grown up but is actually masking something much darker. Where, in the end, Simon delivers a devastating speech about youth, aging, ambitions, life and addictions.

Honorable mention: Joshua Burge ("Ape")




CULT EPICS

When Nico B. decided to release his infamous cult short "PIG" together with his new follow-up "1334" on blu-ray, we knew we had a great release on our hands. "PIG" has been known for a long time to be an expensive movie to get your hands on, but it has now been made accessible on a fantastic blu-ray release that makes it worth owning a player. It's also great that a company dares to release short films, even though Nico B. runs Cult Epics himself. This is certainly a product every underground fanatic should own, and a worthy winner of this year's Best Initiative!




ADAM REHMEIER
JONAS - FREE STREAM RELEASE

It would have been easy for Adam Rehmeier to go the typical distribution route for "Jonas" due to the notoriety of "The Bunny Game" but he made a few interesting choices. First, he took what was a standard feature film and broke it up into six segments that were released as 'Verses' and then he released "Jonas" online and completely free. With an ever changing entertainment market, Adam Rehmeier made what was probably the best decision on getting such a unique, albeit niche, project like "Jonas" out into the wild. It's admirable when any person gives people free access to something they spent both time and money creating. Yet, this is also the best way for "Jonas" to be released as it allows the movie to find the audience that can properly appreciate it. Watch it here!



MAGGOTS - After "Mold!" it's hard not to wanna see Neil Meschino's next feature. After the glorious FX pictures we've seen, it also literally makes us hard.

JIN - Essentially still unannounced, but anyone who follows (and translates) Shinya Tsukamoto on Twitter will have noticed he's making another movie. The title seems to be "Jin", but translating online is never accurate.

BUZZARD - By the people who made "Ape", what else do you need to know?

SPRING - By the people who made "Resolution", what else do you need to know?

NYMPHOMANIAC - The already infamous new film by Lars von Trier. Not much needs to be said - some have already decided that they hate it, some can't wait.

WORM - Based on their short film of the same name, this feature is most likely going to rock our socks off. We haven't been disappointed by Fatal Pictures so far, so what are the odds we will be now?


So that was another year of great titles (and shitty poster art!). We ended the article with some anticipated titles, so let's hope that by this time next year we will be mentioned all of the above, but anything could happen! Overall the year has treated us to a ton of mediocre titles, but we're happy that it had enough great movies for us to bring you another Top 30. Hopefully you find some stuff you like!






 

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3. We Are Still Here
4. Spring
5. Makeup Room
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