Check out this list of 5 cool, irreverent movies that may have flown under your radar, however will be in your best interests to see as soon as possible – with trailers.
Blue Ruin (2013)
Blue Ruin can be succinctly described as a revenge film, where the protagonist is really bad at revenge. It’s at times funny, but for the most part it’s a slow burn about determination and grit, despite one’s incompetence. With an excellent lead performance, Blue Ruin was a stunning breakout film from director Jeremy Saulnier, who would go on to direct Green Room (2015). What’s engaging about the film is how real it is; it doesn’t slip into comfortable clichés of grandeur we typically see in films about justice or payback. Instead, as our protagonist seeks revenge for the death of his parents, we watch him stumble and fail, but persist endlessly to satisfy his need for vengeance.
Cheap Thrills (2013)
Cheap Thrills has a simple but fascinating premise. Two old friends, down on their luck, run into a millionaire at a bar. He dares them to do something simple, the first to complete the task gets $50. It all seems innocent enough, until the stakes are raised, and raised, and raised. Despite being darkly funny at times, Cheap Thrills finds its entertainment in exploring just how far desperate people would go for money.
Victoria is kind of like an episode of The Simpsons, in that it starts of as one thing, and ends up somewhere completely different. The only thing more remarkable than the crazy reveal of what exactly this film is about, is the method in which it was made. Victoria is, from beginning to end, entirely one shot. This doesn’t mean it was filmed and edited in a way to give the appearance of being done in one take, it was actually filmed from minute one to minute one hundred and thirty-eight, without a single cut. While this would be a mammoth achievement for even a subdued drama, it is especially impressive considering just how wild Victoria gets. Despite the insane working conditions, and a slow start, the film manages to tell a thrilling story. I would personally recommend going into this film entirely blind, without watching a trailer or reading any more about it, but if you’re that way inclined, check the trailer above.
War on Everyone (2016)
The word ‘irreverent’ doesn’t begin to cover War on Everyone. John Michael McDonagh, the man behind The Guard (2011) and Calvary (2014), writes and directs this unconventional buddy-cop film. Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena star as two extremely corrupt police officers who spend their days blackmailing, framing, and extorting everyone that crosses their path. Both Skarsgard and Pena play absolutely awful people doing absolutely awful things. But what makes War on Everyone so watchable is the snappy writing and the excellent chemistry between the two leads. Despite being utterly contemptable, we love to hate them, because they make it so much fun.
Wild Tales (2014)
The title really says it all with this one. Wild Tales is an Argentinian anthology film, and tells a series of unconnected, short stories of people being pushed over the edge to madness. Every short film in this feature is memorable, and Wild Tales clearly gets its kicks by exploring just what people will do when they are pushed to their breaking point. Events as simple as having one’s car towed, or running into an old acquaintance at a restaurant lead to disastrous and entertaining consequences.
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