From farting corpses to bullshit artists, 2016’s absurdity extended beyond the socio-political sphere and into the cinematic realm, supplying us with a great bunch of films that are rooted in the wacky, bizarre, and strange. The Stranger Song would like to reflect on the movies we saw this year that expanded our imagination, posited unknown worlds, and made us feel downright uncomfortable in the best ways.

 

Swiss Army Man

Daniel Radcliffe as a multi-tool farting corpse? Yes please! Music lovers will delight at the film’s music video sensibilities and nonsensically wonderful use of score.

 

The Lobster

“The Lobster” occurs in a world where single people will be turned into an animal of their choosing if they don’t find true love. Director Yorgos Lanthimos brings his well known combination of bizarre and unsettling to create a film that is full of humor and violent surprises.

 

The Greasy Strangler

Down right insane and unequivocally original; no other film this year is as quotable. A new cult classic for comedy, horror, and absurdist fans alike.

 

The Witch

While more traditional than other entries in this list, “The Witch” offers the occasional unsettling twist that leaves viewers equal parts frightened and confused. A full endorsement from The Satanic Temple may explain a lot… and there is a talking goat.

 

The Lure

The first ever Polish musical is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” It’s a silly, crazy, scary, and fun film that fans of “Rocky Horror” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will sink their teeth into.

 

Tickled

Unsettling, engrossing, and completely true. This documentary explores the twisted world of international tickling competitions.

 

Evolution

You can read our recent review of “Evolution” here: http://www.thestrangersong.com/2016/12/01/evolution/

 

Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday

Not as good as the original, but Pee-Wee’s trademark giddiness and absurdity is always irresistible.

Brandon Winters

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