Hello loyal readers, Its time yet again for another Top Five Countdown! That is Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rosellini on the pic above, and that is a scene from Blue Velvet, one of David Lynch's strangest films (but not the strangest!) and I decided to put it up there for two reasons. Number one is to commemorate Dennis Hopper's career, he recently passed away and he will be sorely missed. And the second is because once again, I am working in collaboration with Shaun Anderson from the excellent film review blog The Celluloid Highway. If you remember, we collaborated a while ago on our Top Five Stand Alone Sci-Fi Movies, which was a success. We both knew it wouldn't be long before we did another one, so here we are again with one of our crazy countdowns. This time around we thought we could make things interesting by counting down our respective choices for top five weirdest and most bizarre movies ever. Of course, there are a lot of bizarre movies out there, some of which you have probably never heard of, but these choices we have made are the cream of the crop of bizarre, according to us. So if you haven't checked any of the movies we are going to be counting down and you are into the strange, the bizarre and the downright tantalizing, then do yourself a favor and check these choices out!
As always, we are going to be giving a different choice ever day of the week, starting today with our #5. Tomorrow we will give our #4 and so forth, until next friday where we will be revealing our #1 most bizarre movie. These countdowns are interesting because Shaun gives his choices and I give mine, so you will have double the amount of bizarre movies to watch. So sit back, relax and enjoy our Top Five Bizarro Movies countdown! Remember to come back through out the week to see the rest of our countdown! Also, remember to check out Shaun's blog, The Celluloid Highway, a well written and informative movie review blog.
The Celluloid Highway's #5 Bizarro Movie: MAN BITES DOG (Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel & Benoit Poelvoorde, Belgium, 1992)
This coming of age film is one of those that shock because they put a little kid going through all sorts of horribly sick situations in the early stages of their lives. You might think that thats kind of sick, but Im actually okay with this type of film. Why? Well, because some children out there in the world do go through a lot of situations that some of us dont imagine kids going through. Or some of us dont imagine kids should go through. Yet they do. This is the story of Leo Lauzon, a kid who has a mind of his own. His family might be bat shit insane (and they are) but he doesnt feel like he is a part of them. He hides away from all the madness by reading and writing....and dreaming. In his dreams Leolo escapes to an Italian landscape, because he once had a dream in which his father was an Italian. So anyhows, this is the kind of story that will show us how a kid grows through painful life experiences. Leolo grows and learns just how cruel and cold this world can be. Essentially, since Leolo has such unreliable parents, he has to learn everything about life the tough way, on his own. Which he does. This movie has some elements of magical realism to it, by this I mean that some of the characters in the film stick to the rules of magic rather then those of the real world. The film has elements that seem to come out of a Fellini film, specifically because its about a kid growing up in a very adult world, and its also about the sexual awakening of a teenage boy, a theme that Fellini addresses in films like Amarcord. Its a beautiful film to look at, but at the same time, some of the situations are so mundane, grotesque and downright gritty! So its that kind of strange film that mixes both the beautiful and the ugly. The beautiful with the shocking. Recommend it for lovers of the dark, the poetic and the artistic, but not to anyone who might be easily offended.
Most Bizarre Moment: When Leolo starts to hang out with these teenage friends who get together to sniff glue, smoke cigarettes and get drunk, they all dare another one of their friends to do something. We hear everyone preassuring the kid to do something and his like "put five dollars on the table and Ill do it! Non of you got the balls to do it!" After they put the five dollars on the table, we find out, the kid was being preassured to fuck a cat. Which he does. Strange but true.