Mainstream movies are lovely but we all need a break from the routine. A slightly different path from the boy meets girl or the hero who save the day, or the comedies in which every wrongdoing is undone at the end. As the name suggests, Offbeat movies are slightly off center from the norm. The dark part of your mind, the part of you that’s twisted, cynical even, adores these movies as they compliment your unusual sense of humor and provides a different take on life. Offbeat movies, while made in abundance every year, are hard to come by- owing to the fact they aren’t high budget and have to rely upon word of mouth to make itself known. In case you’re searching for offbeat movies to watch, which is probably why you ended up here, the list below is a good go-to starting point.
10. The Beauty Inside (2015)
A remake of 2012 American film of the same name, this South Korean Drama tells the story of Woo-Jin who wakes up in a new body every day. He could be a young university girl one morning and a nine to five working middle-aged man the next. The only constant thing in his life is Yi-Soo, who loves him regardless. Every day, he has to find a new way to make her fall in love with him.
Entertaining with some good amount of comic relief that keeps the melodrama at bay, The Beauty Inside requires a large cast of characters because of its premise. The film asks a simple question that’s harder to answer than we are willing to admit. Is what’s on the inside the only thing that matters? A hit at the Cannes, The Beauty Inside is a must watch
9. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Darius and her two colleagues working for a magazine investigate a man who left a classified advertisement seeking out a partner for his time traveling shenanigans. Things get complicated when Darius falls in love with the man.
The movie outwardly presents itself as a sci-fi slash comedy and it is, but the theme of the movie runs deeper. It’s about a sullen sarcastic woman who wants her loved one back, a weird and paranoid man, a guy who regrets what he has become, and a boy who is too afraid to move forward. Barely ninety minutes long, this film with its stellar script keeps it to the point, until its big reveal at the end. Fun fact: The movie is based on an actual classified act, obviously a joke.
8. Lost In Translation
Bob Harris, a fading American movie star, and Lydia, a disillusioned housewife finds comfort in each other while passing each other in the streets of Tokyo.
Loneliness, negligence, longing and cultural barrier, Lost In Translation is an incorporation of humane things that makes its characters likable and relatable. This movie will make you question your place in life on good days and feel you with an indescribable sense of aching on bad days.
7. Swiss Army Man (2016)
A man stranded on an island finds a dead body that talks.
This is certainly one of the most bizarre films the year 2016 has produced. Falling under the either you hate it or love it list, if nothing else, Swiss Army Man deserves a chance. Essentially a two-man drama, Daniel Radcliff shows off an incredible amount of acting ability, especially considering his character which is, well, a corpse. A refreshing take on life, friendship, and acceptance warped in fart jokes, Swiss Army Man is a slow-paced roller coaster ride that hits all the notes in originality.
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Not all relationships have happy endings. Some leave you with a bitter feeling for the rest of your life. What if you could erase those memories of your relationship? Won’t you live a happier life? Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind is about a happy could who decide to do just that.
The film offers an interesting take on the sci-fi part, where the ability to map out memories related to a certain individual and permanently remove them is a possibility. It plays out like a dream as the memories assemble and scramble, the more the protagonist tries to fight against them. At its heart, the movie is about two well developed three-dimensional characters who may have loved too much but was never mature enough to preserve it.
5. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
“Like I’m a character in my own life.” Harold Crick, an IRS agent, suddenly finds himself constantly subjected to a narration only he can hear. While this possesses a problem in his routine life, it isn’t until the voice mentions his imminent death that Harold begins to take things seriously.
Bound to appeal to literary lovers, this is the bridge that connects fiction to reality. Featuring a protagonist that you can’t help route for, a wonderful script, beautiful shots- Stanger Than Fiction is a suspenseful masterpiece that’s seemingly innocuous at first glance, much like the protagonist. We never know if our life is a comedy or tragedy, but we ought to give it a chance.
4. Natural Born Killers (1994)
Two psychopathic lovers kill everyone in their path, except one person in every place to tell the story. They take advantage of the irresponsible sensationalization of them by the media.
Visually hypnotic, this 94′ release has some strong opinion directed towards it. A center of controversies in media, Natural Born Killers is a satirical take on the violence in media and our fascination with it. Brutal and gruesome in its portrayal, the film is outright outlandish. Somewhat hard hitting in that villains are sometimes looked at with respect instead of disgust in the real world, Natural Born Killers might not be for everyone, but its place in one of the most striking offbeat movie list can’t be denied.
3. 3-Iron (2004)
A young drifter spends his life by breaking into empty houses and living the resident’s life for a couple of days. His life takes an unexpected turn when he meets an abused wife looking to escape her marriage.
Noted for its distinct lack of dialogue, the cinematography is almost a work of magic. A film told through images, the story is mind-blowingly simple and light for its subject matter. The good acting ability finds you attached to the two leads who share amazing chemistry. Directionless in nature, with some drama and laughter thrown in, it leaves you with a sense of peace once it’s over. Or maybe you wouldn’t want it to be over, but alas, all things must come to an end.
2. Wings of Desire (1987)
An angel who is visible only to their kind and human children wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal being. Set in Berlin, Wings of Desire is a beautiful romantic fantasy.
Sometimes proclaimed as two slow by the audience, Wings Of Desire is another film on the list with breathtaking still imagery. A love letter to what Berlin once was, the film doesn’t shy away from showcasing the beauty and ugliness that existed in the same space. Whether you like the film or not, one thing is for sure, you won’t be able to step inside a library without thinking of it.
1. The Lobster (2015)
No matter how much being single feels like a crime in today’s world, we can live with the knowledge that we won’t be arrested for it. Same can’t be said for the people in The Lobster, who are arrested and made to live in a creepy hotel for 45 days. If they fail to find a partner within the allotted time, they are transformed into beasts and set free into the woods.
A quirky portrayal of the illogical societal pressure we’re all subjected to, The Lobster is incredibly absurd and indefinably unique. Purposely chosen ugly imageries, awkward silences, and stilted acting follows every scene and while that would’ve been the formula for a terrible movie, The Lobster makes it work in a way only it can.