Jamin Winans is an independent filmmaker working out of Denver, Colorado. His second feature film, the allegorical dream fable Ink, is certified by this site as one of the 366 Best Weird Movies of all time. Ink currently holds a 100% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and critics compared the style to works of Terry Gilliam and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. His latest feature is the mind-bender The Frame. Together with his wife and collaborator Kiowa, Winans founded Double Edge Films to release his movies on his own terms without studio interference. DVD or digital versions of Ink and The Frame, and related merchandise, can be purchased directly from Double Edge films.
As it turns out, most of my favorite movies would be classified as “weird movies” so really I just need to list some of those. These films aren’t wildly obscure or crude films, but they’re films that weren’t easy to get made just because they were doing something different. A majority of them are from the 90’s, which was an amazing period for unique voices.
12 Monkeys (1995 – Terry Gilliam)
What I love about this movie is that Gilliam somehow sneaked a very weird film past Hollywood and into a wide release by disguising it as a Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt blockbuster. I had never been so confused and simultaneously so moved by a movie as 12 Monkeys. I turned right around and immediately went to see it again. It was even better and weirder the more I saw it.
The Blues Brothers (1980 – John Landis)
This was one of the very first movies I saw as a kid and I just loved it. I wanted to be Elwood. It’s not commonly seen as a “weird movie”, but when you look at it, it’s insane! A couple of ex-con blues musicians go on a mission from God across the country to save an orphanage where they’re chased by Nazis, hicks, and the entire city of Chicago. Oh, and it’s a musical. Only John Landis…
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004 – Michel Gondry)
Charlie Kaufman is one of the greatest writers of our time. Michel Gondry is one of the most creative filmmakers of our time. The two working together on a very sweet, yet profoundly deep film about love and pain turned out to be something magical. An incredible cast (my favorite Jim Carrey performance) and a beautiful style.
The Double Life Of Veronique (1991 – Kryzystof Kieslowski)
I admire Kieslowski more than almost any other filmmaker because he was able to reach such depth in his work while having such a gentle touch in style. Nothing was forced or too broad, yet everything he did had such spiritual depth and tension. Veronique is my favorite Continue reading JAMIN WINANS’ TOP 10 WEIRD MOVIES