Cinema Disordinaire: A List Of Infectiousluy Strange Must-See Films For The End Times

Cinema Disordinaire, aka Riot Cinema, is a uniquely selective entry of films that showcase the singular in all of cinema, the seminal, and the utterly sublime come to screen this past half century. For these particularly disordinary times, where self-isolation is our newly mandated norm, we offer up a distilled list from Cinema Disordaire’s five-decade accounting. These are must-see films — if you’re a lover of cutting-edge or entirely uncommon cinema — beginning with the latest (2019) and working backwards to high cult-bizarro, 1972. Soderbergh’s Contagion, the current streaming darling of this moment, is surely not amongst these greats, but an infectious strangeness runs throughout them all. They are, in other words, Riot Material’s favorites, offered up for those with a latently wicked heart. Below you’ll find links that take you to the original reviews of each film. Enjoy:

The Lighthouse, Dir. Robert Eggers

The Nightingale, Dir. Jennifer Kent

Shadow, Dir. Zhang Yimou

Border, Dir. Ali Abbasi

November, Dir. Rainer Sarnet

Thelma, Dir. Joachim Trie

Blue My Mind, Dir. Lisa Brühlmann

The Bad Batch, Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour

Raw, Dir. Julia Ducournau

The Lure, Dir. Agnieszka Smoczynsk

Bone Tomahawk, Dir. S. Craig Zahler

Baskin, Dir. Can Evrenol

Embrace of the Serpent, Dir. Ciro Guerra

The Tribe, Dir. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky

It Follows, Dir. David Robert Mitchell

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour

Under the Skin, Dir. Jonathan Glazer

The Special Special Special!, Maria Bamford…/

Post Tenebras Lux, Dir. Carlos Reygadas

Dogtooth, Dir. Giorgos Lanthimos

Winter’s Bone, Dir. Debra Granik

Fish Tank, Dir. Andrea Arnold

The Prophet, Dir. Jacques Audiard

Gomorrah, Dir. Matteo Garrone

Bronson, Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

Eastern Promises, Dir. David Cronenberg

House of Sand, Dir. Andrucha Waddington

Demonlover, Dir. Olivier Assayas

Sexy Beast, Dir. Jonathan Glazer

Waking Life, Dir. Richard Linklater

Mulholland Drive, Dir. David Lynch

Ghost Dog, Dir. Jim Jarmusch

Audition, Dir. Takashi Miike

Cyclo, Dir. Tran Anh Hung

Liquid Sky, Dir. Slava Tsurkerman

Apocalypse Now, Dir. Francis Coppola

Thundercrack!, Dir. Curt McDowell and George Kuchar

Pink Flamingos, Dir. John Waters

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