The spirit of John Waters lives on in this gloriously deranged meeting of gross-out comedy and gonzo horror. A bitter love-triangle erupts between Braden and his father Ronnie after they become jointly smitten by an attendee of their downtown Disco walking tour, Janet. A conflict further complicated by an upsurge in nocturnal attacks by the mysterious Greasy Strangler.
British director Jim Hoskins ensured his name won’t be easily forgotten with his LA-shot debut feature that sears its imagery into one’s retinas and burrows its warped sensibility into the brain. With its mixture of black comedy, cartoonish gore and sicko sex scenes, underscored by a demented Andrew Hung (F*** Buttons) soundtrack and lovingly slathered in copious quantities of grease, Hoskins has created the most spectacularly odd feature of this – or any – year. Clearly inspired by outré ‘80s horror comedies like Street Trash and Big Meat Eater, but persistently enlivened by its Napoleon Dynamite-esque strand of absurdist humour, The Greasy Strangler is an oozingly oleaginous trash classic.
Comedy 2019 116 mins Director: Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle's winning, escapist fantasy images a world where nobody remembers the Beatles' songbook except a struggling singer-songwriter.
Drama 2018 90 mins Director: Andrew Bujalski
Andrew Bujalski serves up a big-hearted comedy with his day-in-the-life look at Double Whammies – a Hooters-style bar and its tight-knit, all-female staff.
Comedy 1951 103 mins Director: Gene Kelly
Hollywood’s troubled transition from silent to talking pictures at the end of the 1920s provided the inspiration for this greatest of movie musicals.
Comedy 1954 112 mins Director: Roy Rowland
Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds lead an all-star cast in this memorable maritime musical.
Comedy 2018 91 mins Director: Carl Hunter
Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Alice Lowe star in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about a Scrabble-obsessed tailor searching for a lost son.
Comedy 1986 94 mins Director: Frank Oz
Frank Oz's vivid adaptation of the cult sci-fi musical, with Rick Moranis as a flower-shop assistant battling a 'Mean Green Mother from Outer Space'.
Drama 2002 102 mins Director: François Ozon
A crime novelist seeks peace but gets a dangerous muse in this twisted bilingual thriller from François Ozon.
Horror 1972 91 mins Director: Don Sharp
The greatest zombie-biker, toad-worshipping-Satanists horror in British cinema is an undisputed cult classic brimming with exciting action and fantastical mayhem.
Drama 1969 91 mins Director: Gerry O'Hara
A taboo-busting drama about a young married man (Tom Bell) who has an affair with a teenage girl (Olivia Hussey). Directed by Gerry O'Hara.
Gangster 1987 87 mins Director: Abel Ferrara
Abel Ferrara creates a modern day Romeo & Juliet in gritty New York City, centring on the doom relationship between an Italian boy and Chinese girl.
Biopic 1989 85 mins Director: David Hayman
Brutal, mind-bending journey into the damaged mind of a violent killer, with exceptional performances from Iain Glen and Robert Carlyle.
Drama 1970 52 mins Director: Tony Scott
An unsettling portrait of love and loss by the director of Top Gun.
Directed by Jim Hosking
Comedy 2017 108 mins Director: Jim Hosking
Lulu Danger's (Aubrey Plaza) unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a former lover comes to town in this strange and surreal comedy.
Drama 2018 84 mins Director: William McGregor
A young girl tries desperately to protect her family from illness and dark outside forces in William McGregor's stark period horror.
Drama 2019 111 mins Director: Marco Berger
A tentative friendship blossoms into a beautiful bromance in this erotically-charged yet disarmingly sweet-natured offering from Marco Berger (Taekwondo).
Documentary 2019 124 mins Director: Asif Kapadia
The supreme football superstar is the latest subject for acclaimed filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), as he deftly explores the complicated dynamic between Diego the man and Maradona the icon.
Documentary 2018 91 mins Director: Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog meets the former President of the Soviet Union in this invigorating portrait of a towering 20th-century figure.
Drama 2017 108 mins Director: Annabel Jankel
Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star as two very different women who fall in love in this 1950s-set romantic drama.
Drama 2017 104 mins Director: Sebastián Lelio
This invigorating and inspiring Chilean drama from Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) follows a trans woman’s quest for a little respect. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 2018.