Between talking up It Follows and the new practical effects horror flick Harbinger Down, we'd like to think that our articles about upcoming cinematic underdogs have been a success. But Mad Max has blown this summer straight into the chrome depths of Valhalla, so it might feel like an ordeal to get psyched about anything else, now that we've exhausted all those flamethrower guitars and anguished Tom Hardy burps.
But there's hope, because we now have six more films you might not have known about but will totally want to see! Read on, eternal, shiny, and chrome!
6 Air Sex: A Documentary About, Well, Guess
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People make love to themselves all the time -- usually in the confines of their bathrooms or basement rec dens. Rarely do we elevate the act to a public performance, and rarely would that performance get applauded by anyone who isn't sharing a drunk tank. Well the stigma ends now, dammit ... all thanks to a little documentary called Air Sex ... a film about having sex with the air.
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Not well, mind you.
What you're currently aroused by is the Air Sex World Championships -- a competition where 30-somethings relentlessly fuck the air like it's the hardships of their own disappointed ancestors. And if you think watching horny mimes hump at a crowd of hundreds sounds both intriguing and unsettling, allow the documentary's trailer to prove you completely right with bearded ghost Lotharios and imaginary dinosaur fucking:
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This is the greatest music video R. Kelly never made.
Go ahead -- lap that hot bowl with your eyes. Along with being an erotic riddle, this true story follows a championship that not only whittles down to a small group of perverted finalists -- but watches those lucky few undergo their own personal struggles along the way. It's like the Hoop Dreams for 37 random people with FetLife accounts.
5 The Tribe: A Horndog Teen Romp Starring An All-Deaf Cast (With No Subtitles)
Before Judas-ing his own career, Crazybeard Mel Gibson originally planned to make The Passion Of The Christ entirely in ancient languages and without a single subtitle to follow along. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's The Tribe is a lot like that, if you replace Aramaic with sign language, Jesus with a bunch of teenagers, and the crucifixion with nudity. Actually, it may be easier to just picture an entirely different movie and go from there.
We know: A caption-less film exclusively performed with sign language may sound like a one-trick pony ride to Boringtown, until you see the trailer, which graciously points out that dialogue really just gets in the way of sex and violence. And boy, is there a ton of that business in this tale of a new student at a Ukrainian school for the deaf who gets twisted in a hurricane of brawling, robbery, and truck-stop prostitution, all the while trying to win the acceptance of his peers.
Spoiler: Things get a little out of hand for Ukrainian Michael Cera.
If the aroma of teen angst doesn't put your tail feathers at attention, there's always the fact that this genre potpourri also features tangy hints of straight-up murder. It's all done in a way that's specifically tailored for hearing audiences, while no doubt providing fun extra context for the hordes of Ukrainian Sign Language enthusiasts across the world.
/r/UkrainianSignLanguageMurder must be blowing up.