Not looking for internet lists or a long list of movies you’ve seen through your lifetime-just the last one that made your jaw drop and/or made you say WTF?
I just finished watching “Anyab” (1981) on Other Worlds Television. It is an Egyptian rip-off of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, with enough stolen music from other movies to make Godfrey Ho jealous, continuity problems worthy of Ed Wood, dance numbers, and even a Charles Grey/No Neck Narrator analog.
I saw THX 1138 back in May. I know a lot of 70s scifi movies don’t have strong and interesting plots but the WTF for me is still trying to figure out why people recommend it anyway because it takes the cake.
Relentlessly bewildering and CG-saturated over-the-top Hong Kong fantasy that gave the impression of being made up as it went along.
The main plot: the King has been bewitched by a tentacled demon babe and is fated to become the dreaded Black Dragon. They are opposed by Jet Li (cursed to de-age) and a lightning-wielding dude who seek the Sword of Light. There’s also a super-obnoxious baby who pisses and farts an undersea kingdom (including giant crabs) into submission. Plus: the awesome Sky Howler, a centipede attack, a giant panther, a clan that can teleport, an annoying plant that talks, great headgear, UFOs and numbing amounts more.
My tolerance of WTF for the sake of WTF has gone down a lot since I got older (as a kid I would happily watch the worst straight to video garbage if it was sufficiently messed up and WTF-ey). But RRR pulled off a good dose of WTF while still being an extremely entertaining watchable movie:
I mentioned the early Terry Gilliam film Jabberwocky in another thread. But its definitely pretty WTF. (not seen it recently though so doesn’t count I guess):
The most recent “WTF?” movie for me was a (maybe) documentary that got a lot of press a few years ago, and I signed up for a free month of Hulu just to watch it. And what was it? “Cold Case Hammarskjold”, which really had no major revelations regarding the plane crash that killed Dag Hammarskjold, but as for the “other crime” exposed in the research? I highly suspect that the story was fake, because if it was real, it would make the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, or for that matter Dr. Mengele’s experiments on twins, look like a day at Disneyland.
It was Cate Blanchett’s Manifesto (2015)–the only movie I can remember paying for and then walking out of. A truly painful experience to sit through. No plot, hardly any character, nothing. Just Cate Blanchett in a dozen different settings reciting the texts of different manifestos intercut with each other. No commentary about them, no analysis, practically zero interaction with other characters. Horrific. I’d recommend it to the Spanish Inquisition as a form of torture.