Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Antiporno (2017): A female artist/novelist degrades her submissive assistant, or at least that’s what seems to be going on… Nikkatsu studios revived their 1970s/80s “roman porno” (i.e. softcore erotic film) franchise recently, and 366-fave Nikkatsu English-language page for Antiporno.‘s subversive, experimental take on the subgenre looks like a minor international breakout hit.
NEW ON DVD:
Jabberwocky (1977): A hapless medieval cooper is thrust into the role of knight to defend his town from the rampaging Jabberwocky. Though directed by Michael Palin, original ads warned it was “definitely NOT a Python film.” Buy Jabberwocky.and starring
Lemon (2017): An unsuccessful, socially-inept jerk actor loses his blind girlfriend and finds a new interracial relationship in this indie comedy. Probably more in the quirky vein, but at least one critic called it “deeply weird.” Buy Lemon.
Liquid Sky (1982): Read our review! Vinegar Syndrome is making a big deal out of this long out-of-print cult classic about aliens who get high off hormones released during human orgasms. For now, a limited edition of 3000 DVD/Blu-ray units is only available for order via the Vinegar Syndrome website.
“Mystery Science Theater: Volume XXXIX”: What looks to be the final box set release of the original series includes Mamie van Doren in Girls Town, Danger: Diabolik, which served as the series finale. Since Shout! Factory could not obtain rights for a fourth film, they released the host segments from the eleven remaining unreleased episodes on a separate disk entitled “Satellite Dishes.” Buy “Mystery Science Theater: Volume XXXIX”.‘s b-movie mistake The Amazing Transparent Man, and ‘s colorful (and not bad) spy thriller
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017): Read our review. Our called Luc Besson‘s latest attempt to recapture the magic of The Fifth Element “all frosting, no cake.” Buy Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
“Fritz Lang: The Silent Films“: Includes Die Nibelungen (1924), Spies (1928), Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Destiny (1921), The Spiders (1919), Woman in the Moon (1929), Four Around the Woman (1921), Harakiri (1919), The Wandering Shadow (1920), The Plague of Florence (1919), and of course the Certified Weird classic Metropolis (1927), with numerous documentaries spread across the 12 discs. An expensive way to own Metropolis, but a great Christmas present for the cinephile in your life. Buy “Fritz Lang The Silent Films”.
Jabberwocky (1977): See description in DVD above. Criterion Collection extras include a new documentary and interviews. Buy Jabberwocky [Blu-ray].
Liquid Sky (1982): See description in DVD above. Don’t worry, if you can’t afford a limited edition, there’s a regular release (which looks like it will be the same, but without the specially commissioned “dayglo” designer cover) scheduled for 2018. Vinegar Syndrome website.
Porco Rosso (1992): See description in DVD above. Buy Porco Rosso [Blu-ray].
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017): See description in DVD above. Buy Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets [Blu-ray].
SPECIAL SCREENINGS (Nov. 26, 27 & 29):
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004): Read the Certified Weird entry! GKids celebrates their acquisition of the Hayao Miyazaki catalog with national screenings of this anime steampunk fairy tale. Dubbed on the 26th and 29th, subtitled on the 27th. Search for a screening near you.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Los Angeles, CA, 11/24-11/25 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At the Egyptian Theater.
- New York City, NY, 11/24-11/25 (midnights) – Blue Velvet (1986). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 11/26 – Viva la Muerte [Long Live Death] (1971). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 11/30 – A Serious Man (2009). At the Museum of Modern Art.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 11/24-11/30 – Stalker (1979). At the Row House.
- Tuscon, AZ, 11/24-11/26 – Spirited Away (2001). At the Loft.
- Yonkers, NY, 11/26 – Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). At Alamo Drafthouse.
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.