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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/16/2017

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):

Can Hitler Happen Here? (2017): A crazy alcoholic woman lives a paranoid existence in her run-down home. Not sure what’s going on with this one–if may still be playing downmarket and specialist film festivals–but the trailer gets intriguing towards the end. Can Hitler Happen Here? Facebook page.

Funeral Parade of Roses (1969): Rare Japanese New Wave weirdness, controversial at the time for it’s sympathetic treatment of drag queens. Restored, and hopefully soon to be released on Region 1 DVD (exhibitor Cinelicious followed a similar trajectory with Belladonna of Sadness last year). Schedule available at the Funeral Parade of Roses official site.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

80 more titles to Certify Weird!

Next week, Alfred Eaker keeps his summer blockbuster commitment with a report on Wonder Woman (man, you guys took it easy on him—you could have voted to send him to The Mummy!) Then we’ll look at a couple of items in the reader-suggested queue, as Pete Trbovich handles ‘s pantsless-hippie time-travel oddity Idaho Transfer, and G. Smalley watches teens have sex and kill convenience store clerks in ‘s predictably grim The Dim Doom Generation. G. comes back later in the week for a second look at 1924’s Futurist experiment L’Inhumaine.

Speaking of the inhuman, it’s time once again for our survey of the weirdest search terms that brought traffic to the site this week. First, what’s up with the movies they’re choosing to dub into Hindi these days? We saw searches for both “star steak beyong hd movie hindi dubbing” and “horror sexy nude duck movie hindi dubbed” (the idea that Hindi speakers find nude ducks sexy is indeed horrifying). The person searching for “film classec dungeon girly saxexxx usa,” on the other hand, didn’t require Hindi translation (although an English translator might have helped). For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week we’ll go the random-string-of-nouns route: “movie dad was monkey boy rock star girl princess mom beard.” If there is a movie where a princess’ dad is a money boy rock star and her mom has a beard, we want to find it.

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Idaho Transfer (next week!); The Doom Generation (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Black Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/9/2017

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):

Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016): It sounds like a starting point for a  movie: 500 silent films are discovered in a vault under a hockey rink in a town near the Arctic Circle. This is more of a straight documentary than the cinematic poems is best known for, but it still promises to uncover amazing oeneric images from the past. Dawson City: Frozen Time distributor’s page.

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IN DEVELOPMENT (Announced):

Annette (201?): ‘s next project will be a musical scored by Sparks (who, you may recall, gifted a memorably scrambled booty song to The Forbidden Room) about a widowed standup comedian and his “gifted” two-year-old daughter. Adam Driver is to star, with the latest news being that Michelle Williams has replaced Rooney Mara as the female lead. Amazon will distribute, so unlike many of Carax’s previous projects that fell apart in development, this will almost certainly see the light of day. Latest news via the A.V. Club.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Post-production):

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (201?): has announced that principal photography on his Quixote project has wrapped up—a mere 17 years after it started. We don’t know how weird the final project will be, but has Gilliam ever played it straight or safe? More at Variety.

NEW ON DVD:

Akira (1988): Read the Certified Weird review! This new steelbook DVD/Blu-ray combo disc from Funimation appears to contain the same features as previous versions of the cyberpunk anime classic, but adds a new 32-page booklet. Buy Akira [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

A Cure for Wellness (2017): Read our list candidate review. Now’s your chance to see if this wanderingly weird psychohorror set at a Gothic wellness retreat has what it takes to make the List. Buy A Cure for Wellness.

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017): Pacifist demon hunter Xuan Zang continues his journey to India begun in the original Journey to the West, facing new demons. This second installment of the  original international hit saw take over the directorial reins, to less critical acclaim. Buy Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Akira (1988): See description in DVD above. Buy Akira [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

A Cure for Wellness (2017): See description in DVD above. Blu-ray sold separately (i.e. this is not a DVD/Blu combo pack, as is increasingly becoming the trend). Buy A Cure for Wellness Blu-ray.

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017): See description in DVD above. This release includes a DVD copy as well. Buy Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

First off, just in case you’re one of those visitors who never checks anything beyond the top post, you should know that we announced the long-delayed release of the 366 Weird Movies 2016 Yearbook today. Check it out, won’t you?

Next week we put the past behind us and focus on the present as Alfred Eaker delivers the first of his contracted Summer Blockbuster series with a look at Alien: Covenant (which he concludes “contains some of Scott’s most assured filmmaking, along with his roughest”). Immediately after that one drops, we’ll forget about the present and focus on the past as Giles Edwards considers 1999’s bleak incest drama The War Zone, and G. Smalley looks at the early K-horror Suddenly in the Dark (a offering that did at least debut on home video in North America for the first time this year) and ‘s startling 1999 J-horror Audition. 2016 may be technically over, but we’ll always soldier on through all eras of weirdness in search of the strangest that cinema has to offer.

This week’s suite of featured searches in our Weirdest Search Term of the Week series all have little stories to tell. Of course, their all told by perverts. We’ll start with “1990’s old comedy movie where a black man is given fat women to sleep with instead of the small beautiful ones”: a clear case of racial discrimination if we’ve ever seen one. Next up is “johnny has been a bad boy so he ended up in prison, a prison were the warden is a woman, and movies.com,”; a sort of mixed blessing for Johnny, we assume, and for movies.com. But our favorite bizarre vignette of the week was undoubtedly “seeing a old sex horse art museum she stopped in nude movie.” Read it as “seeing an old sex-horse art museum, she stopped in, nude” to get the full weird impact.

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: The War Zone (next week!); Audition (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; The Doom Generation; Black Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

THE 2016 VERSION OF THE 366 WEIRD MOVIES YEARBOOK IS (FINALLY) HERE!

Every year we promise to get the previous year’s Yearbook out sooner, and every year it ends up debuting sometime in the middle of the following year. Longtime readers and collectors have learned to live with these delays. Fortunately, the movies examined herein are still fresh and weird.

366 Weird Movies 2016 Yearbook Cover

As always, the recycled ad copy speaks for itself:

Covering everything weird, from art house surrealism to next-generation cult movies to so-bad-they’re-weird B-movie atrocities, 366 Weird Movies has been meeting all of your weird movie needs since 2009 with a combination of sly humor and serious insight. Our 2016 Yearbook contains over 50 full-length movie reviews, plus extensive supplemental listings, film festival reports, book reviews, and exclusive interviews. If it’s weird, it’s a movie, it was released in 2016, and 366 Weird Movies covered it, you’ll find it here!

You can buy the 366 Weird Movies 2015 Yearbook from Createspace (our preference, due to higher royalties) or from Amazon (coming soon) or from a host of secondary retail outlets in a month or so. Don’t forget that it’s also available (for a mere $3.49!) in a Kindle version.

All profits derived from your kind purchase will go towards paying our hosting costs. Any leftover monies will be wasted on G. Smalley’s relentless and desperate pursuit of hedonistic excess: an ocean of gin, a parade of cheap floozies, and impulsive weird movie purchases that leave him feeling physically spent, but empty and soulless. Good times!

Next year, let’s aim for an April 2018 release! It’s doable!

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/2/2017

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.

NEW RELEASES (EXCLUSIVE STREAMING):

Gutboy: A Badtime Story (2015): We first mentioned this budget curiosity back in January. It’s an all-marionette feature about a flayed puppet who fights the Man, and proudly advertises itself as “the weirdest movie in the world.” After searching for a brave distributor for two years, it’s now available exclusively (for the present time, at least) on studio’s new streaming service Troma Now! (which currently has a limited catalog but a reasonable price point of $4.99/month after free trail, and includes the Certified Weird Tromeo & Juliet ). Gutboy press release.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FILM FESTIVALS – Sydney Film Festival (Sydney, Australia, June 7-18):

Sydney is a minor festival (sorry Australia!), but it gives folks Down Under a chance to catch a few non-commercial features. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of debuts at Sydney, but visitors will get the chance to check out other festivals’ hits, including a handful of marginal interest to us: the indie comedy Brigsby Bear, Casey Affleck covered in a sheet for A Ghost Story, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, the mildly blasphemous homoerotic allegory The Ornithologist, and the erotic Mexican horror The Untamed. They also have a nice set of revivals, highlighted by a newly restored Belle de Jour (see above, also screening June 10) and Desperate Living (you’ll have to wait until June 17 for that one). We did notice one festival-circuit outlier we had previously overlooked that might be of interest to weirdophiles:

  • By the Time It Gets Dark – a filmmaker working on a piece about Thailand’s 1976 military clampdown has elegant -style hallucinations. Screening June 15 & 17.

Sydney Film Festival home page.

NEW ON DVD:

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015): Two girls face a mysterious evil while staying at a nearly-empty boarding school during Christmas break. Viewers compared it to in tone. Buy The Blackcoat’s Daughter.

“Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2”:  again collects overlooked movies from world cinema. Most interesting to our readers is Mysterious Object at Noon‘s experimental “exquisite corpse” debut, with Brazil’s avant-garde silent poem Limite a close second. Revenge dramas from the Philippines (Insiang) and Soviet Union (Revenge) along with the Turkish “Western” Law of the Border and Taiwanese drama Taipei Story fill out the well-rounded set. Buy “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2” [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015): See description in DVD above. DVD/Blu-ray/”digital copy” combo version. Buy The Blackcoat’s Daughter [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

“Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2”: See description in DVD above. Buy “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2” [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Those of you who’ve been waiting for the 2016 edition of the 366 Weird Movies Yearbook will be happy to know that we’re in the final stags of proofing. Look for an announcement as soon as the end of this upcoming week. As far as this week’s new online content goes: Alfred Eaker will give us part 2 of his 1978 exploitation movie survey (highlighted by ‘s “vampire” movie Martin) and Alex Kittle brings you your first look at the psychological drama/thriller Buster’s Mal Heart, while G. Smalley checks in with a Japanese double feature of the 1985 “noodle Western” Tampopo and a second look at the berserk prison-break anime Dead Leaves (2004).

Now it’s time for our survey of weird search terms that brought visitors to the site, a feature we like to call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” First up we have to mention “what is the name of an old movie where a man wasnt able to make a woman pregnant and he was told to eat balls which would make him make his wife pregnant,” a search term weird indeed, but one that we will disqualify from consideration as weirdest of the week simply because we believe it probably refers to a real movie. Speaking of real movies, we have to give it to the guy looking for “a fat man try to sex with a sexy girl in a zombie movie”: sometimes simple cinematic pleasures are the best. Slightly stranger than these is the search for an “all english hot adult father in low movie list.” (Gotta like the idea of specifying “low” movies; don’t want the search to accidentally come up with waste-of-time highbrow hot adult father movies). There’s not that much strangeness out there in Googleland this week, so we’re going to go a different direction and select “friends boring strangers” as our Weirdest Search Term of the Week. While we can’t think of any logical reason to search for that particular phrase, perhaps the weirdest thing about it is it seems to have nothing to do with sex.

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Tampopo (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; The Doom Generation; Black Devil Doll; Vermilion Souls Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/26/2017

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.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

IN DEVELOPMENT (announced):

Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem (201?): You may have seen the gory, blasphemous Italian short “Fist of Jesus,” which features an ass-kicking savior carving up zombies with a fish skeleton. German distributor Films Boutique just acquired rights to Jerusalem, the planned feature-length version. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for it. Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem article at Variety.

Road of the Dead (201?): ‘s dead are scheduled to return from the grave, although George will only be serving as producer, handing the directing reins over to long-time second unit director Matt Birman. Bizarrely enough, the scenario involves zombie race car drivers, a plot twist that may be strange enough to draw our attention back to the moribund series. More at “Den of Geek”.

NEW ON DVD:

Wolf Guy (1975): Sonny Chiba stars as a kung fu/detective/werewolf in this first-time-outside-Japan release. Arrow Films touts their latest deep-cut discovery as “an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.” Buy Wolf Guy [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Wolf Guy (1975): See description above. Only available in combo-pack format. Buy Wolf Guy [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

MISCELLANEOUS (Midnight Movie screening funding):

“Midnight Movies at the Uptown theater”: Here’s a long shot for your dollar, but it’s a good cause. Nathan Reynolds is seeking to bring midnight movies to the Richland, WA area (that’s a few miles west of Walla Walla). As I understand it, he’s already scheduled A Clockwork Orange and Delicatessen for early June, and is looking to defray expenses and bring future films to the area. If you’re out in that area, or just looking to donate a few bucks to a worthy weird movie cause, it would be appreciated. Midnight Movies at the Uptown on You Care.

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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Next week Alfred Eaker starts on part 1 of his survey of exploitation films (he’s up to 1978, the year of Boys from Brazil and The Fury). In other entries in an eclectic week, Terri McSorley gives us the lowdown on the new edition of Multiple Maniacs, while Shane Wilson provides a capsule on Season 11 of . And G. Smalley brings us a second look at ‘s “superhero burlesque,” Batman Returns.

(Speaking of G., he’ll also be working quietly in the background putting the finishing touches on the print version of the 2016 Yearbook—the Kindle version is already out, don’t you know?)

We’re noticing that weird search terms now showing up in our server logs—in fact, almost all of our search terms—are porn/fetish related. A sign of the times, we suppose, although why 2017 should be so much more perverted than 2016, we can’t say. What we can say is that “japanese sex 🎥 in hindi,” was among the weirder search terms we saw (though only because the searcher managed to include a camera icon in their query, which is as rare as it is pointless). Besides that, we also caught “teen milking himself” (himself?), “mom affair boos porn moves.com” (boo!), and “cave man turist kidnnap sex videos.” (See what we mean about the pr0n?) We’ll cap off this sexy week with a pair of vagina-themed items: “mad vagina 3gp” and our official winner of the unofficial Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest, “black guy safes vagina hair movie.” Doesn’t anyone go on Google anymore when they’re not stoned and horny?

Here’s how our ridiculously-long and ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; The Doom Generation; Black Devil Doll; Vermilion Souls Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/19/2017

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.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

“366 Weird Movies 2016Yearbok” (Kindle edition): In case you missed the post below here’s our official release announcement for the Kindle version of the 366 Weird Movies Yearbook. Print edition to follow within a couple of weeks.

DVR ALERT (Showtime, May 21, 9:00 PM):

“Twin Peaks” Season 3: You may have heard of this one. More info  at Welcome to Twin Peaks.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Devil’s Domain (2017): A bullied bulimic girl makes a pact with Satan to get revenge on her tormentors. Sounds by-the-numbers, but we mention it based on Noel Murray’s observation that “intentionally or not, the stream-of-consciousness lurching from scene to scene does give ‘Devil’s Domain’ a dreamlike quality.Devil’s Domain official site.

Icaros: A Vision (2016): In the wake of Embrace of the Serpent comes this trippy pseudo-autobiographical film about first worlders traveling to the Amazon to partake in ayahuasca rituals. The co-director died of breast cancer soon after the movie was completed. Icaros: A Vision official site.

Paint it Black (2017): After her boyfriend commits suicide, a grieving woman comes into conflict with the mother who blames her for her son’s death. This highly-praised psychological thriller, reportedly with surreal/experimental bits, is the directing debut of Amber (daughter of ) Tamblyn. Paint It Black official site.

VIDEO-ON-DEMAND EXCLUSIVE RELEASES:

“The Natural World”: A new web-series with an intriguing description: “Derek sits and is shown visions of the natural world as his life unfolds before him. A strange being begins speaking to him. His Family begins to act strangely.” The first episode ( actually more of 3-minute teaser) is out and is free to watch. The first episode (actually more of 3-minute teaser) is out and is free to watch.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FILM FESTIVALS – Cannes Film Festival (and Director’s Fortnight) (Cannes, France, May 17-28):

Cannes is an odd duck. Not known as a “weird-friendly” festival—movies like ‘s Crash and Antichrist have been famously hooted at by Cannes crowds who were having none of that—it aims to flatter the mainstream arthouse crowd with middle-of-the-road dramas (and, rarely, dramadies, so long as they are not too funny to be taken seriously). Cannes programmers revel in the dry, the conventional, and the pompous; Cannes’ juries’ tastes resemble those of Academy Awards voters, but with an even higher premium placed on boringness. Still, one or two movies worth looking at always seem to find their way onto the card. In many years a Cannes debut will end up Certified Weird: three films in the past five years, including, most recently, 2012’s Holy Motors. Movies at Cannes may either be screened “in competition” for the big prize, the Palm D’or; screen out-of-competition; or be entered in the “Un Certain Regard” section (a sort of also-ran competition for films that are either from first time directors, or are considered too daring or different to have a shot at the Palme d’Or). Recently, several major filmmakers have been debuting their films in the parallel festival called Directors’ Fortnight, which runs contemporaneous to Cannes proper but does not hand out awards for individual films.

There are a trio of Asian films here from directors who often interest us‘s monster fable Okja, ‘s Before We Vanish, and ‘s samurai epic Blade of the Immortal—but sadly, none of them look particularly weird. Here’s what we would be checking out if we were there:

  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties – adapts a   story about the perils of picking up an alien; the pedigree suggests this could be good and weird (but maybe not). Screening out of competition on 5/21.
  • Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc ‘s rock opera about young Joan D’Arc should ruffle the usual feathers. Playing at Director’s Fortnight, 5/21.
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer – this is the big weird ticket: ‘ followup to The Lobster (again starring ). Screening in competition. 5/22.
  • “Twin Peaks” – Ironically, a TV series is getting more buzz than any feature film at the festival, as  debuts the rebirth of his (in)famous series here a few days before it goes live. Special screening of the first two episodes on 5/25.

Cannes Film Festival official site (English).

IN DEVELOPMENT (funding):

We R Animals (20??): A black comedy about an underworld of sleazy puppets making exploitative cute animal videos. We first mentioned this one during its original crowdfunding campaign in 2010. Sounds like the script was optioned to someone who decided not to make it, then the creator got the rights back and decided to launch another Kickstarter campaign. They’re at $19,000 of a requested $255,000, with 26 days to go. We R Animals Kickstarter page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (completed):

Mother! (2017): ‘s latest psychological thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence (and who doesn’t want to see J-Law do a Black Swan thing?) They’re keeping a lid on the plot, but released a poster that’s getting some buzz. No official site but check out the Aronofsky Tumblr for the poster and a few rumors.

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.