Uchu kara no messeji
DIRECTED BY: Kinji Fukasaku
FEATURING: Philip Casnoff, Peggy Lee Brennan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Masazumi Okabe, Vic Morrow, Makoto Satô, Etsuko Shihomi, Sonny Chiba
PLOT: A race of evil robotic samurai conquer a peaceful tribe of leaf-headed aliens, who send out eight magic space nuts to track down reluctant heroes to save their planet.
. . . → Read More: CAPSULE: MESSAGE FROM SPACE (1978)
DIRECTED BY: Rob Zombie
FEATURING: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Dee Wallace, Patricia Quinn, Judy Geeson
PLOT: An overnight DJ is drawn into a web of witchcraft when she plays a mysterious record.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s weird, to be sure, but it’s not weird enough to make . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE LORDS OF SALEM (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Luis Buñuel
FEATURING: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina
PLOT: A rich French businessman courts a beautiful young Spanish woman over the years, but although she sometimes professes to love him, she continually refuses to consummate the relationship.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Obscure Object is one of Buñuel’s best, . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (1977)
DIRECTED BY: Danny Boyle
FEATURING: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel
PLOT: After torture fails, gangsters hire a hypnotherapist to help their amnesiac comrade remember where he hid a stolen painting, but can they trust her not to play with the subject’s mind?
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s watchable and a little . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: TRANCE (2013)
DIRECTED BY: Harmony Korine
FEATURING: Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, James Franco, Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez
PLOT: Four college girls head to Fort Lauderdale for a week of binge drinking, drugs and sex and wind up teaming up with a local gangster for a crime spree.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It isn’t in . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: SPRING BREAKERS (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Errol Morris
FEATURING: Dave Hoover, Rodney Brooks, Ray Mendez, George Mendonça
PLOT: A documentary profiling an unlikely quartet of individuals: a lion tamer, a topiary master, a naked mole-rat expert, and a robot designer.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Four mildly eccentric characters don’t qiute add up to one weird movie.
COMMENTS: . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: FAST, CHEAP AND OUT OF CONTROL (1997)
DIRECTORS: John Huston, Ken Hughes, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Val Guest, Richard Talmadge (uncredited)
CAST: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Barbara Bouchet, Joanna Pettet, Terence Cooper, Daliah Lavi, Deborah Kerr, Jacqueline Bisset, Bernard Cribbins, Ronnie Corbett, Anna Quayle, John Huston, William Holden, Charles Boyer, Vladek Sheybal, Burt Kwouk, Peter O’Toole, . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: CASINO ROYALE (1967)
DIRECTED BY: Kim Nguyen
FEATURING: Rachel Mwanza, Serge Kanyinda
PLOT: Rebels abduct a 12-year old girl from her African village and force her to become a soldier; when her military commanders decide she has magical powers, she is declared the army’s “war witch.”
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: The tiny dash . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: WAR WITCH (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Chan-wook Park
FEATURING: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman
PLOT: A girl’s father dies on her 18th birthday; the uncle she never knew she had shows up soon thereafter and installs himself in the isolated house she lives in with her lonely mother.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s not weird . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: STOKER (2013)
AKA “Things I Like, Things I Don’t Like”; “Things I Like, Things I Hate”
DIRECTED BY: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
FEATURING: Dominique Pinon
PLOT: A man lists things he likes, and things he doesn’t like, for about seven minutes.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s neither weird nor substantial enough, though its an eminently . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: FOUTAISES (1989)