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ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2018 AWARDS (WITH OUR VOTES)

The 2018 Online Film Critics Society awards awards are out. A few weird films garnered nominations this year—Annihilation and Suspiria for Best Picture, Sorry to Bother You for Best Original Screenplay and Best Debut Feature—but we had no winners from our genre (unless you count the marginally weird Hereditary).

The Online Film Critics society has predicted the Academy Awards Best Picture winner three out of the last seven years.

Normally I add comments on my choices, but due to a time crunch this year, I am merely listing the winners, along with my votes for posterity.

BEST PICTURE

Winner: Roma

My Vote: The Death of Stalin (not nominated); Hereditary (official vote)

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

My Vote: Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (not nominated); Incredibles 2 (official vote)

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

My vote: , Isle of Dogs (not nominated); Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

BEST LEAD ACTOR

Winner: , First Reformed

My vote: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

BEST LEAD ACTRESS

Winner: , Hereditary

My vote: Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline (not nominated); Olivia Colman, The Favourite (official vote)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Winner: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

My vote: Daniel Kaluuya, Widows (not nominated); , Can You Ever Forgive Me?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Winner: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

My vote: , Suspiria (not nominated); , The Favourite (official vote)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner: First Reformed

My vote: , Sorry to Bother You

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

My vote: The Death of Stalin (not nominated); Can You Ever Forgive Me? (official vote)

BEST EDITING

Winner: Eddie Hamilton, Mission: Impossible – Fallout

My vote: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

My vote: Mandy (not nominated); Roma (official vote)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Winner: Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk

My vote: Mandy (not nominated), First Man (official vote)

BEST DEBUT FEATURE

Winner: , Hereditary

My vote: Hereditary

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Winner: Roma

My Vote: Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (not nominated); Roma (official vote)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Winner: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

My vote: Free Solo

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Winners:

Annihilation, Best Visual Effects
Black Panther, Best Costume Design
Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Best Stunt Coordination
A Quiet Place, Best Sound Design
A Star Is Born, Best Original Songs

My votes:

Border, Hair and Makeup
Mandy, Production Design
November, Production Design
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Visual Effects
Suspiria, Hair and Makeup

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/28/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

We are now in the movie industry post-Christmas doldrums, with almost no new releases either in theaters or home video. Things will pick up soon as a new season begins with Sundance debuts in late January. But here’s a few items for you…

IN DEVELOPMENT:

The Caring Only Cry at Night (2019?): A company transports the unwanted elderly to remote locations to die. The filmmakers cite Dogtooth and Stalker as inspirations for the tone. We discovered the project in a Teleflim Canada funding application, where they identify one of their target demographics as “Absurdist Dark Comedy fans” and write “Through our research we have found where these communities live on the internet. They include websites such as 366 Weird Movies…” In other words, they are making this movie (at least partly) for you guys. According to their proposed production schedule the film should be in post-production now, although we don’t know for sure. No official site (yet), but the Telefilm application is publicly available.

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.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Dogtooth (2009): Read the Certified Weird entry! The Favourite might be headed for an Oscar, but we’ll always treasure our first encounter with the weird world of , this story of three children secluded by the parents in a chateau and taught bizarre, purposeless untruths about the outside world. Watch Dogtooth free on Tubi.tv.

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/21/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Between Worlds (2018): must defend himself from the ghost of his wife, who’s jealous of his new relationship with a medium. We’re hoping it’s Cage’s other weird movie of 2018. No official site located.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

Psychomagic: An Art to Heal (2019?): We’re not so sure about ‘s belief in “psychomagic” therapy (a discipline he created) and wish he’d devote his remaining years to more narrative films instead of documentaries. But he’s a living  legend in weirdness, and entitled to pursue whatever interests him. His fans agree, as they crowdfunded this psychomagical doc into existence. Psychomagic: An Art to Heal at Indiegogo.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Read the Certified Weird review! If the “Special Edition” 4K of Stanley Kubrick‘s psychedelic sci-fi classic was too pricey for you, here’s your chance to snag a Blu at less than half the price. No word on which special features are included or omitted from this version. Buy 2001: A Space Odyssey [4K].

Snowflake (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ review. A remarkably scripted German fantasia with hitmen, angels, superheroes, and fascists battling it out, and an amateur dentist screenwriter directing the action. Blu-ray (the DVD edition was released last week). Buy Snowflake.

MUSIC:

“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Walk with Me”: We don’t usually cover musical releases, but since it’s Christmas and we’re short on stocking stuffers, we’ll link this short EP of carols done in the style of Angelo Badalamenti by composer Jherek Bischoff. It’s a spot-on tribute that a heap of eerie seasonal fun; listening to it, you can just see the snowflakes falling on the prom queen’s corpse while the midget dances around a tree backwards. Buy (or just listen to) “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Walk with Me.”

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.

FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

The Chumscrubber (2005): Read our review. This scatterbrained teen satire, probably aimed at the Donnie Darko demographic, isn’t altogether successful (we’re still not 100% sure what a “chumscrubber” is, or why it’s in the movie), but there’s no denying this is a weird one. Listed as “leaving soon.”  Watch The Chumscrubber free on Tubi.tv.

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.

CONTEST: WIN COPIES OF “SNOWFLAKE” AND “CHRISTMAS BLOOD”

Time for another giveaway! We would like to increase our social media footprint, so to enter, we’re asking you to make a post referencing 366 Weird Movies either on Facebook or Twitter (using either “#366WeirdMovies” or “@366WeirdMovies”). Then, return here to and link to your post in the comments to enter. (You can say whatever you want in your post, from “give me some free stuff @366WeirdMovies” to “You suck, #366WeirdMovies.” Just mention us and return here to tell us!)

We are going to select the winner from the eligible comments randomly using random.org (One entry per person, please).

The usual eligibility rules apply: to receive the DVD/Blu-ray, you must supply us with a mailing address in the United States. (Don’t publish your address in your comment! We’ll contact the winner through email). You also must be over the age of 18. 366 contributors are not eligible for the prize. We’ll stop accepting entries Tuesday, December 18, at midnight EST. If the winner does not respond to our request for a mailing address within 24 hours we’ll email a runner-up, and so forth, until the prize is given away. We don’t guarantee your prize will arrive before Christmas.

SNOWFLAKE (2017) Blu-rayAnd now, for our prizes, both courtesy of Artsploitation Films. First up is a Blu-ray copy of Snowflake, a meta-narrative feature in which an amateur dentist screenwriter finds his own characters pressuring him to change the outcome in his script that features hitmen, angels, superheroes, and fascists fighting it out in a dystopian future Germany. We’re big fans of this movie and heartily recommend it: if you don’t believe us, check out rave review and our just-published interview with director Adolfo J. Kolmerer.

Poster for Christmas Blood (2018)And because it’s that time of the year, our second chilly feature is Norway’s Christmas Blood (DVD). Artsploitation pitches it thusly: “Horror’s Santa-slasher sub-genre mixes with Scandinavian Noir in this bloody Xmas tale. Christmas is a time of peace, love and family. But not for Norway as a psychopath dressed in a Santa Claus suit has been terrorizing them for the past 13 years. For as soon as the caroling starts, this demented Kris Kringle dispenses bloody ax blows regardless of whether you’ve been bad or good. As the holiday approaches on one snow-covered town filled with revelers, a pair of detectives work against time to find and arrest this bearded serial killer. Will they manage to stop this demented St. Nick before he kills again? Director Reinert Kiil (The House, Whore) delivers a dark, disturbing and bloody holiday thriller.”

Now get to it! See you on Facebook (or Twitter). Don’t forget to notify us of your entry in the comments below!

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/7/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Clara’s Ghost (2018): A ghost prompts an actress to confront her dysfunctional family. Starring Chris “Cabin Boy” Elliot and his family (it was written and directed by and stars his youngest daughter, Bridey Elliot). Clara’s Ghost official site.

Mountain Rest (2018): A daughter and granddaughter visit their estranged matriarch, an aging actress, at her mountain cabin. Pitched as a “surreal drama.” Mountain Rest official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Completed?):

Eyes of the Sun (2019?): The following trailer dropped into our in box the other day. It’s for an “artsy adventure film” from Sweden, about a man seeking revenge for a cult kidnapping his sister. I think you can see why it caught our eye. Eyes of the Sun official Facebook page.

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.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON SHOUT FACTORY TV:

Fantasy Mission Force (1983): Read the Certified Weird review! “[A] pulp surrealism masterpiece, set in a previously undiscovered movie universe at the conjunction of the Shaw Brothers, , and the Three Stooges.” Watch Fantasy Mission Force free on Shout Factory TV.

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 11/30/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Anna and the Apocalypse (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ mini-review. A teen musical-zombie-Christmas movie is a reasonable seasonal choice for our type of reader. Anna and the Apocalypse official site.

Ghostbox Cowboy (2018): A Texas entrepreneur/scam artist goes to China, where he finds he may be out of his depth. Are we the only ones getting a 21st century Midnight Cowboy-as-cybercomedy vibe? Ghostbox Cowboy official site.

Sicilian Ghost Story (2017): A teenage girl goes after her missing crush in this magical realist story set in mafia country. A lightly weird, critically acclaimed work that has garnered some comparisons to the work of . Sicilian Ghost Story American distributor site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Brewster McCloud (1970): Read our review. Warner Archive gives ‘s bizarro comedy about a man who dreams of flying on the Astrodome on a set of homemade wings a bare-bones release, but at least it’s in circulation. On DVD-R, Blu-ray and VOD. Buy Brewster McCloud.

True Stories (1986): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. The Criterion Collection takes on ‘s whimsical look at a quirky Texas town; a bonus soundtrack CD (previously unreleased) comes with the Blu-ray (but not with the DVD). Buy True Stories.

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.

NEPOTISM CORNER:

Payday (2018): The movie G. Smalley worked on as a PA, wrote about here, and appeared in (as “the cook”) is now out on DVD. It’s a microbudget hostage thriller. 90% of the time you see flashing police lights in this film, G. Smalley is the one who flipped the switch on the cruiser. Buy Payday.

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.