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Only 26 more movies to Certify Weird…

It’s a busy summer week here at 366. First off, our final reader-selected contest is on, your last chance to directly vote a film onto the List of 366 (and possibly win a prize!) Nominations are open here until Friday.

Alfred Eaker has a couple more pre-code films on tap in Safe in Hell (1931) and Murder at the Vanities (1934). Giles Edwards is busy catching two films a day at the Fantasia Festival, and plans to drop off a number of things—both a page of mini-capsules and some full length reviews. We’re keeping the titles secret for now, but he’s already found a couple of surprises. And amidst all the hubbub we’re also going to try to find time to post a review of Kino’s recent video release of ‘s chaotic and epic ode to vanished Yugoslavia, Underground, and maybe even a report on the now-in-theaters hit (be weird movie standards) Sorry to Bother You. Check in daily!

Bucking recent trends, we actually had a few genuinely weird search terms to highlight this week. First up, we think it goes without saying that this entry has to be some kind of error: “[[[“xjs.sav.id.a3p-uiv9jxk.o”,5]],[[“id”,”type”,”created_timestamp”,”last_modified_timestamp”,”signed_redirect_url”,”dominant_color_rgb”,”tag_info”,”url”,”title”,”comment”,”snippet”,”image”,”thumbnail”,”num_ratings”,”avg_rating”,”page”,”job”]],[[“dt_fav_images”]],10000].” Back on planet earth, so to speak, was the search for “alien in woman’stomach and blew up by drinking water movie.” But for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week (and given the way things have been going, likely of the Month) we’ll pick “scary movie where girl throws up on guy but ge imagines colora.” Even fixing the misspellings results in a search for a scary movie where a girl throws up on a guy, but he imagines colors—and if that’s not a weird term to search for, we’re not sure what would qualify.

The suggestions page is temporarily shut down while we focus on the final reader-suggested contest, but it nevertheless continued to grow. Usual disclaimer: we will probably not be getting to all of these (though we will pick out a few), and you can consider this a list of “honorable mentions” for your own perusal and amusement. That out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long and temporarily-paused reader-suggested review queue now stands: Underground (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Moebius Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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Only 27 movies left to Certify Weird!

Next week, Alfred Eaker starts us out with a pair of new documentaries which (as he promised) feature a King and a Pope. Then Shane Wilson goes into the reader-suggested review queue for the 1966 teen satire Lord Love a Duck. Giles Edwards takes on the Joe D’Amato giallo Death Smiles on a Murderer (with and Klaus Kinski, how bad can it be? You’ll find out!) That’s one movie from the 1960s and one from the 1970s, so naturally, the next in the series will come from the 1980s: G. Smalley takes a second look at the zoology-based madness of ‘s A Zed and Two Noughts (1985).

For months we’ve been predicting that Google privacy filters would cause the eventual demise of our popular (?) Weirdest Search Term of the Week feature, and it seems that time has finally come. But we’ll see if we can muster enough strange searches for a Weirdest Search Term of the Month contest instead. We’ve only got a couple of contestants this week. First up is “1990s movie which involves a cop and a women that fights monsters with the fbi and try to save rich people traped in a building.com”: a mildly weird description, made odder by the searchers affixing “.com” to the end (why do Googlers do this? Are they trying to exclude relevant information from .org or .edu domains?) The second search is perhaps even less comprehensible: “movie name s the trin drum sex all movies sex.” Is he looking specifically for The Tin Drum, or for “all movies”? And does he really think the results will be twice as sexy if he types “sex” twice?

Before listing the reader-suggested queue, it’s time for another disclaimer: with only 27 movies left to Certify Weird, all of the hundreds of suggestions listed below can’t possibly make it, or even receive a fair hearing. These movies are currently listed in order of submission, but at this point we are ignoring that order and reaching deeper into the queue for the few films we feel, for one reason or another, merit coverage. Consider the rest of them reader-suggested honorable mentions. With that out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Lord Love a Duck (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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Only 28 more movies left to Certify Weird, and only four more days to participate in our latest DVD/Blu-ray giveaway contest. How time flies!

Alfred Eaker starts us out next week with another installment of his series, examining the politically incorrect (by today’s standards) comedy Diplomaniacs, and the early drama The Bitter Tea of General Yen. Then, Giles Edwards reviews the recent psychological thriller Kaleidoscope (starring Toby Jones as an ex-con with mommy issues and a new corpse to deal with). Then it’s into the reader-suggested review queue as Terri McSorley looks at the post-apocalyptic, avant-garde film adult Cafe Flesh, while G. Smalley takes on Waltz with Bashir, ‘s Academy Award nominated semi-documentary animation about his experiences as an Israeli soldier in the Lebanon War.

The end may be near (for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest, that is). Due to privacy settings, only 33 of over 1,200 search terms used to locate the site thsis week are now visible to us. Based on past experience from the glory days of non-encrypted Googling, we’re sure there are some astonishingly weird requests hiding inside those 1100+ invisible queries. But we’ll let you know what we do see, at least until those 33 visible inquiries slip to 3. We’ll point out the ambitious search for “800 weird movie,” which is more than double what we’re offering (and certainly many readers hope we’ll eventually go that high). And then there’s the slightly weird “70s movie piece of the moon turns into a monster.” But, for the first week since we started this survey, the competition was too slim to justify giving out an official Weirdest Search Term of the Week. Maybe it’s time to move to a Weirdest Search Term of the Month contest?

Time for another disclaimer: with only 28 movies left to Certify Weird, all of the hundreds of suggestions listed below can’t possibly make it, or even receive a fair hearing. These movies are currently listed in order of submission, but at this point we are ignoring that order and reaching deeper into the queue for the few films we feel, for one reason or another, merit coverage. Consider the rest of them reader-suggested honorable mentions. With that out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Cafe Flesh (next week!); Waltz with Bashir (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Moebius (1996); The Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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Only 29 movies left to Certify Weird!

Inspired by a reader suggestion to review Josef von Sternberg’s heavily Expressionistic Catherine the Great biopic The Scarlet Empress (1934), Alfred Eaker dusts off his old “Pre-code Heaven” series (he’ll pair Empress with von Sternberg’s Marlene Dietrich showcase Blonde Venus). Speaking of pre-code films, Pete Trbovich takes the helm for our second view on ‘s impossible-to-make-today freakshow horror Freaks. Also, G. Smalley opens your mind’s eye to the indie Zen Dog, a hippie-revivalist film featuring the teachings of Zen apostle Alan Watts. And while we’re at it, why not throw in a DVD/Blu-ray giveaway contest starting on Tuesday? That should keep you checking in throughout the week…

Increasingly, our survey of the Weirdest Search Term of the Week is leaning on queries by horny ESL students. Take, for example, “best wab side incest movies.” Or “block mejer pron hd,” a search we believe contains misspellings in at least two different languages (if not, it’s just a search for nonsense pron). And how about “aobgezwgyzl2sc-s7kkw7gscqa-5_kmi60e5otc_oqj0hmdwsakfswgqjo-onflqqzmye9-fb6z6kxsf3s6pz7b0hsbyjzhxacru3q3g63p1uokcba2lllu-iawxykxihgeltzip_ry38csvo_hm4he”, a misspelling of massive dimensions (which also brings up exactly zero Google hits, making it impossible for someone to locate our site using this bizarre string of characters). With all of that orthographic carnage, we’ll turn instead to “odd accompanied porn” for our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week. (Perhaps block mejer porn would qualify as odd accompanied porn? Who can say in the world of incomprehensibly concupiscent Google searches?)

Disclaimer: with only 30 movies left to Certify Weird, all of the hundreds of suggestions listed below can’t possibly make it, or even receive a fair hearing. These movies are currently listed in order of submission, but at this point we are ignoring that order and reaching deeper into the queue for the few films we feel, for one reason or another, merit coverage. With that out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long -and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Moebius Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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Only 30 movies left to Certify Weird

Having finished with his Batman TV miniseries, Alfred Eaker turns his attention to the latest offbeat iteration of the Caped Crusader: the 2018 superhero/anime crossover Batman Ninja. Sticking with recent releases, G. Smalley will discuss the new-on-video-on-demand psychological horror Inheritance, while Ryan Aarset surveys the incendiary Heredity. Then, Giles Edwards re-works entry on the stop-motion nightmare “Street of Crocodiles” (regular readers can probably guess why).

Now is the time when we highlight the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to this site (with our usual disclaimer that this survey is a shadow of what it once was thanks to privacy filters blocking search terms). First, we have to mention the search for “billy cook saddles.” These are real things, but they have absolutely no relevance to us whatsoever—what’s weird about it is the thought that some searcher looking for horsewear passed over all the relevant Google results on the first page, and decided to visit a weird movie site instead. More typical of the type of searches we see nowadays is “i’m looking for a horror movie that was made in the 80s it have indians in it and have an alien having sex with a woman”. A bizarre request by normal people’s standards, sure, but we’ve gotten used to seeing weirder. Since we have nothing better to spotlight, we’ll go with the moderately amusing “movie with bad guy getting punched in the face with a puppet” as our Weirdest Search Term of the Week. But try to do better in the future, Googlers!

Before reprinting the ridiculously-long -and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue, let’s point out something that may seem obvious in retrospect: with only 30 movies left to Certify Weird, all of the hundreds of suggestions listed below can’t possibly make it, or even receive a fair hearing. These movies are currently listed in order of submission, but at this point we are ignoring that order and reaching deeper into the queue for the few films we feel, for one reason or another, merit coverage. So, Genius Party has been sitting in the first position for quite a while; but as it’s an anthology film that’s not easily accessible in the U.S., we keep passing it over—and will probably continue to. In other words, you can’t trust this queue for insights into what will be reviewed in the immediate future. That’s bad if you are rooting for something near the front of the queue to see its day in 366 court, but good if you’re a fan of a film buried deeper in the list.

With that out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long -and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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Only 31 movies left to Certify Weird

Alfred Eaker starts us off next week by finishing up his miniseries on TV’s “Batman” (start with part one here). Then, after Shane Wilson types out the full title of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade [AKA Marat/Sade], we’ll see if there’s any room left for an analysis of this 1967 film adaptation of the 1963 play. Pete Trbovich chooses to go a different direction with the briskly-titled Zachariah, the 1971 counterculture Western written by the Firesign Theater. That leaves G. Smalley crawling through this site’s early archives, coming up with a fresh appreciation of the anarchic 1941 musical comedy Hellzapoppin!

Here we go again with our weekly survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site. Despite the inhibiting effect of anonymizing privacy settings, we still managed to find a few strange queries this week, starting with a search for a movie-we’d-like-to-see: “horror movie mansion carpet eats woman.” Even odder is the “film where a house is chaced by another.” Still, for our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with “kids playing violin abandoned house turns into birds in the”. With the kids playing violins in an abandoned house, it was already developing weirdly before the searcher was either interrupted or just lost interest in typing the rest of it, leaving us in suspense about whether the kids turned into birds, or the house turned into birds, or just what the hell actually happened with the birds.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-obviously-impossible-to-complete reader-suggested review queue stands: Marat/Sade (next week!); Zachariah (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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Only 33 movies left to Certify Weird

While still awaiting his next summer blockbuster assignment, Alfred Eaker kicks off next week with a “KAPOW!” with the second installment of his “Batman” series (read the first here). While we’re waiting for Al to kick at tentpoles, G. Smalley is planning to check out the non-blockbuster, wannabe cult film How to Talk to Girls at Parties this week. Shane Wilson checks in with a review of ‘s 1989 occultist romp Moon Child (which recently debuted on Blu-ray). Smalley returns later in the week for a second look at ‘s Phantom of Liberty (and experienced readers can probably figure out why that is).

It’s time again for our survey of the weirdest search terms that brought users to the site this week, with our usual caveat that this feature seems doomed due to increased use of privacy filters that prevent us from seeing over 95% of searches. But as long as we can, we’ll continue to spotlight the strangest queries from the 5% we do see. Stuff like “movie where kid shrimks and hangs on vagina hair80s” (a query we actually know the answer to: do you?) There’s also “the life of warrior prostitutes,” which sounds weird, sure, but refers to an actual media property (though one we’d prefer not to promote). For our weirdest search term of the week, we’ll go with one we don’t recognize and don’t want to recognize: “the movie in which girls do party and one fat girl climb on a boy and the boy died then they find to keep him somewhere.” Bad grammar, rambling syntax, and an enigmatic conclusion; just enough bizarre elements for us to declare it our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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Only 33 movies left to Certify Weird

…and stay tuned for an announcement later today, after this update posts.

Next week, Alfred Eaker starts a new miniseries  on the campy/odd 60s incarnation of “Batman,” perhaps with a few bat-extras thrown in. Meanwhile, El Rob Hubbard gets caught up with last years “The Collection” box set release, Pete Trbovich tangles with Neil Breen’s revelatory I Am Here Now, and G. Smalley considers ‘s much-requested breakthrough psychedelic stick figure animation, It’s Such a Beautiful Day. All great suggestions to cure you of the Avengers-induced summertime movie blues!

Here are the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site this week, with the ongoing caveat that Internet privacy settings continue to get (from our voyeuristic perspective) worse and worse, hiding more than 90% of all searches from our prying eyes. First up it’s the so-generic-it’s-weird search for “an old man” (outside chance this is a person searching for info on Alfred Eaker). Next, we’ll go with the blasé “tv show monster in stone take dad girl in wheele chair and boy has to find him” (because we feel like we’ve got to feature something as a runner-up). This week, we’ll go with “human being milked” for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week. But we’ll also point out that we see a search term like this about once every two weeks; it’s pretty run-of-the-mill ’round here.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: I Am Here Now (next week!); It’s Such a Beautiful Day (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Moebius Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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Only 33 movies left to Certify Weird

Next week Alfred Eaker takes us to the end of ‘s career (and perhaps of our coverage of him) with a review of the Swede’s 1982 swan song, Fanny and Alexander. Then it’s into the reader-suggested review queue as Shane Wilson debates whether we should let the modern vampire classic Let the Right One In in, while G. Smalley looks into the eye-opening mindbender Open Your Eyes. We’ll end our weekly slate of reviews with a second look at ‘s semi-silent 1999 essay in Expressionism, Tuvalu.

Privacy settings make it harder and harder for us to find truly weird search terms each week, but until they dry up completely,  we’ll continue to list the weirdest searches that brought people to the site each week. This week we begin with one that goes in the “we’d actually like to see that” file: “child is found dying and turned into elf in foreign movie”.  Next up is the search for “366weirdmovies hillary clinton” (we aren’t aware of any movies Hillary’s made, weird or otherwise, but if she’s taken up filmmaking in her retirement, we’d be willing to take a look at them). We guess we’ll pick “80s-90s movie eat goo an change” for our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week (is it about people eating goo and change—the weirder option—or about people who eat goo that makes them change?)

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Let the Right One In (next week!); Open Your Eyes (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; I Am Here Now; Sir Henry at Rawlinson Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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Only 35 more movies left to Certify Weird…

Next week, Alfred Eaker begins his summer penance with his first blockbuster review, the the  vehicle Life of the Party. As painful as that experience sounds, it might not be as bad as Pete Trbovich‘s assignment: the disastrous 1999 adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions (don’t shed a tear for him, he volunteered for it). Then G. Smalley will bring you your first look at ‘s upcoming experimental drama Madeline’s Madeline, and then bring you long-awaited coverage of the under-the-radar Japanese cult comedy Survive Style 5+.

It was another weak week in weird search terms used to locate 366 Weird Movies, as Google privacy settings continue to hide over 95% of queries from our prying eyes. As always, we’ll let you know what we did see. Let’s see… “movie where a deformed boy on skateboard is attacked by a dog.” Is that odd? How about the simple question “what is the necrophiliac movie called”? That would probably qualify as a weird on another site, but here it’s probably an appropriate question.  The closest thing to an actual weird search we found was “a cartoon that people lights up when they have sex.” Let’s make it weirder next week, searchers, shall we?

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Breakfast of Champions (next week!); Survive Style 5+ (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE