Category Archives: Pipelines (Archived)

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

As you might have read, our 5th reader-review contest has just concluded, with Frederik Allenmark’s study of ‘s sandy existential parable Woman in the Dunes winning in a tight decision.

So while you will no longer hear us mentioning that contest week after week, we’ll be continuing to plug our other side-project, I Remember This Movie, until all you movie-guessing mavens take your business over there. Our latest mystery movie request comes from “marty71,” who is looking for a (1970s?) film about a man with a Swiss-army-knife style prosthetic hand. If this sounds familiar why don’t you help him out here?

On to next week’s review slate: we’ll start with a look at the paranoid 2013 horror film Banshee Chapter (about CIA mind-control experiments and paranormal phenomena, with an unexpected connection). Also, our Ukrainian correspondent Irene Goncharova follows up her seminal survey of the works of  with an article describing the Russian avant-gardist’s recent works, including his plans to complete and release his lost 1991 magnum opus Anna Karamazoff. Next is a look at gimmick-meister ‘s unexpectedly arty final film, Shanks, a modern fairy tale starring mime Marcel Marceau as a mute puppeteer who learns to control dead bodies by remote control! Finally, before Friday’s weekly survey of upcoming weird releases, Alfred will supplement his coverage of with a look at other iconic cartoon character, Felix the Cat. Now that’s a full week of off-the-wall weirdness to launch 2014 in earnest!

Aside from one fellow who visited us to find out “what paul gauguin hates” (our answer: Danish businessmen), most of the entrants in this week’s Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest were of the “what was that weird movie?” variety. Least weird was someone looking for a “clown piloting a submarine movie.” A bit weirder (likely due to drunken typing) was the person trying to find a “movie where a lady gets even with neb whi killed her husband and hurt her dig.” (That dastardly Neb, hurting her dig!) But the weirdest–and most disturbing—search of the week came from a guy looking for a “movie where a guy wearing a gas mask takes a lot of naked girls to a dumpster then sets them on fire.” It makes sense, now that we think about it: if you’re going to be performing mass incineration in a dumpster, you don’t want to be directly breathing in the fumes from burning naked girls due to a lack of planning.

We’re slightly changing the way we chronicle the reader-suggested review queue. Rather than continuing to list the out-of-print/unavailable in Region 1 titles at the top of the list, we’re moving them to the very end, placing them in a special “holding area” so they won’t be forgotten while we keep our fingers crossed that they will receive an official release. That should prevent the same titles appearing at the front of the queue week after week and give you a better idea of what you might be seeing soon. Here’s the slightly reordered reader-suggested review queue: The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd; Robot Monster; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Our weekly plug for our sister site, I Remember This Movie, brings a request to help the forlorn (“I am pretty desperate. I have been thinking about this movie for ages…”) Lucas89 to figure out the name of a movie about an adopted son who kills his birth mother’s other children, then is killed by his mom. The movie would be at least 15 years old. If this rings a bell, please help the poor guy out here.

Our other long-running plug is for our 5th annual review writing contest. That bit of publicity segues into our first announcement about next week’s content, because Monday will bring you the first four entries in the contest for your perusal: reader pitches for Slacker (1991), Crank 2: High Voltage (2009), George Romero‘s Bruiser (2000), and the lesbian werewolf feature Jack and Diane (2012) to make the List of the 366 Best Weird Movies of all time. There’s still time to sneak a last minute entry in (and win the prize), but we’ll be announcing the contest winner on Thursday, Jan 2. We’ll also bring you two separate year-end lists: our top 10 Weird Movies of the Year, and G. Smalley’s top 10 mainstream movies of the year. Finally, Alfred will boop you his review of Vol. 2 of Olive Films’ “The Essential Betty Boop,” and of course we’ll bring you our Weird Horizon for the upcoming week as we swing into what we are hoping will be a very weird and distressing 2014.

Speaking of weird and distressing, it’s time for our survey of bizarre search terms used to locate the site this past week. First off, we hope we were actually the answer to the question asked by one intrepid Googler: “why was christmas 2013 weird”? Speaking of strange questions, we really hope the following query was made in jest: “how accurate is donnie darko about tangent universes”? Our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week was not a question, however, but rather an answer to the question “what is the one specialized genre of odd films 366 Weird Movies has yet to discuss?” The answer: “japanese cult films colonoscopy.”

Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd; Robot Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Plugs: there’s just a little over a week left to enter our review-writing contest and win a director-signed DVD of The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. We have four entries so far, so your chances aren’t too bad…

Also, we continue to urge all you movie detectives to take a look at some of the unsolved cases over at our spinoff site, I Remember This Movie. Our featured case this week is a Cube-like movie with yellow smiley faces on the wall that played on the Sci-Fi Channel in the late 1990s or early 2000s. If this one rings a bell, icarusfountain requests your assistance

As far as Christmas week content goes, we’ll dig into Santa’s sack of reader-suggested reviews and gift you with a look at the indie horror Yellowbrickroad (2010); a guest poster will discuss three transgressive filmmakers; and Alfred will look at Olive Films’ two 2013 Betty Boop compilations, which bring some rare (and very odd) early cartoons to DVD for the first time.

You can always count on perverts with bad spelling to bring you the odd search terms, and so it is with our first two entries in our regular survey of the weirdest search queries that brought visitors to 366 Weird Movies this week.  The first one, “woman who reel longthing deep photo xxx toys,” almost has the syntax of a dirty search, but there’s something just a bit off about it. The other is more comprehensible, yet somehow even stranger: “adult ugly buut tube.” Our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, however, wasn’t a porn search—at least, not exactly. We were actually most weirded out by someone’s quest to find out “did paul lynde ever show his hairy chest in a movie or tv special?” After all, what difference could the answer to that question possibly make in anyone’s life?

Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Yellowbrickroad (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Two reminders: Our review writing contest is still open throughout December—write the prize-winning review, win yourself a director-signed copy of The Ghastly Love of Johnny X along with an exclusive disc of unreleased extra content!

Also, we’re still hoping the “What Was That Weird Movie?” contingent will gradually migrate over to I Remember This Movie, where your movie-solving achievements will at least be recognized. Help out people like “thisgirlthinks,” who is looking for a “ridiculously corny” medieval-set movie from the 50s or 60s with a strobe-light battle scene. If this rings any bells please help solve the mystery here.

Next week, in between shopping trips (well, trips to the Amazon checkout button), we’ll be reviewing movies here at 366 Weird Movies. We’ll start the week out on a mainstream note when the winners of the 2013 Online Film Critic’s Society Awards are announced, running down the winners while revealing our own ballot. Then, you can expect reviews two recent Blu-ray releases: the amazing one-take surreal museum piece Russian Ark (2002) and ‘s apocalyptic cult horror Prince of Darkness (1987). Alfred will also honor Peter O’Toole’s passing by paying tribute to his weirdest movie, The Ruling Class (1972). Two out of three of those films just happen to be in the reader-suggested review queue, as well.

It was a slight week for weird search terms, but we did get some quality head-scratchers to highlight. We’ll start off with a completely incomprehensible search: “9th class lesan the daffodil.” As always, we fielded some weird questions, like “is it illlegal for police to film people to design incomming for mob hits in conjuction with girls”? (Um, we’re going to guess “yes”?) For our officially Weirdest Search Term of the Week, however, we’ll go with “unblock 60s boobs nude,” a search that makes us think someone out there is desperate to find a workaround for a software program that specifically filters out images of topless women taken between 1960 and 1969. Now that’s weird!

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Russian Ark (next week!); The Ruling Class (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Hey you aspiring chroniclers of the weird, don’t forget to write up your entry for the fifth annual review writing contest for your chance to win a Ghastly Love of Johnny X DVD signed by director ! Use your December break wisely.

Also, don’t forget to check out our sister site, I Remember This Movie, and help people who are looking for the names of movies they have vague memories of. This week’s orphan movie in the spotlight: someone is looking for a vintage RKO-style art-deco musical that features a tree house. If this rings a bell please hie to I Remember This Movie and put this poor woman’s mind at ease, or answer any of dozens of other unanswered movie mysteries.

Back on 366 Weird Movies, this December we’ll be wrapping up our coverage of 2013 releases, starting this week with reviews of the mindbending cabin horror Resolution, William Friedkin’s hick hitman black comedy Killer Joe (actually a  late 2012 DVD release, but it’s in the reader-suggested review queue), and the recently Blu-rayed anime cyberpunk classic Akira (1988). And, always zigging when the rest of us zag, Alfred Eaker chooses to cover Klaus Kinski’s ill-conceived, exploitative mess of a biopic, Paganini (1989).

It was a lean week for weird search terms used to locate the site, but as always we’ll highlight the strangest searches that stained our server logs.  In the category of queries that should lead searchers to (subtle plug coming) I Remember This Movie comes “2 old ladies kill and eat man then grow mushrooms in basement” and “moon+camera+sheep+capsule movie name.” In the same vein, but somewhat weirder, is “1980s movie vagina climb.” But for our weirdest search term of the week we’ll go in a different direction and pick “happy halloween you lucious peice of trash”; not because the words perplex us (we know exactly what the searcher is looking for), but because we’re thrilled to be #1 in Google for that obscure search. 366 Weird Movies: your #1 source for luscious Halloween trash!

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Killer Joe (next week!); Akira (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Sinema of Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Well, it’s out of the pipeline, but we wanted to gently remind you “what was that weird movie?” folks about I Remember This Movie, our official movie-remembering spinoff site. We’ll continue entertaining mystery movie queries here, but we’d like to encourage you to try the new site out. We’re keeping track of which user solves the most mystery movies, and so far it’s “Dreamer” with 1 correct answer: that’s a target we believe you can surpass…

Up on next week’s slate: we’ll announce a new review-writing contest on Monday, so get those typing fingers ready to go. In the “new” release category, we’ll take a look at 1979’s bizarre and confusing Exorcist ripoff The Visitor, which Drafthouse Films is re-releasing to theaters in hopes they’ve uncovered a new lost cult movie. Are they right? We’ll also be reviewing the final movie from , Night Across the Street, a defiantly absurd meditation on death by an artist who realized his days were numbered (Ruiz died in 2011 and the completed movie debuted at Cannes in 2012; in the movie, an old man waits patiently for his killer to arrive while he remembers his childhood when he would carry on conversations with Long John Silver and Ludwig van Beethoven).

Speaking of mystery movies, our weirdest search terms of the week were mostly composed of strange people looking for movies that are strange even by our standards. For example, there was the guy looking for “movies with head of man with bag of worms.” There was the counterintuitive search for a “movie where girls get naked to stay warm” (maybe the girls were blondes?) And there was our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, the guy on a quest to find an “animation middle man eating woman breast.” We have weird movies here, sure, but none of those ring even the slightest of bells. Maybe these searchers should be visiting I Remember This Movie instead?

Here’s how the ridiculously-long and ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd; Robot Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Next week will look more like Halloween than Thanksgiving around these parts, as we’ll be taking a look at the crazy-chick character study Alyce Kills, examining what the 2013 remakers did to the beloved Evil Dead, and checking out a truly evil dead guy who goes by the handle of Nosferatu (1922). Meanwhile, Alfred, at least, remembers to be thankful for the Criterion Collection’s November 2013 release of fan-favorite City Lights (1931).

As always, on Sundays we bring you our rundown of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site. As always, there is at least one search that isn’t that terribly odd in itself but makes you wonder how in the hell our name popped up in the search engine. This week, that entry is “phone number for rabbi zachariah wallerstein.” On the other hand, even though we don’t actually have the information they’re looking for, we totally get why someone would come to 366 Weird Movies looking for “alien worm rape in movies.” For our weirdest search term of the week runner-up, we’ll go with “diaper lover and the mammy” (I get a very unpleasant image of a swaddled Al Jolson when I read that). Finally, our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week goes to the simple “midgets stairing at boobs,” which totally isn’t a thing but really should be.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd; Robot Monster; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

The end of the year is hurtling towards us, which means it’s time to catch up on all the 2013 releases. Still, we’ll look at some older stuff that’s been recently Blu-rayized, like John Carpenter’s early meta-horror In the Mouth of Madness (1994) (which also happens to be in our reader-suggested review queue). In newer releases, we’ll give you the lowdown on the alien delinquents from outer space musical The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, and also give you our belated view on July’s already forgotten sensation, Sharknado (remember? it’s about a tornado full of sharks?)

Some of the searches we encounter weekly as we look for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week are completely appropriate to this site, yet would look strange to an outsider. Such is the case, we think, with “movie list by weirdo,” which sounds like an insult but we’ll take as a compliment. In the “how the heck did they end up on 366 Weird Movies?” category comes the search for [redacted]. In the “we really need to see this if it exists” category is “bizarre film with the bear family and cop who pretends to be a baby.” Our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week comes from the “extremely specific fetish” category: “shirtless armwrestling in the rain.” Congrats to everyone who participated this week and lets hope next week is even weirder!

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: In the Mouth of Madness (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Sinema of Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

We got notice of this festival too late to mention it in Friday’s Weird Horizon column, but we wanted to highlight a couple of screenings coming up this Thursday night, November 14th, at the Cine-Rebis London Underground Film Festival (run by filmmaking team and 366 allies  and ). They will host the European premier of the controversial Disney satire Escape from Tomorrow at 8:30 PM at the Horse Hospital in London. Following that premier at 10:30 comes a film we were unfamiliar with: Mexico’s Tau, about a biologist meeting his dead wife in the desert, starring El Topo child star Brontis Jodorowsky. More details upcoming in Friday’s upcoming Weird Horizon column, but anxious Brits should check out the exciting festival program.

Thanks to everyone who is participating at our new, still in beta mystery movie solving site, I Remember This Movie… So far we have lots of movie questions but no actual verified solves yet. Let’s get to solving those mysteries!

Back in the weird movie field, next week we’ll be bringing you another list of top 10 weird movies for your consideration, this one submitted by , the director of the psychedelic animated lesbian science fiction musical Strange Frame. We’ll also take a look at the French haunted-house flick Livide (2011) and the odd, irreverent Jewish talking feline of The Rabbi’s Cat (2011).

It seems that, rather than going to I Remember This Movie like sensible people, folks are typing their mangled movie memories into Google and getting sent here. It may not help them in their quest to solve their movie mysteries, but thankfully such searched do give us something to consider for our “Weirdest Search Term of the Week” contest. For example, there’s the person searching for “early naked girl and bucket water animated movie” (I think they may be looking for this Georges Méliès movie, though it’s not animated). Other searches in this vein that caught our eye: “horror sex movies with a iron penis,” “what was the movie from the 60’s where a tree gets stabbed?,” and “strange film where some people put their heads inside their bottoms.” We’re going to go outside the box for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week pick, however, and select “tony watt dakota fanning.” This strikes us as weird because, when we think of Tony Watt, we think of this guy (not this guy)… Well, maybe it’s not weird to you, but the idea of  in a Tony Watt movie amuses us to no end…

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd; Robot Monster; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

If you’ve been following this site with a ridiculous level of detail, you’ll realize that the “what was that weird movie?” feature has become so popular and so unwieldy that we’ve been planning to spin off an entire site based on the concept. So with that in mind we’re pleased to announce that Irememberthismovie.com is now in test mode. We’re looking to squash bugs and gradually roll out features, so, although we’re not begging you to go over there just yet, we’d be happy if someone signed up and asked and answered some mystery movie questions. We’ll double-post your queries over here while we’re working out the bugs. Thanks!

Next week at the weird movies: Acid House, the 1998 trilogy of strange and tawdry tales from writer Irvine (Trainspotting) Welsh; Summer Wars, the anime thriller about an apocalyptic A.I. that seizes a virtual reality network of the near future; and we’ll finish with a wafer-thin analysis of Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

While doing our research for this week’s Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest, we came across this astounding fact: according to Alexa, one of the most popular search terms used to locate 366 Weird Movies is “weird alien band person and guy raps,” which according to them accounts for  %0.59 of all our traffic. You want solid traffic analysis, go to Google; but if you want something bizarre and obviously wrong, then Alexa is the service to beat. Meanwhile, back on Google, people are searching for “strange movies that are not watched,” and coming here. They also want to know “is there any documented proof of a python knocking down an old wall with its body?,” and apparently believe that “366 Weird Movies” looks like the place that could answer that question. For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’re going with “breakfast existential eggs old weird abstract poem famous”: you know, that famous abstract existential poem about eggs.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd; Robot Monster; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE