First off, there is only one more week to vote for 2014’s Weirdcademy Awards. In the Weirdest Short Film of 2104 contest, “Earthworm Heart” is trouncing “Too Many Cooks” due to a fan campaign, and it looks unlikely that any other film can win without a similar viral campaign. The other races are closer; although The Dance of Reality is leading every category in which it’s nominated, the second place nominees are at least in striking distance. The closest race is in the “Weirdest Actor” category, where Michael Fassbender‘s fake-headed mentally ill musical genius Frank leads the Jake Gyllenhaal doppelgangers of Enemy by a mere 8 votes.
Next week’s review slate includes Alex Kittle‘s report on The Duke of Burgundy (a classier, better and weirder S&M-themed movie choice than that Shades thing, for sure), while G. Smalley looks into the bluesy melancholy of 2013’s Memphis. G. will also venture into that absurdly long reader-suggested review queue to cover 1992’s dysfunctional fantasy/drama Leolo.
Now for the feature you’ve all been eagerly awaiting: our weekly look at the weirdest search terms used to locate the site this week. In keeping with this week’s minor Duke of Burgundy/50 Shades theme, this week’s contestants are fairly kinky, and that’s not even counting the likely innocent but unfortunately worded “the abominable dr. phibes organ.” We’ll start in earnest with the remarkably specific “naked girl on broken toilet in junkyard”—remember, that’s the least weird search we’ll be highlighting. Next up is a question we’ve often asked ourselves, “can women have a organisms setting moving their legs together upskirts.” Who are we kidding, we’ve never asked such an absurd question, and nor has anyone else in human history. That’s still not our weirdest search of the week, however, as we’ll select “vintage erotica shaving sombrero” as the kinkiest query we saw. Our forefathers sure had some weird fetishes (and, apparently, hairier sombreros than we have today).
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Léolo (next week!); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Filthy Earth; Conspirators of Pleasure; Innocence; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Blue Velvet; ID (2005); Master of the Flying Guillotine; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
First off, please continue voting in the 2014 Weirdcademy Awards poll and also cast your vote for the Weirdest Short Film of 2104. Polls remain open for two more weeks, so there is still plenty of time to affect the outcome.
Forging ahead, next week we’ll look at a couple of new releases. Ryan Aarset explains Why Don’t You Go Play in Hell?, while G. Smalley takes on the Lynchian/Indian vision quest indie, Winter in the Blood. Then, we’ll dip into the reader-suggested review queue for the 1968 psychedelic Japanese horror Goke: Bodysnatcher from Hell, while Alfred Eaker promises to stay away from politics (for a week, at least) and instead give us his insights on Luis Buñuel‘s Viridiana (1961).
It’s once again time for us to share the weirdest search terms we discovered in our server logs last week, in a little feature we like to call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” First up is the person looking for “366 blonde stripper”—we wonder, how did this person know about our future plans to open 366blondestrippers.com? Next is the search for “movie where monsters balls get sucked through hole,” a film we probably won’t be tracking down for review. But this week’s winner is unquestionably the search for “fart fart .com/1987.” Not only is the person searching for a (thankfully nonexistent) flatulence website, they’re looking for a particular page devoted to a particular year in gas. Why? Thankfully, we’ll never know the answer.
Here’s how the ridculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell (next week!); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Filthy Earth; Conspirators of Pleasure; Innocence; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
First off, go vote in the 5th Annual Weirdcademy Awards poll. Are you back now? Did you remember to vote for the Weirdest Short Film of 2104, too? Good. Let’s discuss this. The ballot-stuffing campaign for “Earthworm Heart” continues in the short film category, as it has now amassed a 100 vote lead over viral favorite “Too Many Cooks.” (This just goes to show that “Too Many Cooks” is just way too mainstream for 366 Weird Movies readership). On the feature film side, The Dance of Reality is dominating every category it was nominated in, leading Mood Indigo by 5 votes for Weirdest Picture, while opera diva turned Jodorowsky matron Pamela Flores leads the “Weirdest Actress” race by 10 votes over Under the Skin‘s Scarlett Johansson, and Flores’ unique cure for the plague cure dominates the “Weirdest Scene” category. The “Weirdest Actor” contest sees Michael Fassbender‘s big-headed Frank come from behind to take a lead over both Jake Gyllenhaals in Enemy. Lots can change between now and the close of voting on February 22, and you can be the one to change it.
Next week starts off with a Reader Recommendation for Quentin Dupieux‘s rarely seen (it was only released theatrically in France) first feature, Steak (2007). We’ll stay in Gaul to check out the minimalist arthouse feature Bird People (2014). Then, we head back to domestic shores, and what could be more all-American than a movie featuring Elvis and JFK battling a mummy? That’s right, it’s the reader-suggested horror-comedy Bubba Ho-Tep (2002). It’s gonna be another weird week here at 366.
It was a weak week for strange search terms used to locate this site, but as always we’ll trot out what we saw for your amusement in our popular running feature, “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” The contestants this week all come from the “what was that weird movie?” school of goofy Googling, so they likely actually refer to something real, however strange they may seem on the surface. First up is the search for “anime movie about a girl who looks for an alien who killed her brother with a big hat.” Our next offering involves an “80s movie woman read books with forearm.” Not too weird, are they? Our default winner comes from Down Under (we’re guessing): “wierdo in werribee magic wizard stars spy vid funny.” We warned you it was a substandard week in weirdness; they can’t all be the strangest. Here’s hoping next week is more deranged.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Bubba Ho-Tep (next week!); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Filthy Earth; Conspirators of Pleasure ; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
First up, a reminder that you have until February 22nd to vote for the 5th Annual Weirdcademy awards. We have our first official campaign in the short film category, as if looks like partisans of “Earthworm Heart” have streamed in to give that film a huge lead over presumptive favorite “Too Many Cooks.” The feature competition indicates strong preferences for The Dance of Reality and Under the Skin. Dance leads Skin 30-26 in the Weirdest Movie category, while Pamela Flores is currently leading Scarlett Johansson by a lone vote in the Weirdest Actress category. In the other races, Jake Gyllenhaal(s) hold a narrow lead over Michael Fassbender and his fake head in the Weirdest Actor contest, while Dance is running away with Weirdest Scene (for Ms. Flores’ rather unique cure for plague). Cast your vote here.
Next week we’ll cover 2015’s very first weird release, the direct-to-DVD “Memento-with-a-hot-chick” thriller 88. Then, we’ll reach deep into the reader-suggested review queue for a couple of odd odds-and-ends that just happen to be available for free viewing online: the amateur “mixtape” 2012 Aficionado DVD Zine Issue #0, and Jean Renoir’s surreal 1927 short “Charleston Parade” (with a guy in a gorilla suit—always a good thing to put in a weird movie). Alfred Eaker returns to Something Weird’s “roadshow” catalog for a couple of “harder” sexploitation films: 1961’s Damaged Goods and 1970’s pre-hardcore hippie sex shocker The Hard Road.
Speaking of twisted libidos, it’s time once again for our weekly survey of bizarre search terms used to locate this site, a popular feature we like to call “Weirdest Search Term of the Week.” We’ll start out with “animated movie with a woman dressed as a cat and a pregnant lady and robots,” which sounds like something we’d love to check out. Stranger still is “ice shanty erotica clips,” which is definitely a new fetish to us (and also something we’d love to check out). But it was “brandi and demon feet pedaling free online video” that earned its place as our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week. We wouldn’t necessarily love to check it out, but we couldn’t resist at least taking a peek at Brandi and her demon feet.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands (note: we are slowly researching and moving more titles into the “out of print/not yet on Region1 DVD” holding pen we print at the end of the list, so if you think something’s missing you might check there): 2012 Aficionado DVD Zine Issue #0 (next week!); “Charleston Parade” (next week!); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Filthy Earth; Conspirators of Pleasure; Bubba Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Well, apparently its that time of year again: while we weren’t paying attention, someone went and announced the Academy Awards nominations for Most Conventional Movie of the year. That spurs us to once again announce our (popularity-driven, tongue-in-cheek, purely for fun, no wagering please) Weirdcademy Awards nominations, which we will debut tomorrow. Later in the week, we’ll dig into the reader-suggested review queue for a look at the Quay Brothers‘ dark fairy tale Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, and then take a second crack at Peter O’Toole’s insane performance in the black 1972 satire The Ruling Class. We also expect to throw another new theatrical release review in the mix, too.
Now that those announcements are done with, we can give you what you really came here for today: our weekly rundown of the weirdest search terms used to locate the site in the past seven days. As you might expect, we see lots of queries regarding movies in which things eat other things. A typical example would be “the movie where a witch turns a boy into a gingerbread man and he tries eating himself and falls into a well,” a description which I know we all recognize. A little weirder is “alien eats guy after trampoline sex movie.” Is the searcher looking for a sex movie where an alien eats a trampoline, then a guy, or for a movie where an alien eats a guy after he has sex on a trampoline? The world may never know. We award neither of these our official “Weirdest Search Term of the Week” award, however, not in a week where someone out there searched for “vacuuming sucks up blog.” There is no real explanation for that one.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands (note: we are slowly researching and moving more titles into the “out of print/not yet on Region1 DVD” holding pen we print at the end of the list, so if you think something’s missing you might check there): Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (next week!); Candy (1968); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Next week, we’ll take a couple out of the reader-suggested review queue, starting with the crazy social satire Britannia Hospital, the third entry in Lindsay Anderson/Malcolm McDowell‘s “Mick Travis” trilogy (we certified the second one weird). Next up comes Peter Weir‘s hard-to-classify debut oddity, The Cars That Ate Paris (it’s kind of a psychological horror/satire/black comedy/demolition derby thing). We’ll also venture to the theater to initiate coverage on 2015’s first big weird movie event, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s stoned adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s Inherent Vice. Finally, we plan on bringing you Alfred Eaker‘s “evolution of the sexploitation picture” piece that got bumped last week for behind-the-scenes reasons.
Each week, our featurette “Weirdest Search Term of the Week” examines the strangest searches that brought traffic to the site this week. Often, the searchers we feature are looking for the names of movies which they have garbled memories of (the rest of them are looking for porn). We’ll focus on the first group, whom we can’t help much this week, except for our first entry, “lesbians picknicking in corsets,” which we believe might refer to this film (although that’s not how we’d describe the main thrust). Far more mangled is the search for “the show where girl drops of rob something with her boyfriend but the boy doesn’t because he girl gets caught movie.” But our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week turned out to be “movie or tv show with female looking digital music players that mutilate boys penis,” which manages to weird-up digital music players in two different directions: “female-looking digital music players,” and “digital music players that mutilate boys penis.” I’ll be sticking with my iPod, thanks!
Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Britannia Hospital (next week!); The Cars that Ate Paris (next week!); Themroc; Candy (1968); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Filthy Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
With 2014 finally in the can, we can return to plowing through that reader-suggested (before new 2015 releases start piling up on the desk). First, however, our low-budget series 366 Underground takes time out to look at the 2014 paranoid sci-fi flick Battle at Beaver Creek, about post-apocalyptic militias fighting government mind control in the Yukon. We’ll also be finishing up an important 2014 Blu-ray release as we tackle Eden and After, Alain Robbe-Grillet‘s 1970 fusion of surrealism, psychedelia and sadomasochism. Finally, we’ll turn our attention to the aforementioned reader-suggested queue for as we sit down for My Dinner with Andre (1981). As always, Alfred Eaker heads in a different direction altogether as he examines the evolution of America’s puritanical attitudes about sex through a look at a trio exploitation films produced between 1948 and 1970.
Here’s our weekly rundown of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site this week—a little feature we call, quite logically, Weirdest Search Terms of the Week. Inexplicable punctuation can sometimes cause an otherwise only slightly odd search to show up in this space, to wit, this week’s unique use of the forward slash: “”what film is this? man is/space hit by a/beam from the/sun 1980.” Misspellings occasionally will qualify as well, but they also need to incorporate some strange slant to the query, as is the case with “film titlrs with litersl meaning. pot mender suit maker militant double agent.” (Yeah, we get it, sort of. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy—but how is that a “litersl” meaning?) But for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with one that’s written in perfect grammatical English—“movie where teen females are sacrificed to ghost pirates”—just because we really want to see this one. (We’re certain a reader will recognize this description and tell us the title in the comments).
Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: My Dinner with Andre (next week!); The Real McCoy; Themroc; Candy (1968); The Fox Family; Angelus; Britannia Hospital; This Filthy Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE