We’ll be slacking off a little bit next week. Oh, we’ll still have a full slate of reviews for your reading pleasure, it’s just that one of them will be Richard Linklater‘s revolutionary indie Slacker (1991). We’ll also be reviewing what’s essentially an unfinished and unreleased movie in “Chingsao the Clown,” basically a 15 minute pitch for a feature that has not yet been completed. We’ll complement that one with a look at a movie that’s unavailable in a decent version (in Region 1) in Prospero’s Books (1991), Peter Greenaway‘s nudie version of Shakespeare. All three of those entries come out of our reader-suggested review queue, but as you will notice from the list below we’re still barely making a dent in that monstrosity.
It’s almost always the perverts who dominate our “Weirdest Search Term of the Week” contest, and this edition is no exception to the general rule. The least weird of this week’s deviant entries is the search for “lactating superhero cartoons.” Dialing the strangeness up a notch, we find the rambling request for info about “suckling animals of the issuance of sexy ladies hitch a violent video.” As bizarre and nearly incomprehensible as that fetish is, however, we’re still enshrining the unique “a woman’s vagina worms that affect slave sex film” as our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week. The (probably bad) effects of vagina worms on slave sex had never occurred to us before, and we sincerely hope the searcher was able to locate a film that explores this neglected topic.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-girwing reader-suggested review queue stands: Prospero’s Books (next week!); Slacker (next week!); “Chingsao the Clown” (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); “Foutaises”; Amelie; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; 1; Fast, Cheap and Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Next week we promise a review of Abbas Kiarostami‘s latest conceptual arthouse drama, Like Someone in Love, about the ambiguous relationship between a professor and a call girl. We’ll also dip into the reader-suggested review queue for a look at Harmony Korine‘s schizophrenic teen experiment Julien Donkey-Boy (1999). No promises on the week’s other two reviews, but they will include some combination of an exciting new sci-fi release with powerful cult movie potential, an eight-hour foreign arthouse epic, and a controversial but visually spectacular British nudie classic. Gotta keep you guys guessing.
Search engine traffic for the site remains down, making our endeavor to find the Weirdest Search Term of the Week more of a challenge. Maybe, now that Spring is breaking, people are venturing outside, spending their leisure time breathing fresh air, picnicking and bicycling rather than reading about weird movies. But there is one thing that the great outdoors can never give you that Google can: porn. Which is a good thing for our quest to locate weird search terms, since that means we can wonder about queries like “doctor changes sissy to girly boy with organs” (we confess we don’t know the technical difference between a sissy and a girly boy, so maybe this actually makes sense to a devotee of sissydom). In the same vein come searches for “medieval interrogation xxx movie blog forum,” and “big breasted girl slaves fed to roman soildiers porn.” Our choice for the Weirdest Search Term of the Week, however, is also the one that makes us the most squeamish: a search for info on “the hungarian penis slasher.” We read that one and immediately cancelled plans to vacation in Budapest.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Julien Donkey-boy (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); “Foutaises”; Amelie; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; 1; Fast, Cheap and Out of Control; Tokyo Gore Police; At Midnight I’ll Take Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
From the ridiculous to the sublime: we’ll start off next week with reviews of a pair of cheezy b-movies, the impossible-to-follow Taiwanese epic Return of the Kung Fu Dragon (1976) and the impossible-to-swallow Highlander II (1991). Then we’ll segue into two cinema classics, checking out Ingmar Bergman‘s Freudian phantasmagoria Persona (1966) for the first time, while Alfred adds additional thoughts on the Certifed Weird classic Un Chien Andalou (1929). Where else will you get that range of schizophrenic cinema coverage but at 366 Weird Movies? That’s our mission: we explore the extremes and ignore the mediocre middle.
Google traffic is down, down, down, for reasons we can’t explain. Nonetheless, a high percentage of the trickle of traffic that remains consists of weird search terms of the sort that we love to bring to you each week in a feature we like to call, “Weirdest Search Term of the Week.” For example, we noticed someone searching for “pope rogy movies” (we’re unaware of a Pope Rogy, but perhaps the searcher mistyped some other word). Even weirder, we suppose, is the search for “gaseous ghosts cleavage movies.” The previous two searchers were looking for particularly strange genres of movies, but the next fellow tops them both with the official Weirdest Search Term of the Week: “ood moviesttttttat ae weird.” We’re assuming that query was typed on a keyboard with no “g,” “h” or “r” and a “t” that sticks: either that, or the searcher was drunk as hell.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Persona (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); “Foutaises”; Julien Donkey-boy; Amelie; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; 1; Fast, Cheap and Out of Control; Tokyo Gore Police; At Midnight I’ll Take Your Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
We’ll start off next week with a look at Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman (2012), a surreal animated concoction narrated from beyond the grave by Chapman himself. We’ll follow that up with a couple of flicks from the reader-suggested review queue: the “New French Extremity” horror Sheitan (2006) and Lars von Trier’s misanthropic Dogville (2003). To cap off the week, Alfred will finish up his survey of the overlooked career of Harry Langdon with a review of The Chaser (1928), the second (and last existing) self-directed feature from slapstick’s “forgotten clown.”
Nothing (for you) to worry about, but our Google traffic took an unexplained nosedive this week. We still manage to locate mucho weird search terms sticking out of the statistical traffic wreckage like severed limbs. We’ll start with the person looking for advice to “stop dogs humping gf wakeup” (wanting to stop dogs from humping your girlfriend is perfectly understandable—it’s only the unexplained “wakeup” at the end that turns it into a weird search term). If that doesn’t ring your weird bell, how about the guy who’s looking to “chat shrewish directly”? And, while we’d actually like to see “bizarre movie about love transforming into goat,” if we had our video druthers we’d check out this week’s Weirdest Search Term of the Week winner, “naked barbarela vs. king kong,” instead. Why, oh why did Dino de Laurentiis have to die before he could greenlight that script?
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Sheitan (next week!); Dogville (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); “Foutaises”; Julien Donkey-boy; Amelie; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; 1; Fast, Cheap and Out of Control; Tokyo Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Well, it’s the last week to vote in the 2012 edition of the Weirdcademy Awards. If you guys don’t mobilize, then Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is going to win Weirdest Picture—something of an embarrassment for us, since we judged the movie as not that weird. (Since this contest mimics the Academy Awards, however, maybe it’s appropriate that the weirdest movie of the year not win the Weirdest Picture award, since the best movie of the year rarely wins the Best Picture award). All of the categories are still competitive except Weirdest Actor, where Denis Lavant’s lead is so huge we might as well declare him the victor already. Don’t forget you can also vote for Weirdest Short Film of 2012 (we’ve embedded all ten nominees).
Speaking of the Academy Awards and weird short films, a strange little Belgian movie called “Death of a Shadow “—about a soul who uses a magic camera to collects shadows of people at the moment of their death—somehow made it into the Oscar short film short list, giving us occasion to do a writeup on “Oscar Nominated Short Films” (the shorts collection is now touring major theaters in the U.S. for the second year). We’ll also delve into the reader-suggested review queue for a look at the absurdly shocking nude kill-fest Bloodsucking Freaks (1978), as well as scope out Criterion’s newly released version of the classic anti-Nazi magical realist satire The Tin Drum (with 20 minutes of never-before seen footage). Alfred will also finish up his coverage of forgotten silent clown Harry Langdon with The Strong Man (1926), in which the child-man hero is pressed into duty as the titular circus attraction. And of course, Weirdcademy Awards voting closes this Sunday the 24th, so we’ll be announcing the winners, thus making the televised Oscars obsolete.
It’s a scattershot bunch of search terms we had to wade through this week looking for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week, but although there were no spectacular entries we did find evidence of some strange folk out there in Googleland. First off is the guy looking for “accordion nude,” which we have to admit is one of the tamer fetishes we encounter (there is so much sick stuff out there we dare not print in this space…) Upping the ante a bit, we get “comedy semen explosion” (although we would like to suggest semen explosion is a serious matter and nothing to laugh at). Moving away from the sickos: we get lots of requests to find weird movies based on people’s sketchy memories, and in many cases there’s not much to go on. We think the following search probably takes the cake for vagueness, however: “whats the name of the movie with two people moving around.” If you have a guess, leave it in the comments below! This week, however, we”ll award Weirdest Search Term of the Week to the phrase the mystified us the most: “blue kitty mouth zoom eating the camera.” Blue kitty? Mouth zoom? Eating the camera? Each of those elements is weird enough on their own, but put them all together and you’re looking at something monumentally nonsensical.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Bloodsucking Freaks (next week!); The Tin Drum (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); “Foutaises”; Dogville; Julien Donkey-boy; Amelie; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; 1; Fast, Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
You have two weeks left to vote in the 2012 Weirdcademy Awards. Right now, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is still leading the race for Weirdest Picture, despite our staff’s firm refusal to endorse the cult comedy duo’s feature debut as an exemplary weird movie. Denis Lavant continues to kill in the Weirdest Actor category for his 12-part performance as “Mr. Oscar” in Holy Motors, and Quvenzhané Wallis leads for Weirdest Actress for her performance as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild. The tightest race is in Weirdest Scene, where the accordion concerto from Holy Motors and Tim & Eric’s “Shrim” advertisement are running neck and neck.
Meanwhile, people are continuing to avoid voting in our Weirdest Short competition, despite the fact that we’ve embedded all ten of the nominees for ease of viewing. We figured it out—next year, we’ll narrow the field down to only five entries, so it’s less of a time commitment for you guys to check out the films. Our bad. Still, we encourage you to check out some great professional quality weird films and to vote in the competition.
In terms of new movie reviews, next week you can check out King King Lives (1986), the bizarrely bad and belated sequel to the already pretty darn awful 1976 giant ape reboot. We’ll dig into the reader-suggested review queue for a look at the druggy caper comedy Weirdsville (2007) and our official take on the sexy Czech awakening-to-womanhood dream Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970). To top off the week Alfred checks out the silent clown Harry Langdon’s shorts (uh, his short films, that is).
We’ll devote this installment of Weirdest Search Terms of the Week entirely to the deranged porn searchers looking for erotica so specialized that it amazes even us (we’re excluding the people looking for info on “horny cats” and “lactating beer movie” for being too normal). Our first nominee is “youtube pigmy lingerie films erotic” (can you imagine unerotic pigmy lingerie films?) If that request doesn’t strike you as quite that weird, then how about “movie hot parody orgy snake forced” (sounds pretty sick, until you consider that the searcher is looking for a parody of hot forced snake orgy movies). If you still consider this search in the range of normal human sexual curiosity, then how about our Weirdest Search Term of the Week, “video porn angelic girl makes a straw with his feet to his friend”? We thought as much.
Here’s the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (next week!); Weirdsville (next week); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); “Foutaises”; Bloodsucking Freaks; Dogville; Julien Donkey-boy; Amelie; The 7 Faces of Dr. Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
There are three more weeks to vote for the Weirdcademy Awards: plenty of time to influence the results. As it stands Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is leading 2012’s Weirdest Picture race, causing us no end of potential embarassment since our staff declined to consider it for a spot on the List of the 366 Weirdest Movies of All Time. Denis Lavant continues to run away with the Weirdest Actor prize for his multi-role performance as the malleable Mr. Oscar in Holy Motors, while cutiepie Quvenzhané Wallis clings to a lead in the Weirdest Actress poll. Weirdest Scene is a dead heat between Holy Motors‘ accordion concerto and Billion Dollar Movie‘s shrim-vertisement. You can also vote for the Weirdest Short Film of 2012: we’ve collected all ten nominees together on one page, so you can’t complain you didn’t see them.
As for what’s coming up in the review queue next week—we’re not entirely sure yet. We can promise you coverage of that uniquely British phenomenon, “Jerry Springer: The Opera” (the performance DVD featuring the London cast, not the New York stage production with Harvey Keitel as the titular sleazebag), along with Paul Bartel‘s uniquely American spoof of the Old West, Lust in the Dust (featuring Divine as a dancehall girl). As for the rest of the week, we’re kicking around a few candidates that include the Nazi allegory The Tin Drum and the midnight musical The Forbidden Zone.
You’ll just have to check in to see what we finally decide to go with… (UPDATE: It’s Forbidden Zone!)
One of the wierd things about our Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest is how often strange searches come in thematic bunches… as if our server logs are reflecting the weird zeitgeist, or something. To wit: there was a defitinite cannabilism trend this week, with separate searchers looking for info on “japanese girls been killed and cooked on fire eaten” and “photos of witches cooking nude little boy in a big oven real photos” (real photos??) In a similar vein, we think the guys searching for “fully fully sexy movies list” and “south africa sexay full sexay movies film” just have to be related. Still, some searchers retain their own bizarre uniqueness, like the guy or gal looking for “armless bondage ballet boots” (aren’t all boots armless?) and the official winner of this week’s Weirdest Search Term contest: “vulva flamy move.” If your vulva was flamy, you’d move too!
Here’s the state of the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue: Lust in the Dust (next week!); Forbidden Zone (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); “Foutaises”; Bloodsucking Freaks; Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (official review); Dogville; Julien Donkey-boy; Amelie; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; 1; Fast, Cheap and Out of Control; Tokyo Gore Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
The voting continues in the 2012-2013 Weirdcademy Awards. Unlike last year, none of the nominees have organized an online campaign—yet—so your vote can still influence the results. Tim & Eric fans have moved the duo’s Billion Dollar Movie into narrow first place leads in both the “Weirdest Movie” and “Weirdest Scene” categories. Meanwhile, Denis Lavant is (rightfully) leaving the competition in the dust due to the dozen roles he played in Holy Motors, while cutie Quvenzhané Wallis continues to impress even the weirdest voters. Vote for the 3rd Annual Weirdcademy Awards here, and you can also watch and vote for the Weirdest Short Film of 2012 here.
Next week, we’ll start our review journey off by cruising to nowhere on Monte Hellman‘s existential Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), accompanied by non-acting musicians James Taylor and Dennis Wilson; then we’ll climb Giorgos Lanthimos‘ conceptually imposing Greek Alps (2012) (about a troupe who substitute for dead loved ones to ease the grieving process); we’ll sail out to Korea’s The Isle [Seom] for a bizarre aquatic sadomasochistic love/hate story; and we’ll end up the week in a world far, far away (the afterlife, to be precise), as we take a peek at the new web series “The Book of Dallas.” It’s all in a week’s work for our well-traveled globetrotters (it helps that we don’t have to leave the comfort of our couches to cover this vast cinematic universe).
It’s time once again to dip into our server logs and retrieve the oddest of the odd queries as we search for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week. Sometimes there’s synchronicity among bizarre searches, and we wonder if maybe Searcher A’s “wow1981&jj boobs” might possibly belong on Searcher B’s “list of boob oriented movies.” The search for “picaresque upskirts around the world all free movie tube” goes in our “are you sure that was the adjective you meant to use?” file. We saw a couple of “conversational” style searches this week, starting with “in a film a couple went to jungle for love. but they are surrounded by few beatiful naked women. they both attracted by them and attacked as they are cannibals.” Do tell. There was also “: i remember once when i was young, and i was coming back from some place, a movie or something. movie,” which is the kind of search term that makes you think you’ve arrived in the middle of a conversation. But for all of this, our winner of the Weirdest Search Term of the Week award goes to the simple “hypnotized japanese orgasm.” The phrase has a certain bizarre rhythm to it, very pleasing to the inner ear. Repeat it to yourself: “hypnotized japanese orgasm, hypnotized japanese orgasm”… you’re getting sleepy… sleepy… oh yeah, that’s the stuff!
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Seom [The Isle] (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); “Foutaises”; Bloodsucking Freaks; Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (official review); Dogville; Julien Donkey-boy; Amelie; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Don’t forget to vote for the 2012 Weidcademy Awards, and for the Weirdest Short Film of 2012! Currently, “Solipsist” is running away with the Weirdest Short competition, Holy Motors leads for Weirdest Picture and Weirdest Actor (Denis Lavant), Quvenzhané Wallis is out-cuting the Weirdest Actress field, and there is an extremely tight three-way race for Weirdest Scene of 2012 between Holy Motors‘ accordion intermission, Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s oil rig brothel visit, and the Shrimverstisement from Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. Polls stay open until Feb. 24 so there’s still plenty of time to influence the results!
We promised we would be digging into the long-neglected reader-suggested review queue when January rolled around, and we’re finally making good on that promise this week with a trio of reviews, as we delve into the insanity of Wojciech Has‘ The Hour-glass Sanatorium, take a last look at Robert Fuest‘s culty sci-fi effort The Final Programme [AKA The Last Days of Man on Earth], and decide whether to prove or disprove Pier Paolo Pasolini’s existential Teorema. Meanwhile, Alfred finishes up his Charlie Chaplin coverage (for now) with a piece on the Tramp’s early feature, The Kid (1921).
Every week as we search our server logs looking for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we notice We see a large number of movie searches from people who are too shy to post a “what was that weird movie?” query onsite: people looking for things like “movie witch makes porn bakery,” “old french naughty vegetables movies,” and “documentary geriatric incestuous hillbillies.” While we don’t have any titles for any of those (rightful) obscure films, we do have a suggestion for the person who asked “whats the movies name where a girl has a penis for a face” (our guess: “Nonexistent Movie”). But our Weirdest Search Term of the Week winner wasn’t movie related at all; we chose the mysterious “1 old man person bath and thinking something.” I’ll be retiring to the bathtub to soak and think about what that bizarre query could possibly refer to.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: The Hour-glass Sanatorium [Saanatorium pod klepsidra] (next week!); Final Programme (next week!); Teorema (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society;“Foutaises”; Bloodsucking Freaks; Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (official review); Dogville; Julien Donkey-boy; Amelie; The 7 Faces of Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
We start out this week’s edition of “What’s in the Pipeline” with a Shameless Plug: Episode 1 of the family friendly horror-comedy web-series “Creeporia” (co-produced by Fringe Cineaste Alfred Eaker) is up for a special preview, for three days only. For $2.99 you get a 24-hour rental of what’s described as “50 minutes of weird, bizarre and occasionally funny entertainment…” Click here to check her out!
As far as what we’ll be doing around here next week: well, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed that they released the Academy Awards nominees for 2012’s movies. You also probably noticed that Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! was snubbed for Best Picture (it didn’t even get a Best Editing nomination!) To rectify that and other Academy omissions (no Best Actor nomination for Denis Lavant for playing a fashion model-abducting leprechaun and nine other roles in Holy Motors?), we’ll be bringing you the 3rd Annual Weirdcademy Awards—where you, the proud weirdos of the world, pick the winners! We’ll also discuss the strange sexual subtexts of John Ford’s 7 Women (1966), Alfred will finish off his review of Chaplin‘s tenure at First National, and we’ll go crazy for Ken Russell‘s maniacal musical comedy Lisztomania (1975).
Every week, fetish porn searchers dominate our Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest, usually polluting our server logs with depraved queries that can’t be reprinted on a family website like this one. This week, however, we found the horny surfers were curiously tamer than usual. Take, for example, the guy who, tired of all the fancy gestures that usually dominate the genre, went looking for “plain lesbian incest movies.” That fellow may have wanted to tone things down in the lesbian incest field, but we noticed another searcher with an even rarer (and tamer) fetish: “nose, his mouth was empty porn movie.” The search for “a movie about a girl who poses like people” will undoubtedly outrage the Girls Are People Too! crowd. Our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, however, has a classically bizarre simplicity that tickles our sensibilities: someone went looking for information on “mermaid spit.” Sometimes it’s the simplest searches that are the weirdest.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: The Hour-glass Sanatorium [Saanatorium pod klepsidra]; Liquid Sky (re-review); Society; Final Programme; “Foutaises”; Bloodsucking Freaks; Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (official review); Dogville; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE