Next week is one of those weeks that’s still unsettled in terms of upcoming reviews. Rest assured that we’ll feature the following: another chance for readers to select one of our List Candidates as one of the official 366 Best Weird Movies of All Time—this time, in exciting tournament format, in honor of March. We’ll also review Hayao Miyazaki‘s 1992 flying pig anime Porco Rosso, and you can hope to see some more Fellini coverage from Alfred Eaker. We’ll have one more review for you next week, but you’ll have to check in to see what it is.
It was a very light week for weird search terms that brought people to the site, so sparse that we are forced to mention “nudist family hungry” and “human milking machine” as two of the very weirdest searches we saw. Perhaps those two searchers could help each other out? If we have to honor one search as the absolute weirdest of the week—and we do—we’ll take “weird searches mom vacuuming sucked up toys,” which continues the recent tradition of queries about moms vacuuming. Had we known the Internet was so hungry for information about vacuuming moms, we’d have started a site dedicated to that fetish (?) instead of weird movies. Too late now, but maybe when this project is completed.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Society (DVD re-release expected soon!); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Filthy Earth; Conspirators of Pleasure; Innocence; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Blue Velvet; ID (2005); Master Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Here’s what’s up next week: looks at Heart Attack!, the documentary on Kelly Hughes’ unknown underground cinema; Fudge 44, a very different sort of experimental low-budget movie (that will also be embedded for your pleasure); Zéro de conduite, the 1933 anarchist classic; and, to top it off, Alfred Eaker will fill one of the few remaining gaps in our David Lynch coverage with a review of the atypical The Straight Story.
Now is that time you look forward to all week long: time to take stock of the weirdest search terms used to locate the site. We’ll start with a couple of oldies but goodies, back for a (second or third) weird turn. First off is frankenstein hypno handshake,” an official “Weirdest Search Term of the Week” from way back in 2011 that’s suddenly popped up again. Yep, once every four years seems about right for that search. Next we continue to be hit with vacuuming searches, as we saw both “mom vacuuming sucks up” and “vacuuming sucks up mom” this week. Of course we couldn’t ignore the search for “deadballthedark1993..movies………………………………………dvdsmovies…………..8” [sic], any more than we could fit it on a single line of our too-narrow layout. Nor could we overlook “reproduction how it works with a man andd woman you ttude liive,” a search which suggests that our public schools are failing terribly both at sex ed and basic literacy (or at least typing). Still, we chose “duke. of. hazy. tv” as our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, simply because we have no idea what it could possibly mean. Well done!
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-growing-at-an-obscene-rate reader-suggested review queue now stands: Fudge 44 (next week!); Society (DVD re-release expected soon!); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Filthy Earth; Conspirators of Pleasure; Innocence; 2001: A Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Here’s the plan for next week (substitutions possible but unlikely): we’ll start with a reader recommendation for Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill (both vols). G. Smalley will take a look at Studio Ghibli’s environmental “racoon testicle” cartoon Pom Poko (1994) and Peter Greenaway‘s artsploitation revenge drama The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989). Alfred Eaker will address one of the many gaps in our Federico Fellini coverage with an examination of La Strada, the maestro’s modern fable about a circus strongman and his waif slave. That’s a pretty impressive lineup of high quality movies; we hope our writers will be up to the challenge.
Now’s the time you’ve been waiting for all week—when we reveal the strangest search terms that brought people to the site the past seven days. We’ll start with a search that’s paradoxically so bland that it becomes weird: “australian movie of the asian man diving into a pool.” Even Australians can’t think this is a strong enough premise to maintain an entire movie. A weirder film might be “sci fi decadent teen bra movie” (I picture a “smart bra” that talks and gives its wearer indecent advice). But our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week once more returns to the theme of vacuuming and blogs: “mom vacuuming suck up blogger.” We’re not entirely sure how we became the Web’s #1 destination for weird vacuuming/blog searches, but we’ll take traffic any way we can get it.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (next week!); Society (DVD re-release expected soon!); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Filthy Earth; Conspirators of Pleasure; Innocence; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Blue Velvet; ID (2005); Master of the Flying Guillotine; Yesterday Was a Lie; The Ninth Configuration; Love Me If Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
First off, please remember not to vote in the 2014 Weirdcademy Awards. They are over. You’ll just be wasting your time.
Next week in weird movie reviewing, Scott Sentinella starts us off with an item from the reader suggested review queue, the 1996 Henry Selick animation James and the Giant Peach. Staying with the kiddie flicks, G. Smalley heads out to the cineplex to report on the unexpectedly psychedelic Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge out of Water. Then, one that’s definitely not for children, we’ll look at 366 fave Guy Maddin‘s dreamy Freudian “documentary” My Winnipeg, recently released by the Criterion Collection.
Since everyone spent last week eagerly anticipating the announcement of the Weirdcademy Award winners later today, they spent less time typing weird search terms into Google, leading to a slight deficit in weird search terms used to locate the site last week. Still, we’ll share what we found with you, as always. We start out with the search for “09n29okltedrtdf2f4gzi3sfdhngkx5j23vjgtnhdqcsqiraursai4pllyk0ycuyhscoz/bqyo84iaqxofp/kq==”; not a particularly weird topic to look for information on, but we’re just confused as to how that search brought them here. Next up is “porn monster bbc gives african vilage girls best sex”; which is to be expected, I suppose, but we’re surprised the BBC chose to cover the story. For our weirdest search term of the week, we’ll go with “nude pregnant families.” The family that gets pregnant and nude together stays together.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: James and the Giant Peach (next week!); The Fox Family; Angelus; This Filthy Earth; Conspirators of Pleasure; Innocence; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Blue Velvet; ID (2005); Master Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPLELINE
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