Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
Most of the film industry is still in winter hibernation, preparing to emerge just before Sundance and the Oscars. Here’s a few items for this week:
SCREENINGS – (New York City, IFC Center, Jan 6-7):
Mulholland Dr. (2001): Read the Certified Weird entry! David Lynch‘s most popular psychological mystery has become a midnight staple at IFC Center, along with the classically hallucinatory duet of El Topo and The Holy Mountain. We can’t fault these, but we are starting to wish IFC would mix up their midnight slate with some deeper-catalog choices; if they keep showing the same two or three movies, it will be only a little different than showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show every week. Mulholland Dr. at IFC Center.
IN DEVELOPMENT (Fundraising):
Bo Nan Za (est. 2018): Two stories, one set in the old West and one in a modern city, with characters who may be the same people in different times. The promotional material describes it both as “vaguely surreal” and as “a multi-narrative film inspired by the solemn poetics and the allusional traditions of westerns on the one hand, and by the empathic spirit of docu-fiction on the other…” Made by Bulgarian short film veterans, the cinematography in the El Topo-ish clip below suggests a high level of competence. They’re looking to raise a little less than $50,000 in a month. Bo Nan Za at indiegogo.
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.