Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available on the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013): In a casting stretch, Charlie Sheen plays an obnoxious, hedonistic lout who has misogynistic Walter Mitty-like fantasies that have him fleeing a tribe of busty Native Americans in buckskin bikinis and female assassins from the “Secret Society of Ball Busters.” Directed by Roman Coppola, who co-wrote The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom, this is almost certain to be an embarrassing flop, but what caught our eye was Andrew O’Hehir’s claim that Swan is “one of the strangest and most painful films in recent memory.” A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III‘s Facebook page.
Night Across the Street (2012): An old man remembers incidents from his life—including such suspect reminiscences as his boyhood trip to the movies with Beethoven—and stories are interwoven inside stories. This is the final film of Raoul Ruiz, who died of a lung infection in August 2011 soon after completing the movie. Playing in NYC, and probably not anywhere else. Night Across the Street at Cinema Guild.
The Designer (est. 2013): A journalist searches for the missing designer of an addictive new video game in this science fiction movie composed of interlocking short stories. From Graham Reznick (I Can See You), it sounds like a mixture of Short Cuts and Citizen Kane set in the conceptual universe of eXistenZ. The Designer official site.
NEW ON DVD:
“Bela Lugosi: Scared to Death Collection”: 20 of Lugosi‘s lesser movies, mostly the forgettable ones, with only the public domain White Zombie standing out as a great flick. Still, if you’ve always wanted a copy of Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, you could buy it in this set and get 19 bonus movies! Buy “Bela Lugosi: Scared to Death Collection”.
Toys in the Attic [Na Pude] (2009): Good toys battle evil toys in this Czech stop-motion animation dubbed for American audiences. This looks like what might result if Pixar hired Jan Svankmajer to remake Toy Story; one reviewer says it “easily earns a capital-W for weird” (he was trying to warn audiences away, but it’s what made us add the flick to our “must see” list)! Ridiculous bit of trivia: the English dubbing was directed by Vivian Schilling, the screenwriter/actress who wrote herself starring roles in the b-movies Soultaker (1990) and Future Shock (1994) and whose only other directorial credit is the instructional video “Teen Yoga.” Buy Toys in the Attic.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Toys in the Attic [Na Pude] (2009): See description in DVD above. Buy Toys in the Attic [Blu-ray].
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.