Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Sat., Mar. 18):
FILM FESTIVALS – Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, MI, Mar. 21-26):
Ann Arbor is the destination of choice for experimental filmmakers whose work is too academic, obscure and/or weird to screen at mainstream film festivals. As usual, we recognize almost none of the featured titles (almost all of them are shorts). One exception is the March 22 screening of the silent Japanese avant-garde classic A Page of Madness, about a man who takes a job as janitor at an insane asylum to be near his committed wife. It screens with a live score played by “Little Bang Theory” on toy and handmade instruments. We’re sure some of the shorts are worthwhile, but some adventurous Michigander will have to check them out for us and tell us what’s worth tracking down.
NEW ON DVD:
The Love Witch (2016): A California witch who casts magic spells to seek out her true love finds that her lovers keep dying in this tribute to 1960’s Technicolor spectacles. Samantha Robinson was the surprise winner of the 2016’s Weirdest Actress for her enchanting performance in the title role. Buy The Love Witch.
Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vamyros Sexos (1988): Two rarities from Austrian underground filmmaker Carl Andersen: Mondo Weirdo is like “Alice in Menstruationland,” while Vampyros Sexos [AKA I Was a Teenage Zabbadoing] is a hardcore vampire punk musical. Director/Cult Epics distributor Nico B. named these two of his top 10 weirdest movies of all time. Buy Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vampyros Sexos (1988) [Blu-ray/DVD combo].
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Ghost in the Shell (1995): Read our capsule review. Anchor Bay re-releases this classic philosophical anime on Blu to capitalize on the upcoming live-action remake; they just put out (widely criticized) versions in 2015 and 2016, but this is an “o-ring” (??) release. Buy Ghost in the Shell [Blu-ray].
The Love Witch (2016): See description in DVD above. Buy The Love Witch [Blu-ray].
The Lovers on the Bridge (1991): See description in DVD above. Kino Lober throws in a featurette and a booklet essay (the same features are on the DVD). Buy The Lovers on the Bridge [Blu-ray].
Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vamyros Sexos (1988): See description in DVD above. The pack includes a DVD/Blu-ray and the punk soundtrack CD. Buy Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vampyros Sexos (1988) [Blu-ray/DVD combo].
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.