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):
Silver Circle (2013): Fiscal rebels create an underground silver currency, but agents from the Federal Reserve oppress the freedom fighters in this libertarian thriller that looks like it was created through one of those “make your own movie” online animation services. No matter your opinion on monetary policy, this movie is a bad idea with a capital BAD. Silver Circle official site.
SCREENINGS – (BAM, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 22-38):
Le Pont du Nord (1981): Two women discover a magical map that turns Paris into a hallucinatory board game. From Jacques (Celine and Julie Go Boating) Rivette, this movie is debuting in U.S. theaters more than 30 years after its release! Le Pont du Nord at BAM.
“Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell: The Screenplay Never Filmed”: For years self-described “weird” filmmaker Carlos Atanes intended to make a movie about occultist Aleister Crowley, but after three false starts he’s thrown in the towel and decided to just publish the screenplay instead. Buy “Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell: The Screenplay Never Filmed”.
IN DEVELOPMENT (Postproduction):
3x3D (est. 2013): A suite of three 3D short films from Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway, and Portuguese director Edgar Pêra. Each of the shorts is some kind of metacinematic meditation on film in the third dimension. More information at Stereoscopy News.
NEW ON DVD:
Strange Frame (2012): This animated lesbian science fiction musical features the voice of Tim Curry (as the villain) and looks strange indeed. What we have learned this week is that lesbian animation>libertarian animation. Buy Strange Frame.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Zeta One [AKA The Love Factor] (1969): Per the IMDB plot summary, this attempt to cash in on the sexy psychedelic success of Barbarella is about “a race of topless, large-breasted women from the planet Angvia, in another dimension, come to earth to kidnap women to repopulate their planet.” Who finds, remasters, and releases trash like this on Blu-ray? Jezebel, the soft-porn releasing branch of Redemption Films, that’s who—and God love ’em for it! Buy Zeta One [Blu-ray]
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
The Baby of Mâcon (1993): Peter Greenaway followed up Prospero’s Books with this controversial black satire involving a supposed virgin birth; American distributors refused to carry because of a gang rape scene. Thanks to reader “Lee” for pointing us towards this one! Obviously this movie is “not safe for work.” Watch The Baby of Mâcon free on YouTube.
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.