A 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):
Bluebeard [Barbe Bleu] (2009): Sumptuous costume fairy tale retelling the story of the titular spouse-slaying aristocrat. Directed by Catherine Breillat, notorious for including explicit sex in provocative movies like Romance, this film is receiving almost unanimous critical acclaim. No official website.
NEW ON DVD:
Institute Benjamenta, or, This Dream People Call Human Life (1995): We’ve been awaiting the re-release of this surrealist story about a boarding school for servants from the Quay brothers, once known for their bizarre stop-animation shorts. Major props to the British Film Institute for rescuing this one from obscurity. Now for the bad news: it’s currently only available in Region 2. There is supposed to be a Blu-ray release as well, but we don’t see one in the U.S. (fingers crossed, yet). Europeans can buy this from Movie Mail UK.
The Prisoner (2009) (Miniseries): American Movie Channel’s remake of the classic 1960s anti-authority/existential/absurdist cult-TV program about an ex-spy trapped on an island where everyone goes by a number, not a name, with Ian McKellen playing the sinister Number Two. Fans of the original were outraged, often calling it “incomprehensible” (did they see the finale of the original?) We’d be willing to give it a chance. Buy “The Prisoner” (Miniseries)
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.