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 at the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Slack Bay (2016): Tourists disappear in a north France beach resort; the investigation turns into an abusrdist slapstick farce. This origiably caught our eye because of the Variety reviewer who complained of the movie’s occasional resort to the beloved “weird for weirdnesses sake” aesthetic. Slack Bay official U.S. site.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Chicago, IL, 4/21 – 27 – Donnie Darko (2001). At Music Box Theater.
- Chicago, IL, 4/27 – Mulholland Drive (2001). At Music Box Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA 4/21 & 24 – Eraserhead (1977). At Cinefamily.
- Los Angeles, CA 4/22 (midnight) – The Apple (1980). At Cinefamily.
- Los Angeles, CA 4/26 – L’il Quinquin (2014). With
- New York, NY, 4/21 & 22 (midnight) – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At IFC Center.
- New York, NY, 4/21 & 22 (midnight) – Eraserhead (1977). At IFC Center.
FILM FESTIVALS – Tribeca Film Festival (New York City, Apr. 19-30):
Modern film festivals are trending towards more virtual reality exhibits and TV show premieres, and, in the race to stay relevant, no one has embraced this trend more than Tribeca. Unfortunately, that means even less space for actual movies. Besides a movie or two we’ve seen listed at other festivals (e.g., the crime mindbender Buster’s Mal Heart), here are a couple of potential weirdo long shots lurking here:
- November – Magical realism from Estonia, set in a 19th century peasant milieu where werewolves and the Devil are real. Screens 4/24 to 4/28.
- Psychopaths – Four serial killers on a one-night rampage in a midnight movie programmers describe as a “fever dream.” 4/20-22 and 4/25.
IN DEVELOPMENT (POST-PRODUCTION):
The Shape of Water (Winter 2017): More info at Variety.‘s latest stars Sally Hawkins as a maid who discovers and falls in love with an “aquatic man” ( ) being held captive at a government facility during the Cold War. The IMDB tagline currently describes it as “an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.”
“Cult Epics Hardcover Book”: At least three (and possibly more) of our Certified Weird movies will be featured in this upcoming weird coffee-table book: Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse, and Nuit Noire [Black Night]. The campaign closes six days from now and although the funding goal was already met, you can still get a few perks, including a pre-release version of Death Laid an Egg with a limited-edition copy of the avant-garde soundtrack. Cult Epics Hardcover Book at Indiegogo.
NEW ON DVD:
Doonnie Darko (2001) [Limited Edition]: Read the Certified Weird entry! Surely everyone knows the outline of this legendarily confusing time travel cult film by now, so let’s get right to the Limited Edition contents: two DVDs and two Blu-rays containing new restorations of both the Theatrical and Director’s cuts, three separate commentary tracks (at least one recycled), and too many featurettes and interviews—some new, some archival—to list separately. Donnie Darko [Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack].
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Doonnie Darko (2001) [Limited Edition]: See description in DVD above. Donnie Darko [Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack].
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.