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.
FILM FESTIVALS – Tribeca Film Festival (New York City, Apr. 15-26):
With more arthouse, revival and first run theaters per capita than anyplace in the world, every day in New York City is like a film festival, so Tribeca as an event is almost redundant. Still, there are some fine movies making their North American debuts here. We noticed nothing that struck us as a weird movie must-see, but here are some interestingly offbeat films we spotted in the catalog:
- Aloft – A son searches for his mother, who abandoned the family to become a New Age healer, in a drama described as “dreamlike.” Screens on the 24th & 25th.
- Come Down Molly – A new mother takes psychedelic mushrooms on vacation in the Rockies. See it Apr 18, 23 or 25.
- Lucifer – The devil climbs down from a ladder and lands in a paradisaical Mexican peasant village; filmed in a circular aspect ratio. Screens from 21-24.
- Mojave – A depressed artist wanders into the desert where he meets a strange, violent drifter who claims to be the Devil. Plays the 18th, 19th, 22nd & 24th.
- “Monty Python” – Four Python events in the festival: screenings of The Holy Grail (4/24), Life of Brian (4/25), The Meaning of Life (4/26), and the new comic-umentary Monty Python and the Meaning of Live (4/25).
NEW ON DVD:
All the Devils Aliens [AKA Devils in the Darkness] (2013): This low-budget feature about a med student discovering a baby alien was re-titled to be grammatically incorrect. An IMDB reviewer described it as “a bizarre piece of surreal melodrama.” Buy All the Devils Aliens.
Maps to the Stars (2015): Read Alex Kittle’s review. David Cronenberg ‘s Hollywood satire could have been weirder but it’s fun to see a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusak, and Robert Pattinson acting nasty. Buy Maps to the Stars.
The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989): See description in Blu-ray below.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Goodbye to Language [Adieu au Langage] (2014): The latest from Jean-Luc Godard, now in his mid 80s, is shot in 3D and features nude women, dogs, philosophical discourses, and experimental visuals. Comes in a Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D (for those with that rare capability) double pack (no DVD available that we could see). Buy Goodbye to Language [Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray].
Maps to the Stars (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Maps to the Stars [Blu-ray].
The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989): Read our review. This combo pack with a spare DVD is (we believe) the first time Toxie’s trip to Tokyo has appeared on Blu-ray. Buy The Toxic Avenger Part II [Blu-ray/DVD Combo].
Zardoz (1974): Read the certified weird entry! Not sold in stores! Specialty releaser Twilight Time puts out a limited-edition Blu of ‘s bonkers “
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.