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):
Eldorado (2008): Belgian comedy about an antique car dealer and a burglar/ex-junkie who hit the road together. Road movies are traditionally quirky; it remains to be seen whether this will cross the line into the genuinely weird. Features the music of freak-folk icon Devandra Banhat. Eldorado official site (in French).
I Can See You (2008): From the New York Times: “[Director Graham Resnick has] one eye on genre mechanics, one eye on avant-garde conceits and a third eye for transcendental weirdness.” Sounds like a must-see to me; hope it makes it to your (and my) neck of the woods before it shuffles off to video. I Can See You official site.
The Limits of Control (2009): The latest from Jim (Dead Man) Jamursch about a mysterious criminal working on an unspecified job in Spain has been described as “dreamlike” and “hypnotic”. Heavyweight thespians John Hurt and Bill Murray appear in small roles. Definitely promising. The Limits of Control official site.
NEW ON DVD:
Johnny Got His Gun (1971): It’s about time this anti-war classic about a quadruple-amputee–told in hallucinations, flashbacks, and conversations with Jesus Christ (played by Donald Sutherland)–got DVD release. Buy from Amazon.
Martyrs (2008): It sounds like an art-house version of The Last House on the Left (wait, wasn’t that The Virgin Spring)? Whatever it is, it’s clear that the violence and cruelty is extreme, and it’s been gathering powerful negative/positive reactions from viewers, and looks like it may be on it’s way to becoming a modern cult film. Buy from Amazon.
SCREENINGS (INDIANAPOLIS, IN):
Thomas Pynchon: A Journey into the Mind of P. (2001): A conspiracy-minded documentary about reclusive, postmodern (and quite weird) author Thomas Pynchon. Showing at the Earth House Collective in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pm.
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.