Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Sorry to Bother You (2018): A telemarketer discovers he has a magical sales power that catapults him up the corporate ladder and into a “macabre universe.” We’ve been eagerly awaiting the wider release of this weird, satirical festival hit, the debut of rapper Boots Riley. Sorry to Bother You official site.
Under the Tree [Undir trénu] (2017): Neighbors argue over the fate of an old tree; the dispute turns absurdly violent. In fact, the main complaint from detractors of this Icelandic black comedy seems to be the depth of violence the director is willing to go to. Under the Tree Facebook page.
IN DEVELOPMENT (websites):
byNWRcom: This is a strange new item. Night Tide and ‘s The Burning Hell (restored!), along with some even rarer ones (nudie westerns and unclassifiable outsider exploitation), all linked by a common denominator of “bad taste.” Refn offers this treasure trove of oddities as an antidote to Trumpism in a politico-artitsic manifesto for The Guardian. The site is not streaming yet (it says “coming this month”) but you may want to bookmark it.announces that he will be opening a website to screen some exploitation films from his private collection which he has restored. Among the offerings are
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
“Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood”: Read Alfred Eaker’s reviews of Blonde Venus and The Scarlet Empress. This Criterion Collection box set includes Morocco, Dishonored, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, and The Devil Is a Woman, but buy it for the Expressionistic Catherine the Great biopic Scarlet Empress. Buy “Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood”.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Columbus, OH, 7/6-7/12 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). At Gateway Film Center.
- Columbus, OH, 7/8-7/12 – Yellow Submarine (1968). At Gateway Film Center.
- Dallas, TX, 7/12 – Yellow Submarine (1968). At the Texas Theater.
- Denver, CO, 7/10 – The Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973). At the Alamo Drafthouse.
- Los Angeles, CA, 7/6 (midnight) – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). At the Nuart Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 7/7 – Dark City (1998) and Cube (1997) (double feature). Dark City screenwriter David Goyer will lead a discussion during the intermission. At the Egyptian Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 7/8 – Labyrinth (1986) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) (double feature). At the Egyptian Theater.
- Nashville, TN, 7/8-7/12 – Yellow Submarine (1968). At the Belcourt Theater.
- Nashville, TN, 7/9 – Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971). At the Belcourt Theater.
- New York City, NY 7/6-7/7 (midnights)- Holy Motors (2012). At Nitehawk Theater.
- New York City, NY, 7/6-7/7 – The Holy Mountain (1973). At IFC Center.
- New York City, 7/6-7/7 – Suspiria (1977). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 7/6-7/7 (midnights) – Blue Velvet (1986). At IFC Center.
- New York City, 7/8 – The Woman in the Dunes (1964). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 7/9-7/12 – Yellow Submarine (1968). At IFC Center.
- Silver Spring, MD, 7/6-7/12 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At AFI Silver Theater.
- Toronto, ONT, Canada, 7/10 – Hour of the Wolf [Vargtimmen] (1968). At the Royal Theater.
- Tuscon, AZ, 7/8 – Yellow Submarine (1968). At the Loft.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada, 7/7 – Akira (1988). At the Rio.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada, 7/8 – Stalker (1979). At the Rio.
- Yonkers, NY, 7/8 – Yellow Submarine (1968). At the Alamo Drafthouse.
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:
Jacob’s Ladder (1990): Read the Certified Weird entry! A Vietnam vet sees demons everywhere: was he the victim of an Army experiment with weaponized hallucinogens? Listed as “leaving soon” on Tubi. Watch Jacob’s Ladder free on Tubi.tv.
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.