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):
Madeline’s Madeline (2018): Read G. Smalley’s positive review and Giles Edwards’ less positive mini-review. This experimental drama about a mentally unbalanced teenage girl in a theater troupe split our reviewers, but no one denies it’s a breakout work for director and rising star Helena Howard. Opening this week in New York city, then on to Los Angeles and other major cities in the late summer. Madeline’s Madeline official site.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Lowlife (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ List Candidate review. Shout! Factory picked up this festival hit that’s a little like Pulp Fiction, but with luchadores; now on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. Buy Lowlife.
Zama (2017): A Spanish official posted to a remote South American colony longs for reassignment in a “subtly surreal and bizarre” film festival programmers said “often feels like it was made to purposefully confound the viewer.” Strand Releasing makes it available on all the usual platforms, including Blu-ray. Buy Zama.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Bloomington, IN, 8/16 – Yellow Submarine (1968). At Indiana University Cinema.
- Dallas, TX, 8/11 – Pi (1998), with local bands after (separate purchase required). At the Texas Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 8/11-8/12 – Yellow Submarine (1968). At the Nuart Theater.
- New York City, NY, 8/12-8/13 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). At the Metrograph.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 8/10-8/16 – Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). At Row House Cinema.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 8/10-8/16 – Donnie Darko (2001). At Row House Cinema.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada, 8/10 – Freaks (1932). At the Rio.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada, 8/11 –Yellow Submarine (1968). At the Rio.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada – Fantastic Planet [La Planète Sauvage] (1973). At the Rio.
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
House of Shadows: Although it won’t be open until October, Alfred Eaker is already hard at work on the murals for the scare shack that bills itself as “Oregon’s Most Extreme Haunt.” Here’s a preview of his work, featuring a character some of you may recognize. Mark your calendars, Portlanders and other Oregonians! The House of Shadows website.
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.