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YOUR VOTE DETERMINES THE WINNER OF THE 14TH ANNUAL WEIRDCADEMY AWARDS

(If you’d like to watch Gregory J. Smalley and Giles Edwards reveal this year’s nominees on YouTube first, click here. Otherwise, proceed with your reading.)

This year, Poor Things (and , Poor Things) mark the only overlap between the Weirdcademy Awards and Hollywood’s lipstick-on-a-pig hootenanny, the Most Conventional Movie Awards. Other than ‘ fantasy, weird movies got about as far with the Academy as they normally do: nothing at all. Even an Academy suck-up like can’t buy a single nomination for Asteroid City—not even a “Best Original Song” nod for the year’s best filmed hoedown, “Dear Alien, Who Art in Heaven.”

Instead, we get to choose between the usual brace of biopics, an estrogenic advertisement for a kids’ toy, ‘s attempt to remake Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles as a Nazi movie, and an indie comedy thatmade such an impression in the public consciousness that Bing is still calling it “Untitled Erasure adaptation.”

The Oscars are a joke, and everyone knows it. But you, my friend, you aren’t content with the same-old same-old. You want weird in your movies. The Weirdcademy Awards are for you, the moviegoer whose friends roll their eyes and sigh loudly when you suggest movie night should feature a black and white flick about alien bounty hunters who kidnap a corporate mogul who has developed an immortality serum with side effects that turn him into, uh, kind of a dick.

Although the editors of 366 Weird Movies select the nominees from the pool of available movies, the Awards themselves are a naked popularity contest, and do not necessarily reflect either the artistic merit or intrinsic weirdness of the films involved. The Weirdcademy Awards are tongue-in-cheek and for fun only. Ballot-stuffing is a frequent occurrence. Please, no wagering.

The Weirdcademy Awards are given to the Weirdest Movie, Actor, Actress and Scene of the previous year, as voted by the members of the Weirdcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Weirdness.

Who makes up the Weirdcademy? Membership is open to all readers of 366 Weird Movies. If you can figure out how to vote in the poll, you are qualified to join. You can not be turned down because of your age, sex, religious affiliation, pronouns, vaccination status, or the fact that you only watched the Superbowl to see what Taylor Swift was wearning. There is no requirement that you’ve have to actually see any of the movies listed before voting. You can vote for any or all categories.

You can only vote once—so choose carefully. We’ll keep voting open until March 9, so we can announce our results before the Academy Awards and steal their thunder.

We are using new poll software this year, which allows for a much cooler-looking ballot, but gives us less control of some aspects of the voting and which may have yet-unforeseen drawbacks. Please be patient.

Be sure to also vote for Weirdest Short Film of the Year. To watch all five nominees and to cast your vote, please click here.

Here is your ballot for the 2023 edition of the Weirdcademy Continue reading YOUR VOTE DETERMINES THE WINNER OF THE 14TH ANNUAL WEIRDCADEMY AWARDS

VOTE FOR THE WEIRDEST SHORT FILM OF 2023

It’s time for the 2023 edition of the Weirdcademy Awards, the premier (only) awards contest focused on weird films, chosen by weird film fans. That means shorts as well as features. We’ve collected all five nominees for 2023′s Weirdest Short of the Year together in one place, for ease of voting.  You can cast a vote for your favorite until March 9. Choose carefully, because you can only vote once. This year’s slate features hallucinogenic chicken nuggets, Thai commercials, modern dancers inside an eyeball room, Joe Biden and Donald Trump eating spaghetti, and the Soviet version of Principal Skinner.

You can watch all the nominees in full below before voting (shorts may contain strong language, substance abuse, and/or disgusting spaghetti):

“The Innocent Eyes” by

“Inside the Blind Iris” by

“Joe Biden and Trump Eating Spaghetti, but it’s an AI generated nightmare” by

“LA on Acid” by

“Steamed Hams but it was banned in the USSR” by

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POD 366, EP. 56: THE 14TH ANNUAL WEIRDCADEMY AWARDS NOMINATION EPISODE

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Weirdcademy Awards nominations begin at the 23:45 mark.

Quick links/Discussed in this episode:

“Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 4” (His Girl Friday/Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner/Kramer vs. Kramer/Starman/Sleepless in Seattle/Punch-Drunk Love). Discussion begins. Read the Reader Recommendation for Punch-Drunk Love. This grab-bag of 4K UHDs (plus Blu-rays) features one restored film from each decades from the 1950s to the 2000s. ‘s offbeat romantic comedy Punch-Drunk Lunch is the only movie of passing interest to us. Buy “Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 4”.

Godard Cinema (2022)/Trailer for a Film That Will Never Exist: Phony Wars (2023): Discussion begins. Godard Cinema is, simply, a made-for-French-TV retrospective of ‘s career. “Trailer of a Film That Will Never Exist: Phony Wars” is the more interesting item here; Godard’s final work, a sketch for a portrait of the surrealist poet Charles Plisnier that he was unable to complete before death. Kino Lorber Buy Godard Cinema/Trailer for a Film That Will Never Exist: Phony Wars.

This Is Me … Now: A Love Story (2024): Discussion begins. Jennifer Lopez spent her own money for this “surrealistic magical odyssey”; a visual album exploring her relationship with hubby . Debuts on Prime Video on February 16 (today!) Jennifer Lopez interview with Hollywood Reporter.

Repo Man 2: The Wages of Beer (202?): Discussion begins. will make a sequel to Canonically Weird cult classic Repo Man four decades later, with a new actor (Kiowa Gordon) playing Otto traveling through space and time immediately following the events of the first film. Honestly, this sounds like an early April Fools joke. Read more about Repo Man 2 at Variety.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

(Ozma) will be next week’s guest on Pod 366. And in more YouTube-based content, Pete Trbovich brings you another “Weird View Crew” video review, this time of the goofy 1975 occult horror The Devil’s Rain.

In written reviews, Shane Wilson recommends one that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue with Peter Weir‘s attempt to out-mysterious Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave (1977); while Giles Edwards also dips into the reader suggestions for a look at Exte: Hair Extensions, an early absurdist horror from noted weirdo .

And of course, stay tuned for your 2023 Weirdcademy Awards ballot, appearing in these pages on Sunday.

Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EP. 55: THE COMPLEX INTERVIEW (WITH FABIO D’ORTA AND RICCARDO AMORESE)

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Quick links/Discussed in this episode:

Aggro Dr1frt (2023): Discussion begins. ‘s latest project is typically experimental and alienating: an action-packed, infrared video-game-on-film starring rapper Travis Scott. The release strategy has it playing in unconventional venues; this week, it plays its first non-festival date at an L.A. strip club (sorry, already sold out). Aggro Dr1frt distributor (?) EDGLRD’s official site.

Burnt Offerings (1976): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. A great cast for this haunted house movie— , Oliver Reed—but it’s only on the far fringes of weirdness. It’s nevertheless a fondly remembered cult item, as this Kino Lorber special edition Blu-ray suggests. Buy Burnt Offerings.

The Complex Forms (2023): Discussion begins. Read Giles Edwards’ Apocrypha Candidate review. Today’s interviewee, , made this rare (in today’s climate) independent Italian fanatstique film about aging men volunteering for possession. No official word on distribution prospects yet, but the film has received a warm reception, so we’re cautiously optimistic this will be widely available after it finishes its festival run. The Complex Forms Instagram.

Dark Crystal (1982)/Labyrinth (1986): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s Dark Crystal review and Labyrinth review. Shout! Factory re-releases ‘s two weirdish 80s puppet fantasies on VOD. Not that they weren’t available previously, but they are now being offered (via Apple) in a bundle together with all the special features you would usually find on Blu-ray. Wave of the future? Buy Dark Crystal/Labyrinth digitally.

Frogman (2024): Discussion begins. A deadpan found-footage spoof about a documentarian searching for the elusive cryptid known as “Frogman.” As a marketing gimmick, this was pre-released in a limited edition VHS (already sold out, unfortunately, but if you are curious you can see it here). Debuts more widely in early March. Frogman distributor Rotting Press on Twitter “X”.

The Memory Police (202?): Discussion begins. First announced way back in 2020, we’re finally seeing movement on ‘s adaptation of Yōko Ogawa’s 1994 dystopian/surreal science fiction novel “The Memory Police,” about a secret force that ensures what has been erased from the world remains forgotten. The first big news has come out, with Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone now cast (presumably as the lead). No more roles have been announced, and we have no clues on the time frame for the release. The Hollywood Reporter has more details.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

We have no guest scheduled for next week’s Pod 366, but Greg and Giles will be back with more coverage of the week’s weird movie news and releases.

In written reviews, Shane Wilson handles another that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue with The Dark Side of the Heart, a lightly surreal 1992 comedy from Argentina about the romance between a poet and a prostitute. Pete Trbovich‘s written contribution is also a reader suggestion, as we finally get around to Trainspotting (1996). Meanwhile, Giles Edwards visits the distaff dystopia of Ladyworld (2018), and Gregory J. Smalley finds out what the heck’s up with England’s just-released telepathic jellyfish indie, Ozma. Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EPISODE 54: SO MANY MOVIES, 2024 EDITION

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The audio only version of Pod 366 is now on Spotify.

Quick links/Discussed in this episode:

Bad Biology (2008): Discussion begins. Read Pamela de Graff’s review.  Frank Henenlotter‘s final narrative feature film, about deadly mutant genitalia, gets a special edition release from Severin (your choice of Blu-ray only or UHD + Blu-ray). Buy Bad Biology.

“Danza Macabra, Volume Two: The Italian Gothic Collection”: Discussion begins. The Italian rarities on tap here: Castle of Blood [AKA Danza Macabra] (1964), They Have Changed Their Face (1971), The Devil’s Lover (1972), and the one of most interest to us, Jekyll, a 1969 TV adaptation Jeffrey Kauffman describes as “gonzo” and, yes, “weird.” On a mix of UHD and Blu-ray. Buy “Danza Macabra, Volume Two: The Italian Gothic Collection”.

Dario Argento Panico (2023): Discussion begins. Directors , Gaspar Noé, , and —all of whom placed an entry on our Canonically Weird list— chip in to talk about the career of fellow Canonized director Dario Argento (Suspiria). Screens twice this weekend at IFC Center in Manhattan as part of an Argento retrospective, then moves to Shudder for streaming on Feb. 2 (today!). No official site, but here’s Shudder’s Facebook page, where you can scroll down for the trailer and other information.

eXistenZ (1999): Discussion begins. Read Ryan Aarset’s review. ‘s video game twist on Videodrome arrives in a lavish Vinegar Syndrome edition, on UHD and Blu-ray with a new commentary track from Jennifer Moorman and dozens of special features ported over from previous editions. Buy eXistenZ.

Ladyworld (2018): Discussion begins. ‘s sophomore film is about teenage girls trapped in an endless birthday party when an unspecified disaster forces them to shelter in place indefinitely. A dissatisfied Amazon reviewer called it “not believable.” On Blu-ray previously, but Yellow Veil’s new edition adds lots of extras including the director’s debut feature, the little-seen Paris Window (2018). Buy Ladyworld.

The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981): Discussion begins. ‘s Gothic fantasy about a 19th century mad scientist and his spooky steampunk castle. This has been in our reader-suggested queue but unavailable in North America for the longest time; Deaf Crocodile to the rescue! Buy The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians.

Ozma (2023): Discussion begins. An insomniac who talks to his dead wife teams up with a telepathic jellyfish alien. Currently available on VOD on Vudu (and a few other outlets), DVD coming next week.

She is Conann (2023): Discussion begins. It’s Conann the Barbarian as you’ve never seen her before: in a time-tripping lesbian epic! Advance screenings of ‘s latest “incoherent” feature playing at select Alamo Drafthouses this week, followed by a wider (though still limited) release in weeks following. She Is Conann official site.

“Surf Reality Movie of the Month Club”: Discussion begins. A collection of 8 or so underground comedies, each made for pennies and sometimes in 24 hours, that screened monthly at the “Surf Reality” series in Manhattan in the early 90s. The most “famous” titles are Thrill Kill Video Club and Dick and Jane Drop Acid and Die; there’s also a version of Shakespeare set among Boy Scouts called Macbeth, King of Scoutland. Buy “Surf Reality Movie of the Month Club.”

Trainspotting (1996): Discussion begins. Follows the aimless exploits of a group of Scottish heroin addicts. Aside from the toilet scene, it’s not really a weird movie, but definitely a cult item; the upgrades it to 4K UHD, with supplemental Blu-ray and a cool glow-in-the-dark cover. Buy Trainspotting.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Live from Italy, director and composer Riccardo Amorese (The Complex Forms) will guest on next week’s Pod 366. In written reviews, Shane Wilson covers the Tilda Swinton comedy Teknolust (2002), yet another one that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue. And Gregory J. Smalley also dips into the reader-suggested queue for a review of the dreamlike Czech medieval epic Marketa Lazarova (1967). Onward and weirdward!