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POD 366, EP. 73: WEIRD WOKE TRASH IN HONOR OF PRIDE MONTH

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The Animal Kingdom (2023): A mysterious plague turns people into animal-human hybrids. French magical realism now on Blu-ray (and VOD).  Buy The Animal Kingdom.

DogMan (2023): directs in this thriller about a strange and damaged man obsessed with dogs. Now on Blu-ray. Buy DogMan.

Enter the Drag Dragon (2023): A drag queen detective investigates a case that involves kung fu, zombies, ninjas, ghosts, and cameo appearances. From the director of 2001’s Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter. Buy Enter the Drag Dragon.

Possession remake: Another one for the “bad idea for a remake” file:  Possession, but done by the guy who made Smile (2022). will lend his weight as a producer (no word on whether he plans to act in it). There are reports of a bidding war for the project (OK?). Appropriately, we caught the news from “Bloody Disgusting”.

Queendom (2023): A queer drag artist in Russia makes a public spectacle of herself by going out in public in surreal costumes, earning  and putting her freedom at risk. Greenwich Entertainment could have a documentary hit here (in critical terms, at least). Queendom official site.

Querelle (1982): ‘s final film was an expressionist tale of a beefcake sailor who chose to be gay do crime before it was cool. From a novel by gay criminal Jean Genet, to our knowledge this has never been released on physical media in North America until this Criterion Collection edition emerged. Buy Querelle.

Stopmotion (2023): Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. ‘s debut feature about a stopmotion animator making a creepy stopmotion animated film arrives on Blu-ray. Buy Stopmotion.

Tuesday (2023): Julia Louis Drefuss stars as a mother whose daughter is dying from cancer; Death arrives in the form of a talking parrot. From A24, coming to theaters next week. Tuesday official site.

“Zebraman: Ultimate Z-Pack”: Includes two superhero comedies: Zebraman (2004) and Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (2010). Zebraman is not as weird or extreme as Miike’s earlier horror work, but is zany and inventive; Zebraman 2 was a flop and has rarely been seen in this country. Buy “Zebraman: Ultimate Z-Pack.”

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

No guest is (firmly) scheduled for next week, although we could have one. Gregory J. Smalley will take the week off, and Pete Trbovich will fill in with Giles Edwards. In written reviews, Shane Wilson will revisit Cool World (1992), Giles examines microbudget Italian filmmaker Fabio Salerno’s The Other Dimension (previously unseen in America and briefly discussed in Episode 71), and Greg goes for Queendom (see above). Onward and weirdward!

POD 366: HANKY PANKY WITH NICK ROTH AND LINDSEY HAUN OF “HANKY PANKY”

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Hanky Panky

Bad Lieutenant (1992): Discussion begins. Harvey Keitel gives an unbelievable drooling, whimpering performance as a corrupt drug-addicted NYC cop investigating the rape of a nun in ‘s ultra-Catholic NC-17 drama.  A new 4K upgrade from Kino Lorber, it also includes a Blu-ray, special features (including Ferrara commentary) recycled from older editions, and a new interview with cinematographer Ken Kelsch. Buy Bad Lieutenant.

“Cellophane Memories”: Discussion begins. ‘s announcement from last week turned out to be about a musical collaboration with singer Chrysta Bell (or Chrystabell). The album officially release on August 2, but David dropped a short music video showcasing the experimental audiovisual style.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998): Discussion begins. Read the Canonically Weird entry! A 4K UHD upgrade of the drug-culture satire from the . No new features, just a quality and format change, but it does include a standard Blu-ray if you can’t play the UHD disc yet. Buy Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

La Chimera (2023): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. Art-house magical realist antics in the unique setting of the illicit trade in Etruscan artifacts. Now on Blu-ray (no special features advertised). Buy La Chimera.

“Public Access Afterworld” (202?): Discussion begins. ‘s next project isn’t a movie—at least, not yet—but instead a novel that concludes their “screen trilogy.” Originally pitched as a TV series, Schonebrun reconfigured it as a novel after HBO passed on the script. It’s about a mysterious secret TV network (shades of a trans Videodrome?) We would be somewhat surprised if this didn’t eventually end up on video in some capacity. They gave the scoop to IndieWire.

Tribeca Film Festival lineup (discussion begins):

  • A-Frame – a quantum physicist begins ethically questionable experiments after accidentally discovering a potential cancer cure; from , so if it is not extremely strange, it will mark a major stylistic shift
  • Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem – This is the story of an alien band who are abducted and forced to perform for Earthlings; a visual album (but with a narrative) done anime-style. The 4K remaster suggests a possible upcoming physical release.
  • She Loved Blossoms More – this buzzy (around here) Greek film is about brothers who try to bring back their dead mother with a time machine; the programmer describes it as “wonderfully strange… with its acid-trip-like imagery and overall surreal vibe.”
  • Vulcanizadora directs (and co-stars with regular ) this typically low-budget affair with a close-to-the-vest plot about a pair of friends venturing into the woods for a mysterious purpose.

Tribeca Film Festival home page.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

We have no guest scheduled for next week’s Pod 366, but Giles and Greg will return to discuss the week’s weird movie news and releases. In written reviews, Shane Wilson is fascinated by The Beguiled (1971), a period piece set in a girls’ school that may be Clint Eastwood‘s weirdest project; Giles Edwards sticks to the vaguely Western theme with the animated experiment in alternate realities, Quantum Cowboys (2022); and Gregory J. Smalley breaks the trend to check out ‘s “incoherent” distaff Conan flick, She Is Conann (2023), with six sexy actresses portraying the mighty barbarian in different time periods. Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EP. 71: SO MANY MOVIES, AND A CAT

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Belladonna of Sadness (1973): Discussion begins. Read the Canonically Weird entry! A presumably beautiful 4K UHD disc of the cult rape/revenge/witchcraft anime. The bad news is it’s being released by Discotek, who normally traffic in popular anime rather than art-house stuff, and who are advertising no special features. Buy Belladonna of Sadness.

Cemetery Man (1994): Discussion begins. Read the Canonically Weird entry! A 4K UHD of the surrealist zombie flick arrive from Severin, with old features ported over from Blu-ray, plus new interviews with director and star Rupert Everett. Buy Cemetery Man.

Cry-Baby (1990): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. What may be ‘ least weird film, with young as a 1950s “drape” who can cry a single tear on command, comes to 4K UHD from Kino Lorber, with the director’s cut of the film and a slew of extras on the included Blu-ray. Buy Cry-Baby.

David Lynch update?: Discussion begins. has something for us to see and hear coming along on June 5. That’s all we know. David Lynch’s mysterious announcement on Twitter.

House of Screaming Glass (2024): Discussion begins. A woman inherits a “spooky” house from her grandmother, and inside she finds evidence of witchcraft as she begins hallucinating. The only place it seems to be available is Fandango at Home. House of Screaming Glass official site.

Kin-Dza-Dza! (1986): Discussion begins. Read the Canonically Weird entry! Deaf Crocodile brings the previously unavailable-in-North-America late-Soviet sci-fi comedy to Blu-ray. Restored with commentary by critic Walter Chaw and lots of interviews as extras. Buy Kin-Dza-Dza!.

“The Other Dimension and the Films of Fabio Salerno”: Discussion begins. A collection of the complete works of an unknown (in the U.S.) Italian microbudget horror filmmaker. Promotional materials call the work “dreamlike” and “the missing link between and George & Mike Kuchar.”  Buy “The Other Dimension and the Films of Fabio Salerno.”

Paganini (1989): Discussion begins. Read Alfred Eaker’s review. ‘s last acting role is also his only directorial effort. He cast himself as a narcissistic, libidinous, demonic version of the Italian composer, in a film with nearly pornographic sex scenes. Previously underrepresented at best on physical media, Vinegar Syndrome gives it a lavish Blu-ray release in a 2K restoration with a commentary track and a host of interviews from surviving cast and crew. Buy Paganini.

Quantum Cowboys (2022): Discussion begins. A Western, animated in twelve different styles that drift through quantum realities. Arrived out of nowhere but with an impressive cast that includes Lilly Gladstone and appearances from , , and alt-country musicians Neko Case and John Doe.  Buy Quantum Cowboys.

Sasquatch Sunset (2024): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. The Zellner brothers strange Bigfoot dramedy arrives on Blu-ray. Buy Sasquatch Sunset.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Next week’s guest(s) on Pod 366 will be and Nick Roth, actors/directors of the telepathic handkerchief comedy Hanky Panky. In written reviews, Shane Wilson inhales the hallucinogenic Japanese Death Powder (1986), while Giles Edwards gets lost in Katernica (2023). Also, Gregory J. Smalley will give you a short update on the new 366 book coming out, and the site’s plans going forward. Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EPISODE 70: Hansel and Gretel & Hansel and Cocina and Leon and…

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Bugonia (202?): Discussion begins. It’s official: the Save the Green Planet! remake is next up on ‘ to-do list. Naturally will co-star, alongside Jesse Plemmons. Deadline got the scoop.

Cannes 2024 Standing-O-Meter: Discussion begins. Key takeaways: of the weird movies in competition at Cannes, ‘s Megalopolis got the longest standing ovation, reported at somewhere between 7 and 10 minutes. (Of all the movies in competition, the Demi Moore-fronted horror The Substance got the longest ovation at 11 minutes). Thanks to Vulture for compiling.

Cociña and Leon‘s Upcoming stop-motion Hansel and Gretel (202?): Discussion begins. After The Hyperboreans (see last Pod 366),  The Wolf House animators and will turn their strange sensibilities to the titular fairy tale, with Leon promising “the story itself gets lost.” As producer, lends additional weird credibility. More at Variety.

Gretel & Hansel (2020): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. This odd and sometimes intriguing revisionist fairy tale flopped in theaters, but unexpectedly receives a major 4K UHD release with new features not available on the original Blu-ray release, including two commentaries, interviews, and featurettes.  Buy Gretel & Hansel.

Shutter Island (2010): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. Paramount Home Video releases Martin Scorsese‘s psychological thriller in a three disc set: 4K UHD, a standard Blu-ray for those who don’t have a UHD player, and a DVD for those who don’t even have a Blu-ray player. It’s surprisingly affordable (currently priced only $1 above the old Blu-ray).  Buy Shutter Island.

The Wolf House (2018): Discussion begins. Read the Apocryphally Weird entry! With a couple of new projects on the horizon, now was the perfect time to re-release Cociña and Leon’s horrifying and innovative debut about a Chilean girl fleeing a Nazi cult. It’s on Blu-ray only, but comes with a lovely bonus: a selection of the animators earlier short films. Buy The Wolf House.

NEPOTISM CORNER:

Giles Edwards took on a couple of extracurricular activities this week, talking to indie director in a one-off interview and posting a book review of Joe Koch’s horror anthology “Invagines” at kendallreviews.com.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

We have no guest scheduled for next week’s Pod 366, but Giles and Greg will return to discuss all the week’s weird movie news and releases. In written reviews, Shane Wilson grits his teeth and gets a Bhoner: the Movie (2013); El Rob Hubbard visits ‘s “The Kingdom” (TV, 1994, 1997, 2022); Giles Edwards experiences Altered Perceptions (2023); and Gregory J. Smalley gets religion and lets you know all about the box set “From Hollywood to Heaven: The Lost and Saved Films of the Ormond Family.” Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EPISODE 69: RATED “PG-13” FOR DEPICTIONS OF SMOKING AND REFERENCES TO IT BEING EPISODE 69

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Barbarella remake? (202?): Discussion begins. Reported as in development: a Barbarella remake starring hot commodity Sidney Sweeney, directed by . We won’t deny Sweeney would look great in the costumes, but overall we remain skeptical. Deadline broke the story.

Coma (2022): Discussion begins. A sequestered 18-year-old girl loses her grip on reality as she watches a YouTuber named “Patricia Coma.” A weird-looking one with animation and Barbie doll sequences, from the busy (who also has the promising Beast in U.S. theaters). Coma official site.

The Hyperboreans (2024): Discussion begins. A psychologist hires stop-motion animators and to film a script taken from the minds of one of her (schizophrenic?) patients.  We know little about this, but there is a Nazi twist… debuting this week at Cannes Director’s Fortnight, hopefully it will be picked up in the U.S.  The Hyperboreans distributor site.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. The kampy kult komedy (please don’t make that into an acronym) gets a 4K upgrade from Shout! Factory; extra features appear to all be recycled from the previous Special Edition Blu-ray (and some go back to the original DVD release). Buy Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Megalopolis (2024?): Discussion begins. Megalopolis continues its epic journey to screen with the release of a more substantial “teaser” trailer (hot on the heels of the short teaser scene we talked about last week). There’s also another spicy article about the production, this time from The Guardian. Anticipation builds.

Sentinel (202?): Discussion begins. wants to make one more stop-motion feature before he dies… and he promises this one won’t take 30 years like Mad God. It’s a deathdream story a la “An Occurrence at Owl Bridge Creek” set in WWI. Currently in the early stages of development, he’ll be fundraising at Cannes. Variety gets the scoop.

NEPOTISM CORNER:

Released this week: Giles Edwards narrates Gregory J. Smalley‘s script of a Pete Trbovich production of “Looking for Duke,” a story set in the surreal Dead Oaks Mall extended universe!

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

No guest is currently scheduled for next week’s Pod 366 (although you never know), but Greg and Giles will definitely be back to discuss the week’s weird news and releases. In written reviews, Shane Wilson takes a second look at Shiver of the Vampires, Giles Edwards investigates Jobe’z World (2018), and Gregory J. Smalley will venture to the theater to see I Saw the TV Glow (which seems like a safer bet than catching it on TV).

Onward and weirdward!