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NETFLIX PARTY #11 NOMINATIONS PHASE

People continue to show up to watch weird movies and we haven’t quite exhausted Netflix’s catalogue yet, so here we go with week 11.

You know the drill by now. We’re asking for nominations for a movie to watch partly because we love making polls, but mainly as a means to gauge interest. If we get five suggestions from people planning to attend, then we’ll know it’s worth hosting.

You can nominate something you nominated before, but not something we watched in a previous party: so no The Platform, April and the Extraordinary World, The Bad Batch, Skins [Pieles], Under the Skin, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Enemy, A Ghost Story, Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema, or Between Worlds.

We’ll tentatively set aside Jun 6 at 10:15 PM EST for this one. If you have feedback suggesting a different start time we’ll listen.

Just like previous weeks, we’ll open it up to reader suggestions until we get five or more candidates, then put up a poll to vote on which movie to screen. Only films in Netflix’s catalog are eligible. We don’t have to watch a Canonically Weird movie together, but just for your convenience, we’re reasonably sure these are all the (previously unscreened by us) ones available on the service at the moment: Kung Fu Hustle (2004), The Lobster (2015), Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), A Serious Man (2009), Sin City (2005), Swiss Army Man (2016), The Wicker Man (1973), and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). Feel free to nominate any of these, or ignore them in favor of other selections.

To join, you’ll need a U.S. Netflix account, a Chrome-based browser, and the Netflix Party extension.

Make your nominations in the comments below.

366’S NETFLIX PARTY, “BETWEEN WORLDS,” STARTS IN 15 MINUTES

As the title states, our latest Netflix Party—Between Worlds——starts in fifteen minutes.

Please install the Netflix Party extension if you haven’t already. You must have a U.S. Nextflix account (we think) and a Chrome-based browser (including Brave) to participate.

There will be no pausing or rewinding except for technical reasons.

We are offering no technical support, so help each other out if needed.

Here is the link to join: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80989339?npSessionId=3ea45d75b2e1263a&npServerId=s132

Be sure to click on the red Netflix Party icon to sync up and join the chat room.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/29/2020

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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.

FILM FESTIVALS – We Are One Festival (YouTube, 5/29-6/7):

YouTube hosts selections from twenty-one mostly canceled film festivals. Each participant (including Annecy, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and Venice) committed to provide five hours of content. The films all screen live and will not be available on demand. While the “big ticket” movies may not be taking advantage of this experiment, but we found a good number of things of interest to weirdophiles. All times below assume you are in New York (ET); remember to adjust accordingly.

  • Air Conditioner – A “pleasantly surreal” trip through the streets of Luanda, Angola, occasioned by the search for a replacement air conditioner after the city’s units all spontaneously and simultaneously fail. 6/6 at 11:45 AM.
  • Crazy World – Another crazy super-low-budget actioneer from “Wakaliwood” auteur Nabwana IGG (Bad Black), this one involves a gang of child-kidnappers who capture a pint-sized team of kung fu masters. 5/29 (today!) at 2:00 PM.
  • Dinner for Adele [Adéla jeste nevecerela] (1977) – ‘s parody of pulp detective films sees Nick Carter chasing after a carnivorous plant in Prague. 6/6 at 6:25 PM.
  • “Happy Machine” (2007): This is ‘s surreal short contribution to the collaboration Genius Party. 6/3 at 7:00 AM.
  • “In Conversation with Guillermo del Toro” – career retrospective, previously recorded at the Marrakesh Film Festival. 5/31 at 7:00 AM.
  • “John Waters in Conversation with Albert Serra” – Recorded at the Locarno Film Festival last year, always entertains. 6/7 at 10:25 AM.
  • “One Minute Memoir” – Animated omnibus of one-minute films from select animators, including one from . 5/31, 3 PM.

  • “TIFF Talks: Viggo Mortensen & David Cronenberg on Crash” – Previously recorded, discusses his weird automobile-accident fetish film. 6/6 at 5:20 PM.

Complete We Are One lineup and official YouTube channel.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Dream Demon (1988): The story flits between a young woman’s demonic nightmares and her demon-plagued reality, not always specifying which is which. It seems this British cheapie had never been released digitally before; Arrow Video rectifies the oversight, on Blu-ray or VOD. Buy Dream Demon.

The Horrors of Spider Island (1960): Read the Canonically Weird review! Do we really need 1960’s grimy public domain jiggler The Horrors of Spider Island on Blu-ray? Only for the bonus features, which include the complete “spicy” version, It’s Hot in Paradise (with naughty nudie-cutie skinny dipping); alternate scenes; a mini-doc; and a vintage audio interview with “star” Alexander D’Arcy. From Severin Entertainment, this release is limited to 3000 units. Buy The Horrors of Spider Island.

Satanico Pandemonium (1975): A hot nun’s sexual fantasies lead her from bride of Christ to slave of Satan. A Mexican example of the nunsploitation movies released to capitalize on the notoriety of The Devils; some find it mildly surreal/weird, others report that it’s just incoherent sleaze. Buy Satanico Pandemonium.

“Scorsese Shorts”: This Criterion Collection edition includes five early short films: “Italianamerican,” “American Boy,” “What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?,” “It’s Not Just You, Murray!,” and “The Big Shave.” The last of these, an experimental anti-war protest film, is also in our reader-suggested review queue. Available on DVD or Blu-ray. Buy “Scorsese Shorts”.

“Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto”: Ten film retrospective (eight features, two shorts) of ‘s weird career, spread over four Blu-rays and naturally highlighted by the canonically weird Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Includes the home video debut of his latest film, Killing. Box set from Arrow Video. Buy “Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto”.

ONLINE EVENTS:

  • 5/30, 9:00 PM EST – “Haus of Oni: Pan’s Labyrinth“: Sponsored by Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston, this 30-minute drag show is meant to be viewed as a prelude to Pan’s Labyrinth. The show is free (but voluntary tipping is encouraged). Labyrinth is not screening afterwards, but you’re encouraged to stream it on your own (if not for the fact that it would conflict with the start of 366’s own Weird Netflix Party at 10:15.)
  • 5/30, 10:15 PM EST – “366’s Weird Movie Netflix Party”: The 10th screening in this “long-running” series; this week’s movie will be Between Worlds (with ). We’ll drop the link to join here and on social media 15 minutes beforehand.
  • 6/4, 8:00 PM CST (7:00 PM EST) – “Not the Oak Cliff Film Festival” – With the Oak Cliff Film Festival canceled, this live-stream of four shorts (including the original short version of Greener Grass) takes its place. A roundtable discussion with the directors, moderated by , follows the screenings.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: As mentioned above, and mentioned here again in case you missed it, this week’s Weird Netflix Party will feature Between Worlds (Greg finally got to use his inherent tiebreaking power, and used it to satisfy the Nic Cage-crazed wing, who might otherwise have created a coup and started their own splinter Party). Next week’s review slate, meanwhile, consists of Giles Edwards on Netflix’s new psychedelic podcast “The Midnight Gospel”; on the Criterion Collection’s recent release of ‘s massive five hour apocalyptic road trip, Until the End of the World; and on the 2000 anime series “Boogiepop Phantom.” Onward and weirdward!

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

NETFLIX PARTY POLL #10

Here’s the poll to vote in our latest weird Netflix watch party, scheduled for this Saturday, May 30, at 10:15 PM EST. First order of business: voting on the movie to watch. If you plan on virtually attending, please vote for the movie we’ll be watching below.

There are two sets of instructions: one for the poll, and then the instructions for joining the Netflix Party.

POLL

Vote for which movie you’d like us to watch from the selections below. We’ll screen the movie that gets the most votes. Your host, Gregory J. Smalley, will personally break any ties. Note that unlike our other polls, you can only vote once. Poll closes at midnight EST on Thursday, May 28. You may vote for multiple movies, but not for every movie (because that would be pointless).

NETFLIX PARTY

You must have a subscription to Netflix (U.S.) and a browser running Chrome. You must install the Netflix Party extension (from this site).

We will not provide tech support; you’re on your own.

When the party is set to begin we’ll try to announce it in three places:

  • On this site (if you’ve signed up for regular email alerts via the sidebar you’ll also get a notice that way)
  • On our Facebook page
  • On Twitter

You will then receive the link to join the stream. Follow the instructions and be sure to have your Netflix Party extension active.

Once you join, you can customize your avatar and give yourself a screen name.

Now vote!


NETFLIX PARTY #10 NOMINATIONS PHASE

People continue to show up to watch weird movies and we haven’t quite exhausted Netflix’s catalogue yet, so here we go with week 10.

We’re asking for nominations for a movie to watch partly because we love making polls, but mainly as a means to gauge interest. If we get five suggestions from people planning to attend, then we’ll know it’s worth hosting.

You can nominate something you nominated before, but not something we watched in a previous party: so no The Platform, April and the Extraordinary World, The Bad Batch, Skins [Pieles], Under the Skin, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Enemy, A Ghost Story, or Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema.

We’ll tentatively set aside May 30 at 10:15 PM EST for this one. If you have feedback suggesting a different start time we’ll listen.

Just like previous weeks, we’ll open it up to reader suggestions until we get five or more candidates, then put up a poll to vote on which movie to screen. Only films in Netflix’s catalog are eligible. We don’t have to watch a Canonically Weird movie together, but just for your convenience, we’re reasonably sure these are all the (previously unscreened by us) ones available on the service at the moment: The Lobster (2015), Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), A Serious Man (2009), Sin City (2005), Swiss Army Man (2016), The Wicker Man (1973), and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). Also available: Kung Fu Hustle (2004), which was either just added or we accidentally omitted from previous lists. Feel free to nominate any of these, or ignore them in favor of other selections.

To join, you’ll need a U.S. Netflix account, a Chrome-based browser (Brave works) and the Netflix Party extension.

Make your nominations in the comments below.

366’S NETFLIX PARTY, “ESCAPE FROM THE ‘LIBERTY’ CINEMA,” STARTS IN 15 MINUTES

As the title states, our latest Netflix Party—the 1990 Polish anti-censorship comedy Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema—starts in fifteen minutes.

Please install the Netflix Party extension if you haven’t already. You must have a U.S. Nextflix account (we think) and a Chrome-based browser (including Brave) to participate.

There will be no pausing or rewinding except for technical reasons.

We are offering no technical support, so help each other out if needed.

Here is the link to join: https://www.netflix.com/watch/81168345?npSessionId=45d167cca8f74b7d&npServerId=s162

Be sure to click on the red Netflix Party icon to sync up and join the chat room.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/22/2020

366 Weird Movies may earn commissions from purchases made through product links.

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.

NEW RELEASES: ONLINE DEBUTS:

“The Animation Show of Shows”: The latest four installments of the long-running animation showcase are now available for rental on Vimeo. We’re sure there are plenty of weird ones buried in there; 2015’s “The World of Tomorrow” from the 17th Show, for one. You’ll have to uncover the rest of the gems yourself. “The Animation Show of Shows” on Vimeo.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Alice in Wonderland (1933): Read Scott Sentinella’s review. Kino Lorber got the rights and issued Hollywood’s all-star (Cary Grant, Gray Cooper, and as a grotesque Humpty Dumpty) Alice on Blu-ray for the first time. With a bonus commentary track from film historian Lee Gambin. Buy Alice in Wonderland.

Danger: Diabolik (1968): Read Alice Stoehr’s review. Shout! Factory brings ‘s “groovy ’60s cult classic” to Blu-ray or the first time, with a new audio commentary from Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson. Buy Danger: Diabolik.

King of Thorn (2009): Read our review. This Blu-ray reissue of the incredibly confusing anime feature, which counts the legend of “Sleeping Beauty” among it’s many references, has all the same features as the 2009 release, except that it lacks a bonus DVD and now bears the legend “Essentials” on the cover. Buy King of Thorn.

Mandy (2018): Read the Canonically Weird entry. There’s nothing new about this release of Panos Cosmatos‘ psychedelic revenge flick except for the collectible steelbook packaging, which houses both DVD and Blu-ray discs. Buy Mandy.

Message from Space (1978): Read our review. Toho upgrades their nutty Star Wars ripoff to Blu-ray, so that today’s children can be disappointed in high definition. Buy Message from Space.

SEMINARS (Via Zoom, 5/28 at 6 PM PT):

“Fellini 100”: Three professors will give a free Zoom lecture on the Maestro, . It’s sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles to celebrate the centennial of Fellini’s birth. Free, but you must register. Federico Fellini 100.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Saturday’s Netflix Party will be a left-field choice: Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema, a Polish film about a censor and film characters who talk back to him, made at the end of the Communist Era. You guys have adventurous tastes!

In regular reviews, Pete Trbovich‘s musings on 80s cult (?) horror Spookies, announced last week, has been rescheduled for a rare Sunday slot. The rest of the week, Giles Edwards will push for ‘s Pigpen [Porcile]; Gregory J. Smalley discovers a few things wrong with Assassin 33 A.D. (the 2020 Christian film about Islamic terrorists going back in time to assassinate Jesus Christ); and Simon Hyslop clues you in on the freaky phenomenon of “children’s grindhouse films.” It’s a busy week to keep you entertained indoors, away from all those nasty viruses. Onward and weirdward!

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.