Next week, Alfred Eaker will bring you something Halloween-y and as yet undetermined. In other mildly-appropriate to the season news, Giles Edwards looks at the experimental documentary Mansfield 66/67 (about blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield’s flirtation with Anton La Vey’s Church of Satan). Then it’s on to two arthouse classics, as G. Smalley tackles Wim Wenders’ angels-on-Earth experiment Wings of Desire (from the reader-suggested queue) and busy Giles returns to enshrine readers’ choice winner Last Year at Marienbad.
Google was uncharacteristically subdued and normal this week, making it hard for us to pick a Weirdest Search Term of the Week. Nonetheless, we’ll share with you the very slightly bizarre searches we did encounter. First up is “1990s man eats people in his room” (sorry, but we did warn you these queries weren’t going to be that weird). We do wonder whether the searcher was able to come up with ten titles for “top ten italian vintage mature womens sex with mens in animal farm house movies” (he should be happy with one result, we think). In a very slim week for the weird, it’s the noun-salad “womans feet sticking out,morgue, sheet,blob, sand, images” that takes the award for Weirdest Search Term of the Week. Acceptable, but the Googlers out there really need to step up their “crazy” game.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Wings of Desire (next week!); Last Year in Marienbad (next week!); One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Crimewave (d. Sam Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Next week, Alfred Eaker will bring you an early Halloween surprise (treat, not trick, we promise). Then we’ll tackle a couple of new releases with a dive into “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, Vol. 2” set (featuring Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘ s debut film, the “exquisite corpse” documentary Mysterious Object at Noon, along with a number of rarities). Also up for review: Shion Sono‘s Tag (not the prolific genre auteur’s latest, but his most recent work you can catch on Netflix). Finally, we’ll begin to honor readers’ demands with a writeup of the recent poll winner Under the Skin (previously candidated by Alex Kittle).
It’s time once more for our survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site last week. First up is a classic example of what’s quickly becoming our favorite misspelled word leading to unintentionally strange queries: “what is name of movie young boy hide under table and see virgina”? On the other hand, “blood in the drinks machine woman in wheelchair eyes cut out with scissors” is a more macabre species of search. For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with “suggest movie name where a girl walking between the big mouth shaped boobs body women.” Our suggestion? A Nympho in the Valley of the Giant Busty Mutant-Mouth Vixens. (Guys can dream, can’t they?)
Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Tag (next week!); One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Crimewave (d. Sam Raimi); The Annunciation (1984); Funeral Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
The Penultimate Readers’ Choice Poll is complete, and the winners you voted to put onto the List of the 366 Best Weird Movies Ever Made are… Last Night at Marienbad (1961) and Under the Skin (2013). These two choices led from wire to wire, with only Don Hertzfeldt‘s It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012) threatening to crack the top two. We’ll get to writing these two up in October (early November at the latest), and we’ll give you one more chance for input, near the very end of the List…
And as long as we’re discussing interactive activities, you still have until Thursday to enter our Red Christmas Blu-ray giveaway contest. Details here…
So, on to next week’s business. First up, Alfred Eaker wraps up his overview of “The Adventures of Superman” (start the adventure here), touching on the mysterious circumstances of George Reeves‘ untimely death. Giles Edwards holds down the new release front with a look at Ana Lily Amirpour‘s post-apocalyptic sophomore effort, The Bad Batch. And we’ll tackle a couple of suggestions from the reader-suggested review queue, as Pete Trbovich takes in Murder Party and G. Smalley explores WR: Mysteries of the Organism.
Now it’s time for our weekly survey of weird search terms that brought visitors to the site this week, a feature we unweirdly call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” Our first entry actually makes sense, but the wording makes it read strangely: “korean movies chain the temptation of two women.” (They do?) This search also turns out to be a thing: “swedish pimple” (it sure would be weird if they were literally searching for Scandinavian acne, though). Poor word choice once again makes what should probably be a simple search into a fairly bizarre one with “friend named ugly man in jail movie” (it seems unlikely the searcher is really interested in a film about someone named “ugly man” who goes to jail). But our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, “porn video cartoons wemans virginas infested with eel,” wins the award because it works on two (maybe more) weird levels. We’ll take it at face value, and suggest that all women who own Virginia should be wary of the eel infestation issue.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Murder Party (next week!); W.R.-Mysteries of the Organism (next week!); One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Crimewave (d. Sam Raimi); The Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
First off, you still have about a week to vote in the Penultimate Readers’ Choice Poll to place two movies on the final list of 366. Right now, Last Year at Marienbad and Under the Skin look like fairly safe bets, with Don Hertzfeldt‘s stick-figure animation It’s Such a Beautiful Day the only serious spoiler contender. But a lot can change in these last few days…
Next week’s lineup begins with Alfred Eaker‘s continuing episode guide for “The Adventures of Superman,” now up to seasons three and four. Then, Giles Edwards examines the new Blu-ray of Marco Ferreri‘s overlooked 1991 erotic fantasy The Flesh, while G. Smalley handles a couple of items from the reader-suggestion review queue with Bollywood’s (second!) unauthorized Memento remake, Ghajini, and the weird-kid budget horror The Pit (1981). We may throw in a surprise as well… so stay tuned.
Due to the increased use of privacy settings, it’s becoming harder and harder to find items to highlight for our “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week” column. We’re left sifting through stuff like “older sister and younger brother naked in the bathroom. also movie name” (notable only for the searcher asking for the movie’s name as an afterthought), or relying on the occasional typo to transform a sick search into a mildly weird one, e.g. “list movie with theme raoe/kidnaping/homo invasion”. For our Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with the relatively normal (by our standards) query for a list of “vampire nun 1970s sex videos”. Hey, Halloween’s coming soon, it’s not too early for vampire nuns!
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Ghajini (2008) (next week!); The Pit (1981) (next week!); One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
First up, don’t neglect the chance to help shape the List by voting in the just-released Penultimate Readers’ Choice Poll. Early favorites are Last Year at Marienbad and Under the Skin. With only 66 more titles to elevate, you’ll want to be sure your favorite makes the List. You may vote once per day until October 7.
Next week begins with Alfred Eaker‘s continuing episode guide for “The Adventures of Superman.” Next, Pete Trbovich gets down and dirty with the obscene 1970s animation Down and Dirty Duck. Then, it’s into the reader-suggested queue for a review of Czechoslovakia’s 1978 take on Beauty and the Beast (Panna a Nevtor), and finally we strike out on our own with Fantasy Mission Force, the 1983 kung-fu comedy about a ragtag team of martial misfits (including a then unknown Jackie Chan) rescuing Allied prisoners from a Japanese prison camp in Canada.
It’s time again for our weekly survey of weird search terms that brought visitors to the site, a feature we sensibly call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” First up is a search that’s not quite weird—“movie 70s sci fi people eating themselves unknowingly as new food soul and green”—but comes so close. We were also amused by “name of movie in which girl becomes nude to stop car” and “wierd little alien guy that walks on his hands.” But for a search truly deserving of the title “Weirdest Search Term of the Week,” we have to go with “zoophilia vintage with flies tube.” We suspect that people who are “into” flies are a tiny minority even within the already marginal zoophilia community, but maybe things were different in the vintage era.
Here’s how the ridiculously long reader-suggested review queue now stands, after moving 1 Day and Vermilion Souls to the “out-of-print holding pen”: Down and Dirty Duck (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978) (next week!); Gahjini; One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Crimewave Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Only 68 more titles left to Certify Weird… and you can help pick them! If you haven’t already, check out our final (?) chance for reader input onto the shape of the List with the nominations post. Slots are filling up fast with 15 of a potential 20 finalist nominees already selected. If you want to participate, this opportunity won’t last forever…
Next week, Alfred Eaker continues his episode guide for the 1950s TV series “The Adventures of Superman” (first part here). takes Arrow Video’s deluxe new release as an excuse to re-examine 1985’s cult classic Re-Animator. We’ll also bring you our initial impression of Darren Aronofsky‘s divisive psychohorror mother! and look back at an older paranoid classic, Roman Polanski‘s The Tenant. It’s a spooky week—it’s starting to feel like Halloween’s coming early.
Now is the time at 366 Weird Movies when we take our weekly look at the weirdest search terms that brought readers to the site. First up is a search for a movie we’d probably like to see: “snake movie women get underground snake babies born movie.” In the USA, we’ve had lots of debate over how to handle bathrooms and transgendered folk, but things are apparently worse in Europe, assuming “european bathroom belly button creature movie” is a documentary. For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, however, we’ll go with “inkinkfistyfink,” which sounds like a charming children’s rhyme (unless it’s meant to be read as “in kink, fisty fink,” in which case it’s even weirder!)
Here’s how the temporarily-suspended reader-suggested review queue stands: The Tenant (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Vermilion Souls (depending on availability); Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
A little bit of a slow week coming up here due to “real life” commitments. Hopefully you, the reader, won’t notice anything awry, as we’ll still be bringing you daily content.
First up this week, Alfred Eaker will start a new episode guide series on the 1950s “Adventures of Superman” TV series. Following shortly, Shane Wilson will take one out of the reader-suggested queue with his review of The Brave Little Toaster, while G. Smalley goes the new-release route to tell you about the alcoholic kaiju allegory Colossal.
After that, we’re going to start a discussion thread seeking input on the two final movies you, the collective reader, will select to go on the List of 366. Rather than posting a poll with titles we select, as we have in all of our other reader votes, we’re going to let you make the nominees as well as deciding the final vote. So this is your chance to make your case for whatever you think we’ve overlooked. Even stuff we previously rejected is eligible. We don’t know how many nominees we’ll get, or how fast they’ll come in, but we tentatively anticipate leaving the discussion open for at least two weeks before creating the final poll. So be sure to think about your “must have” movies and check in on Thursday with your choices and arguments ready.
Our weekly survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site (i.e. “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week”) once again has a sleazy porn movie focus. Surprise, surprise. Setting the theme was the search for “prono>strange” (which we read as “misspelled porno is greater than strange,” a sentiment with which we happen to disagree). But speaking of strange porno, how about “hg saxxy handy story full saxxy”? That’s twice as saxxy as it is handy, which seems odd. For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with “nuclear blast trying to survive by sucking boobs movies.” Sounds like a fun post-apocalyptic pastime, considering it should be hard to get a good wi-fi signal after the bomb falls, but we don’t think it will actually help you survive a nuclear blast.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: The Brave Little Toaster (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Vermilion Souls (depending on availability); Gahjini; One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Crimewave (d. Sam Raimi); Murder Party; The Annunciation (1984); Funeral Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Only 68 more titles left to Certify Weird!
Alfred Eaker has been working so hard we’re giving him Labor Day off—look for a repeat column on Monday. Not so Pete Trbovich, who chooses to take another title out of the reader-suggested queue with a look at the intersecting-narrative 2003 indie 11:44. G. Smalley is also punching the clock, with a compare and contrast of Lucile Hadzihalilovic‘s yin-yang gender features Evolution (about boys on an island) and Innocence (about girls at a boarding school).
Now it’s time for us to once again survey the weirdest search terms that brought users to the site, a feature that goes by the title “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” First up: “old lady man worm,” a couple we’d like to see out on the dance floor. Next up is a search that would probably be dirty, if only it were full-bokep instead of just semi: “film semi bokep farmers family.” We picked our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week just because it’s a movie we would like to watch: “old movie with tranny witch cooked in oven and goatman.” Keep those weird searches coming, guys and gals!
Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: 11:14 (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Vermilion Souls (depending on availability); Gahjini; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Only 69 more titles left to Certify Weird!
Next week 366 Weird Movies gets musical, as Alfred Eaker sings the praises of the avant-garde opera anthology Aria (with some of Ken Russell‘s best work); then, we invite a pair of experts to discuss a topic we’ve been meaning to address for some time: weird movie soundtracks. G. Smalley breaks the rhythm with a look at The Evil Within, the odd 2017 horror film bankrolled, written and directed by trust fund baby/methamphetamine addict Andrew Getty (it does have a soundtrack, naturally, but it won’t stretch to fit the theme). Rafael Moreira tries to bring things back on point with coverage of Perfect Blue, Satoshi Kon‘s 1997 anime that at least centers on a former Japanese pop idol. Be sure to play something strange in the background next week as you browse these curious recommendations.
It’s once again time for us to survey the weirdest search terms that brought users to the site last week. First up, one for the “I think your keyboard might be drunk” file: “vintag sesso maturefilm prno gold.” Next we have the questionably coherent “shaven movie songs” (if it turns out there’s a movie musical out there called Shaven!, we’ll retract our assessment). But our official winner of this installment of the Weirdest Search Term of the Week was also one of our longest entries: “movie semi asia one guy took his girlfriend to a lot of ladies island and there was a sex show and it turns out the man was sleeping with her mother.” So much to unpack there: we’ll simply leave it wondering what a “semi-Asia” movie is.
Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Perfect Blue (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Vermilion Souls (depending on availability); Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE
Only 70 more titles left to Certify Weird!
366 Weird Movies brings you more odd odds-and-ends next week: Alfred Eaker takes us back to a 1966 drive-in double feature of Nightmare Castle (starring cult fave Barbara Steele) and The Diabolical Dr. Z (directed by the divisive Jess Franco); Shane Wilson looks at the UK low-budget horror Malady, recently arrived on these shores and available on VOD; G. Smalley fills a gap in our Federico Fellini criticism with a look at the maestro’s late offering, Ginger and Fred (1986); and Bryan Pike takes on another one from the reader-suggested queue with coverage of Peter Jackson‘s shockingly bad taste 1989 puppet show Meet the Feebles.
We’re sure you’re tired of hearing about how the increased use of privacy settings on search engines is negatively impacting our hunt for the Weirdest Search Terms of the Week, so we’ll just launch straight into our meager finds this week, while you keep in mind that the strangest searches were probably hidden under layers of encryption. therefore, we have to spotlight things like “movie where man has a mole that falls” and the hard-to-picture “movie scenes where spy goes from toilet pipeline but there was ladder beside,” before settling on “journey inside vabina nd sperms” as our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week. Yeah, we know, first world weird problems.
Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Meet the Feebles (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Vermilion Souls (depending on availability); Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE