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POD 366, EPISODE 64: THE UNDISTRIBUTABLE TRIUMVIRATE: LYNCH, WATERS, COPPOLA

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Fear and Desire Uncut Version (1952): Discussion begins. recut Fear and Desire, his first attempt at a feature film, after negative feedback—then essentially disowned it. The complete version that originally screened at the Venice Film Festival in 1953 was recently rediscovered, and Kino Lorber has put it up for VOD rental (we assume it will eventually appear on physical media, too).  Rent Fear and Desire Uncut on Kino Now.

Liarmouth (202?): Discussion begins. We have to retract our retraction from a couple of weeks ago about Aubrey Plaza starring in ‘ adaptation of his own novel, “Liarmouth.” Waters confirmed that Plaza is attached. Not retracted: there’s still no money to make the picture. Variety buries the nugget in a review of a “Hag in a Black Leather Jacket”/”Roman Candles” screening.

Megalopolis (2024): Discussion begins. has completed his massive dystopian satire, which will debut at Cannes in May, but isn’t getting any bites from major distributors to release it. One big name anonymously dismissed it as “some kind of indie experiment.” Coppola may have to look further down the food chain for a distributor; no doubt A24 or Neon would scarf it up. The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Omen (2023): Discussion begins. An immigrant visits his family in the Congo with his Belgian fiancee, only to be accused of being a sorcerer. Reviews suggest that the film’s conclusion may be stranger than the simple horror movie setup seen in the trailer indicates. Omen official site.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s List Candidate review. The Criterion Collection upgrades ‘s enigmatic art-house classic to 4K UHD. Buy Picnic at Hanging Rock 4K UHD.

Sasquatch Sunset (2024): Discussion begins. and star as patriarch and matriarch of a Bigfoot family in a touching dialogue-free grossout comedy. The Atlantic called it “the strangest movie of the year” (but we’d like to point out the year is still young). Sasquatch Sunset official site.

Segments of Jonah: Journal of the Homunculus (202?): Discussion begins. “Through a surreal landscape, monstrous creatures guard secrets of the past from a tormented doctor.” If that doesn’t pique your interest in this low-budget surreal crowdfunding effort, consider that the director is trying to raise funds to get and back to complete their roles. Segments of Jonah: Journal of the Homunculus on Indiegogo.

Snootworld (202?): Discussion begins. Netflix passed on a proposal to produce (and possibly direct) an animated fairy tale film called Snootworld. Doubtlessly, someone else will jump at the chance to acquire this script that co-screenwriter Caroline Thompson described as “wackadoo.” Deadline got the scoop.

Special Silencers (1982): Discussion begins. A corrupt Indonesian politician kills his enemies by providing them with pills that cause trees to burst out of their torsos. One reviewer called the plot “genuinely bizarre.” Buy Special Silencers.

Sweet Dreams (2023): Discussion begins. A Dutch colonialist bequeaths part of his estate to his Indonesian housekeeper, causing chaos. Looks like a period drama, but the publicity materials describe it as a “surrealist satire on European colonialism,” so we remain hopefully. Not to be confused with the Johnny Knoxville (literal and figurative) softball comedy released the same week.  Sweet Dreams U.S. distributor site.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

We have no guest scheduled on Pod 366 next week, but we’ll return with a preview of Cannes 2024 (among other items). In written reviews, Giles Edwards is planning to do double duty on the new-release front with reviews of the transgender The People’s Joker and the Johnny Knoxville-free version of Sweet Dreams (see above); Shane Wilson takes on another that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue with the experimental documentary A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013); and Rafael Moreira chips in with a report on the ultra-oddity International Guerillas, a 1990 Pakistani action film that casts none other than then-controversial Salman Rushdie as its villain! Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EPISODE 63: EAT IT, EBERT

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“The Art of the Benshi”: Discussion begins. A series of Japanese silent films on tour, with traditional narrators (benshi) providing commentary (in Japanese, subtitled into English). Most films in the collection are obscure, but we mention it because the canonically weird A Page of Madness [Kurutta ippêji] is one of the films. It’s a bit complicated as to which films will be playing where as the program tours this April, so check out the following link for dates if you live in NYC, Washington, Chicago, or Los Angeles (or Tokyo). “The Art of the Benshi” official site.

The Beast (2023): Discussion begins. seeks to fix her present by undergoing DNA regression therapy, which allows her to experience past lives where she experienced tempestuous romances with the same man. Science fantasy from Bertrand Bonello whose ending had some critics crying “!” The Beast official site.

Kinds of Kindness (2024): Discussion begins. A first trailer drops for ‘ upcoming triptych film, debuting (somewhere) on June 21, 2024. The teaser includes a brief shot of a dog drinking from a straw. Kinds of Kindness official site.

Messiah of Evil (1973): Discussion begins. Read Shane Wilson’s Apocrypha Candidate review. Previously released in a limited edition, this Blu-ray is the paradoxical “Standard Special Edition” of this eerie horror oddity. Buy Messiah of Evil.

The People’s Joker (2022): Discussion begins. An unauthorized parody of a certain comic book villain’s origin story, told as a trans metaphor. We thought this would never get released due to “rights issues,” but unnamed corporate entities seem to have decided that ignoring is the wisest course. In limited release across the country, with writer/director/star Vera Drew appearing for Q&A’s at several venues. Go to The People’s Joker official site to find out where and when it’s playing.

Rossellini on Blue Velvet: Discussion begins. Almost four decades later, Isabella Rossellini responds to Roger Ebert’s negative review of Blue Velvet. Variety got the quote.

Yannick (2023): Discussion begins. All we know about ‘s latest comedy is the premise: a man interrupts a dull theater performance and starts talking back to the onstage actors.  Streaming exclusively on Mubi. Dupieux also has a more anticipated movie, the surreal biopic Daaaaaali!, coming out later this year. Yannick official site.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

There is no guest scheduled for next Pod 366, but tune in for another discussion of the week’s news and releases. In written reviews, Shane Wilson gets into The Spirit (2008); Giles Edwards gets into The Invisible Fight (2023); and Gregory J. Smalley gets into a Hungarian Bubble Bath (1980). And who knows, there could always be a surprise popping up. Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EPISODE 62: IT AIN’T FELLINI

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Amelie (2001): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s List Candidate review. A collectible steelbook of the hot magical realist romantic comedy, with a new retrospective interview with director . Buy Amelie.

Bubble Bath [Habfürdö] (1980): Discussion begins. Animated musical romance from Hungary; it’s described as bohemian and stylistically all-over-the-map, and it’s in our reader-suggested queue. The Deaf Crocodile Blu-ray includes five surreal shorts from director György Kovásznai, who died a few years after completing Bubble Bath. Buy Bubble Bath.

DogMan (2023): Discussion begins. directs in this thriller about a strange and damaged man obsessed with dogs. In limited US release starting this week. Dogman official site.

La Chimera (2023): Discussion begins. A film from Alice Rohrwatcher (Happy as Lazzaro) following a modern day group of Etruscan tomb raiders. In limited release from Neon. La Chimera official site.

Phase IV (1974): Discussion begins. Read Shane Wilson’s Apocrypha Candidate review. Surprisingly, this cult item about an ant apocalypse had not been issued on Blu-ray in the U.S. until now; here it is on Blu and 4K UHD, including both the theatrical cut and the “preview” cut with the psychedelic ending. Thanks Vinegar Syndrome! Buy Phase IV.

Stice’s Satyricon (2022): Discussion begins. This 45-minute green screen video album from an oddball outfit called Stice is loosely based on the “Satyricon,” and, as you can see in the trailer below, is perhaps even more surreal than Fellini’s version.  This Blu-ray popped up out of nowhere onto our radar this week. Buy Stice’s Satyricon.

Where the Devil Roams (2023): Discussion begins. Read Giles Edwards’ Apocrypha Candidate review. The Adams family’s latest horror film is about a family of serial-killing Depression-era carnies, and witchery. On Blu-ray with a making of featurette, bonus short film, and more.  Buy Where the Devil Roams.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

We have no guest scheduled for next week’s Pod 366—although it is possible someone will pop up. In written reviews, Shane Wilson tackles one that ain’t Fellini (but is close) with the experimental hybrid documentary How Strange to Be Named Federico (2013), while Gregory J. Smalley digs into La Chimera (see above). Also, expect unannounced bonus content. Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EPISODE 60: RUMOURS OF THE END OF THE POOR PRESIDENT’S CONSCIOUSNESS

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The End of Evangelion (1997) theatrical rerelease: Discussion begins. Read the Canonically Weird entry! ‘s wacko second (of three) takes on ending his Evangelion cycle is a psychedelic burst of mysticism, psychology, and giant robots. It became a cult hit here on DVD, but was never released to theaters in the U.S., so this upcoming theatrical release on March 17 and 20 will be a major event for domestic otaku. Check the link for a site near you. The End of Evangelion re-release by GKids.

Poor Things (2023): Discussion begins. Read the Apocryphally Weird entry! A Poor Things Blu-ray dropped on the very same day Lanthimos‘ Frankenstein variation was inaugurated into our Apocryphally Weird list. Coincidence? Buy Poor Things.

The President’s Analyst (1967): Discussion begins. The U.S. president’s personal psychoanalyst () develops paranoia, goes on the run, and discovers a esque conspiracy involving the Phone Company. Previously available in a low quality bare-bones DVD, KL Studio Classics releases this minor cult film on Blu-ray in a brand new transfer with two commentary tracks. Buy The President’s Analyst.

Rumours (202?): Discussion begins. (with collaborators Galen and ) has a new one that should be available soon (the best we can tell, filming was done in October 2023). Big name stars and Alicia Vikander will appear as G7 leaders who get lost in the woods during a summit meeting. Here’s an article from The Wrap.

State of Consciousness (2024): Discussion begins. headlines this psychological thriller about an accused murderer who undergoes an experimental treatment that causes him to hallucinate. From Lionsgate, it’s screening in a few theaters but will make its main impact on VOD.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

No guest scheduled for next week’s Pod 366, but Giles and Greg will return to discuss the week’s new releases. Also on YouTube, Pete Trbovich takes on a little item called The Item (1999), and wishes he hadn’t. In written reviews, Shane Wilson takes on another one that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue with Tout va bien (1972), one of ‘s more watchable Jean-Pierre Gorin collaborations; Giles Edwards explores a new State of Consciousness (see above); and Gregory J. Smalley decides that Space Is the Place (the third time Sun Ra’s movie has been reviewed on this site, after Alfred Eaker’s report and Pete Trbovich’s video review). Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EPISODE 59: WORK, LOVE OF WORK, AND LOVE FOR “LOVE AND WORK”

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Love and Work (2024): Interview with director and cast begins. In an alternate reality, work is illegal, and a network of underground workers seek clandestine employment. This thought-provoking experiment is currently on the festival circuit; we’ll update when it becomes more widely available. No official site.

Archangel (1990): Discussion begins. Read the Canonically Weird entry! A remastered version of Guy Maddin‘s sophomore film, an amnesiac early talkie about soldiers fighting a war that they don’t know is over. The Kino Lorber Blu-ray comes with a new commentary track from Maddin. Buy Archangel.

Epic of Gilgamesh (2024): Discussion begins. surprises with a previously unannounced, feature-length A.I. generated movie on YouTube. It’s an Expressionist version of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Watch the entire thing here (or the family-friendly, safe-for-work version here).

Frogman (2023): Discussion begins. A deadpan found-footage spoof about a documentarian searching for the elusive cryptid known as “Frogman.” Released a few weeks ago on VHS as a gimmick; now for purchase or rental on Google Play or Vudu, other outlets coming soon.

Moon Garden (2022): Discussion begins. Read Giles Edwards’ Apocrypha Candidate review. A esque fantasy about a little girl in a coma who voyages through a disturbing dream world, trying to find her way back to reality. Now on Blu-ray with a bonus short film, deleted scene, and “making of” doc. Buy Moon Garden.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

No guest to announce on next week’s Pod 366 at this time. On YouTube, Pete Trbovich has his next Weird View Crew lined up, and it’s another “bad” one (that’s ‘s 1967 transgression, Bad). In written reviews, Shane Wilson gives his take on Poor Things (wonder why?); from Fantasporto, Rafael Moreira reports on ‘s latest, Shadow of Fire; and Giles Edwards takes on one that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue with Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006). And of course, on Sunday, March 10, we announce 2023’s Weirdcademy Award Winners: if you haven’t voted yet, this is your last chance! Feature ballots here, shorts here. Onward and weirdward!