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Ozma (2023): Interview with director Keith John Adams begins. Read our Ozma review. In Ozma, an insomniac widower spends the night toting around an on-the-run telepathic jellyfish creature, while musicians play the score live in the background. Ozma on Facebook.
The Invisible Fight (2024): Discussion begins. After witnessing kung fu fighters massacre a guard post, a Soviet soldier becomes obsessed with learning the martial arts. ‘s long-delayed followup to November couldn’t be much different in subject matter, but sounds equally weird. The Invisible Fight U.S. distributor site.
Nostalghia (1983): Discussion begins. Read the Canonically Weird entry! ‘s gloomy meditation on exile from mother Russia joins the 4K restoration club. The print will tour finer art-houses through the first week in March before the 4K UHD drops in late April. You can find play dates at the Nostalghia restoration home page at Kino Lorber.
Paprika (2006): Discussion begins. Read the Canonically Weird entry! This Sony steelbook release of ‘s trippy dream-conspiracy anime includes the film on UHD and Blu-ray, plus a suite of new interviews with some of the surviving animators (Kon, of course, passed away in 2010). Buy Paprika.
Stopmotion (2024): Discussion begins. The debut feature from (who has been making ultra-creepy stop-motion animation horror for the past decade) is about a stop motion animator making a horror film whose characters take on a life of their own. Early reviews have been good, but not focused on the film’s inherent weirdness. Stopmotion U.S. distributor site.
Yorgos Lanthimos projects: Discussion begins. is hot now, the rare neo-surrealist auteur who’s crossed over to mainstream success. He’s now been linked to the long-gestating remake of Korea’s canonical cult film Save the Green Planet! But before we get to that, the weird Greek has a new film coming out, Kinds of Kindness, a New Orleans-set anthology film starring much of the cast of Poor Things. No plot details or release date on that one, but we can report that it reunites Lanthimos with screenwriter Efthymis Filippou—with whom the director collaborated on the seminal films Dogtooth, The Lobster, and Killing of a Sacred Deer—and that principal photography is complete. Strike while the iron is hot, Yorgy! More details at Variety.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
We have no guest scheduled for next week’s Pod 366, but Greg and Giles will be back to discuss the week’s weird movie news and new releases. In other video content, Pete Trbovich will return with another “Weird View Crew” video review, this time of the anime TAMALA2010: A Punk Cat in Space. In written reviews, Shane Wilson keeps at the films that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue with The Keep (1983); Giles Edwards thinks now is the time to discuss JLo’s musical vanity project,This Is Me… Now: A Love Story; and Gregory J. Smalley stops into the theater to see Stopmotion (above). Onward and weirdward!