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Cosmic Disco Detective Rene: The Secret Society for Slow Romance 2 (2023): Discussion begins. Tagline: “are immortal time travelers interfering with the past” (and causing work-for-free actors to walk backwards)? An extremely low-budget film from the absurdist director of Werewolf Ninja Philosopher (and The Secret Society for Slow Romance 1). Debuting in a Glendale, CA, theater, though it may not meet the May 19 debut schedule. (Update: after we had selected it for coverage this week, the film’s debut was moved to July 7.) Cosmic Disco Detective Rene: The Secret Society for Slow Romance 2 official Twitter.
The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future (2022): Discussion begins. A woman encounters her dead mother in this magical realist drama from Chile with an ecological angle. Debuting this week at the Quad in NYC and expanding to major cities throughout the summer. The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future US distributor site.
“The Cremaster Cycle”: Discussion begins. Matthew Barney‘s seldom-screened Cremaster cycle is more legend than movie(s). Barney very rarely authorizes screenings, so this appearance of the full series (stretched over a couple weeks) is a major event for New York weirdos. The Cremaster Cycle at Metrograph.
Moon Garden (2023): Discussion begins. A little girl in a coma voyages through a disturbing dream world, trying to find her way back to reality. After a successful festival run and some high praise from critics, this Gilliamesque fantasy gets a decent release at “finer arthouses,” beginning this week at IFC Center and going on the road through June. Moon Garden official site.
A New Old Play (2021): Discussion begins. A three-hour arthouse epic from China about an opera clown reviewing his life as he prepares to enter the Ghost City. Actually debuting in Vancouver with no U.S. dates to announced, but it’s simultaneously on VOD. A New Old Play US distributor site.
On Our Way (2021): Discussion begins. A first-time director struggles to write his first script, assisted by a mysterious dream-muse. Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero appear in small roles. In theaters (somewhere) and simultaneously on VOD (for purchase only; rental options could follow). Buy On Our Way.
Targets (1968): Discussion begins. Read Alfred Eaker’s review. Not especially weird, but noteworthy: Boris Karloff‘s last meaningful feature, which casts him as a fading horror star facing the real-life horror of a mass shooter, joins the Criterion collection this week, on your choice of DVD or Blu-ray. Buy Targets.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Julio Maria Martino (Country of Hotels, about to be released on VOD) will be our guest on next week’s Pod 366.
In written reviews, Giles Edwards gives you a fuller rundown of Moon Garden (discussed in this week’s Pod), Shane Wilson dissects Excision (2021), Pete Trbovich returns to throw us a curve ball with a review of Claude Chabrol’s Alice or the Last Escapade (1977), and Gregory J. Smalley considers The Dreams of Rene Sendam (2022).
Also, we will be hosting more Weird Watch Parties this week! You can always see the schedule in the sidebar, but we’ll reiterate here:
Saturday, May 20 at Noon ET: Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees (1991) on YouTube via Discord (free for all)
Monday, May 22 at 7:30 PM ET: Robot Monster (1953) on Tubi via Discord (free for all)
Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM ET: The Double (2013) on Hulu (subscription required)
Onward and weirdward!
2 thoughts on “POD 366, EPISODE 20: GILES PREVIEWS “MOON GARDEN” (PLUS 6 MOVIES WE HAVEN’T SEEN)”
Boots Riley (certified weird Sorry to Bother You) is making an absurdist comedy series called I’m A Virgo prime video
Though I’m not sure how weird it’s going to be but it’s protagonist is a gigantic man so it has that
We mentioned it in another episode and we’ll mention it again just before it debuts June 3.