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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.


Akira (1988): Read the Canonically Weird review! The 4K restoration of the seminal weird anime export about a telekinetic maniac wrecking neo-Tokyo is now available in a “limited edition” Blu-ray/4K Ultra disc set. Buy Akira.

Jiu Jitsu (2020): Read Giles Edwards’ review. Nicolas Cage in a movie about jiu jitsuers (jiu jitsuteers?) fighting a jiu jitsu-using space alien, now on DVD (no Blu-ray). Buy Jiu Jitsu.


The pandemic rages and most of the few available cinema screens have been turned over to the new Wonder Woman movie. Yet, amid all of this, we have one ray of sunshine left in 2020. Here’s hoping 2021 sees the repertory theater industry bounce back.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: The votes are in, and tomorrow night’s weird Amazon Prime screening will be—saints preserve us!—The Baby of Mâcon (1993). As always, the link to join and chat with the group will appear on our homepage, our Facebook page, and our Twitter page around 10 PM ET.

As far as new content goes, we press on, holidays or not. Giles Edwards will get back to the reader suggested review queue for our very-long delayed coverage of the 2007 anime anthology Genius Party. We’ll also put an official cap on 2020 with our year-end top ten lists, and we won’t rule out another pop-up review, either. Weird though it may have been, we’ll be as glad as you will to put 2020 behind us and look forward to a much improved 2021. Onward and weirdward!

And, seeing as how it’s Christmas Day, here’s a little gift to you from the asynchronous neural network. As Frank Sinatra says: it’s Christmas time, and you know what that means; it’s hot tub time!

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.

One thought on “WEIRD HORIZON FOR 12/25/2020”

  1. Too few details to be considered an announcement probably but David Lynch seems to have a new Netflix limited series coming up with the working title “Wisteria”.
    No information on what its about but I have high hopes for weirdness as Netflix has shown they usually offer directors a lot of freedom as proved with “The Forest of Love”.

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