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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.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
“30 Coins” (2020): A disgraced exorcist investigates weird happenings—like a cow that gives birth to a human child—in a remote Spanish town. An eight-episode limited series from none other than Spanish madman “30 Coins” HBO page.. Streaming exclusively on HBO.
Ingagi (1930): A real curiosity: an implicitly-racist mondo-style documentary hoax from the silent film era, including notorious staged bit about a mythical African tribe who worships (and sacrifices women to) a gorilla. Inagagi was a legendary oddity that had never before been released on home video; Kino, in collaboration with Something Weird, restores the film and puts it out on Blu-ray. Buy Ingagi.
“Three Films by Luis Buñuel”: The three films in questions are all canonically weird entries you should be interested in: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Phantom of Liberty (1974), and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977). All films are newly remastered, although all the bonus content (other than the booklet) looks recycled from past individual releases. From the Criterion Collection, on Blu-ray only. Buy “Three Films by Luis Buñuel”.
ONLINE EVENTS (Thursday, Nov. 8, Zoom):
“Seminar: Blue Velvet”: This free online seminar consists of two parts: a pre-recorded lecture on Blue Velvet (1986) from film critic Beatrice Loayza, followed by a live Q&A with her via Zoom at 8 PM ET on Nov 8. You are left on your own to find and watch the movie. Sponsored by Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston. ‘s psychosexual thriller Register for free online Blue Velvet seminar.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
Once again, due to Covid closures there is nothing to report in this section. (There was a single notable screening, but it was scheduled too early on Friday for us to promote it this week.) Perhaps next week things will improve, but we would expect it will take weeks or months to approach anything near normal.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Please join us tomorrow, Jan 9, at 10:15 PM ET on Netflix for our screening of and chat regarding Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (2017). Who knows what this movie is about? We’ll find out together. As always, the link will appear here, on our Facebook page, and our Twitter page about 15 minutes before showtime.
In reviews, next week we’ll spend some time vainly trying to whittle down the reader-suggestion queue as Giles Edwards tackles ‘s politically incorrect animated race comedy Coonskin (1974), while Gregory J. Smalley covers 1994’s Tammy and the T-Rex (now available in the R-rated gore cut!) Onward and weirdward!
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.