Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
NEW ON DVD:
The Last Laugh (1924): An aging doorman is crushed when he’s demoted. A masterpiece of Buy The Last Laugh.from the master, , out from Kino with supplements including a new score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969): A psychedelic portrait of drag queens in Tokyo’s gay underground in the late 1960s. Long officially unavailable in the U.S., this legendary experimental film (that’s been sitting in our reader-suggested queue) is now out on Blu-ray from Japanese resurrectionists Cinelicious Pics (who brought us the even rarer Belladonna of Sadness last year). Buy Funeral Parade of Roses [Blu-ray].
The Last Laugh (1924): See description in DVD above. Buy The Last Laugh [Blu-ray].
SPECIAL SCREENINGS (Nov. 18 & 19):
The Exterminating Angel: Not the Certified Weird classic, but rather Thomas Adès’ new opera based on the film. It’s being simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera to theaters around the country live on the 18th, with a recorded encore the following night. These live opera broadcasts get surprisingly broad distribution, so if you’re interested it’s worth checking Fathom Entertainment’s site to see if a theater near you is hosting a screening.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Chicago, IL, 11/18-11/19 – Vertigo (1958). At Music Box Theater.
- Chicago, IL, 11/18 & 11/21 – Spirited Away (2001). At Gene Siskel Film Center.
- Los Angeles, 11/17 – Suspiria (1977). At Nuart Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 11/19 & 11/22 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At Egyptian Theater.
- New York City, NY, 11/17 (midnight) – Night Train to Terror (1985). At Spectacle Theater.
- New York City, NY, 11/17-11/18 (midnights) – Belladonna of Sadness (1973). At Videology Bar & Cinema.
- New York City, NY, 11/18 – Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) . At the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- New York City, NY, 11/22 – La Grande Bouffe (1973). At Spectacle Theater.
- New York City, NY, 11/22-11/23 (midnights) – Blue Velvet (1986). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 11/23 – Videodrome (1983). At the Metrograph.
- Tuscon, AZ, 11/17-11/18 – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). At the Loft.
- Tuscon, AZ, 11/19 – Dogtooth [Kynodontas] (2009). At the Loft.
- Tuscon, AZ, 11/23 – Spirited Away (2001). At the Loft.
- Yonkers, NY, 11/22 – La Grande Bouffe (1973). At Alamo Drafthouse.
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.