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.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Between Worlds (2018):must defend himself from the ghost of his wife, who’s jealous of his new relationship with a medium. We’re hoping it’s Cage’s other weird movie of 2018. No official site located.
Psychomagic: An Art to Heal (2019?): We’re not so sure about Psychomagic: An Art to Heal at Indiegogo.‘s belief in “psychomagic” therapy (a discipline he created) and wish he’d devote his remaining years to more narrative films instead of documentaries. But he’s a living legend in weirdness, and entitled to pursue whatever interests him. His fans agree, as they crowdfunded this psychomagical doc into existence.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Read the Certified Weird review! If the “Special Edition” 4K of Stanley Kubrick‘s psychedelic sci-fi classic was too pricey for you, here’s your chance to snag a Blu at less than half the price. No word on which special features are included or omitted from this version. Buy 2001: A Space Odyssey [4K].
Snowflake (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ review. A remarkably scripted German fantasia with hitmen, angels, superheroes, and fascists battling it out, and an amateur dentist screenwriter directing the action. Blu-ray (the DVD edition was released last week). Buy Snowflake.
“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Walk with Me”: We don’t usually cover musical releases, but since it’s Christmas and we’re short on stocking stuffers, we’ll link this short EP of carols done in the style of Angelo Badalamenti by composer Jherek Bischoff. It’s a spot-on tribute that a heap of eerie seasonal fun; listening to it, you can just see the snowflakes falling on the prom queen’s corpse while the midget dances around a tree backwards. Buy (or just listen to) “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Walk with Me.”
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Chicago, IL,12/26-27 – Mandy (2018). At the Music Box Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 12/27 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At the Egyptian Theater.
- New York City, NY, 12/21-12/23 (midnights) – El Topo (1970). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 12/21-12/23 (midnights) – Eraserhead (1977). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 12/21, 12/26 – Desperate Living (1977). At the Quad.
- New York City, NY, 12/21, 12/26 – Female Trouble (1974). At the Quad.
- New York City, NY, 12/25 – A Clockwork Orange (1971). At the Quad.
- New York City, NY, 12/26 – Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971). At the Quad.
- New York City, 12/26-12/27 – Spirited Away (2001) (subtitled). At the Metrograph.
- Portland, OR, 12/22 – Nosferatu (1922), with a live score performed on pipe organ. At the Hollywood Theater.
- San Francisco, CA, 12/21 – Brazil (1985). At the Roxie.
- San Fancisco, CA, 12/22, 12/27 – Spirited Away (2001) (subtitled or dubbed screenings on 12/22, subtitled only 12/27). At the Roxie.
FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:
The Chumscrubber (2005): Read our review. This scatterbrained teen satire, probably aimed at the Donnie Darko demographic, isn’t altogether successful (we’re still not 100% sure what a “chumscrubber” is, or why it’s in the movie), but there’s no denying this is a weird one. Listed as “leaving soon.” Watch The Chumscrubber free on Tubi.tv.
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.