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 on the official site links.


Billy Bates: Experimental feature about an artist who has a psychotic freakout and becomes “the Warhol of his generation.” Playing NYC’s Quad Cinemas this week, and tonight’s (12/5) 7:50 screening is free to the public, with a Q&A to follow.  Billy Bates official site.

The Foxy Merkins: An asthmatic woman who aspires to be a lesbian hooker takes hints from a rich, beautiful heterosexual hustler with a gift for seducing women. From the team behind Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same. The Foxy Merkins official site.

SCREENINGS – (Cinefamily, Los Angeles, Dec. 5-8):

“Truth and Soul, Inc.: The Films of Robert Downey Sr. (a prince)”: How big film geeks are the folks at Cinefamily? They want to do a fundraiser, and they think, “what will get the people out thereto  really shell out dough? I know, a four-day retrospective of the no-budget underground movies of !” Director , comedian Louis CK, and Downey’s own superstar progeny, Mr. Iron Man himself, enable the programmers’ delusions, thank goodness. On Dec. 5 Downey pere and fils discuss Chafed Elbows and Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight; December 6th pairs the Certified Weird Greaser’s Palace with an ultra-rare screening of 1970’s Pound (where dogs in a pound are played by human actors); on the 7th, Louis CK and Alan Arkin host a showing of Putney Swope; and the final night brings Downey Sr. and Arkin together for a twin bill of the music documentary Rittenhouse Square and No More Excuses, together with “surprises” (ooh!) A retrospective fit for a prince! “Truth and Soul, Inc.: The Films of Robert Downey Sr. (a prince)” at Cinefamily.


The Congress (2013): Read our review. Our favorite angry Amazon review reads, “If I could give this less than 1 star I would. This movie goes from physical form 15% of the movie to 30’s style HIPPIE cartoons for the most of the movie…” Buy The Congress.


The Congress (2013): See description in DVD above. +Buy The Congress [Blu-ray].

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.

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