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):
Braid: Two women, in desperate need of cash to pay back a drug dealer, decide to rob their insane but wealthy childhood friend: but figuring out the location of her safe will require them to humor her by playing by the delusional rules of the “game” she’s been stuck in since childhood. Review coming next week. Braid official site.
IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):
Far From the Apple Tree (2019): An artist discovers she has a doppelgänger: her boss’s missing daughter. The press release calls it an “eclectic mix of ghost story, fairy tale and horror” and compares it to both Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and The Wicker Man. This UK production will be released domestically in March, and the Redemption label (best known to us as deep catalog releasers of and curios) has already snapped it up for a planned home video release in 2019. Thanks to El Rob Hubbard for bringing it to our attention. Far from the Apple Tree official site.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
All the Colors of the Dark [Tutti i colori del buio] (1972): A woman plagued by recurring nightmares decides to try a Black Mass as a means of therapy (!) Severin Films exhumes this ghastly giallo for a new age. Out on DVD or Blu-ray with lots of bonus features. Buy All the Colors of the Night.
Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (2017): Read our review. Whimsical surrealism from the mind of anime weirdo that ranked #4 on our Weirdest of 2018 list, now on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack or VOD from Shout! Factory. Buy Night is Short, Walk on Girl.
Top Knot Detective (2017): Mockumentary (?) about a brief Japanese cult TV series starring a samurai detective. Now available streaming on Amazon (free with Prime); DVDs currently available overseas only. Thanks to Stream Top Knot Detective on Vimeo from the distributor.for catching this. (Note: the video uploaded to Amazon lacks subtitles and may be in the wrong aspect ratio [see comments]. We’re disabling the Amazon purchase link until we hear that the issue has been fixed.)
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Bloomington, IN, 2/4 – Reality (2014). At Indiana University Cinema.
- Denver, CO, 2/4 – Belle de Jour (1967). At the Alamo Drafthouse.
- New York City, NY, 2/1-2/2 (midnights) – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 2/1-2/2 (midnights) – Run Lola Run (1998). At Nitehawk Cinema (Williamsburg).
- New York City, NY, 2/1-2/2 (midnights) – Suspiria (1977). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 2/2-2/3 – Beauty and the Beast [La Belle et la Bete] (1946). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 2/2, 2/5 – Dogtooth [Kynodontas] (2009). At Film Society of Lincoln Center.
- New York City, NY, 2/2-2/3 – The Lobster (2015). At Film Society of Lincoln Center.
- New York City, NY, 2/7 – The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972). At the Metrograph.
- San Diego, CA, 2/4 – Don’t Look Now (1973). At Ken Cinema.
- Vanouver, BC, Canada, 2/3 – Sorry to Bother You (2018). At the Rio Theatre.
- Vancounver, BC, Canada, 2/4 – The Lobster (2015). At the Rio Theatre.
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Next week, we’ll bring you previews of a couple of new limited releases, as G. Smalley tries to untangle Braids (see trailer above), and Giles Edwards bows to the experimental black metal documentary Lords of Chaos. We’ll also have a DVD giveaway contest. Prize: True Stories Criterion Collection DVD. Theme: convince us you’re 366 Weird Movies’ biggest fan. And don’t forget to vote in the Weirdcademy Awards (and the Shorts) before Feb. 24th. Weirdest Picture and Actor look sewn up, but the other categories are still competitive.
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.