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.
Paris Is Us (2019): A woman wanders through Paris in an ambiguous haze of memory and imagination after missing a plane flight that crashes. Crowdfunded for under 100,000 euros and snapped up by Netflix as cheap international inventory, there’s little to go on here besides the description and the trailer below. In an Oscar week without much new on the horizon, this looks like your oddest gamble. Debuts on Netflix Feb. 22.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Baltimore, MD, 2/26 – Mandy (2018). At the Senator.
- Chicago, IL, 2/22, 2/24, 2/27 – Pink Flamingos (1972). At Gene Siskel Film Center.
- Los Angeles, CA, 2/22 (midnight) – Mandy (2018). At the Nuart Theatre.
- Los Angeles, CA, 2/23 – Phantasm (1979), with Three O’Clock High (1987) and 10 to Midnight (1983) (triple feature, Don Coscarelli in attendance). At the Aero Theatre.
- New York City, NY, 2/22-23 (midnights) – Blue Velvet (1986). At IFC CenterIFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 2/22-23, 2/26-27 – The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 2/22, 2/25 – Enter the Void (2009). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 2/28 – Weekend (1967). At the Metrograph.
- Omaha, NB, 2/27 – Wild at Heart (1990). At the Alamo Drafthouse.
- Portland, OR, 2/26 – The Boxer’s Omen [Mo] (1983). At the Hollywood Theatre.
- San Francisco, CA, 2/22 – Repo Man (1984). At the Alamo Drafthouse.
- San Francisco, CA, 2/28 – Akira (1988). At the Roxie.
- Schenectady, NY, 2/28 – Audition [Ôdishon] (1999). At Proctor’s Theatre.
FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:
Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013): Read the Certified Weird review! A yakuza boss hires a group of underground filmmakers to chronicle his raid on a rival’s headquarters; things get weird (and bloody). Watch Why Don’t You Play in Hell? free on Tubi.tv.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: On Sunday we’ll announce the winners of the 9th annual Weirdcademy Awards race—a few hours before the Oscars announce their Most Conventional Picture awards—and there’s still time to get your votes in for features or shorts. There are a couple of races that are still close… Then, we’ll have a trio of regular reviews. From the reader-suggested review queue, Pete Trbovich chows down on ‘s classic black comedy Eating Raoul (1982), while Simon Hyslop investigates the uncanny dystopian animation Metropia (2009). On the new release front, Giles Edwards catches us up on ‘s latest star vehicle, Best F(r)ineds (Vols. 1 & 2), now available (exclusively) on Blu-ray. Onward and wierdward!
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.