A look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Polanski [Polanski Unauthorized]: The controversial director of Repulsion (and other weird flicks) gets his own limited-release biopic. The trailer makes it look like a hatchet job focusing on Polanski’s sex scandal… not that that’s necessarily an unfair tack to take on the subject. Polanski Official Site
NEW ON DVD:
Blindness: An English language film with Julianne Moore by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, this fable about a town where (almost) everyone is suddenly struck blind escaped notice in its theatrical run. A long, brutal rape scene in this otherwise philosophical picture seems to have alienated mainstream critics.
The Exterminating Angel (1962): Cause for celebration: The Criterion Collection has released a 2-disc special edition of the 1962 Luis Buñuel surrealist classic about guests who can’t seem to leave an opulent dinner party.
My Name is Bruce: Directed by cult star Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead series), starring Bruce Campbell as Bruce Campbell, this horror-comedy about Bruce Campbell saving a Bruce Campbell fan from an ancient Chinese demon is like a Valentine from Bruce Campbell to Bruce Campbell. Needless to say, it’s by a Bruce Campbell fan, and squarely aimed at Bruce Campbell fans.
Simon of the Desert (1965): Not content with bestowing The Exterminating Angel on the weird masses (see above), The Criterion Collection also gives Buñuel’s bizarre pseudo-religious short feature the special edition treatment, and adds a 50 minute documentary on Buñuel in Mexico as an extra.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Donnie Darko (2001): This lovably fascinating mess of a movie (see review) gets its Blu-Ray debut. The good news is that both the Theatrical Cut and the Director’s Cut are on the disc!
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.