A look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Birdsong [El Cant dels Ocells] (2008): Nearly silent, nearly plotless tale about the Three Kings journey to visit the newborn Jesus. This minimalist approach won’t bring in the punters, but the critics believe it to be a work of high visual art. No official site. Birdsong IMDB link
Dillinger is Dead [Dillinger è Morto] (1969): A sixties absurdist/existentialist/leftist drama about an engineer who discovers a gun that may have belonged to John Dillinger. Art film archivists Janus films have given this film a belated American release, to play at very select theaters throughout the country this spring and summer, beginning this week in Brooklyn. Dillinger is Dead press release from Janus Films
NEW ON DVD:
Four Flies on Grey Velvet [4 mosche di velluto grigio] (1971): From Dario Argento, the master of stylish grue, comes this twisty early giallo about a rock musician who is blackmailed for killing a stalker. It’s described as one of Argento’s odder films. A very belated and highly anticipated (by Argento fans) DVD release.
Requiem for a Vampire (1971): Another of Jean Rollins surreal, cheap, and unabashedly exploitative vampire sex films.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Akira (1988): This mindblowing cyberpunk feature about a mystical apocalypse in Neo-Tokyo helped launch the anime cult in America. Definitely weird stuff.
The Bird with Crystal Plumage (1969): Another early giallo by Argento (see the Four Flies on Grey Velvet entry). Many consider this straightforward thriller debut to be one of Argento’s best, although it’s not weird.
Vanishing Point (1971): Another in the short-lived cycle of Western existentialist road movies (see also Two-Lane Blacktop) inspired by Antonini’s Zabriske Point (1970).
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.