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):
Lowlife (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ review. Giles described this interlocking story about Los Angeles lowlifes (including a luchador) as “Pulp Fiction with cajones” and hyped it early enough that IFC Midnight mentioned us in their Twitter promos. Lowlife at IFC Films.
FILM FESTIVALS – Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival (Pittsburgh, PA, Apr. 6-19):
There aren’t a lot of new releases debuting here, but you can catch at least one film of recent interest:
FILM FESTIVALS – San Francisco International Film Festival (Sam Francisco, ,CPA, Apr. 4-17):
The much-anticipated Sorry to Bother You is the “centerpiece” film in a festival that also features alecture (though he’s not bringing along his latest film, The Velvet Fog, unless it’s the “secret screening”), There are also a few familiar fest names, like the African-set magical realism of I Am Not a Witch, Denmark’s bleak Winter Brothers, and the Cannes alien comedy flop How to Talk to Girls at Parties ( and writer dropping by to explain it). Here are some newbies we spotted:
- Cacrcasse – Without context, people are seen puttering around ruins raising livestock; it’s possibly a post-apocalyptic scenario… From Iceland and screening Apr. 15,
- “A Celebration of Oddball Films with Marc Capelle’s Red Rook Orchestra” – An avant-garde orchestra plays danceable tunes to accompany a series of industrial shorts and other odd ephemeral films. Happening Apr. 9.
- “Deep Astronomy and the Romantic Sciences” – Cory McAbee‘s one-man show and performance art piece where he pretends to be a singing motivational speaker touting New Age philosophies. See it Friday, Apr. 13.
- Godard, Mon Amour– Bopic of ‘s tempestuous affair with hi leading actress while filming La Chinoise. Not weird, but of interest to Godardists (who might be offended, or not, by the aurteur’s portrayal as an egotist.) Screens Arp 14-15.
IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):
The Man Who Killed Don Qioxite (2018?): An advertising executive (Adam Driver) is cast back in time and meets a man claiming to be Don Quixoite (the Playlist. Sometimes it seems like Gilliam’s Quixote must be the longest running publicity stunt in the history of film. But we do finally have a trailer, so the majority of windmills have been tilted., taking over the role from the late ). ‘s 20-year struggle to bring this story to the big screen has been the stiff of Quixotic legend, even inspiring the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha, and the journey may not even be over yet: an investor (who never provided any funds) is suing to stop the release, according the
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Like Me (2017): A teen girl sets out on a crime spree which she broadcasts on social media. Produced by indie horror champion a uniquely weird take on loneliness and lunacy.” On Blu-ray, DVD or VOD. Buy Like Me.; Variety calls it “
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Los Angeles, CA, 4/6- Solaris [Solyaris] (1972). At the Egyptian Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 4/7- Stalker (1979). At the Egyptian Theater.
- New York City, NY, 4/9 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). At Videology Bar & Cinema.
- New York City, 4/9 & 4/12 – The Wicker Man (1973) (the “final cut” version). At the Metrograph.
- Oakland, CA, 4/7 – Paprika (2006). At the Parkway Theater.
- Oakland, CA, 4/10 – A Scanner Darkly (2006). At the Parkway Theater.
- Silver Spring, MD, 4/9 & 4/11 – La Grande Bouffe (1973). At AFI Silver Theater.
MISCELLANEOUS (Summer Camp):
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
Romance Bizzaro (2018): This twenty-minute two-hander comes from the twisted mind of Watch Romance Bizarro free on YouTube., so you know it’ll be weird. A wheelchair-bound man and a younger woman meet for a secret tryst, but a revelation puts their affair into a context that makes it seem less sleazy—or perhaps much, much sleazier. Contains adult situations and brief bad language.
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.