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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 (WIDE RELEASE):
Men: Men official site.directs Jessie Buckley as a woman who seeks refuge from trauma at a quiet rural retreat, only to find even worse nightmares lurking in the woods. The latest smart, weird-ish genre offering from A24, solidly in their wheelhouse.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time, however. Like this one:
- Saturday, 5/21, Memphis, TN: “Beware of Adults: the Strange & Wonderful Cautionary Tales of Roald Dahl” at Malco Summer Drive-In. This installment of the themed “Time Warp” drive-in series features three Dahl adaptations: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), The Witches (1990), and the seldom-screened Matilda (1996). “Time Warp” series at Malco Summer Drive-In.
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) WEIRD MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
Come and See (1985): Read the Canonical entry! A couple of weeks ago, Mosfilm put this Soviet classic up on YouTube; contemporary relevance aside, it’s perhaps the most intense (and one of the strangest) war films ever made. Watch Come and See free on YouTube.
Kyiv Frescoes (1966): This 14-minute short is composed of footage that Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, eventually intended to comprise a feature. Looking at the silent, surreal footage Parajanov submitted, which included a spinning seashell and a tormented man who rises from a bench to seemingly worship a nude woman before grabbing an axe, Soviet authorities immediately shelved the project. The footage was only rediscovered in the 1980s. Kino Now has put it up for free for a short time with a scholarly introduction and post-film discussion; there is a link to donate to the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre and Film Archive, a Ukrainian film preservation society. Watch Kyiv Frescoes free at Kino Now.shot after
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Join us tomorrow at 4:00 PM ET (note the time change to the afternoon) for our next Weird Watch party, A Cure for Wellness (2107). If the Saturday matinee time slot proves popular, we may host more afternoon shows going forward. The movie’s on Tubi, and as always a free Kast.tv account is required for chatting and sunching. The link to join will drop here, on Facebook, and on Twitter around 3:45 PM.
Next week we’ll have a number of reviews up. From the reader-suggested review queue, Shane Wilson surveys the animated shipwreck that is In Search of the Titanic (2004). From the newly upgraded Blu-ray department, Giles Edwards sheds light on ‘s opus Daughters of Darkness (1971). And, in new theatrical releases,
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.