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):
Diamantino (2018): A Portuguese soccer star adopts an African lesbian immigrant, while his twin sisters are conducting secret genetic experiments. This bonkers-sounding comedy has garnered good reviews, and a limited stateside release, after a successful festival run. Diamantino official site.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009): Four friends find the titular Macguffin in the titular locale, which eventually leads to surreal confrontations with the Cowboy Pimp and the Almighty himself. A feminist work by identical twin sisters (the Soskas) whose title perhaps oversells the level of subtlety here. Makes its Blu-ray debut this week. Buy Dead Hooker in a Trunk.
The Image Book (2018): Buy The Image Book.takes images from films of the past, digitally alters them, and philosophizes in voiceover. More late for cinema masochists (we’ll probably end up joining them). On DVD or Blu-ray from Kino-Lorber.
The Perfection (2019): Psychological thriller about a musical prodigy. The trailer makes it look like Black Swan meets Get Out. A Netflix exclusive movie exclusively streaming on Netflix.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Boston, MA, 5/28 – The Color of Pomegranates [Sayat Nova] (1969). At the Brattle.
- Cleveland, OH, 5/26 – The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953). At the Cleveland Institute of Art.
- Columbus, OH, 5/26-5/29 – Evil Dead II (1987). At Gateway Film Center.
- Los Angeles, CA, 5/24 (midnight) – The Love Witch (2016). At the New Beverly Cinema.
- Los Angeles, CA, 5/24 (midnight) – Vertigo (1958). At the Nuart Theatre.
- Los Angeles, CA, 5/25 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At the Aero Theatre.
- New York City, NY, 5/24 & 5/27 – Daisies [Sedmikrásky] (1966). At the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
- New York City, NY, 5/24-5/26 (midnights) – Fight Club (1999). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 5/25 – The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972). At the Museum of Modern Art.
- New York City, NY, 5/25 & 5/27 – Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970). At the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
- New York City, NY, 5/30 – Eyes Without a Face [Les Yeux sans Visage] (1965). At the Metrograph.
- Oakland, CA, 5/27 – Nosferatu (1922), with live score by the Invincible Czars. At the New Parkway Theater.
- Omaha, NB, 5/27 – Zardoz (1974). A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Angels Among Us (fighting childhood cancer) . At the Alamo Drafthouse.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 5/24, 5/26-5/30 – Daisies [Sedmikrásky] (1966). At the Row House Cinema.
- San Diego, CA, 5/24 (midnight) & 5/25 – Mandy (2018). At Ken Cinema.
- San Francisco, CA, 5/24-5/25 – Eraserhead (1977). At the Roxie.
- Santa Ana, CA, 5/24-5/25 – Belladonna of Sadness (1973). At the Frida Cinema.
- Santa Ana, CA, 5/35-5/26 – Brazil (1985). At the Frida Cinema.
- Toronto, Ont., Canada, 5/25 – The Tin Drum (1979). At the Royal.
- Washington, D.C., 5/27 – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984). At Smoke & Barrel.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Next week Shane Wilson digs into the long-neglected reader-suggested review queue for a look at Alphaville, a strange 1965 noir-sci fi-philosophy mashup, while G. Smalley is back from vacation with a report on the fake-Japanese-TV-show mockumentary Top Knot Detective. That rapscallion Smalley’s vacation has delayed the upcoming print release of the 2018 Yearbook—proofing revealed a new problem with the margins that cropped up just before his departure—so hopefully next week we’ll get that little issue sorted out and get those collectible items up for sale before too long. We swear, next year the Yearbook will arrive much earlier… well, at least we plan on it. Onward and weirdward!
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.