WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/15/2015

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available on the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Two Shots Fired [Dos Disparos, AKA Two Gun Shots] (2014): Deadpan Argentinian absurdist comedy about a young man who finds a gun and impulsively shoots himself twice, but lives. No official site located, but it’s playing at Lincoln Center in NYC through Tuesday, at least. Rotten Tomatoes lists it under the alternate (probably wrong) title Two Gun Shots.

FILM FESTIVALS – Cannes Film Festival:

Cannes is an odd duck. Not known as a “weird-friendly” festival—movies like ‘s Crash and Antichrist have been famously hooted at by Cannes crowds who were having none of that—it aims to flatter the mainstream arthouse crowd with middle-of-the-road dramas. Cannes’ juries’ tastes resemble those of Academy Awards voters, but with an even higher premium placed on boringness. Still, there is always something worth looking at there. In many years a Cannes debut will end up Certified Weird: three films in the past five years, including, most recently, 2012’s Holy Motors. Recall that movies at Cannes may either be screened “in competition” for the big prize, screen out-of-competition, or be entered in the “Un Certain Regard” section (a sort of also-ran competition for films that are either from first time directors, or are considered too daring or different to have a shot at the Palme d’Or). Recently, several major filmmakers have been debuting their films in the parallel festival called Directors’ Fortnight, which runs contemporaneous to Cannes proper but does not hand out awards for individual films ( chose to premiere The Dance of Reality at the Fortnight last year). We indicate which section each of these five films of interest is playing in below.

  • Cemetery of Splendor – A medium helps a woman explore a soldier with sleeping sickness’ troubled dreams in ‘s latest mystical drama. Un Certain Regard. May 18-19.
  • The Lobster‘ long-awaited fable (and first English-language film) is about a world in which adults must find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into an animal of their choice. In Competition. May 15-16.
  • The Brand New Testament – ‘s comedy about God’s bratty daughter leaking the death dates of all of humanity. Director’s Fortnight. May 17-18.
  • Tale of Tales – A triple fantasy of tales of three magical kingdoms; it’s sexy, it’s gory, and Salma Hayek eats a heart. In Competition (but it’s too weird to win). May 14-15.
  • Yakuza Apocalypse‘s latest (now there’s a phrase we have to refresh every couple of months) is about a new yakuza boss who finds his rival is a vampire. Director’s Fortnight. May 21st.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

Revengenance (est. 2016): ‘s next project is a collaboration with YouTube animator Jim Lujan. It’s a comic biker noir about a “low-rent” bounty hunter hired to recover an item stolen from “Deathface,” a former pro-wrestler turned U.S. Senator. Dave Foley and Matthew Modine are attached as voice talent. The project is on Kickstarter, where it’s currently raised $59,000 of its $80K goal. Revengenance on Kickstarter.

NEW ON DVD:

The Sleepwalker (2014): A young couple’s lives are upended by the arrival of the woman’s sister, who is mentally ill and suffers bouts of sleepwalking, and her boyfriend. Reports say this Norwegian art film is slow and enigmatic, but with frequent nudity to keep you awake. Buy The Sleepwalker.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981):  See description in Blu-ray below. Buy The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne [Blu-ray/DVD combo pack].

The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989): See description in Blu-ray below. Buy The Toxic Avenger Part III [Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack].

Vampyros Lesbos (1971): A lesbian vampire lures women to her Mediterranean island. From , which means it mixes surreal intentions with gratuitous exploitation and general incompetence. Buy Vampyros Lesbos.

White Rabbit (2013): A mentally ill teenage boy has visions of a talking bunny rabbit. Yeah, we know what it sounds like, but no mention of time travel in this one. Buy White Rabbit.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Orgazmo (1997): A Mormon missionary agrees to star in a porno film to raise some much-needed cash. Midnight movie-style NC-17 comedy from the makers of TV’s transgressive “South Park.” Buy Orgazmo [Blu-ray].

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981):  Cinema bad-boy Walerian Borowczyk directed this explicit, sexy and surreal version of Dr. Jekyll as an orgy of perversion, starring trash/art icon as the good doctor. When we saw that this was screening at Lincoln Center earlier this year, we hoped that meant a home video release was coming; this time, our prayers were answered. Sold in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack only. Buy The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne [Blu-ray/DVD combo pack].

The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989): Read our review. If you’re a fan of “Toxie’s” silly, grossout, non-superhero antics, then you’ll probably want them on Blu-ray. Buy The Toxic Avenger Part III [Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack].

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.

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