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):
The Dance of Reality: Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s first movie in 23 years is an autobiography, of as yet unknown hallucinatoriness. This eagerly anticipated (by us) movie opens this week in New York and Los Angeles, with flash screenings in large metropolises and college towns through the early summer. The Dance of Reality official site.
Frequencies [Formerly known as OXV: The Manual]: A romance between two youngsters in parallel dimensions, whose differing “frequencies” allow them to spend only one minute per year together. It’s makers describe it as a mix of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, (500) Days of Summer, and Primer. OXV: The Manual Facebook page.
SCREENINGS – (Cinefamily, Los Angeles, CA, May 23 & 24):
Fata Morgana (1971): Eccentric early Werner Herzog “documentary” composed of footage he shot in the Sahara desert, set to Leonard Cohen music and Lotte Eisner reciting an ancient creation myth. Herzog will be in attendance for tonight’s (5/23/2014) 9:50 PM showing. In related news, Fata Morgana will be included on the sixteen-disc Herzog Blu-ray collection that’s dropping in July. Werner Herzog’s Fata Morgana at Cinefamily.
Midnight Movie: This Memphis Flyer profile of deep south underground filmmaker John Michael (Mike) McCarthy mentions that he’s filming a trailer for a new movie, with hopes for finding financial backing after it’s shot. The cool thing? The script features characters based on Frank-N-Furter, Jimmy Cliff’s reggae rebel from The Harder They Come, Eraserhead, and El Topo. Also (hopefully) in the works from McCarthy: a “more commercially viable” adaptation of his coming-of-age graphic novel Kid Anarchy.
Spring Breakers: The Second Coming: Uh, what? Word is out that there will be a follow-up to Harmony Korine‘s artsploitation original about hot college girls turned into drug-runner muscle. Out of the project: Korine and Selena Gomez (wouldn’t count on busy James Franco reprising his role as Alien, either). In: novelist/screenwriter Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, The Acid House) and director Jonas Akerlund (Small Apartments). It sounds like a hoax, but so did the announcement of Donnie Darko 2 (and look how well that turned out!) If it turns out to be a prank, blame Hit Fix (because that’s where we read the rumor).
NEW ON DVD:
The Great Flood (2012): Experimental documentary on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 (which killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands) from decayed-footage specialist Bill Morrison. The epic soundtrack is buy jazz-Americana fusion guitarist Bill Frisell. Buy The Great Flood.
Like Someone in Love (2012): Read our review. Typically moody and minimalist arthouse experiment from Abbas Kiarostami involving a Platonic relationship between a Tokyo prostitute and an elderly professor. Buy Like Someone in Love (Criterion Collection DVD).
“Serial Experiments Lain: The Complete Collection” (1998): A fourteen year old girl logs on to a hallucinogenic cyber-network known as “the Wired.” This mind-bending anime series comprises a thirteen-episode story arc. It’s not entirely clear what the difference is between this Funimation release and their 2012 DVD/Blu-ray release, except that they are advertising “textless” opening and closing songs. This series is in our reader-suggested review queue. Buy “Serial Experiments Lain: Complete Series” [Blu-ray/DVD Combo].
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Like Someone in Love (2012): See description in DVD above. This is the Blu-ray/DVD combo package. Buy Like Someone in Love [Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD].
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979): Werner Herzog takes a crack at a talkie version of Murnau’s silent classic, with “best fiend” Klaus Kinski in the title role. The results didn’t match the original, but the experiment was nonetheless a success. The Blu-ray is unexpectedly released by Shout! Factory. Buy Nosferatu The Vampyre [Blu-ray].
“Serial Experiments Lain: The Complete Collection” (1998): See description in DVD above. Buy “Serial Experiments Lain: Complete Series” [Blu-ray/DVD Combo].
Thunder-Sky (2012): Along with J. Ross Eaker, our own Alfred Eaker co-directed this documentary about Raymond Thunder-Sky, the outsider artist and local Cincinnati icon who used to dress up in a clown suit and go to construction sites where he would make brilliant sketches of the city. Turns out he was the son of a Mohawk chief, and mildly autistic. You can visit raymondthundersky.org for more information on the outsider artist. Buy Thunder-Sky.
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.