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 at the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Bridgend (2015): A police officer and his daughter move to a small Welsh town to investigate a suicide epidemic; reportedly, the third act turns surreal. Based on a real-life town in Wales where ninety-nine teenagers hung themselves. Don’t confuse this work of fiction with the 2014 documentary of the same name. No official site located.
SCREENINGS – (Videology Bar and Cinema, New York City, Sat., May 7):
Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010): Read the Certified Weird entry! This delirious story of a telepathic mute woman trapped at a New Agey institute deliberately courts a retro midnight movie vibe. Beyond the Black Rainbow at Videology Bar and Cinema.
NEW ON DVD:
Anomalisa (2015): Read our review. We’re hoping more of you will catch and ‘s melancholy stop-motion romance about a motivational speaker suffering from a unique neurological malady now that it’s out on video. Buy Anomalisa.
Arabian Nights (2015): A trilogy in three parts—“The Restless One,” “The Desolate One,” “The Enchanted One”—each containing multiple stories and stories within stories, set in modern Portugal and sometimes containing fantasy elements like talking roosters. Extras include a bonus short film from director Miguel Gomes. Buy Arabian Nights.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Anomalisa (2015): See description in DVD above. A Blu-ray/DVD combo. Buy Anomalisa [Blu-ray].
Arabian Nights (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Arabian Nights [Blu-ray].
YOU LINK US! YOU REALLY LINK US!:
Poetry WTF?!: Some of our finest quotes remixed into WTF poetry. The name of the poem, naturally, is “7 Things You Should Know About Sex Therapy,” and we think it is the finest example of the poetic arts since “12 Times Superman Was a Total Jerk.”
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
Betty Boop Confidential (compilation 1998, shorts 1930-1934): We love us some Boop ’round here. This (sometimes politically incorrect) compilation includes the short “Bimbo’s Initiation” (not what you’re thinking, perv), one of the Fleischer Brothers’ most surreal excursions, and hot musical numbers from Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong.
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.