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):
Madame Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club (2017): An aging temptress brings one final date to her feminist cannibal club, but starts to fall for her prey. A rare Israeli horror-comedy that SyFy Wire’s Kirsty Puchko calls “deliciously deranged.” Madame Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club official site.
NETFLIX (debuts 6/21):
“Neon Genesis Evangelion”: The original 26 episodes of Japan’s mind-shredding TV broadcast anime featuring giant robots, the apocalypse, crippling teenage angst, and psychedelic mind trips, on American televisions for the first time. Also included are the feature films Evangelion: Death True2 (a reworked version of Death and Rebirth) and the Canonically Weird Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997). If you’ve never seen this fascinating, frustrating series, now’s your chance! It’s not what you expect. On Twitter, fans are already complaining about every word change in the new dub. “Neon Genesis Evangelion” on Netflix.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Thirst [Bakjwi] (2009): Read our capsule review. Chan-wook Park‘s take on Western vampires, Japanese-style, is interesting and lovely, if not exceptionally weird. Now on Blu-ray for the first time. Buy Thirst.
Under the Silver Lake (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ List Candidate review! An L.A.-based conspiracy theory neo-noir reminiscent of Inherent Vice; one funny, and encouraging, negative Amazon reviewer complained, “I usually like weird, but not THIS weird.” The usual options: DVD/Blu-ray/VOD. Buy Under the Silver Lake.
“Universal Horror Collection: Vol.1”: Four Karloff and Lugosi appear: The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936), and Black Friday (1940), all topped off by the Canonically Weird The Black Cat (1934). Shout! Factory licensed these titles from Universal for Blu-ray release and included lots of bonus features, including two new commentary tracks for Black Cat alone. On Blu-ray, priced for dedicated collectors. Buy “Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1”where both
“Wakaliwood Supa Action Volume 1: Who Killed Captain Alex? + Bad Black“: Read Giles Edwards’ festival mini-review of Bad Black. Two microbudget action/comedies from Uganda’s homegrown hero, Nabwana I.G.G., who makes campy epics in the slums of Wakaliga for peanuts. Something different on Blu-ray from American Genre Film Archives. Buy “Wakaliwood Supa Action Volume 1: Who Killed Captain Alex? + Bad Black”
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Boston, MA, 6/22 (midnight) – Liquid Sky (1982). At Coolidge Corner Theatre.
- Dallas, TX, 6/21 – The Love Witch (2016). At the Texas Theatre.
- Los Angeles, CA, 6/23 – Fargo (1996) with A Serious Man (2009) (double feature), with author Adam Nayman and actor Fred Melamed in attendance. At the Aero Theatre.
- New York City, NY, 6/21 & 6/22 (midnights) – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). At Nitehawk Cinema (Williamsburg).
- New York City, NY, 6/21 & 6/22 (midnights) – Eraserhead (1977). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 6/24 – Dead Man (1995). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 6/24 – True Stories (1986). At the Quad.
- New York City, NY, 6/25 – Weekend (1967). At the Quad.
- Oakland, CA, 6/21-6/23 – Mandy (2018). At the New Parkway Theater.
- San Diego, CA, 6/22 (midnight) & 6/23 – A Clockwork Orange (1971). At Ken Cinema.
- Santa Ana, CA, 6/21 & 22 (midnights) – Pink Flamingos (1972). At Frida Cinema.
- Toronto, Ont., Canada, 6/22 – The Apple (1980). At the Royal.
- Toronto, Ont., Canada, 6/25 – The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953). At the Royal.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada, 6/22 – Akira (1988). At the Rio Theatre.
FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990): Read the Certified Weird review! The film adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s play where two minor characters from “Hamlet” take center stage is now listed as “leaving soon,” so check out Rosencrantz and Guildenstern now before they really are dead (on Tubi). Watch Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead free on Tubi.tv.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: If you hadn’t noticed, our first three Apocryphally Weird titles are set, thanks to you. In ascending number of votes, they are Singapore Sling (1990), Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), and The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001). Look for full write-ups of those three to appear in the next indefinite time period. Next week, Simon Hyslop will suggest another possible addition to that supplemental weird movie list with the philosophical 1977 animated film The Mouse and His Child. Gregory J. Smalley will then reflect on Serenity (2019), which flopped in theaters but made it into our reader-suggested review queue. 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.