WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/26/2020

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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.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Bacurau (2019): Read our review. The Brazilian art-house shoot ’em up is now officially off the “Kino Marquee” pricing structure, and available for cheap rentals on VOD. If you’d prefer physical media, the DVD/Blu-ray release (with over an hour of extras) is scheduled for July 14. Buy or rent Bacurau.

The Mad Fox [AKA Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow] (1962): A court astrologer goes insane after his lover is executed and wanders into the forest where he is helped by fox spirits. Arrow Academy bills this as director Tomu Uchida’s “strangest and most lavishly cinematic film”; the Expressionist cinematography influenced Kwaidan. Now available in a special edition with a collector’s booklet advertised as “first pressing only.” Buy The Mad Fox.

A Ship of Human Skin (2019): Described as “a story about mysticism and violent crime… [b]y turns serious and surreal…” From the trailer, we gather it’s about a girl who recites poetry, kills a man, then levitates in prison. Great title. On DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy A Ship of Human Skin.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

Independent theaters are slowly starting to reopen across the country at diminished capacity, although the big chains (and Alamo Drafthouses) remain shuttered for another week or two. That said, we have another single national screening to announce this week. We expect this section to continue to grow slowly throughout the summer, although we wouldn’t expect things to return to anywhere near normal until the fall, at the earliest. You’ll have to use your own judgment as to whether it’s safe to go to movie theaters at this time.

FREE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE:

“Do You Have a Question for David?” (2020): Continuing his drop of quirky quarantine content, answers submitted questions from fans, being sure to carefully repeat their handles and questions, and complete with long thoughtful pauses. More legitimately informative than weird, and inspirational for creative types.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Don’t forget to show up this Saturday night (at 10:15 PM) for our group Netflix screening of The Aerial. We’ll post the link here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages shortly before the show begins.

Next week, we won’t have any actual movie reviews… what? That’s right! Instead, Simon Hyslop will investigate virality (the meme kind, not the corona kind) and what it might mean for weird cinema. Then Giles Edwards explains “Giraffes on Horseback Salad“—which, believe it or not, is a graphic novel of the never-filmed script wrote for the . Bona fide reviews will return the following week. Onward and weirdward!

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

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