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.
SCREENINGS – (Berlin, Sun., June 21):
Rustam Khamdamov retrospective: Here’s a rare opportunity to view the works of Rustam Khamdamov, whose surreal art-house movies are generally unknown outside the Russian-speaking world. On the menu is The Jewel of Rustam Khamdamov, a short documentary by Vladislav Yö about the making of Khamdamov’s latest film, Rubies. Murder; his 2010 short Diamonds. Theft; My Heart is in the Highlands, his absurdist 40-minute adaptation of the William Saroyan book; and his operatic feature The Vocal Parallels. Lovers of Russian surrealism in the Berlin area should make it a point to check this out. At Kino Krododil (German); here’s a descriptive blog post from the sponsors (in English) and the event’s Facebook page.
SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, CA, Tues. June 25):
That’s Sexploitation! (2013): From the vaults of Something Weird Video and the twisted mind of Frank Henenlotter comes this documentary covering the most bizarre and salacious moments of the sleazy pre-hardcore film genre, from “birth of a baby” films to nudie-cuties to roughies. Aside from the glimpses of females flesh, most of this stuff was pretty boring and it plays best as short clips of the wildest moments. Note: cery few movies make their world premier on a Tuesday night. That’s Sexploitation! world premier at Cinefamily.
NEW ON DVD:
Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan: Kids at a boot-camp learn the homicidal real history of the beloved American legend, firsthand. Dan (“Grizzly Adams”) Haggerty and Joe (brother of Martin Sheen) Estevez head the cast. Buy Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan.
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012): Juvenile delinquents who have been exiled to outer space make their way to Earth in this 1950s-style musical spoof. The tagline promises “a truly mad concoction!” Buy The Ghastly Love of Johnny X.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Stoker (2013): See description in DVD above. Buy Stoker [Blu-ray].
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.