A 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):
General Orders No. 9 (2009): A documentary about—well, after watching the trailer, we’re still not quite sure what it’s about. It’s an experimental documentary the synopsis describes as “one last trip down the rabbit hole before it gets paved over.” It appears intended in the spirit of Koyaanisqatsi; the cinematography looks fantastic and the movie poster features a rabbit smoking a corncob pipe. Premiering (two years after its festival run) at ReRun in Brooklyn, future screening dates unknown. General Orders No. 9 official site.
SCREENINGS (Kino Club, Brighton, UK, June 26 7:00 PM)
Lint the Movie (2011?): Documentary about the famous unknown sci-fi writer and cartoonist Jeff Lint, British rival of Phillip K. Dick (as well as Cameo Herzog) and author of such cult opuses as “Clowns & Insects,” “The Stupid Conversation,” and “Catty and the Major,” the last known as “the scariest kid’s cartoon ever aired.” Directed by Steve Aylett, a sci-fi author who is a bit Dick-ish himself. I remember when I first discovered Lint; I was gazing at my navel at the time. More info on Lint the Movie here.
ON THE WEB:
Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer (2010): The synopsis is accurate in describing this as a “screwball cyberpunk comedy” set in Neo-Mega-Ultra-Tokyo and starring a fast-talking gal reporter. It’s professionally acted, has played a number of big film festivals including Toronto After Dark, and is only seven minutes long. Check it out. Watch Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer.
NEW ON DVD:
Bedways (2010): The plot is that a director wants to shoot an experimental sex film but doesn’t have an idea for a plot. Unsimulated sex and experimental filmmaking merge in this new wave art porno with the tagline “Berlin is the shelter/Love is impossible/Flesh is the law.” Buy Bedways.
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (2011): Forget the title conflict: the real monster battle here is between ex-80s pop stars Tiffany (late of Mega Piranha) and Debbie Gibson (of Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus), who tangle in a heavily-promoted catfight in the mud. Mega Piranha probably gave us our mega-fix for at least another year, but if you can’t get enough of this brand of cheese, by all means go for it. Buy Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
Sadko (1953): This week we dig into the Mosfilm archives (see the rest of our archeological discoveries here) for this Aleksandr Ptushko fairy tale feature in which a Russian “Sinbad” seeks the Bluebird of Happiness. You may have seen the dubbed version of this film (The Magic Voyage of Sinbad) spoofed on Mystery Science Theater 3000; here’s a chance to see at as originally intended, with the Rimsky-Korsakov classical score intact. Watch Sadko free on YouTube.
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.