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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.
IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):
Flux Gourmet (2022): There’s not much info on the plot of More on Flux Gourmet at Variety.‘s just-wrapped latest; all we really know is that it’s set at some kind of culinary institute and focuses heavily on “alimentary disorders.” Asa Butterfield and Gwendoline Christie star, and IFC will distribute.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
The Carnivores (2020): A lesbian couple’s marriage is tested when Alice becomes jealous of Bret’s relationship with their dying dog. That synopsis sounds like it could make for a dry indie dramedy, but the trailer promises something much darker and weirder. Already available on VOD, it’s now on DVD (no Blu-ray) with a director’s commentary and alternate ending. Buy The Carnivores.
The Great Gabbo (1929): A ventriloquist (Buy The Great Gabbo.) goes insane as he transfers he personality to his dummy. This early talkie experiment mixing bizarre and incongruous musical numbers with a tale of psychological horror is in the public domain, but Kino puts it on Blu-ray with a commentary track by author Richard Barrios.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. This week, Portland’s Hollywood Theater joins that list as it finally reopens, hosting a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) on Saturday. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space, like the following:
- North Bend, WA & online – Donnie Darko (2001). Part of the North Bend Film Festival (and perhaps its crown jewel), this screening includes a discussion with director which is available separately as a livestream event (the livestream discussion does not include the actual movie). Saturday, Jul 17.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: We’ll have one more wrap-up post on the North Bend Film Festival on Saturday, as we cover the cryptid animation Cryptozoo as well as a handful of curious leftover features. Next week, Gregory J. Smalley checks out the “surrealistic” biodoc Moby Doc (2021), and we’ll take on a couple of items from the reader-suggested queue as Pete Trbovich roars about the notorious big cat extravaganza Roar (1981) and Giles Edwards handles ‘s dark take on Pinocchio (2019). 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.