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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 THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
The Green Knight: An adaptation of the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain, who accepts the Green Knight’s challenge to engage in a friendly beheading contest. “stoned” and “surreal.” The Green Knight official site.‘s long-awaited (and pandemic-delayed) epic is being characterized as
Mondo Hollywoodland: We’re just going to drop this logline here: “A groovy mushrooms dealer and a man from the 5th dimension journey through Hollywood to find the meaning of ‘Mondo.'” Needless to say, you’re more likely to catch this one on VOD than at your local cineplex. Mondo Hollywoodland official site.
Man Under Table (2021): Read our review and interview with Noel David Taylor. Thanks to Arrow’s streaming service, this microbudget surreal satire on indie filmmaking (and fracking) has a chance to be seen by a relatively wide audience. Be sure to freeze frame that trailer to read the critic’s quotes. Man Under Table at Arrow.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001): Read Giles Edwards’ review. Christophe Gans‘ genre-spanning cult movie (is it a werewolf flick? mystery? action picture?) gets a collector’s edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, promising four hours of bonus material. Buy Brotherhood of the Wolf.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002): Read Giles Edwards’ review. ‘s face-value script about “Gong Show” producer Chuck Barris’ alleged double life as a spy is released on Blu-ray for the first time (in North America). Buy Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
“Ken Jacobs Collection, Volume 1”: A collection of Jacob’s experimental movies, including arty and weird films like the doll-abusing short “Little Stabs at Happiness” and the abstract feature-length experiment “Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son.” Despite being “Volume 1” this is a “greatest hits” 2-Blu-ray collection that spans the director’s entire output from 1955-2021. Buy “The Ken Jacobs Collection, Volume 1”.
L’amour braque [Mad Love] (1985): A bank robber seeks to rescue his girlfriend from mobsters. A confusing postmodern gangster film from Buy L’amour Braque., inspired by Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot.” Blu-ray only, with special features including multiple commentary tracks, from Kino Lorber’s “Studio Classics” sub-label.
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, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art is officially back, hosting screenings of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) this Wednesday through next Friday. We also welcome back Pittsburgh’s Row House Cinema, who reopens with a week’s worth of Night of the Hunter (1955) among their offerings. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: We’ll still be taking votes and comments on August’s Weird Netflix Watch Party (scheduled for August 7) until tomorrow.
We’ll be busy next week. The Fantasia Film Festival officially kicks off next Thursday, and we’ll be pre-gaming it as Giles Edwards kicks off his coverage with “fantasy puppet horror buddy comedy” Frank & Zed, while Gregory J. Smalley inspects the dream-auditing indie drama Strawberry Mansion. (That’s at a minimum; you might be seeing other movies covered, too). With all that, we still need to give you our take on The Green Knight (see trailer above); and, since you might be tired of all this current stuff, Pete Trbovich pitches in with a vintage review of Christopher Lee in 1967’s sque The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism. 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.