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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.
Love Express: The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk (2018): Documentary coveringThe Beast [La Bête] (1975), from which his critical reputation never recovered. Terry Gilliam and are among those on hand to appreciate Borowczyk’s weird appeal. VOD only, as far as we can tell. Love Express: The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk official site.‘s career, from his early days as an art-house darling to the scandal caused by
Son of the White Mare [Fehérlófia] (1981): A divine white mare gives birth to a son, the Tree-Shaker, in this legendary, psychedelic Hungarian animation. The restored version debuted at festivals in 2019 and was intended for a triumphant tour of art house screens; unfortunately, Covid-19 has ruined those plans, and now it must debut online (with a single theatrical run at Minneapolis’ Trylon Cinema beginning Sept. 4). Son of the White Mare official site for rental information.
IN DEVELOPMENT (pre-production):
“Dead Ringers” (202?): Amazon has green-lit a gender-switched TV miniseries remake of David Cronenberg‘s canonically weird horror/drama about twin gynecologists going mad through a combination of love and barbiturate abuse. will take the lead role(s) and exec produce. Deadline dropped the details.
The Northman (202?): Robert Eggers next project will be a “Viking revenge movie” set in Iceland. He will once again work with Willem Dafoe (from The Lighthouse); the newest cast member to be announced is Bjork (who will play a “Slav witch”). The Playlist breaks the news.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Rubin and Ed (1991): Read the Canonically Weird entry! Sony finally releases ‘ weirdo comedy on Blu-ray (only) with no advertised special features. We should mention that Harris sells DVD copies exclusively, and gets no royalties from this Blu release, so keep that in mind if it’s important to you. Buy Rubin and Ed [Blu-ray].
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
Independent theaters are cautiously starting to reopen across North America at diminished capacity, and even the big chains are taking tentative steps towards restoration of normality. Special drive-in screenings and online-only events are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. We expect this section to continue to grow slowly throughout the summer, although we wouldn’t predict 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.
- Bloomington, IN
- Indiana University Cinema – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), 8/21. Online, with a Q&A with . Free with registration, begins at 7 PM ET.
- Kansas City, MO
- Kitchener, ON
- Joshua Tree, CA
- Vancouver, BC
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Tomorrow’s Weird Netflix Party will be the horror comedy Murder Party (the feature debut of director Jeremy Saulnier, who want on to acclaim with Blue Ruin and Green Room). Please join us at 10:15 PM ET for the screening. As usual, we’ll post the link to join around 10 PM here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
Next week we’ll continue our remote coverage of. In fact, look for a review of South Africa’s alien-possesses-a-heroin-addict oddity Fried Barry later today. We also promise you a first look at ‘s final movie, the 3-hour opus Labyrinth of Cinema. As for the rest of the titles, well, you’ll just have to check back through the 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.