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 at the official site links.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Aug 5,6,8):

On the Silver Globe (1988): A new restoration of ‘s never-quite-completed visionary sci-fi epic. We are assured a video release will come eventually. Also on tap at Cinefamily this week: more screenings of Zulawski’s notorious octopus-sex fantasy Possession, and Jacques Rivette’s rare surrealist opus Celine and Julie Go Boating (which we’ve very nearly given up on ever seeing a video release of), both playing on Sunday, Aug. 8. On the Silver Globe at Cinefamily.

SCREENINGS – (New York City, IFC Center, Aug 5-11):

Multiple Maniacs (1970): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. ‘s rarely screened “Cavalcade of Perversions” plays all week. The Friday night sessions with Waters in attendance are already sold out. Maniacs will be playing a few more dates at other venues in the near future (e.g.. Cinefamily starting Aug 13 and screenings at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival), and is presented by Janus Films. Janus is owned by the Criterion Collection, and a screening sponsored by them is usually a clue that a Criterion release or Eclipse box set is coming in the near future. Their site lists Maniacs as available on DCP (digital cinema package) or on Blu-ray—a hopeful sign? Multiple Maniacs at Janus Films.


April and the Extraordinary World (2015): Read G. Smalley’s review. Hopefully, this animated French steampunk classic with a weird twist will find an expanded audience on video after its very limited Stateside release. Buy April and the Extraordinary World.

High-Rise (2015): Read El Rob Hubbard’s review (and Alex Kittle’s mini-review). No special features are listed for this release of ‘s bizarro satire about the class struggle in a high rise apartment building. Buy High-Rise.

The Lobster (2015): Read Alex Kittle’s mini-review. Look for a longer review of ‘s knockout romantic satire about a world where single people are forcibly turned into animals in two weeks. Buy The Lobster.

Observance (2015): A man accepts a job spying on a beautiful woman, but surreal complications ensue. Look for a review next week. Buy Observance.


April and the Extraordinary World (2015): See description in DVD above. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray give you the option of listening to April in the original French or in GKIDS’s English dub. Buy April and the Extraordinary World [Blu-ray].

High-Rise (2015): See description in DVD above. For some reason, at the time of this writing the Blu-ray is listed at $4 less than the DVD—no promise that will still be true by the time you read this note. Buy High-Rise [Blu-ray].

The Lobster (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy The Lobster [Blu-ray].

Observance (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Observance [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.

One thought on “WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/5/2016”

  1. Hi. Just to let you know that there is a very good release of Celine and Julie Go Boating in the UK. Its a BFI release so it’s worth checking out.
    Also, High Rise is a masterpiece and I highly recommend all of Ben Wheatley previous works. Can’t wait to see what he does next.

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