WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 9/11/2020

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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.

ONLINE EVENTS (Saturday, Sep. 12, 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT):

I’m Thinking of Ending Things Online Q&A: Online Q&A with writer/director , sponsored by American Cinematheque. Via Zoom, free but registration is required. Register for I’m Thinking of Ending Things Online Q&A.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

“The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection”: Another anthology from Universal, with classics Rear Window, the canonically weird Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds. Eight discs (four Blu-rays, four Ultra-HDs), but the big draw is the original theatrical version of Psycho, previously unavailable on home video. (The uncut Psycho is also being released separately on a single Blu-ray, should that be all you require.)  Buy “The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection”.

The Comic (1985): Set in a future dystopia, the story involves an orange-haired comedian who kills a rival to get a gig. Another oddity uncovered by Arrow Video, who promote it with the claim “From the annals of bizarre cinema comes perhaps the most bizarre one of them all!” IMDB rating: 3.2. Blu-ray only. Buy The Comic.

Ghost in the Shell (1995): Read our review. A 4K restoration/re-release of the seminal cyberpunk anime, on Blu-ray + Ultra HD. Buy Ghost in the Shell.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

Independent theaters are cautiously starting to reopen across North America at diminished capacity, and we’re seeing a trickle of new screenings. We expect this section to grow slowly throughout the fall. You’ll have to use your own judgment as to whether it’s safe to go to movie theaters at this time.

FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Adpaptation. (2002): Read the Canonically Weird entry. If I’m Thinking of Ending Things has put you in the mood for more mind-bending, Charlie Kaufman style, then this quintessential Kaufman meta-movie about Charlie Kaufman () suffering writer’s block will fit the ticket. “Leaving Soon” from Tubi. Watch Adpaptation. free on Tubi.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Reminder: on Saturday night we’ll be screening I’m Thinking of Ending Things as our Netflix Weird Watch party. We’re expecting/hoping for a decent turnout for this one, so look for the link to join around 10 PM here, on Facebook, or on Twitter. We’ll provide our own views on the film in the following week—maybe your observations from the chat will make it into our analysis. There will likely be another review or article next week to accompany that one, but we won’t swear to it. (We do have a couple of print projects to work on that we’ve been neglecting.) At any rate, 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.

One thought on “WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 9/11/2020”

  1. I watched Wim Wender’s ‘Wrong Move’ (1975) this week. The second part of the Road Movie Trilogy after ‘Alice in the Cities’, I wasn’t really expecting any weirdness so I was surprised to find how strange it with the aimless wanderings of a wannabe writer who inexplicably picks up a handful of travelling companions.

    Probably nothing weird enough to be considered for the list but of interest to weird movie fans who also like New German Cinema.

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