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 on the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): A six-year old girl named Hushpuppy contracts a fever, which ushers in the apocalypse and a plague of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature is the arthouse festival hit of the season, and will start its theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles this week, appearing in major cities throughout the country throughout July. Beasts of the Southern Wild official site.
NEW ON DVD:
Numero Deux (1975): Sexually explicit postmodern portrait of a dissolving marriage from Jean-Luc Godard. The action plays out on two video monitors, which are juxtaposed and superimposed in different ways throughout this cinematic experiment. Buy Numero Deux.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011): A group of policemen and a suspect patrol the Anatolian countryside one long night searching for a victim’s corpse. It looks like an arthouse police procedural but critics hints at something deeper: NPR’s Ella Taylor describes it as “an existential fairy tale set in a nocturnal netherworld…” This year’s Palme D’or winner (the last two Cannes champions have been Certified Weird—will the trend continue?) Buy Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.
Sound of Noise (2010): A music hating cop tries to silence a band of avant-garde percussionists who are planning to stage a performance art symphony in the public spaces of Stockholm in this quirky Swedish satire. It’s won a few awards on the festival circuit and is often described as “absurd.” Buy Sound of Noise.
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
Tommy (1975): Read our capsule review. Who better to direct a psychedelic rock opera about the deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure plays a mean pinball then the always tasteful and restrained Ken Russell? Watch Tommy free on YouTube.
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.