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DON’T POST HERE: WE’RE BACK AT 366WEIRDMOVIES.COM November 21, 2010

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The main site is restored! Please direct your browsers to 366weirdmovies.com for the best weird movie coverage in all conceivable universes.

I’m certainly happy I kept this space open, but you’ll understand if I hope I never have to use it again!

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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 11/19/2010 November 19, 2010

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A 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):

Heartless: Philip Ridley (writer/director of the Certified Weird The Reflecting Skin) is back after a fourteen year hiatus from filmmaking with this arthouse horror starring Jim (Across the Universe) Sturgess as a photographer with a disfiguring birthmark who makes a Faustian bargain in a hellish modern London.  Ridley’s return would be notable even if the film wasn’t being well-reviewed; as it is, it won “Best Independent Feature” at the Toronto After Dark festival.  Heartless official site.

NEW ON DVD:

Best Worst Movie (2010):  This documentary on an unlikely subject—the making of the laughably inept 1980s horror Troll 2, a movie featuring vegetarian goblins—became an even more improbable critical favorite.

The Complete Metropolis (1927/restored 2010): Kino’s restoration of the mystical, visionary science-fiction masterpiece finally arrives on DVD!  From our own Alex Kittle’s review of the theatrical version: “While its story is standard allegorical fare and the performances are often melodramatic, the sheer inventiveness and visual splendor of Metropolis warrants its status as quintessential science fiction.  It set the standard for a host of weird films that came after it and has several iconically bizarre scenes and characters.” 

Don’t Look Back [Ne te pas] (2009): French psychological thriller starring two beauties—Sophie Marceau and Monica Belluci—and a confusion of their identities.  From weirdstress Marina de Van (In My Skin).

The Extra Man (2010): Eccentric tale of an aspiring playwright and cross-dresser who rents a room an educated, aging gigolo (played by Kevin Kline).  This didn’t get more than a token theatrical release; the reason may be that it was too literary for cineplexes, or it may be because it just wasn’t very good.

Night of the Hunter (1955) [Criterion Collection]: Robert Mitchum gives an unforgettable performance as the deranged, misogynistic preacher who marries widows and kills them for their money; darker than the blackest film noir and expressionistic to the point of being dreamlike, this  movie was way too much for 1955 audiences to handle, but has since been acknowledged as a classic.  This is already in our reader-suggested review queue, so this Criterion Collection release can only speed it along.

Sherlock Jr. (1924)/Three Ages (1923): Also from Kino this week comes this restoration of two Buster Keaton silent comedies: Sherlock Jr., a fantasy about a projectionist who enters into the film he’s watching, is the weirder one; Three Ages tells the tale of romance in the Stone Age, Roman times, and the modern era.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Complete Metropolis (1927/restored 2010): See entry in DVD above.

Crowley [AKA Chemical Wedding]: Read our capsule review. This occult/science ficition/fantasy hybrid about Aleister Crowley in modern times is from Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson; our staff agreed on its weirdness, but disagreed on the quality of the filmmaking displayed.

Night of the Hunter (1955) [Criterion Collection]: See entry in DVD above.

Sherlock Jr. (1924)/Three Ages (1923): See entry in DVD above.

366WEIRDMOVIES.COM BACK UP (SORT OF) November 18, 2010

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Our home, 366weirdmovies.com, is back up… sort of. While I’m trying to restore 2 years worth of posts, right now there’s actually more content available here than there. I will keep you updated on the progress of the restoration on both sites.

UPDATE 11/19: Still working on restoring the old posts. I’ll be posting some new content here (i.e. this week’s WEIRD HORIZON), just in case the data gets overwritten there. Hopefully everything will be fixed before the weekend starts.

TEMPORARILY BACK AT WORDPRESS.COM November 15, 2010

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Due to a server issue which has renedered 366weirdmovies.com temporarily inaccesible, we will be using wordpress to post new content again: hopefully for just a few days until the site gets back on its feet.

CHECK OUT OUR NEW DIGS! April 8, 2009

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We’ve moved!  Please check out the newly designed site at http://366weirdmovies.com/, and update your bookmarks.  All of the content on this blog is duplicated there.

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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/2/09 April 3, 2009

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A 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):

Alien Trespass:  A stylized spoof of 1950s drive-in sci-fi fare.  Reviewers have been unkind (only 27% positive at Rotten Tomatoes).  Alien Trespass official site.

C Me Dance:  Story of a teenage dancer who develops the ability to convert people to Christianity, which cheeses off the Devil and brings him to suburbia.  It seems sincere, which is the necessary substrate for camp.  It’s highly unlikely anyone will ever release a good movie that contains textspeak within the title.  C Me Dance official site.

Gigantic:  Self-described ” funny, surreal love story” about a mattress salesman who dreams of adopting a Chinese baby and finds true love when a customer falls asleep on one of the mattresses.  This indie comedy looks more “quirky” than “weird,” but no one can know for sure without watching it.   With Zooey Deschanel and John Goodman.  Gigantic official site.

NEW ON DVD:

A Cat in the Brian (1990):  Everyday life is causing an Italian grindhouse director (director Lucio Fulci, playing himself) to flashback to scenes of cannibal orgies from his own movies.  He sees a psychiatrist who may be even nuttier and more depraved than the director.  Unapologetically ultraviolent. 

Cthulu (2007):  If you always wondered, “what eons-forgotten actress has the eerie, alien look which best evokes the Old Ones of H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos?” and came up with the answer “Tori Spelling,” then this just might be the movie for you.  Based on the Lovecraft story “The Shadow over Innsmouth.”    

Tehilim (2007):  Allegorical tale told in documentary style about an Israeli family who use various methods of coping when the father inexplicably disappears.  Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes in 2007.

Tokyo Zombie (2005):  It’s been called a Japanese Shaun of the Dead, which suggests something gorier and more extreme in the violence department, and wackier and more unhinged in the comedy department.  Directed by Sakicho Sato, who scripted Ichi the Killer, so it has a weird pedigree. 

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Ghosts of Mars (2001):  From borderline weird cult director John Carpenter (Big Trouble in Little China) comes this unofficial remake of his earlier action classic Assault on Precinct 13, this time with the action happening on Mars.  This movie had few defenders even among Carpenter fans, and almost none elsewhere.  With Ice Cube.

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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE March 30, 2009

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A full review of the classic 1962 microbudget horror, Carnival of Souls, should post tomorrow.

Next in the review queue is Terry Gilliam’s 2005 offering, Tideland.

Alfred Eaker has agreed to provide writing for the site on a weekly basis.  We’re looking forward to his critical re-evaluation of Tod Browning’s Dracula on Thursday.

In addition, we are working on moving the entire site to new hosting as soon as possible.  WordPress free hosting has been truly wonderful and we recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone looking to start a free blog.  We can offer more content and hopefully deliver some improvements to the site by moving it to our own domain, however.  This website will remain here indefinitely, but new content will be posted at the new domain once it’s up and running.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 3/27/09 March 27, 2009

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A 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 (WIDE RELEASE):

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009):  A DreamWorks 3-D adventure for children about a group of mutated monsters fighting an alien invasion.  The trailer begin with the phrase “The weird will save the world.”  Moderately interesting possibility to introduce kids to old b-movie tropes. Also screening in IMAX.  Featuring the voice of Reese Witherspoon.    Monsters vs. Aliens Official Site

That’s it this week!  Remarkably slim pickings for fans of the offbeat…

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 3/20/09 March 20, 2009

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A 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 (WIDE RELEASE)

Knowing (2009):  Alex Proyas (Dark City) brings us this “Twilight Zone” style tale with Nicolas Cage about a time capsule that contains coded prophecies for the future.  Generally panned, but curiosity rises with descriptions of a conclusion described as “ridiculous” and “ludicrous” that dropped critics jaws.  It may be unintentional comedy in the vein of Cage’s recent The Wicker Man remake flop.  Knowing Official Site.

FILM FESTIVALS:

The New York International Film and Video Festival begins tonight in Manhattan and runs through Thursday, March 27th, showcasing underground and experimental shorts along with documentaries and feature films.  Movies of potential weird interest include the Indian comedy I Am a Love Addict,  W the MovieThe Gingerbread House (an Italian retelling of Hansel and Gretel), Let Me Out, Heaven Earth (an “experimental documentary” about hallucinogenic South American plants),  Sacred Game, and the violent Malaysian comedy The Dogs.

NEW ON DVD:

The Murnau Collection:  From the archivists at Kino comes this essential set of restored classics, containing Nosferatu (1922), the weirdest and scariest Dracula adaptation, and the expressionist masterpiece The Last Laugh (1924), along with the essential historical films The Haunted Castle (1921), The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924), Tartuffe (1925), and Faust (1926).  Each disc comes with extensive extras, and The Haunted Castle,  The Finances of the Grand Duke and Faust also receive separate special edition releases.  A nice catch for lovers of early cinema, although four of these six films were already available, along with the documentary Tabu (1931), on Kino’s earlier box set, “The F.W. Murnau Collection”.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Sleepy Hollow (1999)/Sweeny Todd (2007):  A double feature release of two Gothic Tim Burton/Johhny Depp collaborations is always worth a mention.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 3/13/09 March 13, 2009

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A 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 (WIDE RELEASE):

Race to Witch Mountain (2009):  This remake of Disney’s popular 1975 fantasy Escape to Witch Mountain, about two orphan kids with supernatural powers and unknown origins, has been getting hammered by critics who think it’s shallow but action-packed.  With The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), whose presence provides another reason to be skeptical.   Escape to Witch Mountain Official Site.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

The Perfect Sleep (2009):  An existential film noir tribute about a retired assassin who returns to a nameless city to protect the only woman he has ever loved.  Sounds intriguing.  The Perfect Sleep Official Site.

Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (2009):  This micro-budget, DIY film about two Vikings stranded in North America in 1007 AD has been savaged by critics who are unimpressed by its “independent spirit.”  With a black metal soundtrack, amateur production values, dialogue in Old Norse, rape and defecation, this appears to be a genuine el cheapo oddity of the sort that in years past might have played at the bottom third of a drive-in triple bill.   Severed Ways Official Site 

UPCOMING NEXT WEEK:

W the Movie (2008):  Politically charged, psychedelic assault on the presidency of George W. Bush.  From the trailer, it seems to have that NYC underground film spirit that has gone AWOL of late.  Premiering at the New York International Film Festival on March 20th, 10:00 PM, at the Village East Cinema.  Future dates to be decided.   W the Movie Official Site.

NEW ON DVD:

Ben X (2007): Under-the-radar Belgian fest-favorite about a mildly autistic boy who blurs the line between video game reality and high school reality.  Variety says it’s “a potential crowd-pleaser that could appeal to auds predisposed toward the likes of ‘Donnie Darko.'”

Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) (Special Edition): Disney is re-releasing the 70s children’s fantasy to coincide with the remake (see above).  Also receiving special edition treatment this week is the 1978  sequel, Return from Witch Mountain.

Groom Lake (2002):  All you need to know is that it’s a cheap “UFOs are out there!” movie written by, directed by, and starring the inimitable William Shatner. 

Howard the Duck (1986) (Special Edition):  This notorious George Lucas produced 80s kiddie fantasy bomb about a cigar-smoking duck from an alternate universe who winds up saving the universe from evil aliens in Cleveland is finally getting a long-awaited video release.  It’s your chance to judge for yourself whether it deserves its reputation as one of the worst big-budget pictures ever, or if its an underacknowleged masterpiece.

Let the Right One In (2008): Innovative Swedish movie about a 12 year old boy who falls in love with a neighbor girl who is a vampire.  A presumedly inferior Hollywood remake is already in the works for those too lazy to read subtitles.

Synecdoche, New York (2008):  The directorial debut by weird scriptwriter Charles Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) is a typically twisty tale of a director who seeks to recreate a miniature New York City inside a giant warehouse. 

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Se7en (1995):  The visually innovative debut film from David (Fight Club) Fincher about a serial killer who models his crimes on the seven deadly sins became both a box-office and cult success despite its morbid and depressing nature.  The presence of Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman certainly helped. 

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.