The funniest comedy we’ve never seen? Really?
Don’t take it from us — take it from the Chicago Tribune‘s Nina Metz, writing in 2014 about Adolfas Mekas‘ first feature: “The funniest comedy you’ve likely never seen, let alone heard of…Hallelujah the Hills, from 1963, is so rare, you won’t find it on DVD or any streaming site.” Until now, that is!
That’s right — this is not an April Fool’s joke! The critically lauded, multiple-award-winning, nearly universally beloved Hallelujah the Hills is just one of thirty-five titles to hit the Fandor library this week, but it’s certainly one of the most #rare. Lest some of our other stellar new releases slip under your radar, we’ve rounded up a few choice picks from the treasure trove that is our New Releases page:
Cyan Eye makes a great addition to our already-impressive (if we may so ourselves) collection of fun-size oddities that emphasize fun: aided by the music of French punkers La Femme and some minimal but magical psychedelic special effects, this gritty, grainy short film is a fractured fairy tale that exhibits shades of, somehow, both Stand by Me and the Kuchar brothers.
And then we have two splatter-tastic features to choose from: The Mutilator (pictured in this week’s main image) and Blood Rage (also known by the excellent title Nightmare at Shadow Woods). Both are gifts from the 1980’s horror gods to your eager, gore-hungry eyeballs. Both mix themes of revenge and family discord in with plenty of inventive, no-hold-barred murder! If slasher sleaze is what you’re after, pass the popcorn but keep the lights on, please and thank you.
For those with different sensibilities, we’ve also just added another crucial piece to our growing collection of documentaries about the contemporary Chinese experience: Demolition, which is filmed at a major worksite in the city of Chengdu. By using a combination of compelling and lyrical industrial footage with patient, observational portraits of the laborers and their lives on and off the job, director J.P. Sniadecki (who you may recognize for their work on another celebrated Chinese documentary, People’s Park) crafts a portrait of a place in time that is both fascinating to behold and profound to ponder.
This handful of movies is, in a lot of ways, a great snapshot of the Fandor experience: the thought-provoking and critically acclaimed next to the classics of cult and pulp, the oddballs and the essentials alike. And this is merely one-seventh of the week’s freshest films! Whether or not you trick out your screen with our Fandor Home Theater Package, we hope you enjoy the fruits of our latest cinema haul. We’ll be back next week with more great stuff to share. Until then, happy watching!