BY DENNIS KING
NEW YORK – Critics of Wes Anderson’s unique brand of fantastical, eccentric, clockwork filmmaking often suggest that his movies are airy, ornamental inventions lacking the gravity of truly profound storytelling.
On first blush that may seem true. Each of his eight meticulously handcrafted films has proven itself as intricate and multi-faceted as a Faberge egg.
Long before “Matilda: The Musical” became a Tony Award-winning hit on Broadway, the story was a much-beloved children’s book by the great British eccentric Roald Dahl and a prickly, endearing 1996 movie adaptation by actor-director Danny DeVito.
In the nearly 20 years since its release, that quirky, zippy little film – much like the story’s page and stage incarnations – has achieved a sort of cult status among young fans, as well as among grown-up admirers of Dahl’s warm, weird and wonderfully cracked body of literature.
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
“Beast of the Bering Sea”
Syfy Channel Originals have a certain dubious cache among fans of bad, cheapo horror movies (this is the outlet that gave us “Sharknado,” after all).