My local arthouse (Philadelphia Film Society) is selling "virtual tickets" (in other words, streaming with rental periods) films they would ordinarily be showing. Which means as far as I can tell at least U.S. viewers all over will have early access to some big arthouse titles (not sure about other countries). They're currently streaming Bacurau
, The Wild Goose Lake
, The Whistlers
, Corpus Christi
, Zombi Child
, and Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band
. Pretty stacked titles if you ask me.
(Warning! The description for Bacurau in this link is extremely spoiler heavy! I recommend not reading it)
The Wild Goose Lake
is cinematic perfection IMO. Every shot individually deserves to hang in a gallery and repeat on loop. It might be the best neo-noir
ever made (I'm not kidding). Warning that it does contain scenes of sexual violence which are quite ugly, but it takes place in a very ugly world.
is an awesome genre exercise, a throwback to the style of late '70s-early '80s genre thrillers which replaces those films' typically right-wing politics with radical left wing ones and an "eat the rich" message. It also lets itself sprawl in a way most thrillers don't, a bit novelistic, slowly introducing the small remote town and all of its unique residents in a long buildup before they are besieged by mysterious forces. But when the action does happen it is, as expected, as angry as it is badass and set to a pulsing John Carpenter-style synth score. '80s throwback media is dime a dozen nowadays but this one really stands apart as something completely unique. Also some of us will appreciate how matter of factly and casually queer, trans and gender non-binary characters are featured in this one.
is a first for Porumboiu, the director of Police, Adjective
, a film with an actual plot and not just a parody of one. It's an honest to goodness neo-noir but still presented in Porumboiu's signature deadpan comedic style. The international locales provide the film with some stunning vistas and beautiful cinematography that one doesn't normally associate with his films.