Time for my new feature. Ooh! Do I need a drum roll? Probably not.
So, the idea with this is that every week, new films come onto the streaming services. I try to review them all, I really do, but that’s way too hard now – there’s just so many! But rather than leave them unmentioned here, I thought I’d at least register them for your attention. Even if I don’t actually review them, at least you know they’re there and if I do review them, maybe you’ll have watched them, too, and be able to share your thoughts with us?
I do have a silly big list of subscription to streaming services, including BFI Player, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Marquee TV (more for the ballet and the Broadway classics than any movies, admittedly), Klassiki (“The only place in the world where you can stream and explore films from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia”) and Apple TV+, and there’s all the free services, too (All 4, iPlayer, Pluto TV, My 5), so I’m bound to miss some, so please point them out if I do!
Anyway, here’s this week’s list of things I added to my streaming queues, hoping to watch them at some point. Some have been on the services for a while, but I’ve only just noticed them, so that counts, right?
- The Lost Daughter (2021): A woman’s beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past. Maggie Gyllenhaal directs (Trailer)
- She’s the Man (2006): Teenage Viola tries to convince the students at her twin brother’s school that she’s actually him in this twist on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Vinnie Jones co-stars as a football coach! (Trailer)
- Good on Paper (2021): After years of putting her career first, a stand-up comic meets a guy who seems perfect: smart, nice, successful… and possibly too good to be true. Written by and starring Iliza Schlesinger, based on a true story! (Trailer)
- The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017): A surgeon’s carefully curated life edges toward disaster when a trouble teenage boy with mysterious motives begins to impose himself on his family. Yorgos Lanthimos does Ancient Greek myth in the modern day (Trailer)
- The Good Boy (Хороший Мальчик) (2016): The life of a schoolboy Kolya changes when he falls in love with his teacher and someone burns down an outbuilding. And the principal’s daughter thinks that he is an arsonist and falls in love with him… (Trailer)
- The Tender Bar (2022): From director George Clooney and based on the best-selling memoir, The Tender Bar follows an aspiring writer (Tye Sheridan) pursuing his romantic and professional dreams. From a stool in his uncle’s (Ben Affleck) bard, he learns what it means to grow up from a colourful group of local characters. (Trailer)
- The Protégé (2021): As a child, Anna watched her family brutalised and murdered in Saigon. When the man that saved her from the killers and trained her as a soldier of fortune is murdered, Anna is determined to have her revenge. She uncovers a 40-year old case her mentor had been looking into, and in so doing becomes the hunted as well as the hunter of a very powerful force that wanted the past left alone. With Maggie Q, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Keaton. (Trailer)
- Being the Ricardos (2021): During one production week of I Love Lucy – from Monday table read through Friday audience taping – Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) face a series of personal and professional crises that threaten their show, their careers and their marriage, in writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama. (Trailer)
- Red Road (2008): This dramatic tale of city surveillance and a woman’s obsession with a man from her past was Andrea Arnold’s stunning debut after winning an Oscar for Best Short Film. (Trailer)
- The Blue Angel (1930): Respected schoolteacher Rath learns of his pupils’ infatuation with postcards depicting a nightclub songstress. To investigate the source of indecency, Rath goes to the Blue Angel nightclub and is fatefully seduced by the smouldering Lola-Lola, triggering the downward spiral of his life and fortune. (Trailer)
- The Love Witch (2016): At once a vibrant pastiche of 1960s horror and a contemporary corrective to the era’s – and the genre’s – sexual politics, The Love Witch is, at heart, a warm treatise on loneliness and love. Written, directed and scored by Anna Biller, this vivid ode to cult Technicolor treasures is simply magic. (Trailer)