American Fiction, Cobweb, Youth Without Youth, Dan Salit and more

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Each week we highlight notable titles that have recently hit streaming platforms in the United States. See this week’s picks below and previous round-ups here.

American fiction (Cord Jefferson)

Eccentric “Monk” Alison is in trouble. He’s still trying to get his latest book accepted by a publisher in a market that doesn’t accept his scholarly style at all. As a college professor, his program of lecturing to students who are too “extremely delicate” to broach the thorny subjects of race has earned him ostracism from colleagues. He’s estranged from the family, and everyone is dealing with their own issues–health problems, divorce, the financial stress that comes with both. When Monk concocts an elaborate joke to gain more fame and acceptance, it is taken with shocking seriousness, setting off a series of misadventures that explore how white America makes up the most of black trauma. More willing to accept reductive, inflammatory stories that are authentic overall. with American fictionCord Jefferson–who has worked on series like inheritance and 2019 watchman––It marks a directorial debut of bitter satire, but it deftly stays within the perspective of Monk’s journey. , Jordan R. (full review)

Where to stream: VOD

cat person (Susanna Fogel)

The talk of the internet in late 2017, by Kristen Roupanian New Yorker The story about a date that went horribly awry lit a short-lived fire of discussion around gender and power dynamics. The big-screen adaptation arrives nearly five years later, and while it expands on the details of the original text in some fascinating ways, its new third-act addition makes the entire experience a pointless, heavy-handed, ill-judged exercise. Which relies heavily on horror more than any sense of humanity. , Jordan R. (full review)

Where to stream: Hulu

Spider’s web (Kim Ji-woon)

with Spider’s web, South Korean style legend Kim Ji-woon falls back on that old piece of received wisdom: “Film people, aren’t they crazy?” In a state of self-satire, it’s strange how often filmmakers will portray their industry and their working environment as a barely put-together farrago; If this were accurate, how many films would actually have been completed? But Sean Price Williams and Nick Pinkerton also premiered at Cannes this May sweet east, which starred Jeremy O. It slightly reversed this trend by portraying its two filmmaker characters, played by Harris and Ayo Adebiri, as consummate professionals who have no shortage of acute opportunism. , David K. (full review)

Where to stream: VOD

double blind (Sophie Calle and Greg Shepherd)

For their first attempt at video, French artist Sophie Calle and her then-boyfriend Greg Shepard filmed their turbulent road-trip across the United States with a pair of webcams. The footage is interspersed with a voice-over consisting of each cast member’s personal thoughts on the state of their relationships. Their conflicting accounts of the journey create a humorous and heart-wrenching record that challenges the relationship between fiction and reality, reinforcing Calle’s belief that “in a way everything is imaginary.”

Where to stream: cinema club

The end we begin with (Mahalia Bello)

The end we begin withThe debut feature film from acclaimed television director Mahalia Bello offers all the standard elements of a drama centered on a near-apocalyptic event. At the beginning of the film, it is raining relentlessly in London, the power goes out, and eventually water begins to leak under the door of an unnamed pregnant woman, played by Jodie Comer. She is alone at home and taking care of herself while her husband is out of town. Soon the stream breaks the latch of the front door, and before we know it she’s in labor in the hospital. These scenes of the outside world are appropriately chaotic—and it feels like scenes the audience has seen many times before. , Christopher S. (full review)

Where to stream: VOD

Four by Dan Salit

Words are hardly enough to describe the films of Dan Salit; It’s fortunate that they can do all the talking. Between 1998 and 2019, Salit wrote and directed four of modern American cinema’s most distinctive characters and performances: cool and stilted only because they’re almost bursting at the edge of emotional realization, which, if it comes to pat narrative, For there is never any effect. Metrograph at Home is now making them available in a package that allows the films to exist individually and collectively. If I can’t guarantee you’ll like them (or even like them), I can promise that nothing like them is within your reach. (Also–shameless plug–extra points if you see two of my appearances fourteen, – Nick N.

Where to stream: metrograph at home

past written (Thomas Matthews)

From Adaptation To barton finkOf course, the theme of writer’s block is nothing new in the field of cinema, but Thomas Matthews’ past written An impressive effort is made to place the audience in the mind of the said author. Following the winter residency of one-hit-wonder novelist Guy Laurie (Jay Duplass), who is attempting to complete his next project, the film’s choppy, (mostly) black-and-white takes from cinematographer Daryl Pittman Aesthetic courtesy is its greatest strength. As Guy’s journey grows stranger and stranger, the script fails to find much new to say about the creative frustrations, feeling as though the experience would be more impactful by being mostly wordless, which is entirely true. From depends on its appreciable form.

Where to stream: VOD

Demeter’s last journey (André Avredal)

Considering producing his first feature film feverDavid Cronenberg once commented that he felt his approach to an ultra-modern horror film exploring current concerns would be commercially unviable because the genre was primarily associated with the Gothic castle settings of Universal and Hammer pictures. Is. Well, now in an age where style Nothing If not for the modern exploration of the smartphone age, Trump’s presidency, generational trauma, pandemic-induced nihilism, etc., Gothic seems highly unique. So one might want to partly welcome Andre Averadal’s perhaps out-of-touch Demeter’s last journeyBased on a single chapter of Bram Stoker’s Vampire Utext, yet there’s also a modern concern at play here: the ubiquity of intellectual property. , Ethan V. (full review)

Where to stream: Paramount+ with Showtime

Red (Pietro Marcello)

in his last film martin edenand now together Red, Pietro Marcello has discovered a new way of characterizing artistic effort, linking it closely to the concept of labour. This is also something that runs through Jim Jarmusch Patterson, about the poetry-writing bus driver of the same name: both filmmakers have helped to illuminate our idea of ​​the artist as a potential “great man in history” and the deification he is often accorded. future literary maven martin eden and two artist-craftsmen Red Instead they are engaged in a great struggle, much like the struggle of the eternal workers of Marcello’s other main interest: leftist political ideas. , David K. (full review)

Where to stream: kino film collection

suncoast (Laura Kinn)

Floridians of a certain age clearly remember the name Terri Schiavo. She was a woman who was terminally ill who became the center of a national right-to-die debate when her husband filed a petition against her parents to remove her feeding tube. Filmmaker Laura Chin had a unique experience of the case, which took place in her hometown of Clearwater: Her brother shared a hospice center with Schiavo in the mid-eighties as the case reached its divisive climax. This is the inspiration for his first feature film suncoast, which he wrote and directed. Set in the same time and place, this film is a drama that wears its dirty little heart on its sleeve. Beautifully filmed and acted, it refuses to take sides in one of the most controversial modern debates, and it’s all the better for it. , Lena W. (full review)

Where to stream: Hulu

youth without youth (Francis Ford Coppola)

anticipation for Metropolitan So much so that you’d think Francis Ford Coppola hasn’t made a movie since Dracula, It’s largely his latest appreciation of cinema that’s caught the public eye, and although I wouldn’t pretend his recent-ish digital trilogy–youth without youth, DownheartedAnd in the hands of, all released between 2007 and 2011 – it’s just as acceptable as their ’70s classics or ’90s crowdpleasers, they’re also, to a tee, sui generis weird objects that cinephilia increasingly Not only punches big swats but also lifts one up. The canonical masterwork. His epic decades in the making is coming soon Youth Coming to the Criterion Channel is a symbol of high times: the latter still looks like nothing else, and the story of a genius attempting to undo the forces of time may well and truly predict what’s about to happen. Is. If this does not happen, then there is no need to worry-Youth Even more can endure as an extraordinary figure in this great American filmography. – Nick N.

Where to Steam: Criterion Channel

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