It has become more difficult than ever: to keep an overview of what exactly appears where and when and what is worth viewing. Now that the cinemas are also closed, one more filter has disappeared, but that does not mean that no new films will appear. On the contrary: there is a whole proliferation of films that can be viewed on all kinds of platforms. We give some tips for those who can no longer see the forest for the trees.
At the alternative platform Please Release Me, they are giving us a nice gift this week: until November 27th Bait free to watch. Please Release Me has been trying to pay attention to films that never made it to theaters with us. After all, just because a film did not find a distributor that it is not worth watching. In England, for example, Bait won the BAFTA for the best British debut. Director Mark Jenkin made an uncompromising film that he called the feel from a film from the 1940s. It gives the story of two fishermen trying to survive in an industry that is almost dead, more symbolism.
2. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (Streamz +)
Things are not going well for Tom Hanks in 2020: he was one of the first celebrities who became known in March that he had corona. As if that was not enough, his films are no longer in theaters. The submarine drama Greyhound went down ingloriously on AppleTV +, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood skipped the halls and also his next collaboration with Captain Philips director Paul Greengrass – News Of The World – will not be seen in the cinema, but will land on Netflix.
Again: just because a film doesn’t get a release doesn’t mean it can’t be worth it. In A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Tom Hanks plays the well-known children’s program host Fred Rogers who, in the cynical journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys from The Americans) feels a lot of unresolved pain. This is a wonderful film for the end of the year, about forgiveness and seeing the good in every person.
3. Small Ax: Mangrove (Amazon Prime)
Also Steve McQueen, director of, among others Shame, Widows and 12 Years A Slave, has not exactly been idle recently. He has shot five films that are grouped together on Amazon Prime under the title Small Ax. It concerns five stories inspired by true stories about resilience. Each of the films tells a different story about London’s West Indian community.
The first story is called Mangrove and is about police harassment in Notting Hill opposite Frank Crichlow, the owner of The Mangrove restaurant in the same neighborhood. After several raids, Frank and other frequent visitors are accused of sedition. The defendants – including some activists – decide to fight in court. There is more than one resemblance to the recent Netflix movie The Trial Of The Chicago 7, but where Aaron Sorkin excels in dialogue, you see that Steve McQueen is more of a man of the movies. We especially remember the rendition of Letitia Wright, which we still know as Shuri from Black Panther.
Small Ax can also be followed on television on the channels of BBC and BBC First (in basic package of Telenet with Dutch subtitles)
4. Lynn + Lucy (for rent via Telenet à la carte, Sooner and myLum)
Lynn + Lucy starts as a story about two childhood friends who visibly have a hard time in life. One (Lynn) became a mother at a young age, Lucy continued to party a little longer, but has now also given birth to a child. The two are still close friends and also live opposite each other. Until a dramatic event puts a firm strain on the friendship between the two. You are left with a lump in your throat.
5. Corpus Christi (for rent through Sooner and myLum)
This Polish film was nominated for an Oscar last year and that is only right. We also really enjoyed the story of young Daniel who has the desire to become a priest but cannot be admitted to a seminary because of his heavy criminal record. Due to circumstances he sees the opportunity to take the place of a real priest. A priesthood that begins with a lie gives Daniel an opportunity to do much good. Until things go wrong again, of course.