This week on Fandor: Movies to remind us of all the reasons why we love movies.
From the culture, to the community, to the art and the technology, the stories, the style and the script, there are so many different ways to find your bliss in film. And this week at Fandor, between adding thirty-three new titles and releasing new Spotlight, FIX, and Criterion Picks collections, we now have many, many more! Here are just some of the reasons why this week has been so exciting:
We Love Foreign Cinema
It’s no secret around here that we think subtitles are your friend! Without even having to pack, you can choose from a myriad of adventures like traversing the astonishing landscape of Columbia in The Wind Journeys (pictured), following an elderly accordion player on a final quest. But why stop there? With our South American Cinema Spotlight, a kaleidoscope of experiences from all over the incredible continent await.
Foreign films can also open up new routes to the heart of the human experience, and Eskil Vogt’s Blind, a Norwegian film about the intimate struggles of a woman coping with the loss of her sight, is a prime example of how that power can be used towards truly inspiring ends. This winner of the 2014 Screenwriting Award for World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival that the Village Voice calls “a haunting puzzle of a movie, one to pick at, to unpeel, to see a second time through eyes that have adjusted to it” is now playing in theaters, but now that it’s on Fandor, it’s also playing at your house.
We Love Genre Classics
“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!” If you know that this famous quote is from George Romero’s zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, then you may just be a genre fan. If so, you can now enjoy this iconic monster movie, along with some of its (admittedly) cheesier (Creature from the Black Lagoon) and sleazier (Bloody Pit of Horror) contemporaries, for streaming at your leisure or marathoning late into the night. Pro tip: these would all make great options for an outdoor movie screening this weekend.
…And Just Plain Classics
If you like the sight of this week’s featured image, then we have one little word for you: Stagecoach. Need we say more?
We Love Directors
Film isn’t just a way to experience a new story. It’s a window into the mind of the filmmaker and their inner world. In the case of Ted V. Mikels, legendary low-budget cult auteur and iconoclastic polyamorist, that lurid world is one that has inspired everyone from Aaron Spelling to Quentin Tarantino. Now, you can learn more about Mikels and his pioneering grindhouse oeuvre in the documentary The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (narrated by the one and only John Waters), and enjoy six fresh Mikels masterpieces
We also just doubled the number of films we offer from poet, painter and filmmaker Rob Nilsson, who was also the first American director to win both the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d’Or at Cannes. While Mikels pioneered pre-grindhouse cult horror, Nilsson pioneered the Direct Action style of visual filmmaking. These two auteurs may seem to be like night and day, but the Fandor library is a place where vision is the only necessary common denominator. And we like it that way.
We Love Short Films
We love short films so much, in fact, that we just launched a channel totally dedicated to them on Vessel, a video streaming service that helps content creators of all stripes connect to their audiences. It’s a perfect pairing with our FIX filmmaker-centered initiative, which is why all of the films on our Vessel channel are FIXer made. That’s also why our latest FIX feature highlights a handful of the artists we’re promoting via this exciting new platform! All of the Vessel shorts, as well as additional films (both shorts and features) by these FIXers are available on Fandor now.
We Love Films for All Seasons
Eating seasonally is so en vogue right now – why not try to watch seasonally, as well? Movies are an amazing way to reflect on the passage of time, and our current Criterion Picks are celebrated films handpicked to go with that first hint of crisp in the air: give the films in the Back to School collection the old college try, or contemplate the reason for the long weekend with the Workers Unite collection. But don’t wait too long! Like fruit picked at the peak of freshness, you only have a limited window to enjoy these timely titles.
We Just Really Love Film
Because we think there’s lots to love about all the movies we’ve collected, this roundup doesn’t have to be the end of your cinematic explorations. Go forth, and find your own way through our thousands of potential new favorites. Happy watching and happy Labor Day! We’ll be back next week with more new finds and good news.