This week on Fandor: What Oasis Meant, Who the Bag was Named for, Where the Arthouse Started and More.
Take a peek inside the movie equivalent of our Halloween loot bag, because every week is like trick-or-treating in the Fandor library!
Newest Scores (In Halloween Candy Terms: Full Bars)
- Jane Birkin, whispering to the camera in Jane B. par Agnes V. Jane Birkin, inspiring a mild-mannered professor on a psychedelic quest (and maybe just inspiring that 1990’s Brit-pop song) in Wonderwall. Jane Birkin, falling in quirky, unconventional love in Kung Fu Master! This week, we have Birkin, and her collaborator Agnès Varda, on the brain.
- Also on our list of obsessions this week? Hal Hartley, who is making us fall in love with his blithely mannered, dryly slapstick suburban love stories all over again now that Trust and The Unbelievable Truth (subject of this week’s featured image) are available for streaming alongside some of his later efforts. The Arthouse 90s are alive and well on Fandor!
- It may be still be two weeks until Halloween weekend, but as you can probably tell, here at Fandor, the season of scaring yourself to death is in full swing! Our Spotlight on foreign horror films is full of spine-tingling subtitled frights, and new to the library just this week, we have a classically spooky monster mash: the 1925 gothic horror essential The Phantom of the Opera as well as The Killer Shrews, Teenage Zombies and Attack of the Killer Leeches. All are perfect for enhancing your party or inspiring scary fun. Throw in a bonus “Oz-squatch” feature in the form of Throwback, continuing last week’s foray into Australia’s bonkers B-movie trove, and you’ve nearly got your creepy-crawly bases covered!
And those are just some of the new films that we have streaming this week – it’s not all jack-o-lanterns and black cats in the Fandor library this week. We’ve got thirty-seven incredible new offerings in all, so read on for less pumpkin spice and more movies to entice:
Short Cuts (In Halloween Candy Terms: Fun Size)
- My Daughter’s Boyfriend, a thirteen-minute rumination on the bonds between mother and daughter (and the threats to those bonds)
- The Horse, a brief but haunting and lyrical allegory from My Brother’s Wedding director Charles Burnett
- Blood, a punk film in the vein of Taxi Driver about a bourgeois youth’s brush with Old New York at the height of its grime
- Niezależna Republika Samosiuk, a fascinating look at the cinematic art of Polish cinematographer Zygmunt Samosiuk
- The Haircut, our latest Vessel channel short, an exercise in improvisation that puts the fun in romantic dysfunction
- Molly, a contemporary black-and-white short about a breakup, and a breakdown
- and Telephone, a desperate portrait of a desperate man
Subtitles are Your Friend (In Halloween Candy Terms: Real Licorice)
- Leaders, an exercise in Polish politics as reflected in a school election, a must-see for fans of Chinese children’s civics doc Please Vote for Me
- How it is Done, which complements the children’s political campaigns with a stranger-than-fiction account of our dystopian mediated reality
- And if you’ve had enough of politics until after election season but still want to get your non-fiction film on, try The Secret of Love, a global survey of couples and how they define that certain feeling
- Or let the gorgeous new restoration of Italian drama The Wide Blue Road sweep you up with its tale of a daredevil fisherman trying to provide for his family at all costs: a study of rugged masculinity in crisis
Enjoy the bounty of this week’s cinematic harvest, and we’ll be back next week with even more amazing film and news to share. Until then, happy watching!