(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Greetings, movie watchers. It’s time for another edition of Now Stream This, where I attempt to bring you an eclectic mix of movies streaming right this very moment. This week, we have one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s best films; a fantastic horror documentary; a Steven Soderbergh flick shot on an iPhone; a horror classic; a documentary that will make you cry; a cinematic TV series; a haunted baseball field; a dark satire of the Reagan Era; killer A.I.; and an overlooked crime drama. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!
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The month of February observes Black History Month and Women in Horror Month. So, it’s fitting that the world premiere of Shudder’s first original documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror occurred on February 1. Featuring acute commentary from legendary actors, writers, and directors in the genre, Horror Noire provides critical analysis while delving into a century of genre films that utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced Black culture. Executive producers on the documentary include horror-loving academics and professionals including Robin R. Means Coleman, Ph.D, educator Tananarive Due, and Phil Nobile Jr., Editor-in-Chief of the recently resurrected Fangoria.
In a statement, director Xavier Burgin emphasizes: “I want black boys, girls, men, and women to know their creativity is valid and justified when they watch. I want them to understand the massive triumphs and struggles that have led to a landscape where we can no longer be silenced. When they look up at the screen, they see themselves. That is the greatest gift Horror Noire can give.”
This documentary is definitely a gift and here are five reasons why.
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Shudder, the subscription streaming service dedicated to horror movies, is slowly starting to create its own original content. Next up is the service’s first documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, which dives into the history of the depiction of black people in the genre and includes interviews with people like Jordan Peele (Get Out), Tony Todd (Candyman), Keith David (The Thing), and other notable creators in the genre space. Check out the trailer below. Read More »