(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)
The Movie: If Beale Street Could Talk
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: Barry Jenkins directed this heartbreakingly beautiful story of Fonny (Stephan James) and Tish (KiKi Layne), young lovers living in 1970s New York City who are trying to carve out their version of the American Dream. When Fonny is wrongfully arrested for a crime by a bigoted police officer, a pregnant Tish does whatever she can to try to prove his innocence.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Will I get canceled by my fellow cinephiles for saying that I like this movie more than Jenkins’ Best Picture-winning Moonlight? Stay tuned to find out! Read More »
Hello to all you physical media fiends out there. As usual, I’ve rounded up the best of the best in home entertainment just for you. This week, we have If Beale Street Could Talk, Vice, a new 4K release of the 1989 Pet Sematary, On the Basis of Sex, and, yes, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. These are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Need something to watch on one of the many streaming services out there? Then you’ve come to the right place. This week, we have the latest masterpiece from Barry Jenkins; a Stephen King adaptation to watch before a new remake; one of the best from the late, great Larry Cohen; and much, much more. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!
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Year after year, I hear cinephiles issue the same complaint: “Why aren’t there more original movies?” Why, film fans wonder, is the box office landscape littered with sequels, reboots and superhero movies? The answer is simple: when original movies do hit theaters, no one sees them. Case in point: Annapurna Pictures, one of the most original motion picture companies out there today, had a whole slew of great movies last year. And guess what? Every single one of them, except one, was a box office bomb.
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The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards were last night, honoring the best in independent cinema before Hollywood gathers for the Academy Awards. Even though some movies that ended up nominated for Oscars took home trophies last night, the best thing to come out of the 2019 Indie Spirit Awards winners was the love shown to If Beale Street Could Talk. The film from Barry Jenkins movie that didn’t get anywhere near the amount of accolades it deserved from the Academy Awards, but last night it took home Best Feature and Best Director, not to mention further affirmation of Regina King‘s work as Best Supporting Actress.
Get the full list of 2019 Indie Spirit Awards winners below. Read More »
One of the best movie scores of the year, Nicholas Britell‘s If Beale Street Could Talk, is receiving two gorgeous new vinyl releases from Lakeshore Records and Invada Records, and we have an exclusive look at the artwork below. The vinyl editions will be released in vintage period inspired album designs. Check out the art, and other details of the If Beale Street Could Talk vinyl release below.
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Overnight, our friends across the pond announced the 2019 BAFTA nominations, the equivalent of the Academy Awards in the United Kingdom honoring the preceding year in film. It should come as no surprise that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts was more than ready to show plenty of love for The Favourite, a truly British film in every sense of the word. The film led the pack with 12 nominations, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Director, and nods for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for their incredible performances.
How did the rest of the 2019 BAFTA nominations shake out? Check out the full list below. Read More »
Green Book won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay at last night’s awards show, and that particular train seems like it’s going to continue chugging all the way to the Oscars. Peter Farrelly’s film starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen is one of several 2019 WGA Award nominees, joining films like A Quiet Place, Roma, Eighth Grade, and Vice as contenders for the Writers Guild trophy.
Read all of the nominees below, including the films that were nominated for best documentary screenplay and the games that earned a nod for outstanding achievement in video game writing.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
While most of 2018 has brought pure madness around the world, we can take solace in the fact that this year also brought us plenty of great movies. Though I’ll admit that I didn’t see nearly as many as I wanted, I still found myself wowed over and over again by a wide variety of cinema, from some of the year’s biggest blockbusters to the most beautiful, elegant dramas.
So without further adieu, let’s get into my Top 10 Films of 2018. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, we take a look at some of the highlights from last night’s 76th annual Golden Globes, honoring achievements in film and television from the year 2018. Watch Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh‘s opening monologue where they brutally roast some of Hollywood’s finest, see Jeff Bridges‘ acceptance speech for the Cecil B. deMille award, and more. Read More »