(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Hello, streamers. Are you ready for another round-up of great movies you can stream right now? I sure as hell hope so, or else I compiled this list for nothing. In this edition of Now Stream This, we have one of last year’s best movies, a Michael Mann masterpiece, Dustin Hoffman vs. a Nazi dentist, a modern animated classic, Richard Gere trying to solve spooky mysteries, a killer fetus, and more!
These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.
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August is a precarious month for the film industry; nestled between the blockbuster summer schedule and the advantageous awards season of fall, it’s a quiet time for big budget fare. Though not quite the dumping ground of, say, February, it’s mostly a breather month – a calm before the prestige storm, and where studios can test their less-trusted properties.
It may evade easy categorization, but August can be a stellar month for film. It’s the season of R-rated comedies, violent road movies, and experiments. Some of the best mainstream films of the last 25 years came out in Leo season. We chose 15 of our favorite August releases, films that exceeded expectations – some economically, some critically, and some that linger on for less discernible reasons.
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If you’re a Quentin Tarantino fan, then you know that there are tiny connections that link all of his movies together so that they all exist in the same universe. Tarantino actually clarified how these connections work earlier this year after The Hateful Eight was in wide release:
“There are actually two separate universes. There’s the realer than real universe, and all the characters inhabit that one. Then there’s this “movie” universe, so From Dusk Till Dawn and Kill Bill take place in this special movie universe. Basically, when the characters from Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction go to the movies, Kill Bill and From Dusk Till Dawn is what they go see.”
Now a stylish new video illustrates perfectly and entertainingly how all these movies are connected by jumping back and forth between them. There are even some of the more subtle references that you may have never picked up on, including some stuff from one of Tarantino’s “lost” movies.
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Have you ever flipped your TV to a movie and been delighted it was one of those presentations with facts that pop up on the screen? If so, you might want to know about a new site just launched that provides that sort of presentation all the time.
The site is called Yeah! and is run by AMC Networks, which own AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films. Basically, the site allows you to stream movies like Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pulp Fiction, and This is Spinal Tap. Along with each film are 400-500 pieces of new, original context and facts that appear on the screen during the film. Check out a video and read more below. Read More »
As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.
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Writers will tell you one of the best ways to improve yourself is to read other people’s writing. So, for an aspiring screenwriter, reading a ton of scripts is an excellent exercise. It’s one that John August, writer of Go, Charlie’s Angels, Big Fish and The Nines (which he also directed) knows well. As a freshman at the University of Southern California, August was reading almost a script every other day and writing coverage of each, both for class and an internship. “Coverage” is basically a book report written for a superior so they don’t have to read a full script themselves.
A reader of August’s blog was going through a box of papers when they came across something very interesting: August’s coverage of then seemingly unknown filmmaker Quentin Tarantino‘s script for Natural Born Killers. See and read the full document below. Read More »