Not getting your art house fix from Netflix? Wish there were more indie films on Amazon Prime? Every week, we round up the new releases on MUBI, a subscription VOD service that hand-picks films from around the world.
This month, MUBI continues its Eric Baudelaire retrospective, delves into Tarantino’s back catalogue, whips up one of Woody Allen’s best and even catches up with Terry Gilliam.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon this week:
Kill Bill Vol.1 – 1st December
Uma Thurman is brilliantly bad-ass in the first half of Quentin Tarantino’s stylish revenge story. From the Crazy 88 to the theme tune from Ironside, the intertextuality is as thrilling as the stunningly executed violence.
L for Leisure – 2nd December
The feature debut of American indie directors Whitney Horn and Lev Kalman, this 2014 comedy follows a group of students in the 90s, who talk, nap, talk, waterski and talk.
La Chinoise – 3rd December
If you had to pick a patron saint for MUBI, Jean-Luc Godard would be top of the list. Here, the streaming service celebrate his birthday with La Chinoise, a political tale about a group of French students figuring out how to change the world.
Manhattan Murder Mystery – 4th December
Woody Allen reunited with Diane Keaton after years apart to tell a murder mystery about a neighbour who may have killed his wife. The result tackles both marital problems and crime fiction with an endearing wit. The world-weary couple match like a pair of old shoes, right down to the leather wrinkles.
The Big Heat – 5th December
Fritz Lang established himself as one of the most exciting directors in cinema history with Metropolis and M, but that talent didn’t stop once he moved to Hollywood – and this 1953 noir, starring Glenn Ford as a cop assigned to investigate a corrupt officer’s supposed suicide, proves it.
Nowhere Boy – 6th December
Sam Taylor-Johnson and future partner Aaron Johnson worked together on this 2009 drama that imagines John Lennon’s childhood and what inspired the musician.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen – 7th December
Terry Gilliam’s barmy fantasy adventure about the Baron’s supposed travels sees the director stick close to his Monty Python roots. The result is a wonderfully enchanting exploration of stories, storytelling, fantasy and reality.
Children of Heaven – 8th December
Majid Majidi’s amusing 1997 film sees Ali lose his sister’s school shoes, only for them to come up with a charming solution: share his and hope nobody notices.
My Winnipeg – 9th December
Just as Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room heads to cinemas (and Curzon Home Cinema) on Friday 11th December, MUBI takes us back to his 2007 portrait of his home town in Manitoba.
Nuit et Jour – 10th December
Hong Sang-soo’s 2008 film sees the director head abroad as he follows a Korean man escaping a jail sentence and felling to Paris, where he falls in love over and over.
Snatch – 11th December
D’you like dags? Guy Ritchie’s cockney gangster output inspired a horde of lookalike imitators that didn’t do British crime cinema many favours, but there’s something undeniably entertaining about this swaggering sophomore flick from the 32-year-old director, which features Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, Mike Reid, Benicio Del Toro… and dags.