Not getting your art-house fix from Netflix? Wish there were more indie films on Amazon Prime Video? Every week, we round up the new releases on MUBI, the subscription VOD service that hand-picks new and old classics from around the world.
Hot on the heels of its season of hand-picked Nicolas Winding Refn favourites MUBI continues a retrospective of the director’s work.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
Visitors – 18th July
Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity’s trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species.
The Black Balloon – 19th July
When Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in. The directorial debut of Elissa Down.
Heaven Can Wait – 20th July
A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an angel before he was supposed to die, comes back to life in the body of a recently-murdered millionaire in Warren Beatty and Buck Henry’s Oscar-winning tale of second chances.
Peggy Sue Got Married – 21st July
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1986 sci-fi comedy follows Peggy Sue. who faints at a high-school reunion, only to find herself waking up in the past. A neat double-bill with Heaven Can Wait.
Only God Forgives – 22nd July
Ryan Goslin and Nicolas Winding Refn teamed up again after Drive to make Only God Forgives. If the former lightly tip-toed around the discotheque of darkness, then this is an all-out Danse Macabre. A gnarly and lubricious film that lambadas its way through an assortment of big themes like honour, masculinity and Oedipal rage. With karaoke.
Swingers – 23rd July
Written by and starring Jon Favreau, and featuring a dazzling turn from Vince Vaughn, Swingers follows a bunch of wannabe actors, who become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene. Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the biz, while director Doug Liman (with a budget of just $200,000) launches careers and iconic catchphrases with warm, laid-back charisma.
The Last Detail – 24th July
Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way, in Hal Ashby’s 1973 comedy.
It’s Such a Beautiful Day – 25th July
Don Hertzfeldt’s third and final chapter to Everything Will Be OK follows Bill as he finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems. If you had your mind blown by his opening to The Simpsons in recent years, but you’ve never ventured further into his back catalogue, be prepared to be dazzled by the Oscar-nominated animator.
On the Waterfront – 26th July
“You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” Marlon Brando is sensational in this drama about an ex-boxer working in the docks of New Jersey. When another worker is murdered before he can testify against corrupt union bosses, Terry takes a stand. Director Elia Kazan has rarely been better. And given he also gave us A Streetcar Named Desire and East of Eden, that’s saying something.
Fat City – 27th July
MUBI continues its run of down-and-out losers with another boxing-themed flick. This time, it’s John Huston’s 1972 drama, starring Stacy Keach and Jeff Bridges, about a washed-up fighter, who tries to show a young hopeful the ropes.
My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding-Refn – 29th July
What better way to complete a season of Nicolas Winding-Refn films than with a candid look at the man himself? Here, his wife, Liv Corfixen, documents her husband, as he makes Only God Forgives (also on MUBI UK) in Thailand.
A monthly subscription to MUBI costs £4.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial. For more on Nicolas Winding Refn’s season – and for MUBI’s interview with the director, click here.
Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until end of: 23rd July
Available until end of: 24th July
Available until end of: 25th July
Available until end of: 26th July
Available until end of: 27th July
The Tailor of Panama
Available until end of: 28th July
Available until end of: 29th July
Available until end of: 30th July
La Dolce Vita
Available until end of: 31st July
Available until end of: 1st August