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.
This week, Nicolas Winding Refn handpicks a selection of films for MUBI to mark the release of his latest movie, The Neon Demon, in UK cinemas. Starting on Friday 1st July, the Danish filmmaker’s week-long season ranges from 1970s horror to modern monster movies, charting his influences and favourites.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
Adventureland – 27th June
Greg Mottola’s hugely likeable comedy-drama recreates the feel of the 1980s with wonderful wit and warmth – not to mention an aching appreciation for the growing pains of the graduates working over the summer in the titular, dead-end theme park. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are on top form.
Dead End – 28th June
William Wyler’s 1937 film noir, based on Sidney Kingsley’s Broadway play, follows life in New York’s East River district, where high society and lowlives rub shoulders. Humphrey Bogart stars.
The Tailor of Panama – 29th June
Pierce Brosnan impresses outside of the 007 tux in John Boorman’s thriller, based on the John le Carre novel, about a tailor (the excellent Geoffrey Rush) who reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.
Spellbound – 30th June
Hitchcock’s psychological thriller, starring Gregory Peck, sees a psychiatrist protect the identity of an amnesia patient who may or may not have committed murder. Watch out for the brilliantly surreal dream sequence, designed by none other than Salvador Dalí.
Suspiria – Friday 1st July
Nicolas Winding Refn: ‘Dario Argento’s classic is the ultimate cocaine movie. I love Giallo movies, they’re super crazy, totally mad. I really love the ones that are very colourful, they help defeat my colour blindness! Everything about this film is truly insane.”
La Dolce Vita – Saturday 2nd July
Nicolas Winding Refn: “This is probably the greatest film ever made. I was just in Rome for The Neon Demon and driving around at night brought a lot of memories from Fellini’s film. Rome is very much part of the film, and a certain romanticized Roman lifestyle. Marcello Mastroianni is just so goddamn good in it.”
Cloverfield – Sunday 3rd July
What is Clover? In short, it’s a giant monster. Where is it from? No idea. What’s its motivation? Not a clue. All we know for sure is it’s big, mean, and it can decapitate the Statue of Liberty from 50 paces. Matt Reeves’ thoroughly modern monster movie captures the immediate terror of destruction from ground level. Come for the thrills and fascinating creature design. Stay for the subtle, smart framing, which prevents us seeing too much of what’s going on.
The Curse of Frankenstein – Monday 4th July
Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee team up once more for Terence Fisher’s 1957 Hammer Horror adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.
To Die For – Tuesday 5th July
Gus Van Sant’s 1995 mockumentary stars Nicole Kidman as Suzanne Stone, a weather reporter who knows exactly what she wants – to be a television newscaster – and is willing to do anything to get it.
Le Silence de la mer – Wednesday 6th July
The inimitable Jean-Pierre Melville made his debut in 1949 with this adaptation of Jean Bruller’s novel, La Silence de la mer. Howard Vernon plays a German officer, who occupies the home of an uncle and his niece in 1941 France. They refuse to speak to him, but throughout we hear the uncle’s narration, giving voice to their silent resistance.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Thursday 7th July
Tobe Hooper’s iconic 1974 horror needs no introduction.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Husbands and Wives
Available until end of: 2nd July
Gone Baby Gone
Available until end of: 3rd July
Murder by Death
Available until end of: 4th July
Mary, Queen of Scots
Available until end of: 5th July
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Available until end of: 6th July
Available until end of: 7th July
Available until end of: 8th July
All the Real Girls
Available until end of: 9th July
The Exquisite Corpus
Available until end of: 10th July
Available until end of: 11th July