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 begins a retrospective of the director’s work this week, with Drive and Pusher both making appearances. The site still has time for new talent, though, with recently released British indie Chicken plucked fresh from cinemas.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
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.
Elizabethtown – 9th July
With Roadies now on UK TV screens, MUBI takes us back to 2005, when Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown had sentiment to spare with this tale of an unexpected romance between a young woman (Kirsten Dunst) and man (Orlando Bloom), after he goes home for his father’s funeral. Thought by some to be the worst movie ever made, it’s mostly praised for inspiring a reviewer to coin the term “manic pixie dream girl”.
Days of Being Wild – 10th July
Wong Kar-Wai’s 1990 film follows the criss-crossing lives of several lovelorn individuals in Hong Kong, with a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung and Andy Lau. If you loved In the Mood for Love, this is one to watch.
Chicken – 11th July
Freshly plucked from UK cinemas, Joe Stephenson’s Chicken stars Scott Chambers as optimistic 15-year-old Richard, who is troubled with learning difficulties, and his restless and abusive older brother. When Richard falls for 17-year-old Annabel (Yasmin Paige, Submarine), the relationship between the brothers is stretched to breaking point, family secrets are revealed and life for Richard starts to finally change direction.
The Gambler – 12th July
MUBI doubles down on gambling for the first of two bet-themed features, Karel Reisz’s The Gambler, which follows literature professor Axel Freed to Las Vegas, where a $44,000-trip with his girlfriend spins wildly out of control.
Rounders – 13th July
The gambling double-bill continues with John Dahl’s Rounders, starring a young Matt Damon as a law student who returns to his life of casinos to pay back the debt of an old friend.
Shane – 14th July
This seminal 1950s Western stars Alan Ladd as the eponymous former gunslinger, who becomes a farm hand for a frontier family and wants to put his violent ways behind him. Soon, though, his old skills are tragically required to help the village stop the terrorising ways of a ruthless cattle baron.
Drive – 15th July
“What do you do?” asks Carey Mulligan, sitting nervously in the kitchen. Ryan Gosling stands still. He says nothing. Then, after a few seconds, he smiles slowly. “I drive,” he says. That’s pretty much all there is to Drive, which follows the transformation of his loner from car mechanic into Man with No Name. It’s a self-aware mix tape of Taxi Driver, a Western, and classic 60s European thrillers, but Drive has a pace all of its own.
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
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
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Available until end of: 12th July
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Available until end of: 13th July
Stop Making Sense
Available until end of: 14th July
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets
Available until end of: 15th July
Europe, She Loves
Available until end of: 16th July
There Will Be Blood
Available until end of: 17th July
Available until end of: 18th July