Not getting your arthouse 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.
From St. Patrick’s Day to a look back at Ben Wheatley’s early work, here’s what’s new and coming soon to the site this week:
Shaolin Soccer – Monday 7th March
Before Kung Fu Hustle came this equally entertaining martial arts comedy, as Stephen Chow stars as a young Shaolin follower who reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team. Football, fighting and slapstick? What’s not to like?
Jane B., par Agnès V. – Tuesday 8th March
Agnès Varda directs this portrait of both actor and singer Jane Birkin and herself in this 1988 project, which sees the filmmaker’s interviews with Ms. Birking cut together with a string of scripted scenes. The feminist film is released on MUBI to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Too Late Blues – Wednesday 9th March
John Cassavetes’ 1961 drama stars Bobby Darin as Ghost, a jazz pianist who finds himself selling out from his values to become famous after he falls for a beautiful singer.
Turtles Can Fly – Thursday 10th March
Set near the Iraqi-Turkish border, Bahman Ghobadi’s film follows Soran, a young boy who installs an antenna for the local villagers hoping to hear the broadcast of Saddam Hussein’s fall.
The Age of Innocence – Friday 11th March
Martin Scorsese’s 1993 take on Edith Wharton’s novel stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Michele Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder in a resplendent take on 19th century New York, in which a young lawyer falls for a woman separated from her husband – while he is engaged to her cousin.
In Cold Blood (1967) – Saturday 12th March
Truman Capote broke ground with his controversial true crime novel when it was first published. Richard Brooks translates the tale to the screen with this 1967 drama, starring earning four Oscar nominations, including Best Director Best Music (Quincy Jones) and Best Cinematography for Conrad L Hall’s high contrast, black-and-white visuals.
Four Rooms – Monday 14th March
Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell team up to direct this anthology of takes that all take place in a hotel on New Year’s Eve – all tied together by poor Ted, the new-on-the-job bellhop…
P.S. Jerusalem – Tuesday 15th March
With the Human Rights Watch Film Festival currently underway in London until 18th March, MUBI joins in with the online release of this documentary, which sees filmmaker Danae Elon return to Jerusalem after living abroad for several years. It follows a screening of the film at the Barbican (12th March) and Picturehouse Central (14th March).
Husbands – Wednesday 16th March
MUBI continues its John Cassavetes retrospective with the addition of 1970’s Husbands, which sees a common friend’s sudden death bring three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived…
The Quiet Man – Thursday 17th March
MUBI marks St. Patrick’s Day with what it argues is the best Irish film of all time. John Ford’s 1952 classic stars John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara as an American boxer who returns to his home country and falls for a local redhead. Romance, drama, comedy and two Johns at the top of their game? It’s hard to disagree.
88:88 – Friday 18th March
The latest in MUBI’s ongoing run of global exclusives, 88:88 is the densely layered feature debut of digital cinema incendiary Isiah Medina, which tackles issues of time, love, knowledge, poetry and poverty.
Down Terrace – Saturday 19th March
A Brighton mob family try to smoke out the informant responsible for putting their son in the slammer. Of course, as the stakes are raised and the walls start closing in, it’s only a matter of time before they turn on their own.
Wheatley’s debut film is a micro-budget marvel about domestic gangsterism in middle England. Filmed in a matter of days for the cost of a packet of fags, Down Terrace does so much with very little. It’s the Argos Sopranos. Bad decisions and the banality of violence given a Pound Shop twist.
(Read our full review.)
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
The American Dreamer (read our full review here)
Available until: 12th March
Available until: 13th March
Harold and Maude
Available until: 14th March
It Happened One Night
Available until: 15th March
Divorce Iranian Style
Available until: 16th March
Available until: 17th March
The Unity of All Things
Available until: 18th March
You Can Count On Me
Available until: 19th March