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.
As the end of the month arrives, we can’t help but think about which films are leaving which subscription service, but on MUBI, titles leave every day – with each day’s new arrival available for 30 days. And so, without further ado, here’s what’s new and leaving soon this week:
The Expedition – Monday 19th October
Satyajit Ray’s 1962 drama follows a taxi driver, who, after having his permit suspended, finds himself ferrying drugs for a local dealer, until he comes across the gangster’s prostitute, who sees his attempts to do good.
Cold Weather – Tuesday 20th October
Indie director Aaron Katz brings us this comedy thriller about a brother and sister playing detective in Portland, after one of them (a former forensic science student) discovered a mystery that disturbs the quiet calm of their life.
[SIC] – Wednesday 21st October
MUBI begins an Eric Baudelaire retrospective with this study of the importance of images, which sees a girl toying with other people’s perceptions in a bookstore.
Hinterland – Thursday 22nd October
It is a fact of life that if your name is McQueen, you make films. The latest McQueen to make their mark wowed audiences with his indie drama Hinterland, which sees two old friends head off for a weekend in a seaside cottage where they spent their youth. Can they reconnect. The story may not be new, but the engaging performances and beautiful Cornish coast make for a charming directorial debut.
Layer Cake – Friday 23rd October
Prepare for SPECTRE by delving into Daniel Craig’s back catalogue. If you were ever in doubt about him playing James Bond, this Brit gangster flick was proof that he would be a perfect fit. Matthew Vaughn directs with enough style to set it apart from the usual Guy Ritchie-esque fare – style that would see him go on to make Kick-Ass and Kingsman.
High Noon – Saturday 24th October
“Do not forsake me, oh my darling…” Gary Cooper. Grace Kelly. High Noon is an iconic Western, but it’s a bold piece of filmmaking in its own right, from the flawed local Sheriff who must face an enemy from his past – without the support of the town’s locals – to the tense script, which builds up to the climactic 12 o’clock encounter almost in real-time.
Girl, Interrupted – Sunday 25th October
Angelina Jolie bagged an Oscar for her turn in James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted, but this drama about a woman in a mental institution has a stunning cast all round, from Brittany Murphy and Elizabeth Moss to Winona Ryder and Jared Leto.
Last Chance to Stream: Titles leaving MUBI at the end of October 2015
Deep Throat – Available until: 30st October
Have you seen Deep Throat? Either way, this documentary (narrated by Dennis Hopper) examining the infamous 1970s hit is an interesting watch.
Helen – Available until: 29th October
Ashely Judd starts in this low-key, sensitive study of mental illness. She plays Helen, a woman with a family and a career – and, underneath the perfect surface, a depression that brings her world toppling down.
The Golem: How He Came Into the World – Available until: 28th October
Everyone knows Caligari, but it arguably overshadowed this other silent German classic, which sees a Rabbi in a 16th Century Prague ghetto attempt to save his people by bringing to life a clay golem. What could possibly go wrong?
L’il Quinquin: Part 3 – Available until: 27th October
There’s nothing like a dead body at the seaside to kick off the summer holidays. If you still haven’t seen the whole of miniseries L’il Quinquin, all four parts of which have been released on MUBI this month, catch the final chapters while you can.
Kung Fu Hustle – Available until: 26th October
Stephen Chow’s fast-paced action comedy sees a wannabe gangster aspiring to join a notorious gang in 1940s Shanghai.
The Great Gatsby – Available until: 25th October
Jack Clayton’s 1974 take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel – exposing the truth behind the glamorous facade of the wealthy titular figure – may be divisive, but remains a striking watch, not least because of Robert Redford’s starring role.