Hotel Mumbai (2018)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

This is a surprisingly well-constructed dramatization of the 2008 terror attacks. It does not pull any punches, so be prepared for a lot of graphic violence. The bloodshed is balanced with mostly-believable human stories. Hotel Mumbai manages to shine some light on a story that I didn’t know nearly enough about before watching.

Available on Blu-ray from Universal.

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Let the Right One In (2008)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

Most seasoned horror nerds have seen this already. However if you’re 21 right now, you were only around 9 when it was released. Also good spooky movie choices on Hulu are few and far between. If you happened to have missed this one, get on it. Let the Right One In is a very artistic and emotional vampire movie of the highest order. The film is deliberately paced, so watch with some patience.

Available on Blu-ray from Magnolia.

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Border (2018)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

The fact that this exists gives me hope for the future of film. The less you know about it, the better. It is Anomalous Cinema in almost every possible way.

Available on Blu-ray from Universal.

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13 Assassins (2010)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

This is easily the best recent samurai film, and it’s also one of my top choices among Takashi Miike’s output. 13 Assassins is fast-paced, well made, and features awesome performances. No, it doesn’t have many of the transgressive aspects that this director is known for, but I barely noticed. This film kicks major ass from start to finish.

Available on Blu-ray from Magnolia.

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May 2020 Streaming Movie Picks

Here are some Anomalous Cinema approved picks for May, 2020 that are streaming on Amazon Prime, Netflix, or Hulu. All titles are linked to their imdb page. These are not all new to their respective services, but they are good to great films that I personally enjoyed.

Yes, several of these are seemingly obvious choices. That is why they’re here, and not a featured recommendation. Also, I’ve met a lot of younger people that have never seen movies I consider essential (Taxi Driver, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, etc).

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Recommended movies streaming on Amazon Prime – updated 6.1.20
Blind Woman’s Curse

Bloodsport (also on Netflix)
Capote
The Dead Zone (just added 5.1)
Downfall
The Final Countdown (just added 5.1)
Gods and Monsters
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (also on Netflix)
The Lighthouse
The Mutilator
Paths of Glory
Train to Busan (also on Netflix)
Wake in Fright

Recommended movies streaming on Netflix
Bloodsport (also on Amazon Prime)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (also on Amazon Prime)
I Am Divine (just added 5.1)
Inglorious Basterds
It Comes At Night
Let It Fall
Overlord (also on Hulu)
The Runaways
Taxi Driver
Train to Busan (also on Amazon Prime)

Recommended movies streaming on Hulu
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
The Descent
Overlord (also on Amazon Prime)
Tickled
Walking Tall (just added 5.1)

Happy viewing. -Jonathan

Mother (2009)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

Years before Parasite, Bong Joon Ho first got my attention with this very good thriller. Out of all of the director’s work, this is the standout aside from his Oscar winner. Lead actress Hye-ja Kim is absolutely spot-on. Hulu has several Bong Joon Ho films available right now FYI.

Available on Blu-ray from Magnolia.

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Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)

Streaming on Amazon Prime and Hulu | imdb | trailer

Updated 4.24.20

I got grounded for sneaking in to see this back in 1988. Yes it’s a bit cheesy at times, but this film is extremely dark, and even more extremely violent. I personally like this better than the original Hellraiser. You get all you need to know about the story in the prologue, so just dive in. It’s not the greatest transfer, but it’s in 1080p HD. What bothers me is the fact they didn’t finish this storyline, and made a horrendously bad part three. Don’t let that stop you from seeing this as the plot is wrapped up satisfyingly enough by the end.

FYI – I originally posted this months before I got a copy of the Arrow Blu-ray. I compared it to the version on Amazon (I’ll assume it’s the same as Hulu) and the difference is pretty stunning. The Arrow version looks better in every way. It has more detail, better color, you name it. That said, if you’re a fan on this movie, get the Arrow Blu-ray. The extras alone are worth the investment.

Available on Blu-ray from Arrow.

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Blazing Saddles (1974)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

You haven’t already seen the arguably the best comedy ever made? Shame. Oh and if you were born before 2000, get ready to have your sense of decorum shaken. Mel Brooks talks about that here.

Available on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video.

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Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

This is the first film based on the popular Danish book series by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It’s a well-made crime thriller that borders on Law & Order level cheese, but is thankfully saved by it’s grit and stylishness. The sequel, titled The Absent One, is also streaming on Hulu, but I haven’t checked it out yet. Judging by the imdb ratings, it’s on the same level as Keeper, so I will definitely be watching it.

Not available on domestic Blu-ray.

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Killer Joe (2011)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

This is a very dark, but funny film based on a stage play. It’s so ugly and violent Matthew McConaughey almost threw the script in the trash. Almost. I’m glad he didn’t. Killer Joe is a unique movie that I definitely enjoyed.

Available on Blu-ray from Lion’s Gate.

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