A Great New Film Service

FilmStruck is a new streaming service that will also host nearly the entire Criterion Collection on its platform. If that doesn’t make you want to rethink you Netflix subscription I don’t know what will.

TCM and the Criterion Collection have launched FilmStruck, that will feature a library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign, and cult films, as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews, and rare footage. For example, over the weekend I watched Truffaut’s The Last Metro, Robert Altman’s The Player, and Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise. FilmStruck hosts nearly the entire Criterion Collection for as little as Ten dollars a month.

As I started to look at the collection of films offered I realized that none of these films will ever shown up on Netflix – at least not anytime soon.

Learn more about Filmstruck at Filmstruck.com

New York Stories: Life Lessons

My friend Steve Boocks reminded me of this film the other day and it immediately took me back to seeing it the theater in the early eighties. Despite the at times forced nature of the whole artist and studio thing it still makes me tingle just watching it. The studio shoot in the top video is something that is right out of the ABEX playbook.

People will disagree, but in a very real way I miss the validity of that heroic impulse in art.

On a more superficial note: This movie and “The Big Blue” pretty much sealed my fate on my “supercrush” of Rosanna Arquette through-out the eighties.