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Netflixgets most of the attention, but it's hardly a one-stop shop for cinephiles who are looking to stream essential classic and contemporary films. Each of the prominentstreaming platforms caters to its own niche of film obsessives.
From mainstream fare on Amazon Prime and Huluto the boundless wonders ofthe Criterion Channel, and esoteric but unmissable festival hits on IFC Films Unlimited and MUBI, IndieWire's monthly guide highlights the best of what's coming to every major streaming site, with an eye toward exclusive titles that may help readers decide which service is right for them.
Here's the best of the best for April 2020.Photo : A24 Amazon Prime
“The Lighthouse” Robert Eggers, 2019
Robert Eggers' Oscar-winning sea dirge is high-key brilliant quarantine viewing, the kind of film that would make anyone go a little bit mad even in “normal” times. Starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as a pair of mismatched lighthouse keepers at the edge of the world and the end of their ropes, the Cannes 2019 premiere was a PSA against bad roommates and for pristine filmmaking a year ago, but now it's more relatable than ever.
In his review, IndieWire's Eric Kohn wrote that its “amusingly offbeat flourishes speed past in rapid-fire montages and dream sequences that resist any complete interpretation. ... 'The Lighthouse' keeps coming back to the two men, the smarmy veteran and his despondent underling, as they engage in an abstract power play that can only end in doom and gloom. As a storm careens over the lighthouse and sits there, their limbo becomes a private hell.”
Sounds familiar, but with a couple of compelling twists and an ending that begs for continued conversation, it's also the kind of challenging viewing that would be worth the watch no matter the time.
Available to stream April 16.Photo : Boo Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock The Criterion Channel
“Dogtooth” Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009
Before “Greek Weird Wave” auteur Yorgos Lanthimos made his pilgrimage to Hollywood to bring his keen eye to films like “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Favourite,” cinephiles fell for his wholly unique dark dramedies like Un Certain Regard winner “Dogtooth.” This month, the Criterion Channel is unspooling a mini-marathon of early Lanthimos offerings, including his rarely seen “Kinetta” and the underappreciated “Alps,” along with his 2009 breakout, which many still regard as his best film.
If nothing else, it's the most crystallized version of his style and obsessions, a surreal, darkly funny, and wonderfully original examination of family life and society at large. That might not sound too amusing — and that's...
Last Updated: April 3rd
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Related: The Funniest Shows On Netflix Right Now1. Groundhog Day 1993 Columbia Pictures
Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 8/10
Bill Murray has some great comedies living on his resumé, but none are as iconic, or at least, well-loved as Groundhog Day. That's because watching Murray play a surly weather-man forced to relive the same day over and over again is basically a comedy goldmine of a plot. At first, Phil Murray enjoys the time loop, binge-drinking, filming some half-hearted news segments in a hick town in Pennsylvania, having one-night stands, etc, but eventually, he realizes that in order to escape his never-ending bed-and-breakfast hell, he's got to better himself, not an easy task.2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 EMI Films
Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
Even if you've never seen any of the Monty Python films, you most certainly know of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It's been quoted, memed, gif-ed, and idolized by comedy fans for generations. At its core, it's a parody of the legends of King Arthur and his knights. It's stocked with an impressive cast — John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, etc — and its full of eccentric characters, bizarre adventures, and gut-bustingly funny jokes. Think failed Trojan Rabbits, modern-day murder investigations, animated monsters, and musical numbers. Intellectual midgets everywhere will love it.3. John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch 2019 Netflix
Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Comedian John Mulaney delivers another brilliantly off-kilter comedy special for Netflix, this time paying tribute to children's programming of the past with Mulaney and some friends palling around with kids for most of the 70-minute runtime. Jake Gyllenhaal gets deliciously weird as Mr. Music, and there's a tween talk show with Richard Kind, but it's Mulaney — who foregoes a script in favor of honest, insightful, darkly comedic convos with these kids — who really shines here.4. Kingpin 1996 MGM
Run Time: 114 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Kingpin is the kind of movie that could only be made in the '90s. The absurdist...