Stars at Noon, Dark Glasses, Piggy, The Northman and more

Each week, we highlight notable titles that have recently hit streaming platforms in the United States. Check out this week’s picks below and past roundups here.

center stage (Stanley Kwan)

After breaking up with Jackie Chan in Police Story and ahead of her iconic roles in the films of Wong Kar-wai and Olivier Assayas, Maggie Cheung delivered one of the best performances of her career in Stanley Kwan’s lush, definitive and boldly crafted biopic. center stagealso known as Actress. Now beautifully restored in 4K from the original negative and approved by Kwan himself, the film follows Cheung as iconic silent film star Ruan Lingyu, who died by suicide aged 24 in 1935 after a tumultuous private life that frequently fed the vicious. Shanghai tabloids – and began to reflect the melodramas that made her famous. With Cheung receiving the Best Actress award at the Berlinale, the film also mixes in interviews dissecting acting and stardom, while intercutting actual footage from Ruan Lingyu’s films.

Where to stream: MUBI (free for 30 days)

Black glasses (Dario Argento)

While you watch Black glassesDario Argento’s first film in a decade, it’s nice to think back to his recent performance as an aging film critic in Gaspar Noé Vortex– a man who wistfully quoted Edgar Allen Poe’s theories on dreams as he strolled through an apartment covered in canon posters and movie trash – only to look back and see the blind protagonist of his latest film, and the young Chinese boy who became his valet, attacked by a pack of unruly river snakes. Yes, Dario Argento’s first movie in ten years is pretty fun, for a while – and no, not near his best. – RoryO. (Full Review)

Where to stream: quiver

The Jess Franco Collection

Jess Franco was a true iconoclast, channeling his deepest libidinal desires and darkest fears into films with seemingly no regard for storytelling conventions or the limits of traditional taste. Filmatique’s six-movie collection includes fan favorites vampire woman and Frankenstein’s Erotic Ritesas well as the long lost Nightmares come at night.

Where to stream: Filmatic

The last town and The lobby (Heinz Emigholz)

Canadian novelist and playwright Robertson Davies once compared the continuity of a reader’s relationship to literature to that of architecture whose appearance changes with sunrise and sunset: old age, like a beautiful building should be seen in morning light, noon and moonlight. Davies’ chorus echoes throughout the viewing The last town and The lobby, the latest films from veteran experimental filmmaker Heinz Emigholz. Although each can be seen as stand-alone, their thematic and formal ambitions are best realized as two parts of a larger whole – a concept expressed by the films themselves. – Kyle P. (Full Review)

Where to stream: Cinematic Movement+

Mediterranean (Jean-Daniel Pollet)

A key inspiration for Godard Contempt, this featurette by the little-known Jean-Daniel Pollet slips through time by reconstructing the images of an epic road trip along the Mediterranean coast. Pollet’s poetic assemblage of ancient relics, crashing waves and a Spanish bullfight – among other moving motifs – made a lasting impression on French moviegoers upon its initial release.

Where to stream: The Cinema Club

The man from the north (Robert Egger)

Whether it’s the chilling rituals of witches or a descent into turpentine-fueled hysteria, Robert Eggers’ cinema is flawlessly immersive. Trapped in the center of symmetrical frames and surrounded by immaculate production design, the only escape from the fury of its characters seems to be to leap off the screen at the audience themselves. The high oscillates between bewitching and gritty, wearing down until there is no choice but to succumb to mania and descend into madness. A considerable rise in power, his third feature film The man from the north gratefully carries a few touches of a compromised vision, delivering a bloody, visceral Viking epic that uses a simple pattern of revenge as a canvas to examine the contradictions of a hero’s journey. – Jordan R (Full review)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

porcine (Carlota Pereda)

There’s a reason Carlota Pereda films Sara (Laura Galán) urinating through her clothes as an old friend (Irene Ferreiro’s Claudia), who has wandered off to the clique bullying her , lays a bloody hand on the rear window of a serial killer’s van while screaming for help. We have to understand his fear. It’s not because Sara is a teenager who has been brutally victimized by a whole city of peers that she measures the situation and decides to let Claudia, Maca (Claudia Salas) and Roci (Camille Aguilar) die. She is afraid for her own life. What if she tries to save them and the killer (Richard Holmes) watching her from the driver’s seat just throws her in the back? So she freezes. And, to his surprise, he helps his In place. – Jared M. (Full Review)

Where to stream: VOD

private desert (Aly Muritiba)

Writer-director Aly Muritiba has said something very interesting about his new film private desert in view of his debut in Venice. He spoke of a desire for his success to not simply be of the “choir preaching” variety. Rather than hoping that an artist, who already understands the breadth of love, can find something at the heart of their love story, Muritiba wanted to open the hearts of those who are trapped under the oppressive force of the conservatism and traditionalism. This story of a conflicted police officer discovering that his online lover is not the one he thinks has the ability to connect with those who see each other in the former, not the latter. And he embraces that possibility. Some members of the public did not. – Jared M. (Full review)

Where to stream: Kino now

Rose plays Julie (Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor)

Get ready for a tense ride as writer/directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor’s Rose plays Julie never gives up its brooding sense until the welcome exhale of relief in the very last frame. Why should they consider the subject? It is a dark story dealing with a reality that too many women have lived without the means of guaranteed justice. So while it might be a spoiler to say, I’m not sure it’s possible to talk about the movie without mentioning how everything we witness is the result of a rape that happened two decades before. This event led to the birth of Rose (Ann Skelly). This forced Ellen (Orla Brady) to explicitly state that she didn’t want her daughter to reach out. And his shared pain animates them today. – Jared M. (Full review)

Where to stream: Cinematic Movement+

The stars at noon (Claire Dennis)

The stars at noon––based on a minor novel by underrated American author Denis Johnson––is Denis’ second film to be released this year, following Both sides of the blade at the Berlinale, and a slightly gritty reaction to that film has diminished some of the anticipation for this one. His latest work isn’t one that feels fully realized and realized, suggesting an utterly confident mastery of his primary source material, but it’s still deeply watchable, loaded with sex and intimacy in an unapologetic way. not for itself, and provides an alternative gloss on its key themes of postcolonial power, bodies and lives. – David K. (Full Review)

Where to stream: VOD

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