Streaming Cat Blues

It’s not looking good for local theaters big and small. Cinemark plans to reopen their theaters on July 1—but even that seems suspect. They hope to get things up and running for Christopher Nolan’s latest, Tenet, still scheduled for a July 17 opening.

Disney feels similarly, they’re waiting until July 24 for Mulan, and pushing the majority of their 2020 releases to fall and winter dates. And those are just the big movies, for the art house theaters and the art house movies, who knows.

Nothing looks quite as foolish as a prediction in a pandemic, so you’re probably better off resigning yourself to the couch for another month or two. At least, as far as moviegoing is concerned. It’s a double-edge sword: The thrill isn’t nearly as grand, but the options can’t be beat. From Boulder Weekly Vol. 27, No. 32, “Streaming cat blues.”

As 2010 drew to a close, TV preacher and Biblical mathematician, Harold Camping, predicted the world would end on May 21, 2011. Or on Oct. 21, 2011. Whichever. Most saw him for the crackpot he was, but those “Save the Date” billboards sure did scare the crap out of a lot of people. And from public panic to Camping’s calm, Zeke Piestrup’s documentary is positively captivating. It seems like you can’t go a decade without a good end-of-the-world scare. On Amazon Prime

Coronavirus canceled this month’s Brakhage Center Symposium. It’ll probably cancel the two remaining Celebrating Stan programs this semester as well — damn coronavirus. Need your Brakhage fix? Stream Jim Shedden’s documentary about the experimental filmmaker and CU-Boulder professor for free on Vimeo, and let Brakhage set you right.

Ryota is a successful novelist, but he’s also a louse of a son, a failure as a spouse and a flop as a father. But he needs a place to stay. Typhoon’s a-coming and his mother, ex-wife and estranged son will have to let him ride it out in their cramped little apartment. It’s quiet, sweet and surprisingly hopeful — just the sort of story you’d expect from Japanese maestro, Hirokazu Kore-eda. His latest, The Truth, will hit theaters after this storm passes. Until then, give After the Storm a stream via Kanopy.

Winner of the 2019 Oscar for Best Documentary, American Factory tells the tale of a shuttered Ohio auto plant brought back to life thanks to Chinese investors (sort of). In today’s world and today’s economy, there’s no such thing as local, no matter how hard we want to believe. On Netflix.

Dong-sik Kim just needed a little extra help around the house. He’s busy working at the factory during the day, composing music at night. His wife takes care of their two kids, but when she becomes pregnant with their third, help must be hired. Enter Myung-sook, young, attractive and completely unhinged. At first, you think Myung-sook is a stock femme fatale, but then she becomes so much more. Claustrophobic and relentless, The Housemaid is the perfect intersection of noir and horror, and one of South Korea’s greatest films. Parasite got you hankering for more? The Housemaid is at The Criterion Channel.

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