Terence Davies, Miami Vice, Fire Island, Freddy got fingered 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.

Camera (David Cronenberg)

One of David Cronenberg’s most haunting projects contains no explosive heads or freshly formed orifices. 2000s Camera instead turns its sullied digital lens on an aging comedian, his depressed musings compounded by the fastest tempo Cronenberg has ever led. A key element of the canon which is nevertheless passed over in silence, and Le Cinéma Club presents it, free of charge, for a week as Future Crimes arrived. – Nick N.

Where to stream: The Cinema Club

fire island (Andrew Ahn)

fire island is above all a story of Pride and Prejudice. In the same spirit as clueless, the masterful modernization of another Jane Austen novel, Ahn and writer/co-director Joel Kim Booster have updated the classic romance novel with a new twist. Reversing the scenario of the 19th century English tale involving straight white people, fire island marks an all-queer, racially diverse take on the 21st century. Focusing on Noah (Booster) and Howie (Bowen Yang), Asian American gay best friends who take their annual vacation to Fire Island with a group of their other friends, they are in search of sunshine, alcohol and good sex, not expecting love to be on the horizon. – Logan K. (Full Review)

Where to stream: Hulu

Freddy got fingered (Tom Green)

Picture this: A troubled young man, prone to zoophilic outbursts, returns to his family home in Portland, Oregon, after being laid off from a factory job in Los Angeles. His father berates and belittles him, often leaving his mother to tremble in fear. He strikes up a relationship with a nurse in a wheelchair whom his father describes as “crippled” and a “retarded bitch”. Tired of being abused, the young man invents a lie during a family therapy session: that his father sexually abused his younger brother, Freddy. The brother is interned in a home for abused children, their mother leaves home and the young man learns to channel the family trauma into art. So imagine this: The synopsis offered above isn’t for an austere European arthouse drama, but for a $14 million comedy distributed by 20th Century Fox written by, directed by and starring featured Canada’s most famous comedian for an MTV prank show. – Matthew DL (read his full interview with Tom Green)

Where to stream: Hulu

Friends and strangers (James Vaughan)

Nothing happens at James Vaughan Friends and strangers the same way nothing happens in Hong Sangsoo’s movies. The people who navigate this haunting feature debut (a bustling pantheon of 20-something Australians plus the occasional adult) meet and talk; couples come together and separate; plans are shared and quickly abandoned. But even a non-event can have its own sense of the event, and even a maze of chance encounters can reveal its own clever design. Populated by young adults in search of a coherent identity, Friends and strangers behave like them. It’s a film of detours, digressions and everyday surrealism – a film that draws its disturbing allure from the anguish that arises when you realize that the path you have traveled is no longer paved and the future in which you venture will be entirely your own making. – Leonard G. (Full Review)

Where to stream: MUBI (free for 30 days)

miami vice (Michael Mann)

I challenge you to find a movie that’s more assuredly cool than miami vice. I challenge you to find a movie that’s more in love with itself than miami vice. I challenge you to find two characters cooler than Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell as Ricardo Tubbs and Sonny Crocket (respectively) in miami vice. This movie burns with the fire that only those who are truly oblivious can embrace, and every scene drips with style and grace. The violence is sudden and real while still managing to be thrilling and electrifying. Each beat is calibrated for maximum finesse, and thanks to the investment of the actors and the determination of writer-director Michael Mann, this cool is achieved. The soundtrack bangs, the sun shines and the bullets fly. This is the pinnacle of action in the new millennium. – Brian R.

Where to stream: HBO Max

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 and 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: Peacock

Terence Davies: A Retrospective

Like his last feature film Blessing hits theaters, I had the pleasure of chatting with the brilliant Terence Davies about the making of his latest work. Now the opportunity to catch up on his past work has arrived thanks to The Criterion Channel, featuring Children (1976), Madonna and Child (1980), Death and Transfiguration (1983), Distant voices, still lifes (1988), The long day is over (1992), The neon bible (1995), Of time and the city (2008), The big Blue (2011), sunset song (2015), and A quiet passion (2016).

Where to stream: The Criterion Channel

Also new to streaming

Amazon Premier


The criterion channel

100 years of Judy Garland
Billy Wilder’s 1940s
Double Indemnity
Directed by Ulrike Ottinger
music of fire
Karen Dalton: At My Pace

Micro-budget films
Queersighted: The Musical!
‘Around midnight


beach rats
The Grand Budapest Hotel
They won’t grow old
Total recall


Extraterrestrial series
The American
Burn after reading
Corky Romano
die hard s
Martha Marcy May Marlene

MUBI (free for 30 days)

Have a good day
Kanako’s world
wet sand
And then we danced


The dead
Impossible mission
Mission: Impossible 2
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol


The apartment
Assault on Compound 13
bad lieutenant
blue velvet
Proof of death
Deep coverage
Dick Tracy
The French Connection
hard target
A history of violence

hoop dreams
The immigrant
I am not here
The Ghosts of Ishmael
The long goodbye
Malcolm X
midnight cowboy
the hunter’s night
The rapidity
Starship Troopers
straw dogs
The sweet scent of success
two lovers
true romance


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