Yalitza Aparicio in "Roma." Photo credit: Alfonso Cuarón / Netflix

Streaming the 2019 Oscar nominees

The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 24. Are you caught up on the major nominees? Eight films made the cut in the category of best picture and a few of them are still in theaters, notably the offbeat royal drama The Favourite (2018, R), which came away with ten nominations, political […]

František Vláčil directs this epic from Czechoslovakia

‘Marketa Lazarova’ – Czech epic on The Criterion Channel and Kanopy

Marketa Lazarova (Czechoslovakia, 1967), an epic based on one of the revered masterpieces of Czech literature (considered unfilmmable by many), was voted the greatest Czech film ever made in a 1998 poll of Czechoslovakian film critics and professionals. Yet it is all but unknown in the U.S., rarely revived and never on home video before […]

Free Stream: Vice News presents ‘Charlottesville: Race and Terror’

On Saturday, August 12, hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead – one protester, and two police officers – and many more injured. Vice News covered the events in Charlottesville, Virginia for the HBO nightly show […]

Emmy-winning drama ‘Playing for Time’ free on Hoopla

Playing for Time (1980), based on the memoir by Holocaust survivor Fania Fénelon and scripted for television by Arthur Miller, arrived a couple years after the excellent 1978 mini-series Holocaust to present a far more intimate drama and one of the most powerful TV events of its era. Vanessa Redgrave was a controversial choice to […]

Watch This! Oscar nominated ‘4.1 Miles’ streaming free

4.1 Miles follow a day in the life of a coast guard captain from the Greek island of Lesbos who spends his days rescuing refugees fleeing their war torn countries across in often dangerous vessels across the Mediterranean. Greek-born, San Francisco-based filmmaker and journalist Daphne Matziaraki earned an Academy Award nomination for her debut short, which […]