When Hulu’s contract with Criterion expired years ago, before Filmstruck and the Criterion Channel were born, or before streaming content became a choked-out landscape for all to see, the company discreetly began extending and modernizing its film library. Classics, indie treasures, and contemporary blockbusters are all represented among Hulu’s top movies.
No matter how popular Hulu is as a streaming service for TV shows, its movie library can hold its own against the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, especially since both services seem to be grabbing hold of Netflix content that has lately been removed from their catalogs.
It’s hard to find a more outlandish love story than Fresh in today’s dating flicks. Daisy struggles with internet dating in Mimi Cave’s debut feature as a director until she meets Steve in the supermarket and they click (Sebastian Stan). When Steve’s true colors are revealed, the romantic comedy begins to unravel.
He’s not just a person who met a girl in the produce section; he also buys human meat, the most prohibited sort of meat. When Stan kidnaps women and eats their breasts or limbs, he’s surprisingly enjoyable to watch because he keeps the women alive while he does it. To get the most out of your date night, go for a movie like Fresh, but keep food for afterward.
For the most part, Flee does a good job of depicting the plight of refugees. Documentary director Jonas Poher Rasmussen collaborates with childhood buddy Amin to recount the true story of Amin’s escape from Kabul in this animated nonfiction film. Following Amin on his terrifying journey through Russia and into Western Europe via shipping container, he achieves this.
Copenhagen is where the narrative ends. Flee works so well because it is so intimate. As you relive Amin’s early years, the animation does an excellent job of transporting you back in time to the highs and lows of his experience.
This is not just a story of Amin’s difficulties; it is also a story of his triumphs. After seeing it at the Sundance Film Festival, I found myself thinking about it for days afterward. It will forever alter your perspective on the plight of refugees.
Kristen Stewart, like Princess Diana, offers a memorable performance. Because of Stewart’s heartbreaking performance as a woman trapped in a loveless marriage and with chilly in-laws, Spencer stands out among Princess Di films. In the cold, gloomy castle of Balmoral, Diana feels increasingly isolated.
When she makes a comparison to the assassinated English Queen Anne Boleyn, the locals become increasingly hostile. This novel isn’t factual about the past, but it does an excellent job of creating a tense and dramatic atmosphere. While Stewart’s Lady Di impersonation isn’t great, her sequences with Sally Hawkins and Sean Harris are enough to make this film worthwhile.
In addition to being one of the year’s best films, Pig serves as further proof that Nicolas Cage is a living legend. That great films can appear out of nowhere is also a nice reminder. Former chef Rob Cage finds solace in the Oregon woods with his truffle pig, after a tragic loss. It is only via Amir, played by Alex Wolff, that he can reconnect with the world he used to know.
It will be necessary for him to return to his previous life in Portland to recover his pig, which he sells him truffles for. The film becomes a journey through sorrow and forgiveness as Rob must come to terms with the past he has left behind with the help of Amir as his guide. The fact that this is Michael Sarnoski’s debut feature picture is still hard to believe because it’s a stunningly beautiful meditation on the sorrow that defies expectations.
La La Land
No matter how many times you see it, Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles-set musical still holds up. The error in the announcement of the winner will be remembered for a long time. Aspiring jazz musicians Seb Wilder and Mia Dolan are shown in various stages of their relationships throughout the film.
This brief, romantic affair must end because when you’re young and have career ambition, you may have to pick between your objectives and your love for someone else. La La Land lures you in with its beautiful images and great music by Justin Hurwitz. While it’s not an easy task, director Danny Boyle pulls it off brilliantly in La La Land.
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Star and Barb have a lot in common. This underrated comedy from 2021 is one of the funniest comedies you’ll see this year and one of the best comedies of the year. The plot is based on a basic premise: Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristen Wiig), longtime friends, plan to vacation in Vista Del Mar.
In addition, a supervillain plans to unleash a devastating mosquito plague on the community as vengeance. Henchman Edgar is likewise in love with her, even though she’s not interested in him.
She sends him along. In other words, it’s not going to be that simple for Barb and Star. It’s one of the craziest, most hilarious, and most good-natured comedies I’ve seen in a long time, Go to Vista Del Mar. Matt Goldberg, author.
Edmund Goulding’s Nightmare Alley was milder than William Lindsay Gresham’s work, which was published the year before. In Guillermo del Toro’s rendition, life in a traveling carnival is depicted in all its bleakness and horror.
Cooper is excellent as Stan Carlisle, a former circus performer who embarks on a solo career as a clairvoyant. Unfortunately, this leads to greed, duplicity, and outright lies, all of which could spell the end for him. It’s a dark and scary look that Del Toro brings to Nightmare Alley. Is Nightmare Alley as scary as Del Toro has ever made it?
A film like Hustlers proves that a film may be more exciting and new if it has a variety of people working on it. The film is based on Jessica Pressler’s award-winning New York Magazine article about a group of strippers who decide to take back control by “hustling” their clients to earn more cash.
These women are breaking the law, but they have little choice because they are trapped in a world and a system that doesn’t care about them. Lorene Scafaria directs this film with taste and consideration. The pole-dancing moments illustrate how physically fit and hard-working the cast is
An experienced dancer herself, Jennifer Lopez gives an engaging performance as Ramona, whose bond with student Destiny sells the tale of sisterhood. With their diverse looks, vocalists Cardi B and Lizzo bring a fresh perspective to the film’s supporting cast. As humorous as this is, the fact that these women have such a difficult time in the world and achieving success is never forgotten. Monica Mohan, author
This year’s Best International Feature Film winner Another Round begins as a lighthearted joke between four friends but quickly degenerates into a somber look at life. Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) is a typical guy who works as a teacher. As he recounts his past, he is awe-inspiring.
While Martin is content with his life, he longs for something more. It was at this time that he began to binge drink with his friends and colleagues to stay high and see the effects it had on their life. As their lives begin to disintegrate, it’s a heartwarming tale of friendship that goes sour.
In the same vein as The Hunt, which was written and directed by Thomas Vinterberg, Mikkelsen stars in and produces another excellent film. However, the dancing sequence in this film, which features Mads Mikkelsen, is a must-see in and of itself.
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It’s all here: ballet, gore, and ambition. Mystical apprehensions. Everything in Black Swan is a symbiotic relationship. In the role of Nina, a damaged but tenacious ballet dancer whose domineering teacher and mother push her to the brink, Natalie Portman’s performance drives this film. Ballet moments are shot up close, giving the audience a sense of being right there on stage with the performers (ballet IRL may never feel enough after this).
There is also a rivalry between Nina and her understudy Lily (Mila Kunis). What’s her name? Both Nina and the people in the room are curious. As a result, each time you watch the film, you’ll see something different. The point of this film is that it’s impossible to distinguish what’s real and what’s not.
The film’s goal is to make the audience feel as disoriented as Nina does. Black Swan has several frightening moments that will make you feel sick to your stomach. And yet that’s exactly why we’re here in the first place. We’re not simply observing Nina’s spiral into lunacy; she’s dragging us down with her. Rest up for the next day. Monica Mohan, author