Fans of cinema both classic and arthouse are still stinging from the closing of “Film Struck” a few months ago. If you’re still aching for something completely different from the mainstream, I offer you the alternative of “Film Movement.” I’ve been cognizant of Film Movement for years now and have always intended to subscribe to the service. “Film Movement” was established in 2002 as mainly a DVD of the month club that mailed DVD’s to respective subscribers. These days while the DVD Club is still available, “Film Movement” is more of a subscription service that streams movies to subscribers much in the realm of Netflix, except the movies you’ll find here are nothing like you’ll find in the mainstream.
“Film Movement” is primarily a service for cineastes that love movies that challenge them and are completely outside the box. The service of “Film Movement” thrives of offering movies that you can’t find almost anywhere, and there are even movies offered up that they’ve distributed themselves. The user interface for “Film Movement” is quite good, and very easy to navigate and the folks behind the service try to offer something completely unique. Rather than offering up films divided by Horror, or Drama, or TV, there are a ton of niche categories for folks with distinct tastes in forms of cinema that are touch to find.
It was tough to mine through everything they had to offer, but I imagine anyone willing to spare a few days, you might find a dozen or so films that will keep you binging with delight. Among some of the better categories, there’s a list films touted as New York Times Critics’ Picks. There are also Erotic films, Asian films, LGBTQ films, there’s a whole list of films Directed by Women, as well as Latin American Cinema, and Jewish Cinema. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, as the library for Film Movement is incredibly diverse, original, and often times out of the ordinary. There’s even a short film section for folks that appreciate the medium.
Among some of the favorites I noted in the library, there’s “Once Were Warriors” a wonderful drama from New Zealand about a dysfunctional family destroyed by domestic abuse. There’s “Scarlet Diva,” the fascinating semi-autobiographical drama about the life and career of Asia Argento, and Takeshi Kitano’s 1990 crime drama “Boiling Point,” as well as the 1985 apocalyptic classic “The Quiet Earth.” I especially enjoyed Jody Kramer’s adorable short film “Don’t Tell Santa You’re Jewish” about a Jewish girl who is terrified her visit to Santa will end in disaster. There are a slew of movies in the library, and subscribers can still visit the Film Movement DVD Shop where members are offered discounts on physical media titles.
Like many streaming services, there’s a new title every month or so, and this December, Film Movement will premiere “The Great Silence,” the Klaus Kinski starring classic Spaghetti Western from director Sergio Corbucci’s with a new 2K restoration. There’s also “The Sissi Collection” a trilogy of period dramas starring Romy Schneider, who plays head strong Sissi, a young girl who travels around the world experiencing drama within her royal family. “Film Movement” is a great alternative for movie fans bored with the same stock movie titles streaming services offer in the mainstream, and will most definitely provide you with something you’ve likely never seen before.
“Priced at $5.99 per month with a free 14-day trial, the SVOD subscription service, currently available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, mobile (iOS and Android), and Chromecast, offers consumers immediate access to 250 festival favorite feature films and 100 short films.” You Can Subscribe Here Today!
Full Disclosure: We were offered the opportunity to sample the “Film Movement” streaming service, but the opinions presented here are my own.