It’s a new day, which means I’m looking at the selections in a streaming service that I have on my fingertips. I might as well write about these streaming services as a way to cough out capsule reviews of films that I’d never know I’d watch again. Film Movement Plus’ selling point is its selection of world cinema. Film Movement Plus has a classic section, including Lee Tamahori’s Once Were Warriors.
Warriors‘ A plot is about the tumultuous marriage between Beth (Rena Owen) and Jake Heke (Temeura Morrison). Depicting and performing that relationship kept both actors booked and blessed for the next four decades. And those bookings include Star Wars gigs. But it’s not just about these two characters, it also has Jake’s brother Bully (Cliff Curtis, also booked and blessed). The couple also have children like Taungaroa Emile as Boogie, who rediscovers his Maori heritage.
Film Movement Plus also has a Certified Fresh section, showing the role both of critics and streaming services in reintroducing audiences to world cinema. One of those fresh picks is Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s After The Storm, letting us enjoy all 6’2″ of Hiroshi Abe. Abe plays Ryota, an author turned gambler trying to be present for his ex-wife and son. It revels in all three of those worlds, especially Japan’s gambling culture. Which made me notice that this streaming service likes its dysfunctional dads. Although, of course, Ryota’s more redeemable than Jake.
But sometimes, Film Movement Plus has films with male characters who are young and trying to survive a hostile world. The service had help from the New York Times’ Critics to pick out some selections. That includes Theeb, where its titular character (Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat) feels the personal effects of WWI’s African theater. It shows you the flies already feasting on Theeb’s brother Hussein (Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen) and how the former chooses the mourn that loss. All of this is happening in Arabia’s deserts, showing the coexistence of beauty and death.
Those who know me know that I sometimes like my films short and sweet, and this service dedicates sections both to shorts and animation shorts. You have to scroll down for the latter, but because of that, it lets audiences discover documentary shorts like Clement Cogitore’s Les Indes Galantes. It plays music from the eponymous Philippe Rameau opera, but it shows a diverse group of French kids krumping. The stage is a weird setting for such a dance but it reminds us of the multiple contexts in which this piece exists.
I miss krump. Audiences who are nostalgic for both krump and decades worth of world cinema can find it at Film Movement Plus. Start your free trial today.
- Rated: NR, R
- Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Short, Thriller
- Directed by: Clément Cogitore, Hirokazu Koreeda, Lee Tamahori, Naji Abu Nowar
- Starring: Hiroshi Abe, Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison
- Produced by: Kazumi Kawashiro, Robin Scholes, Rupert Lloyd, Takashi Ishihara
- Written by: Alan Duff, Bassel Ghandour, Hirokazu Koreeda, Riwia Brown
- Studio: Bayt Al Shawareb, Fuji Television Network, New Zealand On Air