FilmStruck Was Great While It Lasted

first_imgView as: One Page Slides1/201. So many streaming TV services to choose from. Where do you start?2. Netflix is still arguably the biggest name in streaming TV.3. Although it no longer has a free option, Hulu is a great streaming TV service that is worth paying for.4. From buying to renting to subscribing to individual channels, Amazon offers a bevy of streaming TV options.5. YouTube Red subscribers can watch original shows from streaming stars, but YouTube TV lets you watch actual live TV.6. Hook up a Slingbox and watch the cable and live TV you’re already paying for anywhere.7. You have to buy channels in bulk and still deal with commercials, but with DirecTV Now you get the real live TV experience delivered through streaming.8. Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service if you’re all about subtitles.9. If dubs are more your thing, Funimation Now is the anime streaming service for you.10. If you want to stream shows and documentaries that actually teach you something, go with CuriosityStream.11. AMC Premiere just focuses on current AMC shows, but for Walking Dead super fans that might be enough.12. With Boomerang, tons of retro cartoons, from Looney Tunes to Scooby-Doo, can all come back to you13. FuboTV may be the escape from cable that sports fans are looking for. It’s pricey, but being able to easily stream live sports and more from dozens of channels with only one subscription might very well be worth it.14. Brown Sugar has all of the classic Blaxploitation movies you could want and then some. It’s niche, but it’s one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen. 15. For the true cinephile, FilmStruck has a large collection of classic films from all eras and countries, including movies from the Criterion Collection.16. CollegeHumor’s Dropout provides premium streaming online laughs.17. DC Universe offers live-action adaptations of less familiar superheroes, like Doom Patrol.18. Along with presenting streaming services like Netflix and Sling through one box, Dish AirTV also lets you watch local over-the-air channels with an additional installation.19. Get a streaming media device to enjoy these services on your TV. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire Stick.20. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle 10/26/2018: Unfortunately, Warner has confirmed that FilmStruck will soon be shutting down. You can no longer sign up for new subscriptions and existing subscriptions will end on November 29. But while FilmStruck’s preservation of classic films may be over, we feel it’s important to preserve our thoughts of what made the service so cool and vital.Back when I was unemployed, I read a really cool book called Zeroville (currently maybe being turned into a movie by James Franco). It’s about a strange dude with an encyclopedic knowledge of film moving to L.A. during the height of 1970s New Hollywood artistry and debauchery. As a cinephile with a degree from film school but no job, it really struck a chord.An opening as pretentious as that was truly the only way to start this review of FilmStruck, a streaming TV service that focuses on acclaimed films from across time and the world. Many have lamented Netflix’s lack of true cinema. Hulu used to have the perfect counter with its Criterion Collection library of archived classic films. But FilmStruck, a joint venture between Criterion and Turner Classic Movies, is now where most of those great movies live online. It’s a must-have for movie lovers or anyone trying to turn themselves in Quentin Tarantino without the foot thing.FilmStruck has several pricing tiers. But you should ignore the initial, $6.99 per month plan. That only grants you access to FilmStruck’s movies, not the Criterion Collection that makes up the most exciting parts of the library. From there you can either pay $10.99 per month or a discounted $99 per year. There’s also a generous two-week free trial. In New York, you can stream Criterion movies for free with a library card, but not every film fan is fortunate enough to live here.Strangely, FilmStruck’s website requires nearly dead plugin the Flash Player be installed to stream videos. I have a lot of love for Flash, and the throwback tech feels oddly appropriate for the older films, but websites in 2017 shouldn’t be relying on Flash to play videos. Fortunately, you can also relax and watch FilmStruck on your home theater television with a streaming media device or using the slick and much more modern mobile app.What really matters here are the movies, and as long as you know what you’re getting into, FilmStruck does not disappoint. There are hundreds of movies bound to delight any film snob, from silent adventure films to Charlie Chaplin comedies to moody European reflections on love to forgotten documentaries.Without the right context, movies this academic aren’t always easy to watch or exciting for contemporary tastes. But you can trust there are great, or at least important. Don’t expect trash like Transformers. However, you also shouldn’t expect big blockbusters that are also legitimately important contributions to film as an art form like Star Wars. Also, RoboCop isn’t here even though it did receive a physical Criterion release.Even with my film education, my knowledge isn’t comprehensive enough to notice glaring omissions considering the focus on older, more obscure, and more foreign films. But I was thoroughly impressed by the library (as long as you combine FilmStruck’s and Criterion’s offerings). And you can easily see what movies are leaving or learn what’s on the way.The main page lets you browse by criteria like genre or director. At the time of this writing, it’s Terry Zwigoff week. Get hyped! You can also view Criterion Collection interviews and special features as well as short original documentaries about film produced by FilmStruck. Watch A Conversation with Peter Bogdanovich or get a brief history of LGBT cinema.But the real way to enjoy FilmStruck is to just start watching some dang movies. I tried to put together a short list of recommendations, but it was a real Sophie’s Choice (a movie that’s on the service). So here’s a longer list of FilmStruck movies you should just watch already!Putney SwopeA Doll’s HouseCity LightsSafety LastThe Great DictatorEverything by Akira Kurosawa8 ½Chungking ExpressBlood SimpleF For FakeWerner Herzog Eats His ShoeEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)EraserheadHoop DreamsHungerKoko: A Talking GorillaLe SamouraiLady SnowbloodLife is BeautifulMan Bites DogOldboyPaper MoonSolaris (The Russian version)StagecoachThe CrowThe Human StainThree Colors TrilogyWatership DownThe Wind and the Lion Movies are for everyone. That what makes them so great, they’re democratic. If you love Must Love Dogs but Ingmar Bergman leaves you scratching your head until it’s raw and bloody, there’s nothing wrong with you. However, if you absolutely adore cinema of all stripes down in your bones, if you have an opinion about film vs. digital, if you correctly recognize that Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s having so many Oscars is a tragedy, FilmStruck is the fantastic streaming service for you. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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