Welcome to our new series: “Art Films at Home” with Virtual Vinegar Hill Theatre! We’re gathering movie recommendations that you can watch at home for free or cheap. Hope this helps you make the best of staying at home <3
April 7: Anna’s Picks
1. Rebels of the Neon God (1992) – young listlessness in ‘90s Taiwan. Tsai Ming-liang’s first feature, on Kanopy.
2. Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) – Contemplate life with Cléo, in real time. One of Agnès Varda’s most famous films, on Kanopy.
3. Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) – Takashi Miike’s partly claymation murder musical. Free on Tubi.
Anna is a film programmer at VHT and teaches at @cvillelighthouse. While quarantining, she’s taking care of foster cats and is excited for morel season in VA.
April 9: Alazar’s Picks
1. Beasts of No Nation – A Cary Fukunaga classic; the story centers on Agu, a child soldier, who is forced to join a civil war in a fictional African country. A harrowing tale about adolescence in the face of war-torn frontlines. [Streaming on Netflix]
2. Shadows – John Cassavetes’s directorial debut; Shadows is a jazz-scored improvisational film that explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City. [Streaming on Kanopy]
3. Pickpocket – Pickpocket revolves around Michel, a man who resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival after the death of his mother. A French masterpiece and early inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s first feature film: Following. [Streaming on Kanopy]
Alazar writes, directs, and produces films while earning a degree in English Literature from UVA! Pictured is the artist’s home TV.
April 13: Freddie’s Picks
You may have seen @vibravoid DJing from his formidable vinyl collection before screenings here at VHT! While we wait to party again, have a look at Freddie’s film recs:
1. Poison (1991) – This highly ambitious early work from Todd Haynes provided new insights into the time we are all living in: A world of power, ostracism and diseases. [Free on Tubi]
2. Metropolitan (1990) – A delightful salute to East Side Manhattan’s Christmas balls and afterhours. I miss New York City as much as Whit Stillman does. [Streaming on Hulu/Criterion Channel]
3. Terrorizers 恐怖分子 (1986) – Edward Yang’s most radical presentation on modern life and beyond. Another milestone in New Taiwanese Cinema. [Streaming on Kanopy]
Freddie hosts Point of Departure on @wtjuradio Monday nights from 9-11 pm.