Every month the film fanatics at Fandor offer five hand-picked movies to all Sling TV subscribers: docs that make you smarter, dramas that draw you in, top-notch comedies, cult favorites, and more — for a limited time only. Every month, the selection gets refreshed with all new titles! Here’s what to watch from July 15 – August 15:
Meek’s Cutoff dir. Kelly Reichardt, 2010
Whether or not you’re a part of the generation who group up playing The Oregon Trail on their Apple II, you will be gripped and shaken by this story of a family struggling in the Western frontier. Starring Michelle Williams, who just appeared in Reichardt’s newest movie Certain Women and has been working with the director since 2008’s Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff is an epic, award-winning historical drama set against the epic backdrop of the Oregon High Desert.
Kung-fu Master! dir. Agnes Varda, 1988
The ridiculously gorgeous Jane Birkin (namesake of the iconic Hermès bag) plays a forty-year-old woman who falls in love with an arcade-game-obsessed teenage boy: Yes, this movie is very French, but it’s not as lurid as it sounds. Don’t let the controversial premise deter you from its tender, empathetic explorations of love, innocence, and aging! Birkin’s adolescent daughter is played by her real-life daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, Nymphomaniac), and director Varda’s own son plays the object of Birkin’s strange affection.
Trust dir. Hal Hartley, 1990
A cult classic from the Gen-X-era arthouse — before quirk went corporate and before Mumblecore went mainstream — about a pregnant teen with nothing left to lose and an electronics repairman with a shoulder full of chips, adrift together in a Long Island town. Mixing earnest and absurd flourishes in equal measure, Trust is the second and most widely beloved feature from Hartley, who is known for his kooky plotlines, deadpan dialogue and waxings philosophical.
Dark Horse dir. Todd Solondz, 2011
Leave it to the twisted mind behind nasty delights like Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness to make us root for an underachieving man-child with a yellow hummer, an eBay addiction, and a total lack of self-awareness! But that’s just the power of Todd Solondz, who with Dark Horse proves once again that he’s the master of so-wrong-it’s-right. At thirty-five and still sponging off of his suburban parents (Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken), the bitter, unmotivated Abe is suffering from a serious case of Failure to Launch. When he meets the heartbroken and heavily medicated Miranda (Selma Blair), he sets out to make her misery fall in love with his company. And it works….kind of. Bonus: The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi is Miranda’s ex.
Living in Oblivion dir. Tom DeCillo, 1995
Long before The Station Agent and Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage debuted his burgeoning on-screen talents in a scrappy, low-budget indie about the trials and tribulations of making….a scrappy, low-budget indie. On this shoot, Steve Buscemi is the idealistic director, Catherine Keener is the cynical leading lady, Dermot Mulroney is the pretentious cinematographer, and Murphy’s Law rules the day (and the dream sequences). For its deftly clever and darkly hilarious script, which bends reality to craft a love letter to the highs and lows of the filmmaking biz, this meta-comedy won a screenwriting award at Sundance.
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