New to Streaming: June 11th, 2015 – Sense8, Nightcrawler, Primer and More
We round up the best of what’s new to streaming this week
Welcome to New to Streaming, the weekly column where we round up the best of what’s just started streaming on websites like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Turner Classic Movies, and many more. Let’s see what’s new on June 11th, 2015, shall we? First up…
I’m a big defender of The Wachowskis, even more than most than those who liked some of their post-Matrix films (Cloud Atlas was in my top 10, and I even liked this year’s mostly hated Jupiter Ascending). So feel free to take this with a grain of salt, but despite being super messy and not all that well acted, the few episodes I’ve seen so far of their new Netflix show (which they co-created with J. Michael Straczynski) are kind of amazing, stringing together 8 separate characters from across the globe and linking them telepathically in a way that is being very slowly teased out, but has led to some incredible moments (there’s a gag with a chicken and an insane car chase in the first two episodes that are both great). Like everything the siblings are behind lately it has plenty of problems, but the ambition they have is consistently admirable, be it with the $176 million they had for Jupiter or the considerably more limited recourses they have here. As a bonus, Tom Tykwer and Johnny Klimek do great work with the music of the show, and Tykwer directed a few episodes.
Nightcrawler (on Netflix)
A year ago, Dan Gilroy had a pretty weak resume, the highlights of which were writing The Fall, The Bourne Legacy, and a story credit on Real Steel. Then, his directorial debut Nightcrawler hit like a sledgehammer, with all its vicious satire and both hilarious and terrifying Jake Gyllenhaal performance. Gyllenhaal was snubbed, with only the screenplay nominated despite being excellent across the board, from Robert Elswit’s cinematography to James Newton Howard’s score.
Over 10 years ago former engineer Shane Carruth brought his $7,000 debut film Primer to Sundance and blew everyone’s minds. Arguably the most dense (and “accurate,” whatever that even really means) time travel film ever made, Primer completely holds up, even after Carruth topped himself with 2013’s similarly dense Upstream Color. Both are movies that require multiple viewings, and both are on Netflix now, so you can watch them over and over until they finally make sense.
A few other highlights:
Jon Stewart’s decent though unmemorable directorial debut Rosewater, Nicole Kidman stars in Grace of Monaco which went from opening Cannes to premiering on Lifetime, and Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary about Jerry Sandusky Happy Valley are now all on Netflix. There are also a bunch of classics on Watch TCM this week like Rashamon, To Kill a Mockingbird, M, L.A. Confidential, Annie Hall and more.