Filmwell Recommends – Streaming in May

Much to consider this month. Fandor is yet again is stacked with treasured, timeless items. Mubi has Lav Diaz’s lengthy From What is Before. We live in exciting times.


Blackhat (iTunes)

Blaise Pascal (Fandor)

Bluebird (Netflix)

Blue Velvet (Netflix)

Chappie (iTunes)

From What Is Before (Mubi)

Fruitvale Station (Netflix)

Grizzly Man (Amazon Prime)

Harold and Maude (Netflix)

Inglourious Basterds (Netflix)

Internal Affairs (Netflix)

Leviathan (iTunes)

Novocaine (Netflix)

The Double Life of Veronique (Fandor)

The Last Waltz (Netflix)

The Mule (Netflix)

The Puffy Chair (Amazon Prime)

Z (Fandor)

TV Series

Around the World (Orson Welles’ series! – Fandor)

Aquarius – Season 1 (Hulu)

Between – Season 1 (Netflix)

Retro Fix

Big Trouble in Little China (Netflix)

The Mirror (Mubi)

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The Fantasy of American Innocence: Little Boy (Alejandro Monteverde, 2015)

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Gett: The The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Roni and Shlomi Elkabetz, 2014)

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Mad Men (Season 7, Ep. 10) – Don’s Augustinian Forecast

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