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The Best Movies New to Every Major Streaming Platform in August 2019

Netflix may get most of the attention, but it’s hardly a one-stop shop for cinephiles who are looking to stream essential classic and contemporary films. Each of the prominent streaming platforms — and there are more of them all the time — caters to its own niche of film obsessives.

From chilling horror fare on Shudder, to the boundless wonders of the Criterion Channel, and esoteric (but unmissable) festival hits on Film Movement Plus and Ovid.tv, IndieWire’s monthly guide will highlight the best of what’s coming to every major streaming site, with an eye towards exclusive titles that may help readers decide which of these services is right for them.

Here’s the best of the best for August 2019.

Amazon Prime

There are some big new movies coming to Amazon Prime this month, but most of these recent Hollywood titles will also be available to stream on Hulu and/or Netflix.
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Werner Herzog on Funding His New Film: ‘The Only Thing I Haven’t Done Is Bank Robbery’

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Werner Herzog on Funding His New Film: ‘The Only Thing I Haven’t Done Is Bank Robbery’
Werner Herzog’s “Family Romance, LLC” is almost a meta-movie, about a world of artifice within the world of artifice of a film. Playing in the special screenings section in Cannes, the picture follows a man who is hired to impersonate the missing father of a 12-year-old girl. The film was shot in Japan with non-professional actors and is in Japanese. The famed director tells Variety about the genesis of the project, his rogue approach to filmmaking, and how not speaking Japanese wasn’t a hindrance.

How is it to be at Cannes with a movie?

I haven’t been here for 25 years. I had quite a few films in the ’70s and early ’80s here. I always like it because it had a serious side to it, and that’s a market.

Did “Family Romance” come together quickly?

It came very quickly; it was instantly there. I knew it
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‘Monos’ Review: Thrilling Saga Is ‘Lord of the Flies’ With Guerrilla Warfare — Sundance

‘Monos’ Review: Thrilling Saga Is ‘Lord of the Flies’ With Guerrilla Warfare — Sundance
“Monos” takes place in the dense jungles and foggy mountaintops of northern Colombia, but it may as well be another planet. Director Alejandro Landes’ thrilling survivalist saga tracks a dysfunctional group of young militants as they traipse through perilous terrain, engaging in savage behavior while toying with their mortified American hostage (Julianne Nicholson), but they never reveal their motivations. Equal parts “Lord of the Flies” and “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” Landes’ third feature distills guerrilla warfare into sheer anarchy.

By stripping away the sociopolitical context, “Monos” provides a window into power-hungry mayhem on the fringes of society that could happen anytime, anywhere — but depicts its hectic showdowns with a you-are-there intensity that could only take place in the present. Aided by “Under the Skin” composer Micah Levi’s thunderous score, Landes delivers a suspenseful encapsulation of alienated youth enmeshed in pointless battles that can only lead to further destruction.
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The Orchard Buys Werner Herzog Doc ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ (Exclusive)

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The Orchard Buys Werner Herzog Doc ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ (Exclusive)
It’s a meeting for the ages. In one corner, the architect of Perestroika. In the other, the director who nearly tamed Klaus Kinski.

“Meeting Gorbachev,” a nonfiction film documenting a series of interviews between filmmaker Werner Herzog and Mikhail Gorbachev, has been acquired by the Orchard. The indie distributor plans to release the film theatrically in 2019. “Meeting Gorbachev” premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and played at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is directed by Herzog and his longtime collaborator André Singer.

Herzog, famous for “Fitzcarraldo” and “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” interviewed Gorbachev on three separate occasions over six months. He captured the last leader of the Soviet Union’s thoughts on peace and history.

“’Meeting Gorbachev’ is an enthralling look back at a fascinating leader and diplomat, all the more impactful based on what the world looks like today,” said Paul Davidson, the Orchard’s Evp of film and television.
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‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea

‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea
Stories of people stranded in the wilderness have always been natural fodder for movies, as ideas of being lost in the jungle or shipwrecked at sea tap into a natural anxiety about the smallness of our place in the world, and the uneasy need for co-dependence that it inspires. And yet, without diminishing some formative examples, or paving over the past’s most hideous aberrations (George C. Scott’s “The Savage Is Loose” springs to mind), it seems as though the whole “lost adventurers” genre is just starting to find itself. “Adrift” may be the first of these movies that actually explains this recent phenomenon.

And it’s been a long time coming: In just the last eight years or so, we’ve seen mainstream American movies about a dude getting wedged beneath a rock (“127 Hours”), an older dude getting stuck in wolf country (“The Grey”), and an even
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Dan Talbot, In Memoriam: Exploring His Incalculable Legacy

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Dan Talbot, In Memoriam: Exploring His Incalculable Legacy
Daniel Talbot, a distributor and exhibitor of enormous influence over specialized exhibition and distribution as well as the international film world, died Friday in Manhattan. He was 91. A memorial was held Sunday, December 31 at the Riverside Memorial Chapel with a capacity audience including many leading New York specialized players. Talbot’s wife and business partner, Toby Talbot, as well as daughters Nina, Emily and Sara attended the memorial, where the family spoke fondly about Talbot’s love for the comedian W.C. Fields.

Another more public post-holiday event marking the closing of the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is scheduled on January 28 in New York. The last few weeks have seen Talbot’s legacy celebrated with reaction to the unexpected announcement that the six-screen Upper West Side theater would close at the end of January, at the expiration of its lease. Milstein Properties, who have been the Talbots’ co-partners in the theater since
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Watch: Trailers For 9 Of The 16 Werner Herzog Films Being Remastered & Reissued By Shout! Factory

The heroes over at Shout! Factory have recently announced that they'll be remastering and releasing 16—count 'em, 16—films by Werner Herzog in several formats both physical and digital. Shout! will be releasing titles chiefly from Herzog's 70s and '80s back catalog, when the Bavaria-born director was still largely working in German (if not necessarily in Germany, jungles feature pretty heavily in some of these pictures), and their list includes both documentaries, shorts and feature films.Per the official announcement, these “include Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre: The Wrath Of God, Nosferatu The Vampyre, The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser, Woyzeck, Heart Of Glass, Cobra Verde, Stroszek, Fata Morgana, Little Dieter Needs To Fly, Lessons Of Darkness, Ballad Of The Little Soldier, Land Of Silence And Darkness as well as several other acclaimed titles." Anyone with a grasp of counting will conclude that “several” here equals three, and they are: “Where...
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Werner Herzog Past Works Remastered

Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film have signed an exclusive multi-platform distribution partnership.

This will see sixteen titles from filmmaking icon Herzog's back catalogue score remastered disc and HD VOD launches in the near future.

Titles include "Fitzcarraldo," "Aguirre: The Wrath Of God," "Nosferatu The Vampyre" and "Little Dieter Needs To Fly".

It's great news for film buffs as many of the filmmaker's memorable classics have been long-out-of print in the North American home entertainment marketplace.

Source: Screen Daily
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Shout! Factory, Herzog team up

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Shout! Factory, Herzog team up
Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film have signed an exclusive multi-platform distribution partnership involving 16 remastered titles from the Herzog library. Separately, Pantelion has picked up Hours and O-Scope has acquired The Kill Team.

Titles under the Herzog deal include Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre: The Wrath Of God, Nosferatu The Vampyre and Little Dieter Needs To Fly.

Werner Herzog is a filmmaking icon and a celebrated master storyteller,” said Shout! Factory’s founders in a joint statement. “He holds an incredibly rich legacy in cinematic history worldwide. Many of his memorable classics have been long-out-of print in the North American home entertainment marketplace.

“We are honoured with this opportunity to bring these iconic films to movie collectors and legions of fans on digital entertainment platforms and at retail.”

“I am very proud to start this new collaboration with Shout! Factory and, given the outstanding reputation of Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, I am confident
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News: Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Distribution Deal

Aguirre, The Wrath of God starring Klaus Kinski is one of the films in the Herzog/Shout! Factory agreement.

Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film Gmbh have announced an exclusive, multi-picture alliance for 16 Werner Herzog film titles, all of which are currently being re-mastered in high-definition for new edition releases in North America.

This multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory extensive rights for the films, including digital distribution, home video and broadcast for cross-platform releases. The titles include Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Woyzeck, Heart of Glass, Cobra Verde, Stroszek, Fata Morgana, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Lessons of Darkness, Ballad of the Little Soldier, Land of Silence and Darkness, as well as several other acclaimed titles.

Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout of these movies through physical home entertainment releases and a variety of digital entertainment distribution platforms. The label and
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Shout! Factory to Remaster & Release 16 Werner Herzog Films & Documentaries

[Press Release] Los Angeles, Calif. and Vienna, Austria – August 20, 2013 – Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film Gmbh announced an exclusive, multi-picture alliance to bring a coveted library of classic films by legendary writer/director/producer Werner Herzog, currently being re-mastered in high-definition for new edition releases in North America. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmaker Werner Herzog. This multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory extensive rights to 16 highly sought-after Werner Herzog films and documentaries, including digital distribution, home video and broadcast for cross-platform releases. Award-winning and critically acclaimed features include Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre: The Wrath Of God,...
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Sunday Shorts: ‘From One Second to the Next’, directed by Werner Herzog

Today’s film is the 2013 short From One Second to the Next. The film, which is a documentary, is directed by Werner Herzog, and examines the effects of texting while driving. Herzog’s filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and is one of the most distinguished writer-directors working today, with films such as Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, and Grizzly Man in his filmography. He is also the producer of the documentary The Act of Killing, which is currently playing in limited release in American theatres.

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Director & Actor Teams: The Overlooked & Underrated (Part 2 of 2)

Following are some supplemental sections featuring notable director & actor teams that did not meet the criteria for the main body of the article. Some will argue that a number of these should have been included in the primary section but keep in mind that film writing on any level, from the casual to the academic, is a game of knowledge and perception filtered through personal taste.

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Other Notable Director & Actor Teams

This section is devoted to pairings where the duo worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in 1 must-see film.

Terence Young & Sean Connery

Must-See Collaboration: From Russia with Love (1962).

Other Collaborations: Action of the Tiger (1957), Dr. No (1962), Thunderball (1965).

Director Young and actor Connery teamed up to create one of the very best Connery-era James Bond films with From Russia with Love which features a great villainous performance by Robert Shaw
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Aguirre: The Wrath of God – review

Werner Herzog's 1972 film starring Klaus Kinski as a 16th-century Spanish conquistador looks more magnificent and mad than ever

Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) was last rereleased here more than 10 years ago; now, with a new restoration, the sound of gobs being smacked will resound in British cinemas once again. It looks more magnificent and mad than ever, one of the great folies de grandeur of 1970s cinema, an expeditionary Conradian nightmare like Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Just as for that film, the agonies of its production history have entered into legend, almost equivalent to the movie fiction itself. (Herzog's 1999 documentary My Best Fiend, about his leading man Klaus Kinski, tells the incredible story of the insanely dangerous shooting conditions and near-murderous rows between director and star.) It is based loosely on the true story of 16th-century conquistador Lupe De Aguirre (Kinski), the second-in-command of a Spanish force
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Werner Herzog directs 'don't text and drive' public safety advert

German film-maker's television campaign features boy paralysed after being hit by texting driver

The eminent German film director Werner Herzog recently starred as a sinister villain in Tom Cruise thriller Jack Reacher, reminding us he's as adept in front of the camera as he is behind it. Now, yet another unheralded string to the film-maker's bow has emerged: Herzog has delivered a public-safety advertisement in the Us about the dangers of texting and driving.

Phone company At&T's "It Can Wait" campaign urges viewers to put down their phones until they are safely parked and off the road. Herzog's instalment features the mother of a young boy, Xzavier, who is now paralysed after being hit by a driver who had been texting their partner with the words "I'm on my way". She asks: "Was the text that important? That would be my question for her," as the camera reveals her son's debilitated condition.
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How Many of the Movies from Roger Ebert's List of Great Movies Have You Seen?

I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do,
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How Many of the Movies from Roger Ebert's List of Great Movies Have You Seen?

I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do,
See full article at Rope Of Silicon »

Werner Herzog on Roger Ebert, 'the good soldier of cinema' -- Exclusive

Werner Herzog on Roger Ebert, 'the good soldier of cinema' -- Exclusive
During over four decades of writing film reviews, Roger Ebert, who died at age 70 on Thursday, had a continually keen eye for blossoming talent, picking out directors like Martin Scorsese as ones to watch from their very first films, and he found plenty of filmmakers worthy of “two thumbs up” throughout his career. But one filmmaker whose work he championed with particular enthusiasm over the years was Werner Herzog.

The German director’s work — exotic films that blend the surreal with the real, fiction with non-fiction — includes the acclaimed documentaries Grizzly Man and Little Dieter Needs to Fly and the
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First Pic: Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno"

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First Pic: Eli Roth's
The Green Inferno, Eli Roth’s first feature since the undervalued Hostel: Part II seems, at first glance, a cannibal-style Italian horror-esque throwback, a sentiment the crowding nature of its first look and its synopsis (…follows an idealistic student and a group of naive do-gooders who are captured by cannibalistic Indios after their plane crash lands in the Peruvian jungle) would do little to dispel. As the filmmaker makes rounds discussing his producing role on the upcoming The Last Exorcism Part II however, he’s distancing himself from the idea of homage.

Roth told Fangoria matter-of-factly, “Nobody has any idea what I’m doing with Green Inferno. It’s not going to be a Mondo cannibal film.” Later, and over at Empire he lauded Ruggero Deodato's classic of cannibal films, Cannibal Holocaust, while explaining, “…I really wanted to do something that was much more like a Werner Herzog movie.
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First Pic: Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno"

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First Pic: Eli Roth's
The Green Inferno, Eli Roth’s first feature since the undervalued Hostel: Part II seems, at first glance, a cannibal-style Italian horror-esque throwback, a sentiment the crowding nature of its first look and its synopsis (…follows an idealistic student and a group of naive do-gooders who are captured by cannibalistic Indios after their plane crash lands in the Peruvian jungle) would do little to dispel. As the filmmaker makes rounds discussing his producing role on the upcoming The Last Exorcism Part II however, he’s distancing himself from the idea of homage.

Roth told Fangoria matter-of-factly, “Nobody has any idea what I’m doing with Green Inferno. It’s not going to be a Mondo cannibal film.” Later, and over at Empire he lauded Ruggero Deodato's classic of cannibal films, Cannibal Holocaust, while explaining, “…I really wanted to do something that was much more like a Werner Herzog movie.
See full article at Fangoria »
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