Available on Wednesday
"It's as bad as cancer," Snap sang! in the 90s he hit Rhythm is a dancer. Yet in this film, which debuted at Sundance at the start of this year, director Alex Lehmann somehow finds ways to make the disease fun. It is Michael (Mark Duplass) and his neighbor Andy (Ray Romano), who lives above him in a squalid apartment complex. Michael's diagnosis with a terminal version of the Big C is revealed immediately, and the action focuses on the couple's efforts to deal with the terrible news, made even more painful by how deeply entangled in the lives of both men. In the end Michael decides he wants to end his life, but the problem is that the drugs that will enable this line of action are available only in a remote location. This may have been the inspiration for a piece worthy of assisted suicide, but instead takes place as a kind of macabre road trip, full of tender and fun moments. Duplass and Romano have an excellent chemistry and this film is a useful meditation on the value of male friendship.
Mauthausen photographer (2018)
Available on Wednesday
This film, an adaptation in Spanish of an acclaimed graphic novel, is a dramatic account of real events in the life of Francisco – Francois – Boix, a Spanish photographer and communist who fled to France at the start of the Second World War. There he quickly found himself handed over by the French to the Nazis, who sent him to the infamous and titular concentration camp in Austria, where he spent the war among thousands of other Spaniards and other prisoners. More than half of them would die there. Through a strange turn of events, Boix finds himself the confidant of an SS officer who is documenting the deaths of prisoners in the camp. Boix realizes that he has the opportunity to try Nazi war crimes by stealing the negatives of these horrible pictures – but only at the risk of his own life, that of a young Spanish boy who swore to protect, as well as that of every prisoner in the field. As a piece of Holocaust art is not exactly at the same level as Elie Wiesel's Night, Art Spiegelman's Maus or even Schindler's Spielberg's List, but still has some deeply moving moments lingering on the days of memory after the vision.
The chilling adventures of Sabrina
1 series, available now
This is almost like the show that Netflix has done for those bored of Riverdale, once its version of David Lynch-American of the Fifties of the 1950s had declined in the second season. As Riverdale's source material, Sabrina is based on a critically acclaimed comic from 2014 (which in turn was based on Archie's comics), but has a much tighter script and superior performance. He stars Kiernan Shipka as a fought witch who has to face family expectation for her to sign an agreement with the devil. This is the starting point for an incredible camp, joyfully evicted pieces and the obscurity of darkness that Lynch would be proud of. It never takes itself too seriously. The creator of Riverdale and this series – Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – said he hopes that a series of crossovers will happen at some point, so they could ruin everything that makes this great.
American Honey (2016)
This is a training story about an adolescent American girl named Star (Sasha Lane) who is escaping from a violent relationship by living as a semi-vagrant collection that expels food from the bins. Eventually he connects with Jake (Shia LaBeouf), a charming but unkempt young man who leads a team of sellers across the country. They are an impromptu family of vagabonds and marginalized, offspring teenagers and thirties drunkards. Each comes from a different state, each has a different story. Jake and Star have a kind of ramshackle craze and cinematography is a bizarre ode to the identity of American cities. It's a strange and lyrical kind of film – there are echoes of Gus Van Sant here – and at 163 minutes it's a bit exaggerated, but it's worth it and counts as one of the hidden gems on Netflix.