The best streaming movies from “The Card Counter” to “Scream”

The best streaming movies from “The Card Counter” to “Scream”

What to Watch: Scream, The Card Counter, and The Bling Ring are all new to stream this weekend.  (Paramount / Universal / Studiocanal)

What to Watch: Scream, The Card Counter, and The Bling Ring are all new to stream this weekend. (Paramount / Universal / Studiocanal)

Wondering what to watch? Between card sharks, slasher and robbers, this week’s streaming highlights cast a criminal gauntlet, at varying degrees of severity. Chief among these choices is The card countera character study conducted by Oscar Isaac by Paul Schrader (screenwriter of Taxi driverDirector of First Reformed). Reflecting on the anger and guilt of one man, but also using it as a path into the deep American pathologies surrounding the War on Terror, it is a striking film in its ferocious political commentary.

The much more flashy The Bling Ringdirected by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson, she similarly seeks a different mindset, material greed fostered by celebrity culture, and what inspires people who crave that fame. He shoutedthe fifth installment of the franchise of the same name, mocks the trend of the legacy sequel, in the great tradition of its ancestors, every horror meta film that makes fun of the films of the era in which they were made.

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The card counter (2021) – NOW with a Sky Cinema subscription (choice of the week)

Tye Sheridan as Cirk and Oscar Isaac as William Tell and Tiffany Haddish as La Linda in The Card Counter (Universal)

Tye Sheridan as Cirk and Oscar Isaac as William Tell and Tiffany Haddish as La Linda The card counter. (Universal)

After wandering around the insensitive blockbuster franchises, Oscar Isaac finally gets a part worth biting into in Paul Schrader’s film. The card counterin what may be his best role since the Coen brothers Inside Llewyn Davis.

As the symbolic William Tell, Isaac’s character carries the burdens of the past into the present moment, in what may be one of the most raw and edgy American war crimes films of recent memory. By questioning the complicity of the troops at Abu Ghraib, his study of the emotional fallout on the perpetrators insinuates itself into the gloomy portrayal of poker in the film, far removed from the swagger and glitz of the usual cinematic portrayal of casinos.

Schrader, as always busy with his love for Bresson, creates an existential crisis even more miserable than his latest film, the Incredible First Reformed. Somehow The card counter slipped under everyone’s radar last year, it’s time to fix it if you can.

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He shouted (2022) – Paramount +

Ghostface and Jenna Ortega in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group

Ghostface and Jenna Ortega in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group He shouted. (Basic)

Continuing in the thirty-year tradition of the series, He shouted (2022) makes a cut of contemporary trends in horror cinema, his modus operandi is the infiltration of clichés and unsuspecting teenagers.

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Of course, the goal of this latest film is that of the “legacy sequel” (evident in the way it mimics the title of the new Halloween throwing away the numbered titles) late sequels that also double as a soft reboot for the dormant franchises. This marks the first He shouted without Wes Craven at the helm, so there’s some awkwardness when directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett attempt to make their mark while paying homage to the creator of this meta horror series.

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After a strong opening, the film creeps into jokes about “elevated horror,” the deification of “canon” in longtime franchises by eponymous fans, and how people discuss franchise cinema – the goal is a IP-obsessed contemporary production deconstruction of the game here – with some impressive set pieces and a passable mystery along the way. Definitely He shouted it finds an upper limit to how well that Craven spirit can evoke, but it’s a pretty fun time.

Also on Paramount + UK: Rhombus (2022), Girl, take it (2022)

The Bling Ring (2013) – BBC iPlayer

ISRAEL BROUSSARD as Marc EMMA WATSON as Nicki TAISSA FARMIGA as Sam KATIE CHANG as Rebecca CLAIRE JULIEN as Chloe in The Bling Ring.  (Studiocanale)

ISRAEL BROUSSARD as Marc EMMA WATSON as Nicki TAISSA FARMIGA as Sam KATIE CHANG as Rebecca CLAIRE JULIEN as Chloe in The Bling Ring. (Studiocanale)

Sofia Coppola’s career as a director has been as concerned with the opulence and idleness of the rich as it has been with various forms of boredom. The adolescent restlessness of The Virgins Suicide and even Maria Antonietta they are still visible in the glittering, vacant surface of the valley people The Bling Ring.

A detective film inspired by a true story, the film follows the case of a young fashion enthusiast named Marc, whose curiosity and attraction for wealth and fame leads him to become an accomplice to his classmates Rebecca and Nicki, who find in Los Angeles, the homes of celebrities who are on vacation and take advantage of their lack of security to rob them.

Of course it leads to the usual arrogance and doom, but along the way Coppola builds a sharp social satire amid his curious archival of mid-2000s celebrity culture, reinforced by surprisingly outsized comic performances by the likes of Emma Watson and of his co-stars, all perfect parodies of rich nonsense.

Also on iPlayer: The mule (2018), Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

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