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New to Streaming: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Boy Meets Girl,’ ‘The Frame,’ ‘The Sleepwalker,’ and More

Written by on November 21, 2014 

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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Boy Meets Girl (Leos Carax) and Mr. X (Tessa Louise-Salomé)

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After years and years of being relegated to the torrent networks, Leos Carax‘s debut is now available to millions in HD. Though seemingly as inscrutable as all the rest, Boy Meets Girl is actually the most accessible for its depiction of thwarted, confused, emotionally chaotic love. Let this be the start of your journey down the rabbit hole of his work — it’s not like Mauvais Sang and Holy Motors aren’t right there, anyway. Also newly available is a documentary on the director’s work, Mr. X. – Nick N.

Where to Stream: Netflix and Netflix

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene)

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While there’s a handful of horror films now in theaters, we can’t imagine a better use of one’s time than revisiting (or discovering) one of the genre’s first, and best, entries. Robert Wiene‘s seminal German Expressionist feature The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari recently underwent a digital restoration which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and now it’s available to stream on Netflix. For fans of the film, we’re also giving away the Blu-ray this week. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: Netflix

The Frame (Jamin Winans)

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Released in 2009, Jamin Winans‘ sci-fi fantasy feature Ink was a testament to what filmmakers can pull off in a do-it-yourself, low-budget arena. Made for $250,000, it followed a creature that would steal children’s souls, and after touring the festival circuit, Winans and his producer (and wife) Kiowa K. Winans decided to self-distribute the project and even embraced the attention due to piracy. Five years later, they’ve now returned for a new, mysterious project titled The Frame, and it’s now available to stream. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: iTunes

Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn)

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The opening scene of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is decidedly Earth-bound; a young boy sits in the waiting room of a late 90’s hospital, listening to 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love.” A few emotional moments later—after the whole world has changed for the lad—he runs outside and is caught in the blinding spotlight of a gargantuan spacecraft that hovers above him, breaking the calm of an otherwise silent summer night. It’s an image more fitting of an old pulp magazine or Golden Age sci-fi novel than a modern comic book, and it’s an inviting peek into the headspace of James Gunn’s take on the wilder side of the Marvel Universe. – Nathan B. (full review)

Where to Stream: AmazoniTunes, Google

Happy Valley (Amir Bar-Lev)

Far too sloppy a film considering the touchy subject matter, Happy Valley gets lost in dissecting the slipshod media coverage that occurred as the Jerry Sandusky Scandal was unfolding, instead of offering anything new in the way of evidence or documentation. This is subpar work coming from accomplished documentarian Amir Bar-Lev. If you watch the news, Happy Valley isn’t worth your time. – Dan M.

Where to Stream: AmazoniTunes, Google

The Mule (Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson)

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Directors Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson‘s The Mule is not at all what one might expect. The marketing materials draw it up as a B-movie romp, something the involvement of Sampson and Saw co-creator Leigh Whannell (they co-wrote this one together from a story by Jaime Browne) helps corroborate. Besides a couple gross-out moments due to the excremental nature of the plot, however, the film proves differently. It’s instead a rather slowly paced true-life thriller spanning two weeks while the authorities wait on their captive Ray Jenkins (Sampson) to relieve himself of the twenty condoms full of heroin he swallowed in Thailand. The intricacies of the yarn they’ve woven increase as new revelations about who’s involved and role reversals concerning who’s on the take are exposed to ultimately prove the journey rather engrossing as a result. – Jared M. (full review)

Where to Stream: AmazoniTunes, Google

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