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New to Streaming: ‘Mud,’ ‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits,’ ‘Oblivion’ & More

Written by on July 25, 2013 

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we believe it’s our duty to highlight the recent, recommended titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week (or bi-weekly, depending on the worthy selection), one will be able to see the cream of the crop of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and more. Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below, and shoot over suggestions to @TheFilmStage.

Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg; 2013)

Best known for his fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants filmmaking technique that has slowly grown in popularity under the “mumblecore” moniker, Joe Swanberg‘s latest project boasts his most notable ensemble yet, with Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston in tow. And though this style of filmmaking can sometimes have a negative connotation, here is a project that simply works well under that guise. One starts to fall for these characters and their naturalistic dialogue and connect to their drama. With a relatable scale, the plot focuses on two friends that have never explored the possibility of a relationship together – even in just a physical sense – but have sexual tension following them like a fog. –Bill G.

Where to Watch: Amazon Video

Hell Baby (Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon; 2013)

With its title and talent, one can at least establish some expectations for the experience that is Hell Baby, the latest absurd, idiotic and mostly hilarious film from Reno 911! creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. Taking a stab at horror, the duo have recruited some of their top comedian buddies to go along for the ride, and while it could use some trimming, there’s enough over-the-top, seemingly improvised fun to make it worth a viewing — one preferably late at night with some close friends. With the film now on VOD, it’s your chance to do so. – Jordan R.

Where to Watch: Amazon Video

Frankenstein’s Army (Richard Raaphorst; 2013)

Frankenstein’s Army is a B-movie in every sense of the word. Not without laughs, moments of blood, gore and primitive surgery as its name suggests, the film unfortunately takes on a found-footage approach that doesn’t always work. We are introduced to Sergei (Joshua Sasse), a young filmmaker from the Soviet National Film School who shoots with what looks like a bolex (the camera even has a hand crank). It’s so high quality that it looks like footage shot on a DSLR or Red One and manipulated in after effects with “grain.” His sound is excellent too, and he’s certainly lucky to have nice lighting, even the in the creepiest of settings. – John F.

Where to Watch: Amazon Video

Ginger & Rosa (Sally Potter; 2013)

Director Sally Potter has carved out an intriguing niche in the filmmaking world. Her previous feature, Rage, premiered on mobile phones and her breakthrough Orlando remains a spectacle quite unlike any other in its bold art direction and manipulation of gender and history. But Ginger & Rosa is a step toward the mainstream, and not one that should have any fans worried. The sharp writing and visual flair still present themselves confidently, and tour de force acting makes this arguably her best work to date. – Forrest C.

Where to Watch: Amazon Video, iTunes

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