Best Movies to Stream from The Card Counter to Scream

Best Movies to Stream from The Card Counter to Scream

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

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

Wondering what to see? Between card sharks, slashers and robbers, this week’s streaming highlights run a criminal gauntlet with varying degrees of seriousness. The most important thing among these picks is The card countera character study directed by Oscar Isaac by Paul Schrader (author of taxi driverdirector of First reformed). It’s an amazing film that contemplates the anger and guilt of a lonely man, but also uses this as a gateway to deep-seated American pathologies surrounding the war on terror and is an amazing film with its scathing political commentary.

All the more striking The bling ringdirected by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson, similarly explores a different mindset, material greed, as fostered by celebrity culture and what inspires it in people who covet that fame. Screamthe fifth installment in the franchise of the same name, pokes fun at the legacy sequel trend, in the grand tradition of its ancestors, with each meta-horror film satirizing films of the era in which they were made.

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The card counter (2021) – NOW with a Sky Cinema Membership (Pick 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 in The card counter. (Universal)

After wandering between stubborn blockbuster franchises, Oscar Isaac finally gets a role in Paul Schrader’s worth gritting your teeth for The card counterin perhaps his best role since the Coen brothers In Llevyn Davis.

As the character symbolically named William Tell, Isaac’s character brings burdens of the past into the present in one of the most blatant and cutting American war crimes films in recent memory. Questioning the complicity of the troops at Abu Ghraib, his study of the emotional impact on those in charge seeps into a somber portrayal of poker, a far cry from the swagger and glamor of the usual cinematic depiction of casinos.

Schrader, preoccupied as ever with his love for Bresson, creates an even more pitiful existential crisis than his last film, The Amazing First reformed. Somehow The card counter slipped under everyone’s radar last year, it’s time to rectify that if you can.

Also new at NOW: flag day (2021), Scream macho (2021) – July 30

Scream (2022) – Paramount+

Ghostface and Jenna Ortega in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group

Ghostface and Jenna Ortega in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group Scream. (parent)

Continuing the series’ 30-year tradition, Scream (2022) turns contemporary trends in horror filmmaking into a slasher whose modus operandi is to skewer both clichés and unsuspecting teenagers.

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Of course, the goal of this latest film is that of “legacy sequel” (obviously by how it mimics the title of the new one Halloween by throwing away numbered titles) belated sequels that also act as soft reboots for dormant franchises. This marks the first Scream without Wes Craven at the helm, so there’s some clumsiness as directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett attempt to make their mark while also paying homage to the creator of this meta-horror series.

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After a strong opening, the film indulges in jokes about “sublime horror,” self-proclaimed fans’ deification of “canon” in long-running franchises, and how people debate franchise filmmaking — a deconstruction of contemporary, IP-obsessed production that is Aim of the game here – with some impressive set pieces and a passable puzzle along the way. Eventually Scream finds a ceiling on how well it can summon that Craven spirit, but it’s an acceptably fun time.

Also on Paramount+ UK: rumble (2022), girl, taken (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.  (studio channel)

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

Sofia Coppola’s directing career has explored opulence and the idleness of the rich as often as it has dealt with various forms of ennui. The youthful restlessness of The Virgin Suicides and even Marie Antoinette can still be seen in the glittering surface and the empty valley of people The bling ring.

Inspired by a true story, the crime drama film follows the case of a young fashionista named Marc, whose curiosity and fascination with wealth and fame leads him to become the accomplice of his classmates Rebecca and Nicki, who find the homes of celebrities in LA who are on vacation and take advantage of their lack of security to rob them.

That leads to the usual hubris and doom, of course, but along the way, amidst his odd archiving of mid-’00s celebrity culture, Coppola builds a sharp social satire, aided by surprisingly oversized comic appearances from the likes of Emma Watson and her co-stars. all perfect parodies of rich nothingness.

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

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