MUBI (Criterion-affiliated streaming classic, foreign, independent movie site) - c/d, comments, recommendations, etc.

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I joined so I could watch "A Letter To Uncle Boonmee" for $1 but there is a lot of good stuff on here and I know people who have had offers to stream their work on MUBI. What do people think of sites like this as a means of exhibition/distribution?

I am not in any way affiliated with MUBI but I am interested in how people will be screening and watching movies in the coming futures.

life behind bras (admrl), Friday, 13 August 2010 16:04 (ten years ago) link

Some really good, surprising stuff on there imo

life behind bras (admrl), Friday, 13 August 2010 16:05 (ten years ago) link

Lots of people gave them shit for changing their name, but it certainly hasn't affected the quality of the website. Really well-designed, lots of valuable information. The Notebook is, quite easily, my favorite website for film news: David Hudson is wonderful at his job.

I worked on this and am really happy with the way the stream looks: http://mubi.com/programs/50

christopher dullan (Tape Store), Friday, 13 August 2010 18:25 (ten years ago) link

Ha, I found this site the other day looking for ... well, you know.

jaymc, Friday, 13 August 2010 18:56 (ten years ago) link

ive read the notebook for a while now, though havent explored much else of the site. o i think i watched "fat girl" for free here a while back too

johnny crunch, Friday, 13 August 2010 19:00 (ten years ago) link

Watched an early Desplechin on it a few months back, but nothing since... in the UK, anyway, the list of films available seems a little limited?

Stevie T, Friday, 13 August 2010 19:18 (ten years ago) link

i can't find out how much subscriptions cost - is it worth it to have an unlimited subscription vs. paying per film?

sarahel, Friday, 13 August 2010 19:29 (ten years ago) link

heh, i subscribed to this a month ago and didn't watch a single film before my subscription timed out.

plax (ico), Friday, 13 August 2010 19:31 (ten years ago) link

haha, the reason i joined was a letter to uncle boonmee, i just didn't watch it.

plax (ico), Friday, 13 August 2010 19:34 (ten years ago) link

@sarahel if you click on 'Account' at the top right and then 'Subscription' it should tell you how much a subscription costs in your area.

In the UK a subscription is £12 per month and individual movies are £3 each or a one-off £12 for 5 films, so a subscription is worth it if you plan on watching 6 or more in a month.

krakow, Friday, 13 August 2010 19:52 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

looks like the sub is just 9 pounds now, so it becomes worth it if you watch 4 or more a month

the good - beautiful interface; lots of obscure flicks; lots of short films; don't have to subscribe; movies start instantly

the bad - only about 400 films so far, yet their database makes it seem like there's more (for instance, they're doing a promo about agnes varda at the moment, using a still from a movie that's not actually available to see)

- you need to choose "WATCH" to limit our searches to only things that are available

anyway, anybody got any good recs? i haven't heard of most of these movies

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 14 November 2010 14:09 (nine years ago) link

(this is available on the PS3 now, by the way, and it looks gorgeous)

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 14 November 2010 14:09 (nine years ago) link

I have enough films to watch, so I just read The Notebook (esp since Hudson links Slant all the time).

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 November 2010 14:22 (nine years ago) link

the notebook is very handy

caek, Sunday, 14 November 2010 15:07 (nine years ago) link

i made this list of UK-available ones to watch

Despleschin
Miguel Gomes
Nossiter
HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS (QUIXOTIC)
Love Will Tear Us Apart

the first guy you probably know, the last one is by the DoP of something or other chinese, the others i can't remember why i put them down or who they are

rip whiney g weingarten 03/11 never forget (history mayne), Sunday, 14 November 2010 15:13 (nine years ago) link

oh yeah the nossiter thing is about french wine?

rip whiney g weingarten 03/11 never forget (history mayne), Sunday, 14 November 2010 15:14 (nine years ago) link

gomes is a portugese guy, im betting

the other one, idk... albert serra?

rip whiney g weingarten 03/11 never forget (history mayne), Sunday, 14 November 2010 15:14 (nine years ago) link

Gomes is indeed Portuguese. Our Beloved Month of August is great. The earlier stuff is pretty eh.

C0L1N B..., Sunday, 14 November 2010 19:57 (nine years ago) link

they are showing new argentinian stuff gratis this week

caek, Monday, 15 November 2010 11:43 (nine years ago) link

Honor Of The Knights is Albert Serra. Enjoy!

The Beatles (admrl), Monday, 15 November 2010 16:10 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

Anyone who uses this, how is it going?

Love that it's on the PS3, would join if it was on Wii

Lophar Andreusz DeLeone (admrl), Monday, 22 August 2011 18:45 (nine years ago) link

four months pass...

This site throws up some interesting things from time to time.

age is not a number of years but a great experience in life (admrl), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:43 (eight years ago) link

to watch?
i just really read the notebook, which is good

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:24 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Watched Vampyr this afternoon. It was excellent.

The Winged Devil Ape (Fizzles), Sunday, 26 February 2012 22:05 (eight years ago) link

You can become a fan of me now, if you like.

I'm not twisting yr arm or anything,

"HUH?" (admrl), Sunday, 26 February 2012 23:38 (eight years ago) link

http://mubi.com/cast_members/140297

"HUH?" (admrl), Sunday, 26 February 2012 23:38 (eight years ago) link

Done!

Fizzles, Monday, 27 February 2012 10:36 (eight years ago) link

gave you an official film club endorsement, let me know if there are palpable ripples of interest

john-claude van donne (schlump), Monday, 27 February 2012 11:50 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

Trying to watch the Zidane doc right now before it goes away, but buffering issues.

Looking forward to watching the two Philippe Garrels.

What About The Half That's Never Been POLLed (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 April 2013 19:39 (seven years ago) link

ten months pass...

Wish they had a mute button for the silents.

In Walked Sho-Bud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 February 2014 13:52 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

resident evil!

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Friday, 2 May 2014 21:14 (six years ago) link

i am sort of onboard with this site now

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Friday, 2 May 2014 21:14 (six years ago) link

I have a free months I think?

wins, Friday, 2 May 2014 21:21 (six years ago) link

I need to make more time for these things

wins, Friday, 2 May 2014 21:22 (six years ago) link

I took a break for a while need to get back into it.

Also, silents ain't exactly silent since somebody usually tacks orchestral soundtracks onto them.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 2 May 2014 21:30 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

this sucks that there's no way to watch this on a television in the us that i can find.
maybe apple tv via the ipad? I'll have to buy a membership to find out...

i use my hdmi-bluray cable to connect my computer to my tv. doesn't that work in us?

Frederik B, Friday, 8 August 2014 07:06 (six years ago) link

if i had a computer with a hdmi out, yeah

if i had a computer with a hdmi out, yeah

i use ipad with hdmi, plus changing the aspect ratio. works fine.

Fizzles, Saturday, 9 August 2014 09:54 (six years ago) link

you can get an adapter that uses the weird lil - what is it? - svga out?, on your computer? & that transforms to hdmi

schlump, Saturday, 9 August 2014 15:28 (six years ago) link

apple tv works just fine and I can also download to my pad to watch on the train. watched three films today. Very much hooked.

go ahead. make vid where u rap about this new TMNT movie. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 13 August 2014 05:40 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

ooh, they've got diaz's from what is before on. Just need to find a spare 5.5hr

nults of 2 ppl don't amount to a will have beens in this crazy (wins), Sunday, 26 April 2015 07:44 (five years ago) link

That was screened without an intermission at the Glasgow Film Festival, hope you'll observe the same viewing conditions

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Monday, 27 April 2015 11:47 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

haha so I didn't do this

I have 2hr left to watch this 5.5hr film before it goes out of my life forever

time trafel 2015 💨 2012 (wins), Friday, 22 May 2015 20:11 (five years ago) link

I'm too tipsy to concentrate tho

time trafel 2015 💨 2012 (wins), Friday, 22 May 2015 20:12 (five years ago) link

this thing is awesome but i need an easier way to port it to my (american) tv set

ideoatv, this is the most perfect service I have ever known

time trafel 2015 💨 2012 (wins), Friday, 22 May 2015 21:21 (five years ago) link

Today's film in Denmark is The Second Game, the film Corneliu Porumboiu made, consisting of a vhs-copy of a tv-game from 88 with him and his dad talking on top of it. That's arty. Also, it's pretty fun for fans of Porumboiu.

Frederik B, Friday, 22 May 2015 21:27 (five years ago) link

that's today's film everywhere! will watch.

time trafel 2015 💨 2012 (wins), Friday, 22 May 2015 21:32 (five years ago) link

It was fun to watch at a film festival with an audience consisting mainly of football fans. I hope they got something out of it.

Frederik B, Friday, 22 May 2015 21:37 (five years ago) link

seems to be on mubi in canada so most likely the states as well, though someone else would have to confirm

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Sunday, 9 August 2020 09:19 (one month ago) link

I don't subscribe, but it looks like it's there.

https://mubi.com/films/giraffe-2019

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 9 August 2020 12:53 (one month ago) link

PUT THE FUCKING LIBRARY ON THE TV APP FOR FUCK'S SAKE

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 10 August 2020 00:50 (one month ago) link

hope you come back at some point to the film threads Fred

Dan S, Monday, 10 August 2020 01:05 (one month ago) link

Yes, I'm a Mubi subscriber in the US and I can watch Giraffe. Should I?

Alba, Monday, 10 August 2020 01:16 (one month ago) link

it was my favorite Danish film of 2019

D'oh. Missed this – you already answered that question.

Alba, Monday, 10 August 2020 01:16 (one month ago) link

PUT THE FUCKING LIBRARY ON THE TV APP FOR FUCK'S SAKE
― Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, August 10, 2020 12:50 AM (seven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

otm

also send us email updates when things are added to the library (if they ever are...)

tantric poster 103 (||||||||), Monday, 10 August 2020 08:20 (one month ago) link

it's been on the TV app, mine anyway, for a few weeks.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Monday, 10 August 2020 09:09 (one month ago) link

WHAT

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 August 2020 09:50 (one month ago) link

Not the fire tv app last I looked

Rishi don’t lose my voucher (wins), Monday, 10 August 2020 12:06 (one month ago) link

It's fire I'm using.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Monday, 10 August 2020 12:17 (one month ago) link

Sounds like the US is getting the shitty end of the stick.

Alba, Monday, 10 August 2020 12:27 (one month ago) link

Maybe you have to reinstall the app.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Monday, 10 August 2020 12:35 (one month ago) link

It is on us amazon last i looked

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 August 2020 14:50 (one month ago) link

Oh -- I thought you meant Criterion for some reason

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 August 2020 14:53 (one month ago) link

library showing on my (samsung) TV app now too. hallelujah

||||||||, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:16 (one month ago) link

So much good stuff in that library. I see Alain Tanner’s first film just popped up.

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 August 2020 02:48 (one month ago) link

Why don't I have the full library? Is this an Apple TV thing?

trishyb, Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:04 (one month ago) link

How do you know you don't have the full library?

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:07 (one month ago) link

how do you know when stuff has been added to the library?

||||||||, Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:08 (one month ago) link

There is a Recently Added category

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:12 (one month ago) link

Fifth from the bottom.

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:16 (one month ago) link

not fifth from the bottom on my page

here's a link though
https://mubi.com/library/specials/recently-added

||||||||, Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:44 (one month ago) link

How do you know you don't have the full library?

I can only see the Now Showing selection on my screen. No different sections, no full library. But I see that some people have suggested re-installing the app, so I'll try that.

trishyb, Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:54 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I only have the 30 time-limited ones on my app, too (LG smart TV)--not yet got the library included.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 14 August 2020 02:54 (one month ago) link

We reinstalled the app and now we have everything. So many films I will continue to intend to watch but never actually watch.

trishyb, Friday, 14 August 2020 07:42 (one month ago) link

Oh really I am going to try this.

Do they have Antonio Das Mortes available on it btw?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 14 August 2020 08:11 (one month ago) link

"This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s NOW SHOWING"

Tim, Friday, 14 August 2020 08:32 (one month ago) link

I was thinking it might be on this library thing. I watch 7-10 every 30 days.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 14 August 2020 08:35 (one month ago) link

Not as far as I can tell. I don't really understand the platform or the interface TBH.

Tim, Friday, 14 August 2020 08:46 (one month ago) link

I understand the platform just not how you access the library.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 14 August 2020 09:01 (one month ago) link

In our case, on the Apple TV, we access the library through the pull-down menu at the top of the screen. Where you'd normally find info and subtitles and stuff.

trishyb, Friday, 14 August 2020 09:21 (one month ago) link

do you get the full mubi offering (including library) via amazon prime video?

||||||||, Sunday, 23 August 2020 10:30 (one month ago) link

looks like you maybe do?

amazon prime is £8 pcm and has a bunch of other benefits, mubi is £10 pcm... what am I missing, beyond amazon being xunts of course

||||||||, Sunday, 23 August 2020 10:34 (one month ago) link

i thought Prime just allowed you to buy a Mubi subscription as an add-on?

A Short Film About Scampoes (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 23 August 2020 10:42 (one month ago) link

yeah i mean they are comically, deliberately, crookedly terrible at telling you what you get for your money but £8 pcm gets your basic Prime Video i think which is basically shit for movies, and then you'd have to pay for a Mubi subscription which you can watch "thru" Prime for some reason

A Short Film About Scampoes (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 23 August 2020 10:57 (one month ago) link

That's how I understand it too.

So you can get Mubi for £7.99 per month via Amazon (rather than £9.99 directly), but you have to have Amazon Prime to do so, which is £7.99 a month itself.

I don't know if the full library is available if you go via Amazon.

brain (krakow), Sunday, 23 August 2020 11:04 (one month ago) link

ahhhh... thanks. was quite unclear from my cursory 15 minutes of googling

||||||||, Sunday, 23 August 2020 11:36 (one month ago) link

The advantage of having something else other than Mubi is the search function, as far as we can tell. The Mubi interface (on our TV, anyway, I don't know about the web interface) has no search. We have to use the Apple TV's own search to search rather than browse.

trishyb, Sunday, 23 August 2020 13:57 (one month ago) link

I get mubi through my scribd subscription, which is $5/month.

wasdnous (abanana), Sunday, 23 August 2020 18:38 (one month ago) link

Wow - that does seem like a great loophole, though Scribd seems to cost new subscribers $10 a month. Is Scribd itself good?

Alba, Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:24 (one month ago) link

I mainly use it for audiobooks. Be warned that it's not actually unlimited -- if I listen to around 3 audiobooks within a month, they lock me out of most audiobooks for the rest of the month.

I threatened to cancel once and they reduced my price permanently.

wasdnous (abanana), Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:50 (one month ago) link

Ah - that's something Mubi too, with some ridiculous "OK, we blinked first" message when you hit cancel.

Alba, Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:57 (one month ago) link

The Library seems like a larger selection, rather than the full set of films being available (that would probably be suicide lol).

Anyway, Llanas' Extraordinary Stories is there and I'm going in this week.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 24 August 2020 21:50 (one month ago) link

llinas rules

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Monday, 24 August 2020 21:50 (one month ago) link

On the 30 days I got to watch Hu's Wuxia films for the first time, and Awaara is a pretty good addition to their Indian cinema season. Might re-watch Sicilia, one of the best Straub-Huillet films XP fingers crossed. Really wanted to see the one week screening of La Flor (in three parts). Of course no time.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 24 August 2020 21:53 (one month ago) link

Apparently I’m in that phase where I like to write about the things I’m watching, so let’s go with it.

Swimming Pool (Ozon) is on at the moment and I watched it again today. I’ve seen it a couple of times already but not for at least 12 years and it’s still a really good watch. People always complain that it’s slow but I have never found it so. Sarah’s first solitary days in the house and wandering around the village struck a real chord with me - I have always been happy being alone and the sense of time and space stretching away from you like that is so freeing. This contrasts of course with how Sarah actually lives her life - Diet Coke and sweetener-enhanced yoghurt, clothes that disguise her entirely, disciplined waking times.

Into all this, of course, crashes Julie. I saw some thread on twitter a while back asking for opinions on “which actor had ever looked the best in a film” and Ludivine Sagnier in this would be up there for me - she’s luminous. Her Julie tosses her unbrushed hair over her shoulders, eats paté and cheese, smokes and drinks and brings men home. Sarah watches, first with anger at the intrusion and then with envy.

If you’ve seen this before then you know how it plays out. I thought, watching it again today, thatthe story that unfolds at the publisher’s house is not just the book that it becomes but the process of writing the book itself. Julie is changeable, and the several scene where a male character is standing gazing down at one of the women reminded me of writing and rewriting a piece to make it right. There are odd turns that don’t quite fit - when you have a scene or an idea that won’t leave you and must put it down immediately with a view to making it fit within the whole. Like when Sarah asks Julie why she did something and she replies “I don’t know,” - it’s Sarah the writer making her character do something because it struck her just so and needing to rationalise it afterwards. Whether any of it happened is not really the point because it’s about what it says it is at the beginning - a writer trying to do something different. Sarah changes because she’s written a book that is a complete inversion from her usual formula and she blossoms as a result. You really do love to see it.
Or so I thought anyway.

10000 lurk legend (gyac), Saturday, 29 August 2020 20:11 (four weeks ago) link

I think I've seen it a couple of times but not for about 12 years too. Your post makes me want a rewatch – thanks!

Alba, Saturday, 29 August 2020 20:51 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

top tip: open a mubi account at the £9.99 a month rate, then cancel your subscription after a few weeks and then they make an improved "please stay" offer of £5.99 a month for a year. Well at least it worked for me tonight.

calzino, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:36 (one week ago) link

watched Edward Yang's The Terrorizers last night. Absolutely fantastic, best film I've watched this year

rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:45 (one week ago) link


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