I ♥ Mubi

I feel alive again.

Thank you, Mubi.

I’ve felt increasingly detached from cinema in recent times. Yet I had a yearning to experience more films, better films, films that made me think, films that made me feel, arthouse films, foreign films. And I found it. Mubi is cinematic nirvana.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have indulged greatly. I’ve watched films by Eduardo de Gergorio, John Carpenter, Arthur Ripley, Bernardo Bertolucci, Hany Abu-Assad, Götz Spielmann, a Buster Keaton comedy… And every single one has been a delight.

The great thing about Mubi is that it’s a curated film service. So you know every film is good. Really good. The problem, really, is that you’re spoilt for choice. A new film is added every day, but you only have 30 days to watch it. So you have to rapidly consume these films. Pick what you want from the best of the best, and watch as much and as quickly as you can.

I’m loving it.

I’d never seen a Eduardo de Gergorio film before, but I loved Surreal Estate (less so, Short Memory). The Fog was classic 80’s horror, great stuff. The Chase was described as a “surrealist noir” and it did not disappoint. October November was a spectacular piece of film-making all-round. Steamboat Bill, Jr. was pure pleasure – and the viewing experience was made all the more enjoyable for me because my two young kids watched it with me and they laughed along with me, they loved it. The Conformist was not a film I’d normally gravitate towards, but Mubi encouraged me to watch it, and I’m glad I did. There’s a reason why you should see these films.

But perhaps my favorite film I’ve seen on Mubi in the past couple of weeks was one I almost bypassed. The promotional still and the description just did not appeal. (That’s actually my sole recurring criticism of Mubi to date, the stills used to showcase movies are generally not the best choices to catch your attention and reel you in.) I’m talking about Omar, a film from the Palestinian Territory about a young freedom fighter forced to work as an informant. Fortunately, I came to my senses just in time. I’m not sure what, but something about the comments made me check it out. I was, quite simply, blown away. It was a phenomenal film. Incredibly absorbing and moving film. A delight. A true masterpiece. I wanted to scream from the rooftops how great it was and how much I was in love with cinema again.

So thank you, Mubi.

If you’re any kind of cinephile, I urge you to check it out. Use this link to get a one month free trial. But be warned, this is film snob crack.

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