It’s Auckland Anniversary weekend for a third of the country and that means precious free time to sit on your couch or lie in bed and watch … something. Anything. Whatever you want. But maybe try one of the films below, all of which expire from their specified streaming services at the end of the month.
‘An Inconvenient Truth’
It’s been more than 10 years since Al Gore and his PowerPoint slides walked audiences through the concept of global warming in this documentary. It still does the job. The film is also worth revisiting before seeing its follow-up, “An Inconvenient Sequel,” which just made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Salma Hayek stars in this visually sumptuous biopic about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The movie swings between her work as a groundbreaking surrealistic painter and her many affairs, an approach that makes the enigmatic figure’s story even more alluring.
‘There Will be Blood’
There is, indeed, the red stuff in Paul Thomas Anderson’s dark western drama about the American dream (though you’ll have to wait most of the film to see it spilled). A maniacally driven oilman (Daniel Day-Lewis, in one of his most intense and brilliant performances) risks everything to drill in California and beat his competitors. Paul Dano plays an unlikely antagonist as a zealous, young pastor. Day-Lewis’ acting masterclass alone makes this compulsory viewing.
A group of heroin addicts savors its highs and staves off encroaching crashes in this grim but boisterous breakout film from director Danny Boyle. The stars of the movie — Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle — have reunited with Boyle for a sobering look at their now middle-aged characters in a sequel, “T2 Trainspotting,” scheduled for release in the United States later this year.
May also be of interest: “Black Hawk Down,” “Elizabeth,” “Mission Impossible: III,” “Save the Last Dance,” “The Machinist,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”
In this 1979 movie by Francis Ford Coppola, one of the trippiest war stories ever put to film, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is dispatched to kill a rogue colonel (Marlon Brando). With its unforgettable Oscar-winning cinematography, this movie is best streamed on the biggest screen you can find.
‘One from the Heart’
Like “La La Land” or “An American in Paris” (1951) this Francis Ford Coppola musical is a fantasy romance that uses its big-city setting like a dance floor. In “One From the Heart,” that city is Las Vegas, in all its early ’80s glory. Think lots of casino lights, big hair and even bigger dance numbers.
Adam Sandler channels his oft-repressed rage for a serious turn as the hapless protagonist of this 2002 romantic drama by Paul Thomas Anderson. In it, a troubled Barry (Sandler) finds love (in the form of Emily Watson) and extortion (by a cantankerous Philip Seymour Hoffman) while trying to escape his insecurities and overbearing seven sisters.
May also be of interest: “Good Will Hunting.”