While other services use computer algorithms and recommendation trees to serve up films, at Tribeca Shortlist our movies are hand-picked by real people. And every month we welcome in a brand new group of great movies. Today we welcome over fifty new films to TSL, and while they’re all worth watching, we polled our staff to see what they’re most excited to see, whether it’s their first time viewing, or their hundredth.
Here’s our full list of titles coming to the service this month, followed by individual recommendations from some of us at TSL.
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“This movie was a sleeper even when it came out, but boy is it one to watch. I have been thinking about it for quite some time, especially after participating in the Women’s March in January. This movie and this subject is still so relevant to today’s discussion around women’s reproductive rights — and not in the way you think. The story of Ruth Stoops (played by the amazing Laura Dern) is a common one: poor, uneducated, drug-addicted and lacking a support system. When she becomes pregnant, she becomes a pawn in a pro-choice/pro-life battle that says more about our country’s view on economics, education and individuality. Plus… it’s freaking hilarious! I have not seen this movie in years and look forward to watching with a fresh eye.” — Monica Bloom, Senior Vice President/General Manager
“I’ll never forget the first time I saw a Jean-Luc Godard film, I was in a film class and we watched Breathless. That was the moment I fell in love with Godard, his star (the uber-dreamy Jean-Paul Belmondo), and French New Wave cinema of the 1950s and ‘60s as a whole. The location shooting! The experimentation with form! The revolutionary new editing and visual style! The long takes! The smoking! The sex! The epic coolness of every single character and frame!
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Godard is the granddaddy of this film movement, so in his 10th film, Pierrot le Fou, with Godard and Belmondo teaming up yet again, I am super excited to finally see this romantic crime drama, which is sure to feature plenty of Godard’s signature stylistic moves and some avant-garde flavor.” — Shari Angel, Senior Manager, Content Programming
“If you’re a fan of Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman), his debut film is a must-see. Amores Perros rocked the film world in 2000 with its dark and gritty intersecting narratives and shocking content. Gael García Bernal also gives a gut wrenching performance. In fact, the whole movie is pretty gut wrenching; but if you’re up for it, the creative narrative structure and thrills will keep you on the edge of your seat.” — Sarah Dawson, Freelance Coordinator, Content and Programming
“When I first saw First Blood upon its release in 1982, I dismissed it as an empty-headed, muscle-bound mess of an action pic and mourned Sylvester Stallone’s decline into lunkheaded machismo caricature. Since then, of course, it’s proven to be a franchise powerhouse, spawning two sequels, assorted video games, action figure collectibles, an animated kids’ TV series (currently streaming on Comic-Con HQ), and a blessedly brief vogue for headbands on men. And Stallone has proven far cannier than my original snobby condescension. His Rambo has emerged as a powerful male archetype — the downtrodden, disrespected American veteran who fights thankless bureaucracy and moral corruption to help a weakened nation Stand Tall again. In 2008, Sly/Rambo was back again, presciently giving a renewed voice to a still disenfranchised, disgruntled “silent majority.” It’s this America that has roared back into the center of the national agenda — and for those of us who don’t recognize the country we’re now living in, it’s probably hight time we all checked this new Rambo out.” — Phil Oppenheim, Content and Programming
“With the help of experts and people who have been extensively involved in the world of crime and punishment in America, including David Simon who created television’s most lauded show, The Wire, this documentary attempts to expose the true nature of incarceration today with regard to the War on Drugs. It presents a national problem and does a remarkable job of suggesting a simple solution that is held back by greed, corruption, and deep seeded prejudices.” — Conor McAdam, Social Media Manager
“‘Shane! Come back!’ If those words don’t send chills down your spine… you’ve probably never seen Shane. A classic American western from 1953, Shane shines in technicolor brilliance. I haven’t seen Shane since college, and have since really gotten into the Spaghetti Western genre, so I’m super excited to return to this American classic and see how it fares against the Sergio Leone movies that would follow it ten years later. All I can remember of it is the pivotal final scene, a few tense shootouts, and Alan Ladd’s smoky stare. I’m definitely ready to return to the ranch.” — Giaco Furino, Editorial Manager
“The Triplets of Belleville is an animated film by French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet. Although completely lacking in dialogue, the film contains an original Jazz score by Benoit Charest and relies on the overly animated characters, their facial expressions and their body language to tell the story.
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Set in the French countryside, the film opens with young boy, Champion, being raised by his grandmother, Madame Souza. One life-changing day Madame Souza buys Champion a bicycle. As he gets older, she takes on the role of trainer and helps Champion to prepare for the Tour de France. On race day, Champion goes missing during a particularly difficult uphill climb. With the help of her loyal sidekick, Bruno, Madame Souza heads to the big city of Belleville to track down the whereabouts of her beloved grandson. Once there, she is befriended by the trio of aging singers, The Triplets of Belleville, who aid here in her quest. The uniqueness of this film found in the combination of the lack of dialogue, original musical score and animation is not something that I will ever forget. Nor will you. So, check it out.” — Richard Van Kampen, Marketing Director
“I love The Big Chill. It exposes the unsettling, raw, yet invigorating truth on how entering your 30’s does not mean the ‘carefree’ side of you will just slip away and evaporate. Instead, entering your 30’s means you will be smacked awake with a reality that has always been there but was subtler before. This reality being that time tends to slip away — fast. This film shows how life’s journey can be liberating, exciting, confusing and scary as hell.
It is so fun to watch because it’s like entering a time capsule and seeing a younger version of my parents going through the bittersweet sentimentality that life’s transitions bring. It’s about letting go of the past, embracing the future, and coming to terms with the fact that life is not just hard, but it can be a damn hurricane. Luckily, all of this comes with the back drop of the free lovin’ ‘70s, a young Jeff Goldblum, and a killer soundtrack beaming with ‘60s and ‘70s vibes. The Big Chill is a film I could watch at least once a year and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!” — Ashley Grover, Assistant Marketing Manager
“I’m excited to see Web Junkie, a documentary about internet addiction in China, where it’s been labeled a clinical disorder. Not lost on me is the fact that I’m making this recommendation on the internet, where I’ll also be watching the movie. Since Web Junkie was released in 2014, the internet has become an even more integral part of many of our lives — it’s where some of us work, play, and “live”. What is it to be an internet addict in this day and age? Is what might have been weird several years ago just the new normal today? Really looking forward to this one.” — Geoff Hill, VP of Finance and Administration