Movies on demand: An ode to the letterpress, some classic films, more
Here is an interesting new release available now from digital providers as well as several titles that have recently become available for streaming.
“Pressing On: The Letterpress Film”: This beautifully filmed documentary from co-directors Erin Beckloff and Andrew P. Quinn takes viewers across the United States to help explain how the art of the letterpress has survived despite a shift to digital design. My own grandfather was a typesetter for books and magazines, so I was intrigued to dive into the history of printing presses and this timeless form of human communication. The people who now horde and restore old presses are passionate about the topic. You could argue they have a fetish for obsolete technology or are obsessed with being purists, but it’s also easy to see a shared love and language for this hands-on method of design. Embracing work that is simultaneously simple and painstakingly difficult, these are the people who are keeping this creative process alive through modern print shops, museums, and even by obsessively collecting as many old presses as they can get their hands on. (Digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
“Alex Strangelove”: If you enjoyed “Love, Simon,” you’ll want to check out this endearing new comedy from writer-director Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”). It tells the story of Alex (Daniel Doheny), a high school nerd who has started dating his best friend Claire (Madeline Weinstein). They’re super close and he cares about her a lot, but Alex has a secret: He has his eye on Elliott (Antonio Marziale). Ben Stiller’s involvement as a producer on the movie may have added some raunchy humor to the proceedings, but at its heart, this is a light-hearted story of a closeted teenager trying to find his own path. (Netflix)
Paramount Classics: Kanopy has entered into a partnership with Paramount to bring some of their catalog to the website. You can watch beautiful HD transfers for free simply by connecting your account to your library card. Classic titles like “Saturday Night Fever,” “Harold and Maude,” “Paper Moon,” “Funny Face,” and “Sunset Boulevard” are among the first batch of offerings which also can be accessed through apps for devices like the Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku. (Kanopy)
“Yellow Submarine”: This animated classic from the Beatles has recently been restored in 4K and remixed in 5.1 surround sound to hit theaters again this summer for its 50th anniversary. The version recently added to Prime Video is rather inexplicably not the new restoration. Check this out if you’re itching for a free way to enjoy the movie and hear favorite songs like “All You Need is Love,” “Hey Bulldog” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” (Amazon Prime)