Where you can watch some of Burt Reynolds’ greatest hits
Here is an interesting new release available now from digital providers as well as some titles available for streaming.
On streaming services
Remembering Burt Reynolds: The veteran actor and director died Sept. 6 at the age of 82. He leaves behind a rich cinematic legacy of classics and more than a few guilty pleasures. Amazon Prime has one of his most iconic performances in “Smokey and the Bandit,” along with “Gator” and one of his final projects, “The Last Movie Star.” He earned a Golden Globe nomination with the football drama “The Longest Yard” in 1974, which you can stream on Hulu, and his only Oscar nomination for his role as adult filmmaker Jack Horner in 1997’s “Boogie Nights,” available now from Netflix. Other notable titles available for streaming include 1979’s “Starting Over” (Hoopla, Kanopy), “White Lightning” (Vudu On Us), “Semi-Tough” (Hoopla, Vudu On Us), and the ’90s family film “Cop and a Half” (Starz). If you’re looking for some of his other best roles in films like “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Citizen Ruth,” “Heat” and “Deliverance,” they’re available as paid rentals through digital services like Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and FandangoNow.
“Minding The Gap”: Bing Liu’s directorial debut proves that he is a masterful storyteller and a filmmaker to watch. Liu started filming his friends around the time he was 11 when they were all troubled young skateboarders. Over the years, he ended up capturing plenty of awesome tricks by talented kids but probably didn’t realize that he would be able to take that footage and shape it into a feature that would premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It begins as a seemingly lighthearted look at growing up but turns into a thoughtful examination of our cultural obsession with masculinity and the “right” way to be a man, the repercussions of domestic violence, the economic struggles of a town rapidly seeing its population shrink and the pressures of becoming an adult. Powerfully unforgettable. (Hulu)
Video on Demand
“Susanne Bartsch: On Top”: This intriguing documentary explores the career of the nightlife maven and fashion icon who has been known for the past 30 years as the “Queen of the Night.” She altered the nightlife landscape in mid-’80’s New York with outrageous special events. Kicking off a post-Studio 54 era, she emphasized uniqueness at all times, often going for a full-scale theatrical experience. Drag icon RuPaul notes in the film, “Susanne picked up where Warhol left off.” The debut film from directing duo Anthony Caronna and Alexander Smith uses the curation of her old party outfits for an exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology as an anchor to look back and tell her unbelievable story. (Digital VOD on Sept. 11)