On Demand: ’Bluebird’ documentary shines light on iconic Nashville venue
Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title currently available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Bluebird": Before the ABC series "Nashville," I admittedly knew nothing about the Bluebird Cafe. For frequent visitors or complete newbies, this documentary (which had its world premiere at South by Southwest earlier this year) captures what is so special about this small listening room that sits in a suburban strip mall and turns the spotlight on country music's best singer-songwriters. Director Brian Loschiavo tells the venue's history and introduces us to a handful of exclusive and intimate performances from people who got their start there, including Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
"In Fabric": Peter Strickland's films are slow-burning, surreal, often weirdly erotic and sometimes make you feel like you shouldn't be watching. That goes double for his latest, a bizarre feature inspired by Italian giallo films. Sheila (a brilliant Marianne Jean-Baptiste) is a divorced single mother who works at a bank. Her son is terribly disrespectful, and bank bosses harangue her over the smallest mistakes on the job. One night after stopping into a local department store to buy something to wear on a date, she spies a gorgeous red dress. It looks great on her, but after wearing it, she gets a bad rash. And when she tries to wash it (Sheila, it's clearly dry-clean only!), it causes her washing machine to literally explode. Overall, the film loses steam a bit in the final third, but if the idea of a legitimately killer dress sounds fun to you, don't hesitate to give this a shot. Be sure to crank up the volume for a wicked score by Cavern of Anti Matter, a group featuring Tim Gane and Joe Dilworth of Stereolab. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
Also on streaming services
"Atlantics": Mati Diop became the first black female director to have a movie in competition at the Cannes Film Festival with this drama that ultimately won the Grand Prix there. It tells the story of Ada, a young woman whose family has arranged for her to marry a wealthy man named Omar. The only problem is that Ada already has a lover named Souleiman, and she cares about him deeply. Omar's money means nothing to her, and she becomes distressed when, on the eve of her wedding, it is revealed that Souleiman has left the city (everybody says he went out to sea for a job, but Ada is not convinced). From there, the film turns from a love story into something surprisingly supernatural and very unexpected. (Netflix)