Sofa Cinemaphile: Featuring Jams From The Coup, Whitney Houston and ABBA

A new release wall for your living room.

There is a LOT more fun in new-to-streaming-land here at the end of October – as well as a few classy documentaries and an experimental film starring Miranda July. And you don’t even have to leave the house!



Dir: Boots Riley; Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler

A stylish nightmare dive into near-future America that touches all our touchiest spots: racism, art, activism, integrity, the problem of corporate citizenship, sales – and of course, money – ‘Sorry to Bother You’ somehow manages to be about everything without being overwhelming, and it left me both deeply troubled and laughing out loud. Lakeith Stanfield is great and Tessa Thompson always kind of steals the show for me – though Armie Hammer’s sociopathic eccentric billionaire was my favorite delightful surprise. This movie is all the things you need.


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Dir: Kevin Macdonald

Katie Nash from the Tribune News Service wrote: “’Whitney’ is daring both emotionally and aesthetically, and gets to a kind of truth about Houston the public has never known before” and Wesley Morris from the New York Times wrote: “Whitney is too fascinatingly ghostly to be a party, too sad, strange and dismaying to cheer. In its grim, guilt-inducing way, the film works, even on the occasions when it’s working against itself.”

Anonymous audience reviewer L.G. says: “…100% certain the maker(s) of this meant well. Show us the why. Speaking of why, WHY the hell would I want to remember Whitney Houston like this? What did she ever do to me but bring joy and beauty. Thanks but no thanks, you prick(s).”

Wow, well I’m intrigued.


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Dir: Michael Del Monte

From a beautiful 10/10 review from IMDB user jonah-86907: “How does a person who has lived their life building and supporting a false identity to protect their psyche from the hatred they feel toward their own body set about building a life around who they’ve always yearned to be? The answer, it seems, is that nobody knows. Transformer manages to simultaneously challenge what it takes to be a man, what it means to be a woman, and what is required to be truly human.”


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Dir: Sandi Tan

I love a mystery documentary – this trailer reminds me a little bit of ‘Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles’ which is one of my favorite documentaries. Also, great poster!


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Kinda Fluffy


Dir: Peyton Reed, Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Peña

I think everyone was shellshocked or still crying after ‘Infinity War’ and Marvel fans weren’t quite ready to have fun in the MCU when this film came out. But maybe we’re ready now! Heck, it’s election season – bring on that giant pez dispenser gimmick and that Paul Rudd charm.


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Dir: OI Parker; Starring Meryl Streep and Cher and EVERYONE

I haven’t seen either of these ‘Mamma Mia’ movies, which is pretty surprising because I am generally very enthusiastic about pop music and love and musicals. And Colin Firths. Was he in the first one? Who likes these movies? Am I missing something important and wonderful by skipping them? Is this a ‘Scott Pilgrim’-like regret for me, where I assume something sucks and then find out later it’s the greatest most wonderful thing ever? Please freely share your advice.


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Dir: Josephine Decker; Starring Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July

This looks great! I’ll see or read or participate in anything Miranda July does. Plus, the pull-quotes in this trailer make the reviewers sound like they were just beside themselves.


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Tense and Possibly Thrilling


Dir: Mélanie Laurent, Starring Ben Foster, Elle Fanning

Great writer (Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote season 1 of ‘True Detective’ as well as a few books Justin enjoyed), a nice leading role for Ben Foster, and some good old-fashioned crime drama tension.


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