Five ways forward to “virtual” moviegoing at your fingertips.
The Music Box
Local art-houses continue stellar bookings via distributor partnerships, including Raul Ruiz’s original six-hour miniseries “Mysteries of Lisbon” in June, but the extras on Southport are Friday and Saturday night “Music Box To-Go” offerings, with samplings from concessions and the Lounge, including “The Room”-themed “The Tommy,” with miniatures of Malört, jumbo popcorn, a six-pack of PBR and a selection of plastic spoons.
The Gene Siskel Film Center
Dubbed “Film Center From Your Sofa,” the Siskel continues weekly attractions, including June showings of one of Hong Sang-soo’s latest worldly miniatures, “Yourself and Yours,” and Josephine Decker’s Elisabeth Moss–starring Shirley Jackson biography, “Shirley.”
Facet’s overlapping bookings include more lovingly unearthed offerings than its customary two-per-week.
“The Greatest Films You’ve Never Seen.” Maybe the best composite listing of streaming services, large and small, far and wide.
NFB (The National Film Board of Canada)
A repository of the eighty-one-year inventory of the Canadian institution, particularly strong on animation, short work and documentary. Available as a free streaming app.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.