Despite my efforts to track notable new titles on Netflix using any means available, some titles have appeared that I only noticed thanks to having eyes on the right web page at the right moment. Once is happenstance, two – in this case – is pattern enough to warrant a post.

The Kid with a Bike

The Kid with a Bike

1. The Kid with a Bike (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2011) – The latest from the hardest romantics of the French cinema, The Kid with a Bike has already been announced as a February release from the Criterion Collection. Until then, the Dardennes’ characteristically astringent tough-love tale can be viewed in HD with one touch of a button.

2. Story of Film: An Odyssey (Mark Cousins, 2011) – All 15 episodes of Cousins’s critically acclaimed, polyvalent essay on the cinema and cinephilia. I’ve been waiting to see this since hearing about it (at least) a year ago. It’s probably going to make me burn with envy, that I didn’t have the time/motivation/wherewithal to make the same sort of thing on my own. Ah well.

Story of Film: An Odyssey

Story of Film: An Odyssey