Tropic Cinema Online Film Club Presents: Stay-at-Home Streaming Series

June 12, 2020 -

While the coronavirus quarantine is keeping us all cooped up, it is providing a great opportunity to binge watch some classic films on your favorite streaming services. Tropic Board Member and Academy Award winner Terry George has put together his recommendations for some film series you can view at home — and each series can cover a weekend – or day-long marathon!

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Screening Series: Crazy? Genius? Both?

There are few things scarier or more voyeuristic than watching someone go crazy. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” is a classic example — they even made a TV series out of how the actors went crazy while filming. Here are five prime examples of this compelling genre: two documentaries and three classic features, with special attention to the thin line between madness and genius.

“Barton Fink” (1991) (AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Fandango)
“Network” (1976) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“Black Swan” (2010) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“Beware of Mr. Baker” (2012) (AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Netflix)
“Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau” (1996) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)

Screening Series: Armchair Travel
Movies are probably the greatest travel guides we have. Watch Sydney Pollack’s brilliant “Out of Africa” and I know you will want to go there. But movies set in iconic destinations are more than just travelogues: they are time machines, anthropological studies, political statements. Want to see how bad New York was in the ’70s? Just watch “Taxi Driver.” Or how great Rome was in the ’50s? Check out “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Here are some suggestions how to visit great cities from the comfort of your chair. You can join Anita Ekberg splashing in Trevi Fountain in “La Dolce Vita.” Who can top that?

New York
“Manhattan” (1979) (AppleTV, VUDU, Fandango)
“The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” (1974) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“Do the Right Thing” (1979) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“West Side Story” (1961) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“The Naked City” (1948) (AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Netflix)
“GoodFellas” (1990) (AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“The Sweet Smell of Success” (1957) (AppleTV)
“Gangs of New York” (2002) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“Taxi Driver” (1976) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)

Los Angeles
“Sunset Boulevard” (1950) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“Heat” (1995) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“The Big Lebowski” (1998) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“Chinatown” (1974) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“Double Indemnity” (1944) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“LA Confidential” (1977) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“LA Story” (1991) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Fandango)
“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Fandango)

Dublin
“My Left Foot” (1989) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“Once” (2007) (AppleTV, VUDU, Fandango)
“The Dead” (1987) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Fandango)
“The Commitments” (1991) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“Intermission” (2003) (AppleTV, VUDU)
“Michael Collins” (1996) (Apple TV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“The Informer” (1935) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Fandango)
“Sing Street” (2016) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)

London
“Notting Hill” (1999) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Fandango, HBO)
“Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“The Long Good Friday” (1980) (AppleTV, Fandango)
“The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”(1939) (1939) (AppleTV)
“A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime)
“Snatch” (2000) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)
“The Ladykillers” (1955) (AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Fandango)
“Oliver!” (1968) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango

Rome
“La Doce Vita” (1960) (AppleTV, VUDU)
“The Great Beauty” (2003) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime)
Roman Holiday” (1953) (AppleTV, Fandango,Netflix, Amazon Prime)
“The Two Popes” (2019) (Netflix)
“Bicycle Thieves” (1949) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix)
“The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999) (AppleTV, VUDU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fandango)

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