Amazon has upped their game lately, and while they’re growing original productions are quickly becoming the talk of the industry (“Transparent,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Chi-Raq”), the company is still making sure to keep its streaming library strong with some of the best titles in the business. Their library is split between Amazon Prime, which offers exclusive streaming, and Amazon Video, where buyers can purchase or rent film titles online.
Although the weather will start to get warmer next month, Amazon is making it their mission to keep you inside by adding new and old school classics to both its Prime and Video services. Enticingly, films like the Oscar-nominated “The Big Short” and “Brooklyn” will find their way onto Amazon Video come March 15. Take a look at all the titles finding their way onto Amazon Prime and Video (marked by an asterisk) in March 2016, as well as Indiewire’s top picks on what to catch.
“Ghostbusters II” (1989)
“American Psycho” (2000)
“The Diary of Anne Frank” (1959)
“Land Before Time I: The Great Valley Adventure” (1994)
“The Seven Year Itch” (1955)
“Rules of Attraction” (2002)
“The Story of Ruth” (1960)
“The Gunfighter” (1950)
“Wicked Lady” (1945)
“The Blue Angel” (Kino Restored Edition w/ English Subtitles) (1930)
“American Psycho II” (2002)
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920)
“For Better, For Worse” (2011)
“Raw Deal” (1948)
“Attila, Il Flagello Di Dio” (English Subtitles) (1982)
“Black Magic” (1949)
“Love Play” (1961)
“The Courage of Black Beauty” (1957)
“Josephine and Men” (1955)
“The March Hare” (1956)
“The Golden Stallion” (1949)
“Days of Sin” (1963)
“I’ve Gotta Horse” (1966)
“Angelique Et Le Sultan” (English Subtitles) (1968)
“I, Mobster” (1958)
“Affair in Havana” (1957)
“Now and Forever” (1956)
Indiewire Pick: “The End of the Tour” (2015)
James Ponsoldt’s film focuses the late author David Foster Wallace as he is followed around by Rolling Stone magazine writer David Lipsky after the success of his second book, “Infinite Jest.” The warm, touching film surprised many, mainly due to Jason Segel’s casting as the reclusive, eccentric writer. But the unsung casting decision pays off as the actor knocks it out of the park, playing the amiable writer with profound sensitivity. Available on Amazon Prime.
Indiewire Pick: “Gattaca” (1997)
With “Gattaca,” Andrew Niccol wrote and directed a film that challenges even Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. What is often considered to be one of the most underrated science fiction films of the last decade, “Gattaca” tells the story of a future society that is driven by eugenics, ensuring that children inherit only the most desirable hereditary traits. With such a stellar cast — Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Gore Vidal and Loren Dean — the biopunk flick is a real treat from Amazon next month. Available on Amazon Prime.
Indiewire Pick: “Marc Maron: More Later” (2015)
At the ripe age of 52, it took Marc Maron more than 30 years to find his spot in the upper echelon of stand-up comics, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to end anytime soon. With a well-received eponymous TV show on IFC, a string of excellent stand-up specials, a best-selling autobiography, and a number one podcast, the New Jersey native has really made a name for himself in the past few years, working like a madman to stay on top. Filmed at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Maron uses his usual angry dark humor to paint a picture of what its like to be a Jewish boy growing up in barren Arizona, his past drug and alcohol issues, and why the neurotic comedian can never seem to find happiness. Available on Amazon Prime.
“Hans Crippleton: Talk to the Hans” (2014)
“Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip” (2015)*
“Deets N Bax Save Th’ World” (2015)
“Seven Wonders of Brazil” (2014)
“Monsters High: Great Scarrier Reef” (2016)*
“Earth: The Inside Story” (2014)
Indiewire Pick: “Brooklyn” (2015)
Director John Crowley’s period drama “Brooklyn” stars Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan as Eilis Lacey, an Irish immigrant who comes to America in the 1950’s in search of a better life. Her travels bring her in contact with a charming Italian-American (Emory Cohen), but she’s forced back to Ireland after a family tragedy, and a suitor (Domhnall Gleeson) begins vying for her affections. With a love triangle taking up most of the plot, the narrative is anchored greatly by Ronan’s resilient performance, beautifully crafted visuals and Nick Hornby’s robust screenplay.
“In the Heart of the Sea” (2015)*
Indiewire Pick: “The Big Short” (2015)
Adam McKay’s smash hit is one of the strongest contenders in this year’s Academy Awards race, nabbing five nominations. The dramedy is been considered one of the strongest film explanations of the global financial crisis, providing a clear, succinct, and moralistic plot to explain one of the most confusing and terrifying contemporary issues. Told in a smart, fast-paced manner, the ensemble cast, along with McKay’s stellar direction, champion a film that will etch itself into the lore of Hollywood’s reaction to the devastating recession. Available on Amazon Video.
“Beyond the Reach” (2014)
Indiewire Pick: “Mojave” (2015)
With every film Oscar Isaac releases, the Guatemalan-American actor brings a subtle, yet powerful presence to not only the screen, but also the diegetic world. The enigmatic magnetism of the acclaimed actor has led a few to suggest that he is perhaps going through his own Oscar-aissance, and films like “Mojave” only stand to support that claim as the multi-talented actor glides his way across the screen, unsettling his viewers with a quiet menace that can only be matched by a youthful Al Pacino. Available on Amazon Prime.
Indiewire Pick: “71” (2014)
“’71” is arguably Britain’s greatest film of 2014, not only because of the chaotic beauty of Tat Radcliffe’s camerawork, Yann Demange’s phenomenal direction or even Gregory Burke’s sharp, politically-charged script. No, it is newcomer Jack O’Connell who brings a strong sense of humanity and vulnerability to a British soldier who is separated from his squad in war-torn Belfast during the most volatile period of the Troubles. As bullets whiz and bombs are detonated, O’Connell’s steadfast determination and unwavering compassion make “’71” more than just a war film.
“A Single Shot” (2013)