Tired of scrolling through the same streaming platforms you’re subscribed to, looking for something new to watch? Here are 10 great films you can rent, or buy, on YouTube now:
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Set in a dystopian Japan, Wes Anderson’s gorgeous stop-motion animated film follows 12-year-old Atari (Koyu Rankin), who journeys to a remote island in search of his pet dog after the species is banished from his city. Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and more round out the cast.
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Set in 1920s Hollywood, during the transition from the silent era to talkies, Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s film stars Debbie Reynolds as an actress who dubs the lines of a much more popular star while hoping to finally get her moment in the spotlight.
Angamaly Diaries (2017)
Mouth-watering meals being cooked. Bursts of violence. A single long take. Lijo Jose Pellisery‘s take on gang wars in Kerala’s Angamaly suburb, starring Antony Varghese, has all his film staples, and then some.
The first of Ridley Scott’s long-running horror franchise combined the claustrophobic confines of a spaceship with stomach-churning alien designs by Swiss artist H.R. Giger. The no-nonsense Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, an officer on-board the Nostromo, is one of cinema’s most iconic Final Girls.
Knives Out (2019)
Rian Johnson’s wickedly funny murder mystery simultaneously parodies Agatha Christie while managing to feel like a love letter to her works. It stars Daniel Craig as a detective called to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy old man.
Tom McCarthy’s powerful, moving drama about The Boston Globe’s investigation into child abuse propagated by Boston’s clergy won the Academy Award For Best Picture in 2016. Its heart-wrenching subject matter is aided by compelling performances by Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and more.
Vishal Bhardwaj‘s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set in insurgency-hit Kashmir and starring Shahid Kapoor, Tabu and Kay Kay Menon, retains the beats of the original – loss, betrayal, grief, revenge – but adds in a flavour that is fiercely original.
Rear Window (1954)
Set largely in a single-location, Alfred Hitchcock‘s film revolves around a wheelchair-bound photographer’s suspicion that his neighbour is a murderer. What follows is an ingenious cat-and-mouse game starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) and Dial M For Murder (1954) are also available to rent.
Ship of Theseus (2012)
The lives of a Jain monk, an Egyptian photographer and an Indian stockbroker intersect in Anand Gandhi‘s National Award-winning musing on the meaning of life. The film, which actor Hugo Weaving called “an absolutely rare and profound piece of cinema”, stars Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Shah and Aida-El Kashef.
It Follows (2014)
David Robert Mitchell’s second feature film revolves around a curse that can be sexually transmitted, but steers clear of the horror cliches associated with that premise. Instead, it’s haunting and richly atmospheric.