Last and First Men, Agnes, The Hating Game + More
Here’s what’s good about movies: There is always something for everyone. And this week on VOD, whether you love light romantic comedies, creepy and religious horrors, or stark, moody visual poems, the choice is yours.
In The hate game, two office workers who can’t stand each other and compete for the same job realize that their intense hatred for each other is perhaps best channeled into a hot love. For a totally different atmosphere, check out Last and first men, an austere black-and-white film that features haunting images of giant concrete war monuments in Yugoslavia, which were built after WWII. These monolithic sculptures appear under a narration of an apocalyptic story told by Tilda Swinton. It’s quite a mood.
And then there is Agnes, the new horror film from Mickey Reece, in which a young nun, Sister Agnes (Hayley MacFarland), appears possessed by demons. When Agnes seems to levitate the dishes, her friend and sister sister Mary (Molly C. Quinn) worries about her, and what she witnesses becomes a test of her own faith. When two priests come to her convent to exorcise Agnes, Mary witnesses it and is so disturbed that she leaves the convent and returns to civilian life. The second half of the film focuses on Mary and her return to society, as she grapples with what happened at the convent and what brought her there in the first place.
These are just a few of the titles you can watch on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, and through your cable service this week. Find out which movies are available to buy or rent on demand now!
Last and first men has all the characteristics of an arthouse film: narrated by Tilda Swinton, filmed in black and white and directed by music composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, it is strange and surreal, set two billion years ago in the future. But the story behind the film is almost as intriguing as the film itself: Jóhannsson adapted the sci-fi book Last and first men: a story of the near and distant future, by Olaf Stapledon, in this haunting story that takes place on a symphonic score he composed and which was recorded by the BBC Philharmonic just before his own unexpected death in 2018. A breathtaking and hypnotic film, First and last men marks the first and last characteristic of a man whose singular vision was to marry cold, monolithic visuals with a hypnotic score to evoke the idea of what happens when humanity is near extinction.
Where to stream Last and first man
The hate game maybe just the opposite of Last and first man. While one is a cutting-edge, anti-Hollywood film, the other is an all-you-can-eat romantic comedy classic, which is stereotypical in every way, but still charming. Maybe the only thing the two films have in common is that they’re both book-based, this one based on Sally Thorne’s bestselling novel. The story goes that Lucy (Lucy Hale) and Josh (Austin Stowell) share an office and are vying for the same promotion, which would be embarrassing in itself, but the two also really hate each other. They hurl insults at each other and constantly look at each other. It’s a classic hate story that turns into love when the two realize their feelings run deeper than they initially thought, but the point is, they’re still competing for a new job, so that their budding romance is compromised through their professional competition.
Where to stream The hate game
A new year’s resolution
The hate game
Last and first men
The last son
Show me the father
Indian sweets and spices
Off the rails
The end of us
Maya and her lover