Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got films from Lars von Trier, Terrence Malick, and Werner Herzog; detective movies from our most recent video essays; a Warhol rarity; the first feature from Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird; and more. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
Newly available via Netflix streaming, Lars von Trier’s latest netted a well-deserved Best Actress prize for Kirsten Dunst (and more than its fair share of controversy) at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film deals with nothing less than the end of the world, but in an astonishingly personal way, resulting in anxious, convincing, unnerving cinema — made all the more potent by von Trier’s efficient direction. It is a surprisingly modest picture from the Danish filmmaker, who is not exactly known for his subtlety; he doesn’t push for effect, and the end product is powerful, unforgettable cinema.