Well, moviegoers, the year is drawing to an end, and ‘tis the season for “best of 2014” lists. Ours will arrive later this week — and as with most, thanks to the Oscar-courting release patterns that have become the norm, it’ll be full of films you’ll either have to go to theaters to see, or that aren’t even at your neighborhood theater just yet. There’s nothing we can do about that, but in the meantime (as a kind of appetizer), we thought we’d offer up a few great movies that didn’t quite make the final cut, but have the advantage of immediate availability for streaming or rental. Add them to your queue for the holidays, or just click the title link to watch right now.
This charming comedy/drama, set in Stockholm circa 1982, has been marketed as a punk rock movie, but it’s less about music than about the bond that develops between friends who agree that everyone else is terrible. Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin) essentially form their band out of spite, and one of the film’s nicest surprises is that, over the course of the story, they become… OK, passable, not miraculously amazing or anything. There’s a bit of boy trouble, of course, and some subtle commentary on maturity and gender roles (their band members are mostly raised by single moms, and their parents all seem trapped in a perpetual, spin-the-bottle-playing adolescence). But the film doesn’t sink under its messaging; it’s a joyful experience, and its ending couldn’t be more perfect. (via Netflix)