- Author Becky Roberts
- Published December 24, 2015
The Ho-Ho-How To Live It advent calendar – December 24: MUBI streaming
Want yourself a better choice of movie each day of the year? Welcome to new indie kids on the streaming block, MUBI
Ever been to a Red Dragon buffet restaurant, done two laps around a hundred-odd dishes and found yourself stuck for choice? Same goes for streaming services.
The likes of Netflix and Amazon Instant Video are great for binging out on boxsets and catching the films your mates talk about down the pub. But how often have you flicked through hundreds of Netflix titles, gone through ‘George Clooney movies’ and ‘dramas based on real life’ categories, only to go back to EastEnders on BBC? If the answer is yes, MUBI might be for you.
In short, it’s a streaming service – an ‘online cinema’ – like no other that adds one great film a day to its catalogue, and stays up for a month before being replaced by another. Ergo, 30 movies are always available to watch at any one time.
Popular doesn’t always mean good and not everyone can make it to the Cannes Film Festival. Both excellent points, MUBI. So MUBI’s catalogue is an eclectic mix of new and old, Hollywood favourites, cult classics and more obscure titles from across the pond. Right now, household films Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo ’66 and Woody Allen’s Mem>Manhattan Murder Mystery appear alongside Gregg Araki’s chilling drama Mysterious Skin and Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn’s 2014 arthouse comedy L for Leisure.
For a fiver a month, you get 365 films, ideal for passing time on the daily commute on your smartphone or tablet, or at lunch on your PC/Mac.
So when you settle for What Women Want for the third time that year, really what you should be tucking into is Jean Luc-Godard’s La Chinoise. Because, oh man, it’s so, so good. And, let’s face it, you won’t find it anywhere else.
Catch up on every window of the Ho-Ho-How To Live It advent calendar right here!
Day 1: Ice hockey slap-shot
Day 2: Extreme motor-bicycles
Day 3: Modern-day Western
Day 4: Captain Kirk, Pulp and ballet dancing
Day 5: The Frenchman who went up a hill
Day 6: The Jungle Book
Day 7: Terrible Christmas duets
Day 8: A Christmas Horror Story
Day 9: The Detectorists
Day 10: Horror claymation
Day 11: True Romance
Day 12: Bill Murray’s Christmas
Day 13: High-wire walking
Day 14: Daniel Craig’s hair
Day 15: Get weepy with Prancer
Day 16: Extreme snowboarding
Day 17: Star Wars
Day 18: Grace and Frankie
Day 19: Rattle That Lock
Day 20: Advert wars
Day 21: Welcome to 4K
Becky Roberts is staff writer on What Hi-Fi? magazine.
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