What to Watch on Hoopla This Month
Your library card gives you access to several streaming video options, from BBC classic movies to kids' cartoons to meditation videos. Today, we're looking at some of the feature films available on Hoopla.
What is Hoopla?
Hoopla is a platform that we subscribe to for digital movies, music and comics. You can access up to eight Hoopla streams or downloads per month, free with your library card. For more information, read our Getting Started Guide.
We've scoured Hoopla for some of the most exciting movies on offer right now. Here are eight that you might want to check out this month, depending on your mood.
Are you in the mood for...
...a smart, intense buddy comedy?
Blindspotting (2018) Directed by Carlos López Estrada, starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal
Daveed Diggs is Collin, an Oakland furniture mover trying to keep his chaotic best friend Miles (Rafael Casal) from getting him thrown back in jail. A complex, witty, intense, elegantly executed story about friendship, race, police violence and trauma.
...a gentle, moving family drama?
The Farewell (2019) Directed by Lulu Wang, starring Awkwafina and Shuzhen Zhao
Awkwafina charms as Billi, a New Yorker drawn into a family conspiracy. Her beloved grandmother in China has been diagnosed with terminal cancer; her parents stage a fake wedding so that they can all gather with Nai Nai one last time, without letting her know she's dying. A gentle portrait of familial love amidst cultural differences, overcast with anticipatory grief. Tissues recommended.
...a giddy, fast-paced screwball classic?
His Girl Friday (1940) Directed by Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
This delightful newsroom classic's dialogue famously clocks in at 240 words per minute — more than twice the speed of most movies. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel make 1940s Hollywood stardom look ridiculously fun.
Bonus: This movie counts as a bonus view! If you watch it in November 2021, it won't count towards your eight-title limit.
...an entertaining, thought-provoking monster thriller?
The Host (2006) Directed by Bong Joon Ho, starring Kang-Ho Song and Ko A-Sung
Years before Bong Joon Ho won the Oscar for Parasite, he was applying his critical sociological eye to the classic creature feature. It turns out you can say a lot about a society by showing how it reacts to a murderous mutant river monster in its midst.
...a poignant, infuriating-but-inspiring coming-of-age story?
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Directed by Desirée Akhavan, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck
1990s teen Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with her girlfriend. Her parents pack her off to a gay conversion therapy camp. Spoiler alert: she doesn't convert, but she does make some new friends. Thoughtful, beautifully acted, sometimes upsetting.
...a scary, dreamy, oddball classic?
Night of the Hunter (1955) Directed by Charles Laughton, starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Billy Chapin
Robert Mitchum is memorably terrifying as a sinister preacher who makes a living murdering wealthy widows. An astonishing, weird, expressionistic classic.
...a different scary, dreamy, oddball classic?
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Ivana Baquero and Sergi López
The eleven-year-old stepdaughter of a Fascist captain in Franco's Spain escapes into a fascinatingly creepy fictional world. A greatest-of-all-time fantasy film for grownups.
...an uplifting, delightful coming-of-age story?
We Are the Best! (2013) Directed by Lukas Moodysson, starring Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne
Three oddball, irrepressible tweens form a punk band in this charming, upbeat, naturalistic Swedish coming-of-age story.
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