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Yes, unfortunately I think you have to set up an account (a free one, not the sub) in order to see what they have on offer. FWIW the 30 currently-showing films are:

Dark Star - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069945/

Red Road - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471030/

That Day - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343524/

Shotgun Stories - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0952682/

Tristram Shandy - A Cock And Bull Story - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423409/

My Only Sunshine - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1370212/

City Lights - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021749/

Phantom Love - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0847510/

Fish Tank - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232776/

Genealogies Of A Crime - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119242/

The Brothers Grimm - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0355295/

Clean - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388838/

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1016268/

Boccaccio '70 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055805/

La Ronde - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042906/

Wuthering Heights - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1181614/

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800099/

The Blair Witch Project - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185937/

The Lookout - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427470/

Cargo 200 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0847880/

Memories of Underdevelopment - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063291/

Day of the Dead (1895) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088993/

The 400 Blows - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053198/

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486541/

In The Bedroom - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0247425/

Chasing Amy - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118842/

Marriage Italian Style - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058335/

Deep Red - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073582/

Wild Tigers I Have Known - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430768/

Sin City - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401792/

I think they're in order of addition, so Dark Star falls off the list at midnight tonight. Not a bad selection for £2.99 a month, and despite my falling out of love with film I'm tempted to give it a go. 30 different films each month (or one a day if you choose to look at it like that) is pretty decent if the list stays as diverse as that and the quality stays the same (and doesn't do repeats too often). But I'm still not sure about how that selection is reflected on the PS3, which is where I'd do almost all of my viewing.

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I took the bullet on this one, and it turns out to have been fairly painless. There's a 7-day free period for new subbers and despite the confusion all the above films are (naturally) available via the PS3 app, it's just that you'll have to do a text search to find them. Despite the fact that the new sub technically only gives access to 30 films at a time on rotation, the PS3 selection for the UK still includes these plus hundreds of others making 956 in total. For free for a week and £2.99 a month thereafter you might want to give it a try if you fancy something out of the mainstream - obviously they'll bring the PS3 app in line with the web selection sooner rather than later, but I reckon it's worth a least a week's free trial, and probably worth popping £2.99 for the first month after that too. (If you've not seen them, the three-film Andrea Arnold collection in the 30-film schedule is worth a month's sub alone, imo.)

Tonight I had the pleasure of That Day (interesting and stupid fun in a knowing art-house farce sort of way, if a bit up its own), and a film that was a revelation to me, Shotgun Stories, the feature debut from Jeff Nichols who went on to make the terribly flawed Take Shelter. (Sorry cookie, but I've just searched for a thread on the former and read your mini review, and I have to say you've got these two films entirely the wrong way round to a quite breathtaking extent. I honestly thought you'd love Shotgun, and I equally honestly just can't understand your comments about it. It's absolutely beautifully shot, well-scripted, well-plotted, well-acted, is tense, and completely makes sense on every level, with a proper ending thats coherent with the rest if the film. Guess which several of those epithets sadly don't apply to the director's next film?) Anyway, it's one of the best films I've seen in ages.

I'd ask you to retitle the thread to 'MUBI online film service: £2.99 a month' or something, because I think it deserves more of a look than the thread will attract in its current incarnation, and a few people might like to try it at least in the short term, but given the blood feud that'll probably arise over the opinion above I might just leave it there. Still, there it is. I do think the service is worth a look in its current form, admittedly mainly because you can take advantage of a far wider range of titles than the company intended until they've patched up the PS3 service. After they do that, who knows.

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I know I am. I think people generally go for the overblown and/or portentous these days, and Nichols did that with his second film, layering an unconvincing story (and a - you must admit it - frankly ridiculous ending, the bane of modern cinema) on top of the realist aesthetic he'd successfully established, I now see, with his debut. He does the social and cultural stuff so well when it's grounded in reality - and Shannon is so good an actor in that respect - that I think it's a shame he felt he had to provide that extra (for me, forced) layer on top. But, as you say, that's a minority view. I have to admit that I feel increasingly in that position, hence partly the lack of reviews. It mostly seems like it would be moaning about that other people seem to love; here, it seems the opposite. And the actual filming and light and composition in Shotgun was so lovely I was surprised you seemed so dismissive of it - I thought you'd love the look and feel of the thing, if nothing else.

I don't suppose anyone cares really, including you and I. But some people might give the free MUBI week a crack if the thread gets its title updated. Don't you fancy it yourself, or have you already got enough bases (and time) covered?

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No idea, but probably something that reflects it current status. It's a £2.99 a month film streaming service and the title, fine at the time, no longer reflects that. Just seems sensible to update it, and not intended as a criticism.

I sympathise with your bandwidth problems as I have them myself. The 2.3 Mbps I'm currently getting is exceptional for me, and I doubt it'll last much longer. On the Shotgun thing, I hadn't ever read your opinion before tonight and I was honestly surprised, since you loved the photography of Shelter, and Shannon's performance, that you didn't seem to take to them at all in the previous film. I thought they were at least as good, and even if you didn't like them as much (don't know why you wouldn't having now seen both), they're obviously in the same ball park. For me it was the story, plotting and SFX (I really did dislike them) that set them apart, and on those scores we clearly have different opinions. But whatever.

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It's a luxury compared to what I usually have, too: I lived for a long while on well under a single Mbps before it got back up to this level, at which it won't stay; plus it's totally unstable on a daily basis. But loads of people here would have no problems at all with their telecoms handling this sort of thing and judging from the reactions to stuff like the Netflix (UK) service I thought it might be good to present this as an alternative - or, more likely, a complementary - service. It deserves to have an at least slightly wider audience.

But at least we without massive IT infrastructures tend to get to live near a windswept shore or two.

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I felt compelled to go back and sign up for the 7-day trial after Gorf so seflessly jumped in and tested the waters. It seems a rather excellent deal given the out of canter PS3 app giving access to basically everything, but christ, while I was aware that I'm not exactly a film expert, I wasn't expecting to be presented with hundreds and hundreds of films I have literally never heard of.

Any recommendations, anyone?

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Any of these...

Dark Star - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069945/

Red Road - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471030/

Tristram Shandy - A Cock And Bull Story - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423409/

City Lights - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021749/

Fish Tank - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232776/

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1016268/

La Ronde - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042906/

Memories of Underdevelopment - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063291/ - Not seen it but it is supposed to be very good

Day of the Dead (1985) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088993/

The 400 Blows - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053198/

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486541/

Deep Red - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073582/

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Shotgun Stories! That ends tomorrow at midnight. Though I suppose it probably doesn't, unless they fix the PS3 client to restrict access before then. Also Wuthering Heights - might as well see all the three Andrea Arnold films, as they're all great imo.

Of the others in the 30 list, avoid Wild Tigers I Have Known. I admit I turned it off after 20 minutes, but I can't see it dragging itself out of its pit of self-absorbed, heavy handed symbolism in lieu of actual filmmaking after that point. Never good to pass judgment on a film you haven't seen, but unless you run out of other options I'd leave that down the bottom of the pile.

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I finally subbed for the price of a pricey coffee (why it took me so long to try I don't know) and it is really quite confusing the way they're promoting it. As GK has already pointed out, they make a big deal of this 30-film selection, but the sub just gives you access to the whole catalogue anyway (barring those films you still have to pay to see). Picture quality is fine but not up to Lovefilm or Netflix by a long shot, and curiously the two I sampled (Finding Neverland and L'Aventura) both had slight sound sync issues.

Regardless, the selection differs enough from the aforementioned alternatives that it's probably worth sticking with.

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I don't know about this. The selection (while small) is unique enough to give it a place alongside Netflix, LoveFilm, iTunes, et al. but the quality really leaves a lot to be desired. I'm getting used to lovely HD streams, and everything so far I've sampled on here takes me right back to the 700MB avi experience.

Of course, while I was mulling over this I got billed for my first month so it gets a stay of execution by default.

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Makes little difference to me as the horrid slowness of my connection won't let me stream in HD anyway, so it looks pretty much like the streams of the other services. You can still watch everything on the full list too (including stuff like The Free Will that cookie recently raved about in the movie watchers' blog), so it is a pretty good deal.

Having said that, although I've also been billed my first £2.99 I haven't actually watched anything since. I really shouldn't sub to stuff like this as I rarely use it properly, if at all.

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I've just signed up to this (Picturehouse members get 90 days free) and really liking it - I've been a Netflix, NowTV and Lovefilm subscriber but the amount of choice on these streaming services are just dizzying so it takes me longer to find a film than to actually watch one. The idea of a 30 film, curated list is great for me - I'd happily watch almost any of the films on the current list and I've already seen more than I did on my Lovefilm subscription.

Check it out kids, I'm definitely signing up as long as the films are kept fresh. For £2.99 a month it's a steal really.

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Not sure why, but Mubi suddenly emailed me saying what the films of the day were the last two days and both seemed interesting. How are you (both?) finding it now? I think I'm going to sign up and give it a spin...

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I signed up when this thread was looking at it at Christmas. It's lovely for its curation of titles - feels like going to a video store and I like that. But it can be a bit flaky in terms of when it'll play stuff (evenings are tricky - I'm in the UK) and there's a series of twenty or so shorts that seem to be permanently in the collection which I'm not really interested in and just get in the way of browsing through the non-static 30 movie library. I can't find a way to filter them out.

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I've had no problems with the service, although it took them a while over Christmas to unlink my previous MUBI account on my PS3. The quality isn't HD but I haven't had any streaming issues in the evening - I watched Cabin in the Woods the other day and may give Detour & Hard Candy (today's choice) a spin at the weekend.

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This was my movie watchers blog review of Detour. Ah, the glory days of five years ago when I had the time to wheeze long windedly about old films.

"That's life. Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you."

Detour

Edward G Ulmer stole away the wife of the nephew of the head of Universal, so he was shunned forever by the big studios, condemned to Poverty Row, making movies like this, shot in six days for peanuts. A couple of sets, some dodgy back projection, a handful of not the most gifted actors in the world, a clunky script. The nearest it comes to a special effect is deliberately letting the camera go out of focus to indicate our protagonist's state of mind.

He's sweaty, desperate, has no money, but is trying to hitch cross-country to see his girl, who's been seduced by the bright lights of Hollywood. He gets picked up by a driver who offers to take him the rest of the way, but I'm not too sure it was a good idea to accept...

"I guess at least an hour past before I noticed those deep scratches on his right hand. They were wicked, three puffy red lines about a quarter inch apart. He must have seen me looking at them because he said...

Beauties, aren't they? They're gonna be scars someday. What an animal!

Whatever it was, it must have been pretty big and vicious to have done that!

Right on both counts! I was tussling with the most dangerous animal in the world - a woman! You know, there oughta be a law against dames with claws! I tossed her outta the car on her ear. Was I wrong? Give a lift to a tomato, you expect her to be nice, dontcha? After all, what kind of dames thumb rides? Sunday School teachers? The little witch."

An unfortunate event takes place, our man is in it up to his neck, the little witch herself shows up, and she's a real treat. The actress who plays her is now 87 and has just starred in Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. According to legend, Bette Davis was so terrified by her performance in this that she ran out of the cinema and hid behind a pot plant. She's sneering, shrewish, drunk and threatening. The actor who plays our protagonist later did time in real life for murdering his wife, and if she was anything like this then I don't blame him. The two of them are trapped in a cheap room that's barely big enough to contain their fear and loathing, until bad luck strikes again. My wife hates films where outlandishly improbably things happen to get someone in a fix ("Norman Wisdom films", she calls them), and so I think she'd hate this. But fate can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all.

Fans of Lynch's Lost Highway might enjoy it, and it's now in the public domain. The bit where it's raining and he realises what a mess he's in is good stuff.

"As I drove off, it was still raining and the drops streaked down the windshield like tears."

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