Which movies would these films like on Facebook?
Now that movies are streaming on Facebook, we have a few friend requests of our own.
Last month, Warner Bros. began experimenting with a novel streaming platform: Facebook. The Dark Knight, the first two Harry Potter movies, Inception, Life as We Know It and Yogi Bear are currently available to be “liked” online. (Search for each film’s Facebook page.) But merely streaming movies doesn’t take advantage of Facebook’s natural affinities. Why not find these films suitable friends? Below, we offer a guide to recent releases and the movies that inspired or influenced them. We also hook up The Dark Knight, the inaugural Facebook film.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Released on December 17, 2010. Running time 108mins. Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey. Available on demand widely.
Is friends with Repulsion, The Red Shoes and The Fly.
Aronofsky’s shrieking psychodrama has as many friends as Mark Zuckerberg, but its BFF is Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (available on Amazon, Blockbuster and Crackle), another portrait of a young woman losing her mind in the big city. If Black Swan threw a sleepover, it would also have to invite Michael Powell’s The Red Shoes (available on Netflix Watch Instantly), about an obsessively dedicated ballerina, and David Cronenberg’s The Fly (available on Amazon Instant Video), from which it borrows its flesh-tearing, leg-bending body horror.
The Dark Knight
Directed by Christopher Nolan. Released on July 18, 2008. Running time 2hrs 32mins. Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Available on Facebook and Amazon Instant Video.
Is friends with Heat.
With Batman Begins, Nolan had already distanced himself from the baroque expressionism of Tim Burton’s caped crusader movies. But it wasn’t until this superlative sequel that the Inception director began to wed comic-book mythos to the muscular economy of a Michael Mann crime epic. Nolan has acknowledged the connection. Watch 1995’s Heat and The Dark Knight back-to-back; the latter’s crackerjack opening bank heist might as well have been ghost-directed by Mann. (Heat is available on Amazon Instant.)
Directed by David O. Russell. Released on December 17, 2010. Running time 115mins. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. Available on demand widely.
Is friends with Rocky.
Russell’s Oscar-winning boxing picture learned its moves from dozens of Hollywood heavyweight dramas, but its clearest big-screen mentor is the original Rocky. Marvel at the parallels, from the bruised glory of the fight sequences to the lived-in authenticity of both films’ working-class backdrops. (Rocky is available through Amazon Instant Video.)
Directed by Christopher Nolan. Released on July 16, 2010. Running time 148mins. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Available on demand widely.
Is friends with Blade Runner.
Nolan, the first filmmaker to have two of his films stream through Facebook, had many influences for Inception, which alludes to everything from Last Year at Marienbad to The Matrix. But in some ways, Blade Runner is the film that looms most heavily over Nolan’s oneiric action movie: By refusing to distinguish what’s real and what’s a dream, the whole narrative seems designed to start questions of the “Is Deckard a replicant?” variety. The spinning top, which may or may not fall at the end, seems like a direct homage to the “totems” used in Ridley Scott’s classic. (Blade Runner is available through Netflix Watch Instantly and Amazon Instant Video.)