Looking for something a little different to watch? So try our local streamers
OPINION: Loved the response to last week’s article on local streaming services that popped up over the past year or so.
New Zealand’s state of online choice at the present time, with a few players dominating the market and hardly any attention paid to the best alternatives, is like a reminder of the bad days of the neo beer industry. Zeeland and the former Lion / DB duopoly.
AroVision (ondemand.arovideo.co.nz), Academy Cinemas (ondemand.academycinemas.co.nz) Deluxe Cinemas (athome.deluxecinemas.co.nz) and The Roxy (ondemand.roxycinema.co.nz) offer similar platforms, more importantly, it is their own staff who choose what goes online.
These platforms are handpicked by people you can literally call and talk to about what you want to see.
So if you’re looking for the offbeat, independent, and interesting movies and documentaries that the big platforms – or torrent sites – don’t have, you can really buy local.
On AroVision, I just discovered Rolf De Heer’s cult smash from 1993 Bad Boy Bubby – about a 35-year-old man who has lived his entire life in his mother’s basement and what happens when he escapes into the outside world. If you’ve never seen Bubby, I envy you a little. This is one of those movies that you will never forget to see for the first time.
And a good selection of favorites from recent years – Monos, Force majeure, It must be heaven – have all appeared in the last few weeks.
The Dissident is now available to stream on Deluxe At Home.
Roxy’s platform is also full of gems, with the added bonus of a selection of horror and thrillers specially chosen by Terror-Fi festival director James Partridge, whose taste for movies totally belies how much of a guy he is. adorable. All-time favorites Lowering, You ain’t never really been there and Mandy all live here.
The Roxy also has The host – the movie that made Bong Joon Ho (Parasite, Snowdrops) a feeling. It’s unlike any other monster movie you’ll ever see, no matter how many times it’s imitated.
The Deluxe Cinemas site – athome.deluxecinemas.co.nz – seems particularly strong on documentaries, with recent successes The painter and the thief, The dissident, White riot – on the rise of Rock Against Racism in 1970s London – and Zappa all presented. Every movie on this list is a stunner, in its own way.
Like Nicolas Cage? You will love Mandy.
These services will never give you the easily digestible blandness of the big American platforms. They are locally owned, locally organized, and operated by people who live in your city.
For all the same reasons you went for great tasty, locally-made beer as soon as it became available, AroVision, Deluxe at Home, Academy, and Roxy OnDemand may be your new choice for movies and documentaries. I am already addicted.