Music Box At Home

Sun, Apr 5th, 2020 to Fri, Apr 30th, 2021

As you may know, for the past several months, the Music Box has been offering our fans Virtual Cinema, the ability to stream the excellent films you have come to expect at the Music Box from the comfort of your own home and for the price of a normal movie ticket.

We are excited to unveil to you our brand-new platform for virtual cinema: Music Box At Home!

On this new website, you will be able to rent new releases and restorations of classics, and every film you rent supports the Music Box. No more going to multiple different platforms and creating multiple accounts to access our virtual programming.

And to create a true Music Box experience, cue up Dennis Scott on the Music Box Organ before you watch your film!

For More Infomation, visit www.musicboxathome.com

Now Available to Watch in Music Box At Home:

76 Days

A FILM BY: Hao Wu

Click Here to Watch in MUSIC BOX AT HOME

*** WINNER - AFI FEST Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature ***

On January 23rd, 2020, China locked down Wuhan, a city of 11 million, to combat the emerging COVID-19 outbreak. Set deep inside the frontlines of the crisis in four hospitals, 76 DAYS tells indelible human stories at the center of this pandemic—from a woman begging in vain to bid a final farewell to her father, a grandfather with dementia searching for his way home, a couple anxious to meet their newborn, to a nurse determined to return personal items to families of the deceased. These raw and intimate stories bear witness to the death and rebirth of a city under a 76-day lockdown, and to the human resilience that persists in times of profound tragedy.

In Chinese with English subtitles 

“[A] remarkable front-line report… An emotional-wringer… A work of true direct cinema… The camerawork and editing are extraordinary in their immediacy and their sensitivity to chaos, exhaustion and resilience — often all at once. There's tenderness too, and awe.” — The Hollywood Reporter
 
“By far, the most of-the-moment selection this year, an astonishingly candid and deeply wrenching portrait of death, suffering and compassion.” — The Washington Post

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: Digital

Another Round

A FILM BY: Thomas Vinterberg
WRITTEN BY: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm
STARRING: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang

Click Here to Watch in MUSIC BOX AT HOME

There's a theory that we should be born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood, and that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity. Heartened by that theory, Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday. If Churchill won WW2 in a heavy daze of alcohol, who knows what a few drops might do for them and their students? Initial results are positive, and the teachers' little project turns into a genuine academic study. Both their classes and their results continue to improve, and the group feels alive again! As the units are knocked back, some of the participants see further improvement and others go off the rails. It becomes increasingly clear that while alcohol may have fueled great results in world history, some bold acts carry consequences.

In Danish with English subtitles

“Pop some champagne, crack open the whisky and guzzle back that ice-cold beer. The feelgood film of this or any festival has arrived, and it's a boozy-woozy marvel.” — Times (UK)

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: Denmark
Language: Danish
Run Time: 116 mins
Format: Digital

Assassins

A FILM BY: Ryan White, Jessica Hargrave

Click Here to Watch in MUSIC BOX AT HOME

In 2017, Kim Jong-nam—the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un—was assassinated in the bustling departures hall of Malaysia’s international airport. The spectacularly brazen murder happened in broad daylight, filmed entirely by security cameras. Footage showed two young women approaching Jong-nam from behind, covering his eyes with their hands, and pressing VX—the most lethal nerve gas on earth—into his eyes. He stumbled away and was dead within an hour. But if the murder was extreme, the story that came next was even more bizarre: The two women who killed Jong-nam claimed they had simply been hired to pull a video prank and had no idea what they were really doing. The Malaysian government scoffed, arrested and imprisoned the women and put them on trial for murder, facing execution. But was their outlandish story actually the truth? And would anyone believe them? Assassins, the latest from director Ryan White, travels from the sanctums of Pyongyang to the rice fields of Indonesia and Vietnam to the courtrooms of Kuala Lumpur to tell an extraordinary tale of manipulation and subterfuge in the age of social media. A masterful investigation that offers an unprecedented look at the real story of Kim Jong-nam’s murder, Assassins is the wildly improbable tale of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two women fighting for their lives.

“As you watch the movie, I promise that there are moments when your jaw will drop.” — Variety
 
“It’s a Kafka-esque and sometimes darkly comic tale of deception and exploitation that makes for a smartly assembled and eminently topical film that arrives at a crucial juncture in world affairs.” — Hollywood Reporter

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 104 mins
Format: DCP

Black Bear

A FILM BY: Lawrence Michael Levine
WRITTEN BY: Lawrence Michael Levine
STARRING: Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon

Click Here to Watch BLACK BEAR on Music Box At Home

At a lake house, a filmmaker plays a calculated game of desire and jealousy in the pursuit of a work of art that blurs the boundaries between autobiography and invention.  

"With BLACK BEAR, Plaza pushes her talent into raw new places." — Boston Globe

"Black Bear is an enthralling, visceral experience.” — The Filtered Lens

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 104 mins
Format: Digital

Collective

A FILM BY: Alexander Nanau
WRITTEN BY: Alexander Nanau, Antoaneta Opris
STARRING: Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag, Catalin Tolontan

Now Playing in the Music Box Virtual Cinema - CLICK HERE to Watch-At-Home

After an explosive fire claims the lives of 27 people at Bucharest nightclub, Colectiv, officials reassure the public that surviving victims will receive care in facilities that are “better than in Germany.” Weeks later, a rising causality count leads intrepid reporters at the Sports Gazette to investigate. Just as a crucial tip exposes Hexi Pharma, a local firm’s culpability, the firm’s owner dies under mysterious circumstances and the health minister quietly resigns amid the uproar -but this is only the first chapter in a thrilling, ever-twisting exposé.

Closely tracking the efforts of the Gazette team as they methodically discover layer upon layer of fraud and criminal malfeasance, Alexander Nanau’s COLLECTIVE is a fast-paced, real-time detective story about truth, accountability, and the value of an independent press in partisan times.

In Romanian with English subtitles

"One of the Greatest Movies About Journalism and the Dark Forces It Confronts" -- IndieWire

"The brilliant, infuriating Romanian healthcare documentary COLLECTIVE is a COVID-era must-see" -- LA Times

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Romania
Language: Romanian
Run Time: 109 mins
Format: Digital

Day of the Beast

A FILM BY: Alex de la Iglesia
WRITTEN BY: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Alex de la Iglesia
STARRING: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura

**Click Here To Watch THE DAY OF THE BEAST on Music Box At Home**

The international smash that remains one of the best horror comedies of our time!  

In between his cult hit debut ACCIÓN MUTANTE and proudly depraved PERDITA DURANGO, writer/director Álex de la Iglesia (HBO’s “30 Coins”) delivered a “classic of modern Spanish cinema” (Screen Anarchy), winning six Goya Awards including Best Director! 

When a rogue priest (PAN’S LABYRINTH’s Álex Angulo) discovers the exact date The Antichrist will be born, he enlists a Death Metal record store clerk and a cheesy TV psychic for an urban spree of “gore, sacrilege and twisted humor” (San Francisco Examiner) to prevent the Apocalypse by summoning Satan himself.  Terele Pávez (800 BULLETS) co-stars A 4K restoration from the original negative, supervised by the director himself!

In Spanish and Italian with English subtitles | 4K restoration courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive

“If Mel Brooks had directed "The Omen", it may have come out like this.” -- Film Threat

“Has a lot of heart thanks to Álex Angulo's tremulous, sympathetic performance as the mild-mannered man of God who has to become a sinner overnight.” -- Kim Newman, Empire

Technical Information

Production Year: 1995
Country of Origin: Spain
Run Time: 126 mins
Format: Digital

Martin Eden

A FILM BY: Pietro Marcello
WRITTEN BY: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
STARRING: Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Carlo Cecchi

Now Playing in the Music Box Virtual Cinema - CLICK HERE to Watch-At-Home

When unskilled laborer Martin Eden meets Elena, the daughter of a wealthy industrial family, it's love at first sight. The well-educated, refined young woman soon becomes an obsession for Martin who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his humble origins to be able to marry Elena. With determination and at the cost of great hardship, Martin sets out to get the education that his class has never allowed him to receive. Finding support in an older friend, left-wing intellectual Russ Brissenden, Martin soon gets involved in socialist circles, leading not only to political reawakening and destructive anxiety, but also to a conflict with Elena and her bourgeois world.

In Italian and French with English subtitles

“An absolute blast. Includes documentary footage, wealthy decadence, left-wing politics, angry speeches (in Italian!), beautiful women, square-jawed men, quotations from Baudelaire and the heroic deployment of manual typewriters, hand-rolled cigarettes, ascots and Volvo sedans. Everything I love in movies." — The New York Times
 
“A kaleidoscopic historical fantasia that seems possessed by the ghosts of Italian cinema.” — Film Comment
 
“This could be the international break-out of the season.” — The Film Stage

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian
Run Time: 129 mins
Format: Digital

The Passionate Thief

A FILM BY: Mario Monicelli
WRITTEN BY: Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Mario Monicelli
STARRING: Anna Magnani, Totò, Ben Gazzara

Click Here To Watch THE PASSIONATE THIEF on Music Box At Home 

*New 2K Restoration*

On New Year’s Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally, she runs into an old acting acquaintance (Totó), who is helping a professional pickpocket (Ben Gazzara) steal from people during the hustle-bustle of New Year’s Eve festivities. During the course of the evening, they have numerous crazy, humorous adventures all over Rome at different parties, restaurants, and even the Trevi fountain. Magnani’s Tortorella falls for Gazzara’s Lello without knowing what he’s up to, while Toto tries to placate them both.

The digital restoration of THE PASSIONATE THIEF was carried out by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna starting from the original camera negative and, for the sound, from optical soundtrack negative and a vintage combined dupe positive. These elements were made available from the film’s producer, Titanus. The original camera negative was scanned at resolution and digitally restored at 2K resolution. The restoration was carried out at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in 2013. Special thanks to Rai Cinema for the collaboration.

In Italian with English subtitles 

“A gem. Monicelli at his peak.” — Cahiers du Cinéma
 
“Reunites Totò with the magnetic [Anna] Magnani, his frequent stage partner during the 1940s, and for one of the few times in his career, he cedes the spotlight to someone else, giving an unusually subdued performance as a middle-aged bit actor” — Chicago Reader

Technical Information

Production Year: 1960
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian
Run Time: 106 mins
Format: Digital

The Reason I Jump

A FILM BY: Jerry Rothwell

Click Here to Watch Now on MUSIC BOX AT HOME

***WINNER—Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary***

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida's revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Moments in the lives of each of the characters are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps.

The film distils these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

“This is a wondrous work... that enlightens and informs but that is also ravishing to behold.” — The Hollywood Reporter
 
“An inventive, sensuous documentary worthy of its source. This compassionate, creative documentary will open ears and eyes in equal measure. As emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold.” — Variety
 
“Exquisite. THE REASON I JUMP will change how you think.” — Screen Daily

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 82 mins
Format: Digital

Rock Camp: The Movie

A FILM BY: Douglas Blush, Renee Barron

Click Here To Watch ROCK CAMP: THE MOVIE on Music Box At Home

Summer camp meets Spinal Tap as we journey to Rock' n' Roll Fantasy Camp, where dreamers from across America and around the world gather to shred with their heroes - and learn to rock like the legends. 

Rock Camp is an institution and cultural phenomenon that has been going on in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities since 1996. Rock Camp is the brainchild of music producer David Fishof. It boasts a jaw-dropping array of rock star "counselors" that include Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, Nancy Wilson, Joe Perry, Jeff Beck, Slash, and countless other rock legends. The counselors teach, inspire, and jam with the campers over four days. Each Rock Camp concludes with all of the counselors and their respective campers performing together.

In addition, ROCK CAMP, THE MOVIE is giving away a free trip to Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, and memorabilia to celebrate the release of the new documentary. The memorabilia comes from major musicians who have attended Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp over the last 25 years. To enter, go to: https://www.rockcampthemovie.com/giveaway. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 mins
Format: Digital

Santa Sangre

A FILM BY: Alejandro Jodorowsky
WRITTEN BY: Alejandro Jodorowsky (story), Roberto Leoni (story)
STARRING: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell

Click Here to Watch SANTA SANGRE on Music Box At Home

Fifteen years after Alejandro Jodorowsky’s EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN unlocked our collective third eye, the legendary provocateur made his ‘80s comeback with this staggering odyssey of ecstasy, anguish, belief, blasphemy, beauty and madness. SANTA SANGRE continues to enrapture both Jodorowsky newbies and dedicated fans like with its tale of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and a macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother.

4K restoration courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive

“A movie like none other I have seen before...a film in which the inner chambers of the soul are laid bare.” -- Roger Ebert

“One of the great hallucinatory experiences in cinema, a visually intoxicating horror trip. A perfect introduction for those eager to travel down more rarely explored routes of international film.” -- Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

Technical Information

Production Year: 1989
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: English
Run Time: 123 mins
Format: DCP

Some Kind of Heaven

A FILM BY: Lance Oppenheim

Click Here To Watch SOME KIND OF HEAVEN on Music Box At Home

**From Producer Darren Aronofsky**

With Some Kind of Heaven, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. With strikingly composed cinematography, this candy-colored documentary offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act.

“Those nostalgic for the fond portraits of eccentric Americana in Errol Morris’ early work—and pretty much everyone else—will be delighted by SOME KIND OF HEAVEN” — Variety
 
“This beautifully crafted documentary gives an honest, open, and deeply human look at getting older.” — Screen Zealots

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 83 mins
Format: Digital

World of Wong Kar Wai

A FILM BY: Wong Kar Wai

CLICK HERE to Watch the Films of WONG KAR WAI on Music Box At Home

7 NEWLY RESTORED 4K FILMS INCLUDE:

THE HAND (2004, 56 min) - Like In the Mood for Love, The Hand is set in the hazy Hong Kong of the 1960s, but its characters couldn’t be more different from the earlier film’s restrained, haunted lovers. Originally conceived for the omnibus film Eros, the film—presented in this retrospective for the first time in its extended cut—tells the tale of Zhang (Chang Chen), a shy tailor’s assistant enraptured by a mysterious client, Miss Hua (Gong Li). A hypnotic tale of obsession, repression, and class divisions, The Hand finds Wong Kar Wai continuing to transition from the frenetic, energized style of his earlier films into a register that is lush with romantic grandeur.

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000, 98 min) - Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.

HAPPY TOGETHER (1997, 96 min) - One of the most searing romances of the 1990s, Wong Kar Wai’s emotionally raw, lushly stylized portrait of a relationship in breakdown casts Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung as a couple traveling through Argentina and locked in a turbulent cycle of infatuation and destructive jealousy as they break up, make up, and fall apart again and again. Setting out to depict the dynamics of a queer relationship with empathy and complexity on the cusp of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong—when the country’s LGBT community suddenly faced an uncertain future—Wong crafts a feverish look at the life cycle of a love affair that’s by turns devastating and deliriously romantic. Shot by ace cinematographer Christopher Doyle in both luminous monochrome and luscious saturated color, Happy Together is an intoxicating exploration of displacement and desire that swoons with the ache and exhilaration of love at its heart-tearing extremes.

FALLEN ANGELS (1995, 99 min) - Lost souls reach out for human connection amidst the glimmering night world of Hong Kong in Wong Kar Wai’s hallucinatory, neon-soaked nocturne. Originally conceived as a segment of Chungking Express only to spin off on its own woozy axis, this hyper-cool head rush plays like the dark, moody flip side to Wong’s breakout feature as it charts the subtly interlacing fates of a handful of urban loners, including a coolly detached hitman (Leon Lai) looking to go straight, his business partner (Michelle Reis) who secretly yearns for him, and a mute delinquent (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who wreaks mischief by night. Swinging between hardboiled noir and slapstick lunacy with giddy abandon, Fallen Angels is both a dizzying, dazzling city symphony and a poignant meditation on love, loss, and longing in a metropolis that never sleeps.

CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994, 102 min) - The whiplash, double-pronged "Chungking Express" is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal pixie waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works. Anything goes in Wong’s gloriously shot and utterly unexpected charmer, which cemented the sex appeal of its gorgeous stars and forever turned canned pineapple and the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” into tokens of romantic longing.

DAYS OF BEING WILD (1990, 94 min) - Wong Kar Wai’s breakthrough sophomore feature represents the first full flowering of his swooning signature style. The first film in a loosely connected, ongoing cycle that includes In the Mood for Love and 2046, this ravishing existential reverie is a dreamlike drift through the Hong Kong of the 1960s in which a band of wayward twenty-somethings—including a disaffected playboy (Leslie Cheung) searching for his birth mother, a lovelorn woman (Maggie Cheung) hopelessly enamored with him, and a policeman (Andy Lau) caught in the middle of their turbulent relationship—pull together and push apart in a cycle of frustrated desire. The director’s inaugural collaboration with both cinematographer Christopher Doyle, who lends the film its gorgeously gauzy, hallucinatory texture, and actor Tony Leung, who appears briefly in a tantalizing teaser for a never-realized sequel, Days of Being Wild is an exhilarating first expression of Wong’s trademark themes of time, longing, dislocation, and the restless search for human connection.

AS TEARS GO BY (1988, 102 min) - Wong Kar Wai’s scintillating debut feature is a kinetic, hyper-cool crime thriller graced with flashes of the impressionistic, daydream visual style for which he would become renowned. Set amidst Hong Kong’s ruthless, neon-lit gangland underworld, this operatic saga of ambition, honor, and revenge stars Andy Lau as a small-time mob enforcer who finds himself torn between a burgeoning romance with his ailing cousin (Maggie Cheung, in the first of her iconic collaborations with the director) and his loyalty to his loose cannon partner in crime (Jacky Cheung) whose reckless attempts to make a name for himself unleash a spiral of violence. Marrying the pulp pleasures of the gritty Hong Kong action drama with hints of the head-rush romanticism Wong would push to intoxicating heights throughout the 1990s, As Tears Go By was a box office smash that heralded the arrival of one of contemporary cinema’s most electrifying talents.

Technical Information

Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Run Time: 90 mins