The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free through all nine locations of Providence Community Library (PCL). Library card holders can access films instantly by visiting this page on PCL’s website and following the simple instructions to sign up for the service. PCL’s 51,000 card holders are able to watch up to eight videos a month and access each selected video for up to 72 hours. Films can be viewed on any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
Kanopy Kids categories include TV series, learning languages, animated storybooks, anime favorites, classic films, and movies for the whole family.
Here are a few titles I would recommend, in no particular order: Force Majeure, I Am Not Your Negro, Hunt for the Wilder People, The Disaster Artist, Hitchcock/Truffaut, Helvetica.
Foreign movie fans will find much to like in the famous Criterion Collection, and there are great choices under ‘Must-See Classic Movies’ — although I would direct you away from the satire-proof foreign entry, ‘Last Year at Marienbad,’ which even the director didn’t claim to understand. (We are all specks of dust in a godless void? Man’s search for meaning in a seemingly hostile universe? Will Pee-wee find his beloved bicycle?)
On the other hand, Roger Ebert thought it held up upon rewatching. Marienbad or Marienterrible . . . now we can all have another look for free.