Video stores can be pretty overwhelming. There's a certain fretful anticipation that comes with walking around their towering walls, picking out films at random and hoping you stumble across something great. That's why we think that Madman's new venture Festival At Home is pretty rad - not only do they curate some of the previous years' best films for you to see in one easy place, but they quickly and easily link you to DVD, Blu-ray and digital download options. It's a little like programing your own film festival, really. That means no more time wasted sorting the good from the bad and the ugly.
They have thirty films out to choose from at the moment. Some of our recommendations are Melancholia, Miranda July's The Future, Bill Cunningham New York, Submarine and This Is England. To celebrate their birth into the cinema world, they're giving all thirty DVDs away to a special someone. If you want that person to be you, just click here!
If you're the type of lad or lass who loves film festivals but often winds up blankly staring at the program in confused awe, they're also going to be putting together guides for film fests around the world - not only will you know what might interest you, but you'll have the direct links to where you can view them, as unfortunately Cannes and Sundance are kinda far away. Watch out for that coming up on their blog.
Photo by Petra Bindel.