Last week, Kanopy — a free film-streaming service used by public libraries across the country — added virtually every A24 film to its collection, which means that if your friendly neighborhood library participates in the program, you can watch everything from the beloved studio behind Moonlight, The Lobster, Lady Bird, and a ton of other Hollywood darlings from the past five years. Pretty lit.
The news comes in the wake of last month’s announcement that FilmStruck — the equally beloved cinephile streaming service — would close at the end of November (specifically the 29th, this coming Thursday). Parent company WarnerMedia justified the decision in business-ese with a bland statement praising FilmStruck’s “creativity and innovations,” and promising to “take key learnings” from the service to “help shape future business decisions in the direct-to-consumer space and redirect this investment back into our collective portfolios.” Film buffs everywhere poured one out for the platform, and a group of major Hollywood directors urged the company to save the service. WarnerMedia and Criterion announced a new Criterion Collection streaming service, which is slated for launch in early 2019.
While Kanopy doesn’t have quite the selection FilmStruck did, it does offer a wide variety of classic and contemporary movies — and as the New York Public Library jokingly reminded patrons over this Black Friday weekend, unlike even the best streaming deals out there, it’s free. (You can stream the catalog online, or on most devices through the service’s apps.) There’s no reason not to sign up! As the classic television show Arthur put it: “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.”