Like many of us in recent weeks, I’ve spent hours exploring the vast amount of previously unavailable content that’s now on offer to Disney+ subscribers.
Hidden among all the family-friendly, classic children’s entertainment, animated cuteness, superhero and Star Wars-related offerings there are also some discerning, more adult, cinema titles to be found — if you have the patience to look and, of course most importantly, control of the remote.
THE ARTHOUSE ESSENTIAL:
Bringing out the Dead — Disney+
After the somewhat uncharacteristic, aesthetically reserved but politically correct examination of the life of the Dalai Lama in 1997’s Kundun and before the baroque epic of his 2002 passion project Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese reteamed with his 1970s right-hand man, screenwriter and director Paul Schrader, for this dark, expressive adaptation of a novel by Joseph Connelly that heavily recalls in theme, content and structure their classic 1976 trailblazer Taxi Driver.
Starring Nicolas Cage, it’s the story of three ruthlessly relentless high-drama nights in the life of Manhattan ambulance paramedic Frank Pierce who is haunted by the ghosts of the patients he’s lost and burning out spectacularly in a haze of booze, pills and PTSD.