The 10 Best Movies on SBS On Demand to Watch Right Now (May 2022)

What movies can you watch on SBS On Demand tonight? We’ve put together a list of the best movies from around the world streaming on SBS On Demand right now


KUNDUN

What you should watch: The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as ‘Kundun’, which means ‘The Presence’. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Melissa Mathison, this is the true story of Tenzin Gyatso, who was forced to escape from his native home in Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile ever since. The music score by Philip Glass is inspiring, receiving an Oscar nomination.

Director: MARTIN SCORSESE
Cast: TENZIN THUTHOB TSARONG, GYURME TETHONG

APOCALYPSE NOW

What you should watch: There are countless stories and myths surrounding the making of this film, explored in the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, which add to it’s mystic. It is a film that can be watched many times without ever becoming tedious. It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent to carry out a mission that, officially, ‘does not exist – nor will it ever exist’. The mission: to seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard’s job is to eliminate him. Francis Ford Coppola’s film received eight Oscar nominations, winning just two, which many felt was a travesty.

Director: FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
Cast: MARTIN SHEEN, MARLON BRANDO, ROBERT DUVALL, FREDERIC FORREST, HARRISON FORD, DENNIS HOPPER, SCOTT GLENN

WHO YOU THINK I AM

What you should watch: Juliette Binoche is wonderful and intriguing as Claire, a 50-year-old divorced teacher, who creates a fake Facebook profile of a 24-year-old woman. She finds a photo of a young brunette online and uses it. Originally, she did it to spy on Ludo, her on-and-off lover. To get to Ludo, Claire sends his best-friend Alex a friend request and he accepts. The pair begins to exchange messages and their fake friendship turns into a fake love affair. Claire is in love with Alex, and he is in love with her fake profile. Now he wants to meet the 24-year-old beauty he’s been chatting with. She invents a busy job, professional trips and even a jealous ex. The more and more in love they are the more the situation becomes unbearable. Claire is torn between the impossibility of this love and the pain of having to admit her deception and risk losing it. But there are always consequences for the choices we make.

Director: SAFY NEBBOU
Cast: JULIETTE BINOCHE, NICOLE GARCIA, FRANCOIS CIVIL, CHARLES BERLING, GUILLAUME GOUIX, JULES HOUPLAIN

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

What you should watch: Although it has its flaws, this excellent film, based on the novel by Jack Higgins, is worth another look just for the talented ensemble cast attached to it. It was considered a must see when it was released in 1976, although it didn’t receive much of a reception from film critics. It’s 1943 and the war is entering its final stages and Germany is teetering on the brink of defeat. An increasingly unhinged Hitler orders a mission to have British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill kidnapped and brought to Germany. The plan seems ludicrous in the extreme, but a message sent from a German spy in the Norfolk countryside makes one German officer realise that such a mission may just be feasible.

Director: JOHN STURGES
Cast: ROBERT DUVALL, MICHAEL CAINE, DONALD SUTHERLAND, JENNY AGUTTER, DONALD PLEASENCE, LARRY HAGMAN, TREAT WILLIAMS

GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI

What you should watch: This intriguing crime drama from the great Jim Jarmusch is always worth revisiting. Jarmusch would have to be one of the greatest directors of all time! Forest Whitaker gives a memorable performance as Ghost Dog, a hitman who lives by the code of the samurai, works for the mafia and finds himself in their crosshairs when his recent job doesn’t go according to plan. Now he must find a way to defend himself and his honour while retaining the code he lives by. Watch out for a cameo from Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA.

Director: JIM JARMUSCH
Cast: FOREST WHITAKER, HENRY SILVA, TRICIA VESSEY, JOHN TORMEY, CLIFF GORMAN, RICHARD PORTNOW, JAMIE HECTOR

MY LEFT FOOT

What you should watch: Daniel Day-Lewis grabbed everyone’s attention when he starred in this moving story of Irish writer and painter Christy Brown, winning an Oscar for his performance, as did Brenda Fricker as his mother. Christy Brown is born with cerebral palsy to a large, poor Irish family. His mother recognises the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous artist who uses his dexterous left foot to write and paint. A memorable film.

Director: JIM SHERIDAN
Cast: DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, BRENDA FRICKER, ALISON WHELAN, KIRSTEN SHERIDAN, DECLAN CROGHAN, RUTH MCCABE, FIONA SHAW

SOPHIE’S CHOICE

What you should watch: Based on William Styron’s novel, this unsettling drama’s Sophie would have to be one of Meryl Streep’s greatest performances. She had already dazzled us with her acting ability in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Kramer vs. Kramer and The Deer Hunter, but Sophie will forever stay in the memory, mainly for one particular scene where she has to make a heartbreaking choice. Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie’s narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions. This was her second Oscar win, having won for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1980.

Director: ALAN J. PAKULA
Cast: MERYL STREEP, KEVIN KLINE, PETER MACNICOL, JOSH MOSTEL, ROBIN BARTLETT, GUNTHER MARIA HALMER, ULLI FESSL

LENNON’S LAST WEEKEND

What you should watch: Essential viewing for any John Lennon fan. Better have the tissues handy for this one. In December 1980, John Lennon and Yoko Ono had not spoken to the media for more than five years. With a new album to promote Lennon was prepared to speak in New York to Radio One D.J. Andy Peebles of the BBC. John surprised everyone by candidly discussing a variety of subjects he’d never spoken of before including The Beatles break-up, his relationship with Paul McCartney, his battles with addiction, political issues in the US and UK, his family and his homesickness for Liverpool. Clearly invigorated and looking forward to making more music, Lennon’s heartfelt honesty and forthright revelations make this film all the more potent as he was brutally shot and murdered 48 hours later. John Lennon was just 40 years of age when he died. The world cried. There never will be another like him.

Director: BRIAN GRANT
Cast: JOHN LENNON

OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES

What you should watch: Mario Antoinette will forever be said to have uttered the words “let them eat cake/brioche” as Paris’s poor struggled to buy even a loaf of bread. But this is said to be totally untrue. In this “sweet” documentary world renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, collaborate with five visionary pastry makers as they endeavour to construct an extravagant food gala based on the art exhibit “Visitors to Versailles.” Exploring the relationship between modern-day social media and the open court of the French Monarchy, the film studies the alarmingly cyclical intersection between food, culture, and history. The end result is amazing. You’ll never see cake like this, or jelly, or marzipan.

Director: LAURA GABBERT
Cast: YOTAM OTTOLENGHI, DOMINIQUE ANSEL, SAM BOMPAS, DINARA KASKO, GHAYA OLIVEIRA, DEBORAH KROHN

A SECOND CHANCE

What you should watch: This unsettling, poignant drama from Denmark is about the choices we make and their consequences. How far would decent human beings be willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust? It shows how easily we lose our grasp on justice, when confronted with the unthinkable, and life as we know it is hanging by a thread. Andreas and Anna have everything in life until they are rocked by tragedy and he makes a fateful decision.

Director: SUSANNE BIER
Cast: NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU, NIKOLAJ LIE KAAS, ULRICH THOMSEN, MARIA BONNEVIE, MAY ANDERSEN, THOMAS BO LARSEN

1 thought on “The 10 Best Movies on SBS On Demand to Watch Right Now (May 2022)”

  1. Eclectic selection! Thanks, enjoying so far 🙂

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