For the better part of a year I’ve been telling people how I could not possibly do this blog without my subscription to the TCM/Criterion Collection streaming service FilmStruck. And now it looks like I’ll have to find a way.
Earlier this morning, FilmStruck announced that on November 29th they will be going the way of Yahoo! Screen. I am, of course, deeply saddened by this news, but also grateful for the time I’ve had with FilmStruck. As of this writing, 46 of the films covered on this blog were viewed using FilmStruck, with a few more coming down the pike in the weeks to come. FilmStruck was a monumental help to me when it came to tracking down some of the NFR’s more obscure entries (Thank god they had “Decasia”), and was an indispensable library of popular titles I’ve just never gotten around to watching (“My Favorite Year”? Fucking hilarious).
So thank you, FilmStruck. Safe travels, and may we film geeks one day get the online platform we so desperately desire. In the interim, I have a month to cram in as many FilmStruck titles as possible! Tell the office I’m dead for a few weeks!
On a related note: anyone got any Criterion DVDs they can loan me? I promise I’ll give them back.