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To the dis­ap­pointment of cheap­skate film lovers every­where, Warn­er­Media recently announced that it will dis­con­tinue Film­Struck, its streaming service for classic, foreign, and inde­pendent cinema, on Nov. 29.

The stated reason: not enough sub­scribers. The real reason: Film­Struck was struc­tured poorly and allowed users to blow through an infinite number of free trials. And now: no money, no ticket.

But! You still have 15 days. And whether you knew it or not, you’re a Film­Struck sub­scriber. The Mossey Library signed up for service — for research pur­poses — in 2016, and will retain it until the bitter end. Here are 10 movies you should try to see before then:

1. “Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, Red” (1993 – 1994)
Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy focuses on the French flag and its cor­re­sponding ideals — liberty, fra­ternity, and equality. Watch for the sugar cube in “Blue.”

2. “Chungking Express” (1994)
It’s hard to say if Wong Kar-wai’s violent romance is actually “about” any­thing, but it looks cool. And that’s more than most action films can say.

3. “The Double Life of Veronique” (1991)
Another Kies­lowski film, “Double Life” follows a Polish woman and a French woman bound together by an inex­plicable bond. Come for Irene Jacob’s haircut, stay for Zbigniew Preisner’s con­certo.

4. “The Player” (1991)
Robert Altman’s send-up of Hol­lywood, this movie has one of the longest con­tinuous opening shots out there. It also has one of the most dis­creet sex scenes in American film.

5. “Gates of Heaven” (1978)
Errol Morris made his doc­u­mentary about pet ceme­teries on a bet with Werner Herzog. Herzog told Morris if he could make an inter­esting film on the subject, he’d eat his shoe. Two years later, the doc­u­mentary “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe” (1980) hit select the­aters.

6. “M” (1931)
Fritz Lang is famous for the silent “Metropolis,” but his first talkie — about a child killer — was always his favorite.

7. “Solaris” (1972)
The Russian response to “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968). Much darker. Much grittier. Much better.

8. “The Castle” (1997)
Lib­er­tarians will love this one: the comic story of an Aus­tralian family’s refusal to sell its house to an airport that wants to pave it over with a runway.

9. “Knife in Water” (1962)
Fans of Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” (1969) and “Chi­natown” (1974) should see this one. “Knife in Water” got the Polish pervert started fit­tingly — with a story about two men strug­gling to dom­inate a woman.

10. “The Spirit of the Beehive” (1973)
The movie that inspired Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2005). But fewer fauns, more political allegory.

  • Jen­nifer Melfi

    A+ list. On a fun note, when I googled “double life of veronique” i got a lot of pornhub links. Good to know some Hillsdale kids are still able to focus on “the good” for what it really is, and not some theo­cratic filter that would keep great films out due to nudity, sex, and vio­lence.