Happy mid-month ‘Movies to Stream’ time. The theaters are filled with Oscar hopefuls and every cable channel is playing the same Christmas movies on repeat.
The monotony of over zealous Christmas cheer on the small screen and the overwhelming desire to land on every critic’s year end top 10 list on the big screen can be a tad tiring. Take a break from all of that with these great movies streaming now on Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, and Disney Plus.
Netflix: Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
While I wanted to stay away from putting any Christmas movies this list, Eyes Wide Shut is just too good to not recommend. Plus, I’d assume most people don’t consider it a Christmas movie, even though all of the action takes place during the holiday season (*insert Die Hard debate here*).
Either way, Kubrick’s final film is one of his finest. Proving yet again why he was one of the greatest film directors to ever walk this earth. This psychosexual thriller invites rewatch upon rewatch to full understand what exactly Dr. Bill’s journey was truly all about.
It might not be Christmas fun for the whole family, but definitely worthwhile for the adults in the fam to check out in the next few weeks.
FOR FANS OF: Mulholland Drive; Clockwork Orange; Vertigo
Prime Video: The Northman (2022)
Robert Eggers’ The Northman probably should’ve been a bigger player in the 2022 cinematic landscape than it was. But that’s quite alright, because now everyone with a Prime Video account (which I think is EVERYONE) is able to experience his viking epic. The film doesn’t read as the epic that much of the marketing made it out to be, which might actually make it better equipped for home viewing.
Fans of his previous work will appreciate what Eggers is doing here. He’s not necessarily taking a step forward as a director, but he is certainly expanding his standing as one of the best currently in the game.
Perhaps this run on Prime Video will remind people of how badass this movie is and bring it front of mind for some year end lists.
FOR FANS OF: Gladiator; The Witch; The Revenant
HBO Max: Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982) & Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
I’m cheating here a bit with the double feature, but it’s hard to recommend one without the other. The order in which you watch, however, I leave that to your discretion. I’m certainly not here to debate which film is better – both are incredible in their own right and we’re beyond lucky that either one exists. Ridley Scott and Denis Villeneuve are two of the best sci-fi auteurs of their generations. Wouldn’t it be cool if the next sci-great gave us a third wonderful Blade Runner film?
Blade Runner: The Final Cut does leave HBO Max at the end of this month, so definitely be sure to catch it before it’s gone.
FOR FANS OF: The Matrix; Minority Report; The Terminator
Hulu: Big Time Adolescence (2019)
When I first watched the Pete-Davidson-led-direct-to-Hulu movie a few years back, I thought there’d be no way I’d end up caring for it much at all. About halfway through my viewing I found myself pleasantly surprised. The film’s story is earnest and heartfelt. The characters are lovable yet flawed; writer/director Jason Orley as well as the on screen talents breath a fully realized life into them.
The man-child who refuses to grow up genre is dominated by the likes of Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen. However, their films often fail to infuse the necessary groundedness to fully connect with audiences.
Big Time Adolescence is unlikely to blow you away, but it is the perfect film for anyone looking for a secret crowd pleasure.
FOR FANS OF: American Pie; The King of Staten Island; Big Daddy
Disney Plus: Luca (2021)
After the massive (and completely deserved) buzz around Soul, Pixar sort of silently released Luca as a direct to Disney Plus follow up. It seemed to come and go without much fanfare, but is one of the more charming movies to come out of the storied studio.
What makes Pixar movies so great is that weirdo adults with no children like me can watch them, fully enjoy them, and totally forget that we’re not the target audience. I’m sure it’s similarly popular among younger audiences as well. Luca deserves to be mentioned around the conversations of top Pixar movies ever made.
Plus, the summertime Italian Riviera vibes are much needed during this unfortunately chilly time of year.
FOR FANS OF: Finding Nemo; My Neighbor Totoro; Coco
Alas! Five awesome flicks to add to your watchlist for the month. Make sure to add these to your queues and check back in next month. Until then, happy streaming!
What’s the best hidden gem you’ve streamed recently? Share in the comments and help us expand the list!