Netflix is adding 47 new movies and TV seasons for online streaming throughout December and some of the offerings are pretty superb. So superb, that I wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix knows about the “winter blanket theory” (ie. dating someone for the winter only so you never have to go out because the weather sucks) and thought, “Everyone will be staying in for the next three months, let’s give them something to do!” So whether you have your own account or are still using your friend’s, other friend’s, parent’s account, set aside a little epic movie viewing time.
Bust out the popcorn because now you can watch American Beauty on demand and finally understand the plastic bag in the wind references everyone makes. You can also witness Kate Hudson rock out as the infamous Penny Lane in Almost Famous.
Even more exciting, Troop Beverly Hills can now be watched on repeat anywhere you go. Put on all your designer clothes and eat some Girl Scout cookies to avoid Shelley Long judging you through the screen.
To round out this great batch of Hollywood goodness, Crossroads, yes the Britney Spears one, is also now on Netflix – think of the slumber party potential!
FUN FACT: Only with the passing of time can we realize how many epic people were involved with Crossroads. At the time of it’s release, everyone just cared about Britney – how good Britney looked, loving or hating her rendition of “I Love Rock and Roll,” and critiquing her acting skills – but this film co-starred young Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning, aka Pennsatucky in Orange is The New Black. It also featured Kim Catrall and Justin Long. Most importantly, it was written by Shonda Rhimes, the current Queen of Primetime Television best known for Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, and for being awesomely sassy on Twitter.
Ok, these aren’t really “must watch” material but there are 5 reasons why I chose to include them:
1. I thought a vast majority of you would want to see Anchorman 2 in the comfort of your home, because did anyone see it in theaters?
2. The cover of American Horror Story: Coven is really sexual. Wow. But people generally like that show.
3. Sharknado was apparently the best thing ever, so number 2 is bound to be just as
badI mean, good as number 1.
4. Tara Reid.
5. You need something to watch when you’re hung over the day after New Years Eve. You’re welcome.
I’ve been enjoying the Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations series that already graces Netflix – so any additions are welcome including Parts Unknown Season 3. Seeing places you can’t afford to go to or maybe don’t even want to go to is fun, minus the severe food envy you’ll experience.
It seems like everyone has already seen The Wolf of Wall Street but now you can watch rich jerks get what they want even when they break the law as many times as your heart desires!
As for Nick Offerman, well he’s Nick Offerman and therefore makes me and all fellow meat lovers of the world happy. If you want more of an explanation than that, this is a Netflix original and was apparently one of the most expensive shows ever, so I’m expecting big things from a big man.
The Trip to Italy is the follow up to The Trip which you can also watch on Netflix and I highly recommend that you do if you enjoy dark humor or Steve Coogan. It’s not exactly laugh out loud but there’s something honest about it that keeps you watching, so I’m happy to see the sequel become stream-able. I’ll be watching it the 23rd.
And because there’s nothing like ending on a not so strong note, Child of God is a famous novel by Cormac McCarthy. While his other books have made great Hollywood films like The Cohen Brother’s No Country For Old Men, this adaptation is directed by James Franco. That makes me skeptical – so skeptical that I might not watch it, but I’ll still add it to my queue just out of respect to Cormac McCarthy.
What you should really do, is grab the book below and then read it. Afterwards, watch James Franco dismantle a great American writer’s legacy with a shit movie and think about how bittersweet the world is. Then watch Pineapple Express and decide James Franco is alright, you guess, except it’s not that cool that he paid other students to do his work while he was attending 5 different prestigious institutions of higher learning. At least Emma Watson did her own work at Brown, even if she never graduated. I wonder what Mary-Kate’s grades were like at NYU….
Here’s a full list of the titles coming to your TV’s soon:
A Knight’s Tale
Bewitched (The Nicole Kidman movie version)
Crossroads – Britney Spears road trip movies should be everyone’s new holiday tradition.
Knights of Badassdom
Out of the Clear Blue Sky
Out of Time
Troop Beverly Hills
American Horror Story: Coven
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super Sized Version
Ava & Lala
Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way
Son of God
Sharknado 2: The Second One
The Wolf of Wall Street
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season Three
A Haunted House 2
I Am Ali
Broadchurch: Season One
Nick Offerman: American Ham
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
All Hail King Julien
The Honourable Woman: Season One
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Ragnarok (Note: This is NOT Thor 3. Duh?)
The Trip to Italy
Child of God
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season Three
Jessie: Season Three
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
Maron: Season 2