Considering the glut of services that allow you to stream media, it can be a little disorienting trying to figure out what to watch.
Even if you know exactly what movie you’re looking for, picking the right streaming outlet can be tricky. You could find yourself paying for something on Vudu that’s already available to stream on Netflix Instant.
The purpose of this post, and subsequent posts like it, is to keep you apprised of where the movies you want to watch are available, whether on streaming outlets for which you pay a monthly subscription (Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime), or on pay-per-stream services (Vudu, iTunes, Amazon Prime).
Skyfall – The latest installment in the James Bond franchise brought the series back to its feet after the disappointment of Quantum of Solace. Director Sam Mendes, normally a director of more intimate, dialogue-heavy drama, shows a surprising facility with taut, suspenseful action, all gorgeously shot by the great Roger Deakins.
Argo – Though Ben Affleck didn’t receive a Best Director nomination for the upcoming Academy Awards, Argo is shaping up as a serious contender for the title of Best Picture. It’s easy to see why: Argo, which tells the true story of a CIA operation to rescue a group of people trapped in Iran, is the sort of well-made, thoroughly entertaining fare that has something for everyone.
Flight – It certainly took Denzel Washington and director Robert Zemeckis – two top-of-their-game, industry vets with unmatchable crowd-pleasing instincts – long enough to work together. It’s doubtful that anyone would have guessed that their first collaboration would be about a hero airline pilot with a predilection for booze and drugs, but audiences seemed happy to watch nonetheless.
Seven Psychopaths – Fans of In Bruges (of which there should be so, so many) will want to check out writer/director Martin McDonagh’s violent, loopy, and wildly entertaining follow-up. The plot is a little too tangled to neatly summarize, but with a cast like Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits, Christopher Walker, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko, there should be plenty to draw you in.
The Sessions – With the Academy Awards fast approaching, you’ll want to catch up on this movie about a man in an iron lung who aims to lose his virginity to a sex surrogate (Oscar nominee, Helen Hunt). Yes, that’s kind of a downer plot, but anything with John Hawkes is always worth a look.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Sure, it has maybe the most off-puttingly precious title of any we’ve heard in quite a while, but this story of an introverted freshman befriended by two seniors is pretty well beloved, by audiences and critics alike. Plus, it gives Harry Potter fans a chance to check out Emma Watson in a different context.
The Man with the Iron Fists – Having spent just about all of his career making a weird marriage between cold, spooky hip-hop and Samurai movies improbably work, the RZA (of Wu-Tang Clan fame) tries his hand at making a Samurai movie to call his own. Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu are along for the ride as well.
Pitch Perfect – This already well-loved movie is on its way to being a cult classic. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks are a few of the skilled comediennes on hand to buoy this story of an all-female collegiate a cappela group trying to defeat their male counterparts in a campus rivalry.
Bully – Arriving right at the height of anti-bullying sentiment in America, this documentary examines the way kids relate to the topic, whether as victims, perpetrators, or witnesses.
End of Watch – This forceful, gritty drama, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as partners in the LAPD, is shot documentary-style, all the better to tell the tale of two cops butting heads with the criminal element.
New Movies to Stream
Most of these options are also available to stream for a fee from sites like Vudu and iTunes, but we’re limiting this section to subscription sites that offer some free streaming like Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime.
Compliance – A creepy story of a joke gone too far, Compliance is based on a real incident, in which a fast-food manager accused an employee of stealing on the word of a prank caller and subjected her to all manner of humiliating treatment. Chilling stuff.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Chances are you’ve seen this one, but it’s always a great way to kill a couple of hours. John Hughes’ classic teen comedy, about a charming high-schooler who makes more out of a skipped school day than any of us could possibly imagine, features easily the most charismatic performance Matthew Broderick has ever given.
Once Upon A Time in Mexico – It’s not worth getting into the plot: truthfully, it’s been a few years since we’ve seen this one, and we can’t remember the plot. We do remember lots of stylish shoot-outs, and Johnny Depp’s outlaw lawman wearing a fake arm, and sunglasses over his recently removed eyes. That, and it’s a lot of fun.
Available on: Netflix Instant
Top Gun – One of the quintessential ’80’s movies. Throw this one on and try and remember a time when Tom Cruise’s otherworldly congeniality seemed charming and not sort of terrifying.
Available on: Netflix Instant
Primer – A brain-scrambler if ever there were, this low-budget time-travel movie has mystified and enthralled viewers in equal measure since its release in 2004. You’ll want to catch it before writer/director/star Shane Carruth finally releases his follow-up, Upstream Color, later this coming year. Advanced word is very, very positive.
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