As we write this, a snowstorm is slowly enveloping the east coast of the USA, and we’re thankful for our Rokus and Apple TVs, packed as they are with streaming video.
For those of us who’ve cut the cord on our expensive cable packages, streaming services like Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Instant are godsends during inclement weather. How else to fill the many indoor hours of winter than with streaming video services packed with great movies?
These streaming video services are growing their libraries all the time, and it can be difficult to tell when new movies are available. With that in mind, FlashRouters is happy to point you in the direction of several worthy new releases on these respective services. Enjoy!
Enhance Your Streaming Video Experience With A FlashRouter
But first, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about the ways in which a FlashRouter can improve your streaming video experience, as they are many.
A FlashRouter is a gateway into a world of streaming video free of interruptions and annoying stalls. Our routers are powerful, fast, and versatile, ensuring that you never have to deal with the issues that plague your average router. Every router we feature is flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that are designed to greatly improve a router’s functionality.
With DD-WRT or Tomato, our customers can take advantage of plethora of additional features, such as being able to expand their wireless range, access advanced security options, or even control how their bandwidth is allocated (in case you wanted to prioritize high-volume jobs like, say, streaming video).
Popular options for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime users include the always-reliable Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT FlashRouter, a perennial favorite on our best-sellers lists. Cisco also offers one of our favorite economy models in the Linksys E1200 Tomato router. But if it’s blinding streaming speeds you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with any of our Wireless-AC routers, whether it’s the Netgear R630) DD-WRT, the Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT, or it’s Tomato counter-part.
You can’t go wrong with a FlashRouter; that’s our guarantee. Now on to the movies!
Best Streaming Movies For Any Holiday Occasion
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Here’s a fun one for the whole family to enjoy; Planes, Trains & Automobiles is a terrific vehicle for Steve Martin and John Candy, whose chemistry carries this road movie about a man (Martin) who must tolerate an obnoxious shower ring-salesman (Candy) as they both make their way for Thanksgiving. It’s almost seasonally appropriate too. (Available on Amazon Prime Instant)
Computer Chess A great little curio of a movie that came out earlier this year, Computer Chess is a dryly funny, faux-documentary about a man-vs-machine chess tournament set in 1980, populated by wonderfully esoteric characters and other oddities. (Available on Netflix Instant and Hulu Plus)
Skyfall Familial-drama-chronicler Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) seemed like an odd choice to direct the latest Bond movie, but Skyfall finds him admirably more than up to the task. Kinetic and gorgeously-shot, Skyfall handily sets the franchise back on the right track after the misfire that was Quantum of Solace. (Available on Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime Instant)
The Apartment How about a Billy Wilder classic that offers just the right balance of cynicism and faith in humanity, much like most of his work? Jack Lemmon stars as the sweet-natured and put-upon C.C. Baxter who ends up falling for his boss’ mistress (Shirley MacLaine), and the results are bitterly funny and heartbreaking in equal measure. (Available on Amazon Prime Instant)
Hard Eight We’re big Paul Thomas Anderson fans here at FlashRouters, but even some of us needed to catch up on his stylish debut feature, featuring future PTA staples like Philip Baker Hall and John C. Reilly, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson; but catching up is what the holiday season is for. (Available on Netflix Instant)
Diabolique Hulu Plus members can enjoy a tremendous bounty of Criterion Collection movies whenever they want, so this choice might seem random, but we just watched Diabolique and loved it, so we’re recommending it. The twisty tale of a battered wife and her husband’s mistress’ plot to kill their mutual abuser, Diabolique ratchets the tension up beautifully right until it’s surreal, terrifying climax.
Spring Breakers – The latest provocation from Harmony Korine inspired a lot of think-pieces this year, but there’s no denying that there’s something hypnotic and thought-provoking about this loosely structured tale of youthful excess. And yes, James Franco’s performance as rapper named Alien is every bit as memorable as you’ve heard. (Available on Amazon Prime Instant)
Crystal Fairy This casually-paced road trip movie finds self-absorbed American Michael Cera traveling through Chile in search of a notorious hallucinogenic cactus. Insightful, caustically funny, and often sweet, Crystal Fairy is particularly noteworthy for the way it showcases Cera’s considerable ability to play against type. (Available on Netflix Instant)
If You’re Willing to Brave the Commercial Mindfields of Crackle…
Rachel Getting Married (also available on Amazon Prime Instant) This Jonathan Demme-helmed drama packs an emotional wallop, but if you’re willing to fight through some tremendously uncomfortable scenes of familial unrest, there’s a deep reserve of humor, sweetness, and warmth right underneath the surface. One of the finest films of the last decade, and a tremendous actor’s showcase (particularly for Anne Hathaway).
88 Minutes Less so-bad-its-good and more so-bad-its-astounding, this ludicrous thriller is basically a playground for Al Pacino’s worst late-period acting impulses (and his hair in this movie, my god, his hair). But don’t worry, there’s also plenty of laughably overwrought dialogue, a central mystery that may not even be a mystery, and Leelee Sobieski. A great choice for the family that likes to mock things in unison.
And Just Because…
Fireplace For Your Home Save your self and your family an extended argument and just throw this on in the background, assuming you don’t have a working fireplace or the will to build a fire (Available on Netflix Instant).