Continuing the custom of reassessing the year that was as we boldly head into a new one, we look at one of the best feature releases of 2016. Or was it one of last year’s best TV shows? Or was it both? We also look back at three other unsung gems of 2016, all worth celebrating, even if they aren’t getting much awards-season attention.
But that’s not all. In the interest of looking back, we also highlight some excellent content spanning the last several decades that’s now available on a streaming service near you. From Martin Scorsese’s 1970s documentary about The Band’s final concert, to the touching alien story Starman from the 1980s, to Boogie Nights, which made Mark Wahlberg a household name in the 1990s, to a couple must-see flicks from more recent history, these 12 movies are a testament to the enduring delight of great cinema.
From the Muppet Christmas Carol, to the one-and-only Christmas episode of the Twilight Zone, to some top-notch feature-length Christmas-season classics, this list of traditional holiday movies will give you and yours plenty to do between presents and feasting.
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Last spring a new streaming channel called FilmStruck was announced, and it’s finally here. It features many of the titles from the Criterion Collection, a distribution company that caters to cinephiles and collectors by releasing great films on deluxe DVDs and Blu-rays, and now via the internet. Movie lovers who’ve been disappointed with Netflix’s selection (as a recent New York Times article complained) should be thrilled with FilmStruck’s impressive library.
It’s bad news, however, for Hulu subscribers, as Hulu has housed the Criterion Collection for years, and, yes, those titles are now leaving. Hulu will have to step up with its own movie library—or at least original programming—to continue competing.
FilmStruck has a two-tiered pricing structure. Viewers can subscribe to just FilmStruck for $6.99 per month. This tier offers some great films, including some classic Criterion titles as well as some more recent arthouse flicks, but it’s still fairly limited. True movie buffs will want to pay for the Criterion tier, at $10.99 per month—or the slightly discounted $99 per year—for access to all the hundreds of titles, from Adaptation to Zatoichi, and including much of Criterion’s current DVD and Blu-ray library, accessed instantly.
This week brings a bumper crop of movie entertainment to a streaming service near you. Among Netflix’s new offerings you’ve got the John Huston classic The African Queen—yep, it’s time you see what all the fuss is about—as well as a powerful and important documentary about the unsavory underpinnings of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the U.S.
Whether you’re a member of Hulu or Amazon Prime, you can now enjoy a glimpse into the seedy world of late-night card games in Rounders, or witness Coppola’s genius in the ‘70s-era The Conversation.
And anyone with a library card is eligible to stream the original Scarface over Hoopla, and see for yourself how it compares to the famed remake with Al Pacino.
Halloween is believed to be a time when the spirits of the dead roam the earth, and so we decorate our homes with macabre items and wear costumes to fool them and scare them away. By extension, it seems like scary movies, with their projection of unholy images and sound, could serve to keep ne'er-do-well ghouls out of our living rooms (and their paws off our popcorn).
Or maybe such movies just give us a fittingly chilling thrill at this most sinister time of the year. Whatever your motivation, we've got 13 (in honor of a witches coven) superb examples of the horror genre that will add some grisly grins to your holiday. Serial killers, murderous dolls, chainsaw-toting psychopaths, demons, monsters, mad scientists, vampires, headless horsemen, ghosts, ghosts in the machine, and—finally—death itself. All are represented for your enjoyment. Scream if you must.