Finals week may not be the best time to inform you all on some very important Netflix December releases, however, consider these essentials study-break suggestions or you know, tools for procrastination. Or you could always do your best to save these for a beginning of Holiday break binge-watch.
Most importantly, my favorite movie of all time, Almost Famous (2000) will be available for streaming on December 1st. The film follows an earnest young music journalist’s life “on the road” with his favorite band and their groupies – sorry, “band-aids.” It all takes place in the 70s so of course the fashion is fabulously bohemian – peasant shirts, fringe, fur coats, John Lennon sunglasses, and high-waisted jean shorts are in abundance – and the soundtrack is legendary. We see a young Kate Hudson as Head band-aid Penny Lane, a character that manages to be glamorous, iconic, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The movie is both stylish and nostalgic, and somehow manages to be a honest coming-of-age story and a love letter to 70s rock and roll. We also get this gem from our protagonist’s mentor in the form of Philip Seymour Hoffman (rest in peace):
“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”
American Beauty (1999) is also coming to Netflix in December. The film is a highly distrubing and critical look at suburban, consumerist culture. It features some of Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening’s best work and is the definitive film for director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Revolutionary Road). Watch when you’re in the mood for something cerebral or when you’ve gotten sick of seeing culs-de-sac and strip malls back home.
On December 11th, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) comes to Netlfix with all of its debauchery and glory. The movie was one of the best from last year, featuring stand-out performers (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill) backed by the prolific and acclaimed director, Martin Scorsese. The Wolf of Wall Street has been inspiration for countless parties and one of UP’s very own fashion spreads. Its extravagance and outlandishness is as hilarious as it is addict-ably watchable.
Netflix offers up two fantastic options for stress-relief comedies. We have Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997), available on the 22nd, which has become a cult favorite in recent years, and features Lisa Kudrow at the height of her Friends fame. Nick Offerman, often recognized as the freedom-and-steak-loving Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, offers up his stand-up, Nick Offerman: American Ham, available on the 12th.
Enjoy Netflix’s new options – either as rewards or distractions!
– Jenny Henderson