A new month means new movies being added to the different streaming platforms. This is not merely a new month, but a new year. As such, for my recommendations for this weekend, I am going to offer up one new addition to four of the biggest streaming service: Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, and Hulu. Let’s see what’s new in the world of streaming movies!
Netflix spends more time on originals these days, but on occasion a good older movie gets adding to the library. If you want to start your weekend with a profoundly stupid – but delightful – comedy, there’s The Naked Gun, the first of the films based on the cult classic TV show Police Squad!. This was just before Leslie Nielsen started to get too self-aware in his performances and it’s a ton of fun.
I’m enjoying excising lengthy subtitles for movies, so my Amazon Prime recommendation will be Dr. Strangelove. Oh, also because it’s a great movie. It’s a dark comedy, to be sure, but Stanley Kubrick’s directorial skills are on display. So is the talent of actors like Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and Sterling Hayden. Definitely a classic that holds up.
Look, Gremlins 2: The New Batch was just added to HBO Max, and as one of the best sequels of all time I have to recommend it. Want to watch Gremlins first? It’s also on there. Gremlins 2 has more in common with Looney Tunes than horror movies and it delights me to no end. I’m a sucker for self-reflexive comedy, and Joe Dante’s film has that in spades.
Finally, since I went in a comedic direction, let’s end with a horror comedy that is a little heavier on the horror than Gremlins 2. On Hulu you can find Arachnophobia, a film you can surmise the plot of from the title. There are spiders involved. A ton of them. Also, Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. The horror isn’t too grim, but it works as a horror flick, while also being funny.
Maybe you don’t have all these services, but if you do, you’re going to start the new year off with a bang (and several laughs).