2014 is starting off not a very good year for binge-watching. Several movies and TV shows will be expiring from Netflix starting on January 1. Here’s a must-watch shortlist to help facilitate one last movie marathon before the New Year.
When someone asks me to describe the elements of film noir, I just tell them to watch Brick. Don’t be fooled by the contemporary story about California high schoolers hooked on heroin, this is neo-noir at its finest with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the brooding anti-hero.
Can’t Hardly Wait
Have you ever walked into a party only to feel like everyone’s staring at you while you second-guess your decision to show up in slow motion and then for some reason Sneaker Pimps starts playing? Jennifer Love Hewitt sure has. Can’t Hardly Wait touched upon every clique of 1990’s teen culture — even the so-bad-it’s-good movie mania.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
French director Michel Gondry made a name for himself with his signature surrealism in music videos for Bjork, Daft Punk, Beck, The White Stripes and Radiohead. Eternal Sunshine is his finest film and surprisingly, his most coherent. Jim Carrey forgoes physical comedy for emotional tragicomedy and Kate Winslet gives heart and soul to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope.
Requiem for a Dream
One of the most depressing films ever made, Requiem for a Dream is perhaps best remembered as a cautionary tale against using and dealing heroin. But what about Ellen Burstyn’s Oscar-winning portrayal of an diet-pill addicted mother desperate for attention? Director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and composer Clint Mansell know how to convey a total sense of doom.
A cinematic epic.
Another guilty pleasure from the turn of the century. Paul Walker and Joshua Jackson play attractive, wealthy frat boys in a secret society.
An Inconvenient Truth
Temperatures keep rising, natural disasters continue to wreak havoc, I guess you could say Al Gore’s 2008 documentary has aged rather well.
Saturday Night Live: 2000s
How can we forget the stellar cast of the SNL that lead the new millennium? Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Bill Hader, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Seth Meyers, Tracy Morgan, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig. Not to mention the introduction of everyone’s new favorite house guest Justin Timberlake.
Check the full list of titles expiring from Netflix on January 1.