It’s pretty quiet out there, not many new additions, but there are still hidden gems out there, and that’s what we’ll be finding tonight. So lets get started!
There aren’t many new movies on Hulu in January, but there are a few series that premiere this month. First is The Path, starring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy. It is in it’s third season now, in a story of a family’s adoption in a cult and how it affects them. Aaron Paul(Breaking Bad) is always interesting and this series created by Jessica Goldberg, is no exception. Another series offered on Hulu is False Flag, an Israeli spy thriller. It is about five people suddenly accused of kidnapping an Iranian government minister. It stars Maggie Azarzar, Ishai Golan and Angel Bonanni.It’s tense, well written and won the Grand Prize at France’s Series Mania event. Also available on Hulu is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It is a French film, about the editor, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a massive stroke and it caused the ‘locked-in’ syndrome. It starred Matthieu Amalric and was directed by Julian Schnabel. It won at Cannes, also the Golden Globes and was nominated for four Academy Awards. It’s a great film. And there are two Michelle Williams movies on Hulu, Meek’s Cutoff , set in 1845 Oregon and Wendy and Lucy, a story about a stranded woman and her dog, in modern day Oregon. They are both highly acclaimed and are directed by Kelly Reichardt, and well worth your time, especially if you like Michelle Williams.
New on Netflix is season 4 of Grace and Frankie, starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. The all-around great show that stars Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, now adds Lisa Kudrow as a new lodger in the household. It’s an always wonderful show, now with new episodes. Also on Netflix is A Futile and Stupid Gesture, a movie about the evolution of the comedy American Lampoon. It’s about co-founder Doug Kenney and the comedians it helped like Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. It stars Will Forte, Martin Mull , Domhnall Gleeson and Annette O’Toole, it has a great cast and 7 stars on IMDb. A real hit thus far on Netflix is The End of the F***king World, a British series about a boy who may be a psychopath and a teen rebel. It’s based on a graphic novel and stars Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther and Christine Bottomley. It’s dark comedy that isn’t just for kids, it’s gotten rave reviews, so give it a shot.
Most notably new to Amazon Prime is Wonderstruck, starring Oates Fegley, Millicent Simmonds and Julianne Moore. It is adapted from the kid lit book of the same name, it is directed by Todd Haynes, so , of course, it’s visually stunning. The story of two deaf children living lives in different times, that intersect , it was called eye-popping and must-see, and it only came out last December, it’s a well worth examining. Another exciting new show on Amazon is Britannia, a story of Britain in 43 AD, and the Romans struggling against the Celts and their warrior queen. It stars Zoe Wanamaker, Kelly Reilly and David Morrisey and written by Jez Butterworth. If you are tired of waiting for Game of Thrones, this is your ticket! And if you’re missing Philip K. Dick since Blade Runner, search no more. Amazon offers Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams, a series of 10 episodes, all from his stories. It stars Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Greg Kinnear and Anna Paquin. Some episodes are better than others, but all of them are pure science fiction.
As you can see, there is still a lot of great stuff out there to stream, so sit back and relax and binge watch your favorite new show this weekend!