Noteworthy titles on streaming services
August 5, 2020
As the plague continues, we movie fans must be brave and forge ahead, looking for new things to watch from week to week, night to night. Here’s a look at some of the more noteworthy titles that have been added to streaming services recently:
In their passionate mission to be the saviors of the Quarantine Era, Netflix has worked hard to keep the content fresh, most recently adding 2005 drama Pride & Prejudice, season 1 of a cheesy-but-fun reality show called Indian Matchmaking, the animated film Funan, the documentary Father Soldier Son, season 1 of Street Food: Latin America, Oscar-winning 2015 drama Spotlight, season 1 of reality dating series Love on the Spectrum, the 2015 miniseries Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, season 10 of Shameless, season five of Last Chance U, and most impressively, ESPN’s recently released Michael Jordan miniseries, The Last Dance.
The additions here start with comedies Pineapple Express, Midnight in Paris, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Knives Out, Sometimes Always Never, and Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist. I’d rewatch any of those and recommend them all.
Also added recently are sci-fi newbie Vivarium, seasons 1-5 of The Fosters, Michael Mann’s excellent Ali, 2010 thriller Buried, 2010’s Megamind, David Fincher’s criminally underrated 2002 Hitchcockian thriller Panic Room, and 2010’s Rabbit Hole.
The platform’s first big hit in a while, Andy Samberg timeloop comedy Palm Springs, has had people scanning the Hulu options again. Here’s what they’re finding: essential James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro, Palme d’Or winner Dheepan, comedies Best In Show, For Your Consideration, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Liar Liar, A Mighty Wind, the incredible Moonstruck, My Cousin Vinny, The Trip series, and Waiting for Guffman.
HBO / HBO Max
Similar to Hulu, HBO added an incredible number of great titles to HBO Max on July 1. I’ll name some of my favorites: American History X, Catch Me if You Can, The Departed, Dirty Harry, Enemy of the State, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Magnolia, Munich, Saving Private Ryan, all the old Superman movies, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Unforgiven, and Twelve Monkeys.
Beyond that crop of new titles, HBO remains perhaps the greatest archives of prestige television, always offering up shows like The Wire, Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Barry, Treme, Chernobyl, Veep, and The Deuce.