Every month, a bunch of new films and shows are uploaded to streaming services for you to binge watch until your eyes pop. But how to sort through such an overwhelming list? Much like Fantine in Les Misérables, we here at Milwaukee Film have streamed a stream in times gone by. Here's what's coming your way to kick off 2019!
Friends From College Season 2
(January 11 via Netflix • Created by Francesca Delbanco, Nicholas Stoller • 2017-Present)
Behold: a look into what your college friend circle looks like once y'all reach your 30s and 40s. Awkward. Hilarious. Depraved. Throwing pizza slices on fancy walls and putting eyeliner on bunnies. Keegan Michael Key and his morally ambigous, quirky crew of folks who likely should have said adieu upon graduation will have you laughing as your heart breaks (and have you deleting a few numbers from your phone... some friendships are best left on campus doing keg stands).
– Emily, Communications & Press Manager
(January 1 via Netflix • Dir. Guillermo del Toro • 2006)
Set in 1940's Spain, this fairy tale reverts to the dark roots where fairy tales first grew. Twisted, disturbing, and breathtakingly beautiful, this film balances between a fantasty land full of mystical creatures, prophecies and challenges, and the family/war drama of reality. If you liked Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, just know -- this is better.
– Molly, MFA Programs Manager
High Maintenance Season 3
(January 20 via HBO NOW • Dir. Various • Vimeo: 2012-15, HBO: 2016-Present)
A show about a bicycle weed dealer called "the guy" and his clientele in Brooklyn. Amazing soundtrack. Disclaimer: Start with the web series if this show is new to you, major character development!
– Gregory, IT Coordinator
(January 1 via Hulu • Dir. Michael Kehmann • 1989)
Lick it up, baby. Lick. It. Up. Please watch this movie on repeat in preparation for the quote-along screening that'll happen at the Oriental...eventually. Or, if you're a pro and already know if you're a Heather or a Veronica (or if you don't want to play my reindeer games like everyone else at Westerberg), join me in seeing if this new, animated Carmen Sandiego series on Netflix (?!) is any good. Eskimo.
– Cara, Programming and Education Director
(January 12 via HBO Now • Dir. Gary Ross • 2018)
Cate Blanchett in a velvet pantsuit. Classic heist movie. What more could you ask for really?
- Molly, MFA Programs Manager
ANCIENT-EGYPT DOUBLE FEATURE: The Mummy and The Prince of Egypt
(January 1 via Netflix and Hulu, respectively • Dir. Stephen Sommers/Dirs. Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells • 1999/1998)
Released within six months of each other, America was blessed with two highly accurate films about ancient and early 20th century Egypt. The soundtracks! The talent! Like the pyramids, the animation and special effects for both films have stood the test of time! Do yourself a favor and grab some popcorn, some kohl eyeliner, and travel back 100-3,000+ years ago!
– Amelia , Operations Manager
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(January 2 via Netflix • Dirs. Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones • 1975)
One of the best and most influential comedies of the 20th century. No biggie. Also, one of the best Members Screening experiences I've ever had. So. Much. Fun.
-Kristopher, Membership Manager
The Virgin Suicides
(January 1 via Hulu • Dir. Sofia Coppola • 1999)
"You're a stone fox." - Trip Fontaine
-Rachel, Development Manager
(via Hulu • Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge • 2018)
I know Molly put this down as her pick last month, but I'm listing it again because it's that good. One of the best new shows from this past year that features Sandra Oh as Eve Polanksi, an MI-5 bureaucrat who is assigned to help track an assassin, Villanelle. Within and outside of their roles, each of them have a fascination with one another, which leads to eager anticipation for their encounters with one another. Check it out before Season 2 starts.
–Donte, Black Lens Co-Programmer
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Part 2
(January 25 via Netflix • Dirs. Various • 2019)
Un-break my heart, you unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! She alive, dammit.
-Anna, Senior Programmer
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
(January 18 via Netflix • Dir. Chris Smith • 2019)
Remember that huge island party put on by Ja Rule & associates that left hundreds of social media influencers trapped on an island without the glamorous accomodations and hospitality they were promised? One of the decade's most entertaining disasters finally has a Netflix documentary about it!
- Dana, Grants Coordinator
(January 1 via Amazon Prime • Dir. Terry Gilliam • 1985)
While we all wait for the maybe-never-happening release date of Terry Gilliam’s latest opus, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Amazon Prime subscribers can revisit one of his best efforts from the comfort of home. Funny, surreal, and bitingly satirical, Brazil is just as crazy and singular today as it was in 1985 and makes for a great alternative to binge watching Black Mirror all over again.
– Justin, Guest and Alumni Relations Manager
(January 1 via Hului • Dir. Roman Polanski • 1974)
The best of the neo-noir genre........and of really all Hollywood films ever. Is there a more truly evil film villian than Noah Cross (played by the legendary director John Huston)? The correct answer is: NO! Just sayin'.
– Marni, Operations Assistant
(January 1 via Hulu • Dir. Tsui Hark • 1997)
Start your New Year right with this bit of Tsui Hark-helmed insanity. JCVD. Dennis Rodman. Mickey Rourke. (aka the Holy Trinity) Don't believe me? Check out this purely factual bit from Double Team's Wikipedia: "Quinn locates Stavros and the baby in an explosives-rigged Roman amphitheater. Stavros leaves Quinn in the middle of a minefield with his son and then unleashes a tiger."
– Tom, Cute and Nice and Fun Young Man
(January 1 via HBO Now • Dir. Richard Curits • 2009)
"To our and future generations, because there will always be poverty and pain and war and injustice in this world, but there will, thank the Lord, also always be The Beatles." College-aged me thought there were no truer words ever said in a movie than that. An underrated British comedy for anyone who loves classic rock and Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP).
– Marni, Operations Assistant
No Holds Barred
(January 1 via Hulu • Dir. Thomas J. Wright • 1989)
One of my favorite trivia tidbits: Hulk Hogan and WWF owner Vince McMahon did a full rewrite of this script over 3 days in a Florida motel. The cost of the cocaine consumed in that three-day span probably equals the GDP of most small nations.
– Tom, Handsome and Friendly and Kind Boy
(January 1 via Hulu • Dir. Sam Mendes • 2008)
Did you like Titanic? Did you like American Beauty? Do you hate the suburban American dream? Of course you do, and Revolutionary Road is here for it. Also, my celebrity relationship senses are tingling over Kate Winslet's short marriage to Sam Mendes during this film's life.
– Jamie, Executive Assistant
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
(January 1 via Netflix • Dir. Mark Herman • 2008)
Historical fiction is trending again. This film is a great way to kick off learning a different side of the World War 2 terrors. Through eyes of a young german boy who watches the batlle between his father following his duty, and befriending a young captive. The ending will break your heart, it is worth every tear.
– Niña, Public Ally
Mona Lisa Smile
(January 1 via Netflix • Dir. Mike Newell • 2003)
"SLIDE" - Julia Roberts in the most impassioned feminist art history lecture scene in film history.
– Marielle, Education Manager