Some great additions to kick off the last month of 2020.
Netflix always get some new additions at the start of every month, and December 2020 is no different, but we had to call particular attention to eight of the additions to the streaming service's library this month.
A mix of horror, comedy, drama, family movies, and epic sci-fi, the following list of Netflix newbies is very impressive, and they are eight great ways to kill a few hours throughout December.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Set within the Cloverfield Movie Universe (but not really connected to that first movie at all), we find Mary Elizabeth Winstead wakes up in an underground bunker after a terrible car crash, with the bunker's owner (John Goodman) telling her that the world has effectively ended outside. But has it?
The Cable Guy
After some manic (but mostly family friendly) outings like The Mask, Ace Ventura, Batman Forever, and Dumb & Dumber, the world wasn't ready for Jim Carrey to take his comedy in a dark direction, but in hindsight, this story of a TV cable repair man who develops a fixation on one of his customers (Matthew Broderick) definitely deserves another look.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Steven Spielberg's other extra terrestrial sci-fi classic revolves around a series of people in middle America who believe they are being visited by aliens. Spielberg fav Richard Dreyfuss delivers an amazing performance as a husband and father who becomes obsessed with the meaning behind the visitations.
Michael Douglas is stuck in traffic during a very hot LA day, and in a moment of Ultimate Fed Up'ness, he just gets out and abandons his car. His bad day continues to get worse, and as he doles out what he perceives to be appropriate justice to anyone and anything that does him wrong, a detective (Robert Duvall) tries to make sense of his violent actions.
The stars of a Star Trek-esque TV show (Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell) are teleported on board on actual spaceship by actual aliens, believing they can help put an end to an intergalactic war. One of the most under-appreciated comedies ever made.
The Last of the Mohicans
Legendary director Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider) deliver us this telling of a battle between Britain and France in colonial America, as Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his team of Mohican scouts protect Cora (Madeline Stowe), the daughter of a British officer.
Arguably this is Christopher Nolan's best movie (sorry to fans of The Dark Knight), the story of duelling magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) and how their competition slowly consumes both of their lives is a brilliant mix of psychological drama and science fiction.
Where The Wild Things Are
James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Catherine O'Hara, Mark Ruffalo and loads more provide the voice-work for this adaptation of the hit children's book, telling the story of Max, who runs away from into the nearby forest and begins to interact with the imaginary creatures who rule the woods.