7 Things You’ll Want to Stream During Your Upcoming Holiday Weekend Downtime
It’s Thanksgiving — and not just that but a rare four-day weekend for a lot of people. But if you don’t feel like braving the Black Friday crowds, or your family and friends are out of town, it’s a great time to catch up on movies and TV shows you’ve missed! To that end, here are seven of our favorites for your Thanksgiving streaming pleasure!
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming out Dec. 14. That means it’s a perfect time to catch up on the last installment of the ongoing series, The Force Awakens. Watch the romance between Poe and Finn unfold… if Poe would just come out already.
2. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Here’s something for the more Grinch-like among us. Rare Exports takes a dark, twisted look at the Santa Claus myth. When the real Santa is uncovered in Finland, it turns out the jolly old elf isn’t quite so jolly. Oh yeah, and after discovering him, all the town’s children start disappearing. Prooooobably not one you wanna watch with the kids.
3. Future Man
Future Man, a riff on the Last Starfighter trope of a videogame master becoming a real-life military leader, is a fun way to spend a few hours. The series, created by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (of Sausage Party fame), is queer-inclusive, even if it’s sort of a straight-bro’s version of queer inclusivity. But it’s still hilarious, and there’s plenty of eye candy in the form of multiple prosthetic penises, so we can’t be too mad.
Streaming on: Hulu
4. Addams Family Values
Addams Family Values is a surprising movie. Sequels usually aren’t as good as the original. And when you add a baby to the mix, it’s usually poison. And yet, somehow, Addams Family Values sidesteps both Cousin Oliver syndrome and sequelitis. Not just that, but thanks to a scene where Wednesday shares the true story of Thanksgiving, it’s perfect for this time of year.
5. Big Mouth
After conquering Broadway with The Oh, Hello Show, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are back with Big Mouth. The adult cartoon follows three kids as they enter into puberty — with “Hormone Monsters” in tow. Aside from being a clever take on the mood swings of puberty, Big Mouth is also surprisingly great on queer issues.
Streaming on: Netflix
6. Jim Henson: Playing With Reality
If you’re a film buff, you should know about FilmStruck, the streaming service from Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection. They’ve got a number of brilliant, rare films to watch. One of the most exciting, though, is the new Jim Henson: Playing With Reality collection. Whether you love the Muppets, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal or any of Henson’s other works, this collection of Henson’s experimental work is enlightening — and often hilarious. Filmstruck offers 21 different shows and movies, some of which haven’t been seen in decades. From the 1969 avant-garde The Cube to the 1989 Muppet noir Dog City, you’ll be busy all weekend.
Streaming on: FilmStruck
7. Swiss Army Man
Swiss Army Man has one of the strangest premises for a film we’ve ever seen. Paul Dano plays a man who washes up on a deserted island. Luckily, soon after a dead body (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore, too. As it turns out, dead guys are useful! The film was directed by Daniels, the team that directed the similarly amazing-yet-disturbing “Turn Down for What” video.
Streaming on: Amazon