What’s open in Montreal on New Year’s Day? Not much other than movie theatres, video stores and restaurants.
If you’re brave enough to venture outside – forecasts are calling for a high of -18 in Montreal – you can spend your day at the movie theatre. The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Inside Llewyn Davis are all more than worthy of your time. There’s also a ton of great movies that came out this year that have been released on DVD, so you can rent them online or at a video store.
And if you just wanna stay home, there are some great 2013 releases streaming on Netflix Canada.
The indie by Todd Berger clocks in at 88 minutes and follows a group of young couples having brunch when they get word that the world is ending. Stars David Cross, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera.
Presidential voyeurism; the Penny Lane documentary splices together Super-8 home movies shot by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, three of Nixon’s closest aides during his presidency. The reels were confiscated during the hearings into Watergate and Our Nixon makes them public for the first time.
Steven Soderbergh said this would be the last film he releases traditionally when Side Effects came out in February 2013. Later in the year, his Behind the Candelabra premiered on HBO to rave reviews and multiple Emmy wins. Soderbergh’s only project is a 10-episode miniseries for Cinemax called The Knick, as per IMDb. Side Effects got an honourable mention on my list of the top 10 movies of 2013. Stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Visually, Spring Breakers is unlike any movie released in 2013. It’s hypnotic but also seductive, trippy. There’s a great James Franco supporting performance here, next to some good girls gone bad partying it up in Florida for spring break. One of the scenes made it onto my favourite movie scenes of 2013. Spring Breakers at once holds a mirror to youth culture and rips it apart for its shallowness.
Spooky, creepy, chilling, Stoker is one of 2013’s best films and one of the year’s most gorgeous. Directed by Chan-wook Park with a screenplay by Wentworth Miller, Stoker stars Mia Wasikowska as India, a teenager whose father’s death has made her mother (Nicole Kidman) even more of a mess. India also meets her uncle (Matthew Goode) for the first time and she’s oddly intrigued by him.
Happy streaming. And happy new year.
Update: Since first publishing the list on New Year’s Day, a few more great 2013 releases are now available on Netflix. Check out Blackfish, Before Midnight and Frances Ha.
Update 2: The great The Way, Way Back with a knockout and underrated performance by Sam Rockwell is now available to stream on Netflix Canada. The indie, directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who co-wrote Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, also stars Steve Carrell, Toni Collette and Liam James.