Streaming services are a crucial addition to modern civilization, but only in December do they become a truly indispensible survival tool. Whether curled around your laptop in order to keep warm or retreating to your favorites queue in a desperate attempt to hide from your loved ones, this is the season when having something good to watch can mean the difference between life and death.
Fortunately for us, Netflix, Hulu, and the other major hubs have busted out the big guns just in time. From indisputable classics to contemporary gems, a new 10-epsiode dose of Amazon Prime’s crown-jewel series to a long-sought-after film that’s longer than most TV seasons, we guide you through the best of what’s on tap for the month to come.
Apocalypse Now (Hulu, 12/1)
The idea that Francis Ford Coppola’s totemic masterpiece about the immorality of war and the recesses of the human soul will always be relevant is not a particularly comforting thought. But look on the bright side: You can now stream it on Hulu! Transplanting Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness into the blinding fog of the Vietnam War, Coppola’s 1979 epic follows Captain Benjamin L. Willard (a young Martin Sheen) as he sails up the Nùng River on a mission to find rogue Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (a pants-less Marlon Brando) and “terminate him with extreme prejudice.” Coppola famously said: “My film is not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam.” And in the years since its 1979 premiere, this remorseless portrait of man’s inhumanity to man is also Afghanistan, Iraq, and anywhere else murder is committed in the name of a cause.