Whether you’ve already got your new HD television and home theater major appliances, or you’re picking them up for the holidays, this is a great time of year to hunker down and wait out the cold with a hot chocolate and a film. Luckily, there’s a slew of great new titles to stream from Netflix Instant this month. Here’s our picks.
Frances Ha (2013): Noah Baumbach’s latest collaboration with breakout Mumblecore star Greta Gerwig follows a young, directionless dancer attempting to make sense of life in New York. Frances Ha follows the theme of many of Baumbach’s films but Gerwig, who also co-wrote the screenplay, brings an infectious energy and sense of wonder to every black and white frame she appears in.
Only God Forgives (2013): Speaking of frequent collaborations, Nicolas Winding Refn once again teams up with his Drive star Ryan Gosling for another story about a violent, mostly silent antihero forced into extracting revenge. Only God Forgives combines the long, symmetrical shots of Alexandro Jodorowsky with the dark settings and story beats of film noir for a beautiful but disturbing take on the action film.
Dealin’ with Idiots (2013): Jeff Garlin’s low-budget improv comedy I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With was a hilarious yet heartfelt cult hit for comedy fans. Now he’s followed it up with another improv heavy film featuring a stacked cast of comedy greats like Bob Odenkirk, J.B. Smoove, Natasha Leggero, and Fred Willard.