Welcome to our new look The Best Things on Streaming This Month column where we’ll run down the best of what’s hitting your fave streaming channel! This month, Hulu is offering up new entries into its super fun Into The Dark series, a nostalgic Transformers film, the second season of a smash-hit British spy drama, a new version of an anime classic, and an erotic indie gem.
Into the Dark (12/6, 12/27)
This month we get not one but two Into the Dark offerings from Hulu and Blumhouse. The holiday anthology series has been a total joy and for Christmas this year they’re giving us A Nasty Piece of Work which sounds like a whole bunch of gruesome fun “A mid-level employee at a large company finds out he’s not getting the Christmas bonus or promotion he was expecting. But then his boss invites him over for dinner with a proposal for how he can climb the corporate ladder… by beating his professional rival in a violent competition.” Their New Years’ Eve offering Midnight Kiss “will follow a group of longtime gay best friends as they head out to celebrate New Year’s Eve as per their tradition: playing a game in which they seek out a special someone to help ring in the New Year with. This year’s festivities lead to secrets, jealousy, resentment, and even the arrival of a sadistic killer as relationships are strained, truths are revealed, and the night becomes a fight for survival.”
Fruits Baskets (12/4)
If you grew up reading manga then you probably know the brilliance of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Baskets. Well, in 2019 we were blessed with a new anime adaptation of the sweet shoju series which centers on a young homeless woman who finds herself moving in with a wealthy family who just happens to have a terrible curse on them. Funimation’s new series is a beautiful feat of animation that sums up all the fun of the original source material and it’s the perfect time to catch up as the second series is hitting screens in 2020.
After multiple big-explosion-filled blockbusters, Universal returned to a more intimate and grounded type of filmmaking for the critically acclaimed prequel to Michael Bay’s record-breaking franchise. Hailee Steinfeld shines as the young girl who finds the sweet VW bug who just happens to be an alien from Cybertron! It’s a cute, nostalgia-filled romp that feels utterly different from anything else that has come before. We love this very good movie and our very good children who star in it!
Killing Eve S2 (12/18)
BBC America’s smash hit spy drama Killing Eve took the world by storm when it hit a couple of years ago. The second series joins Hulu this month and is a must-watch for fans of sapphic horror drenched spy adventure. With Eve on the run after attempting to kill her foe the pair become entangled in a European-set conspiracy filled with intrigue, drama, and of course, fantastic costuming.
One of the best indie offerings of the last couple of decades, this brilliant exploration of love, submission, and sex starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader is nothing short of magical. So if you’re tired of watching Christmas movies this holiday season then treat yourself to this strange, subtle, romantic, and complex look at love in all its forms.
2 Fast 2 Furious (12/1)
28 Weeks Later (12/1)
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (12/1)
Fast & Furious (12/16)
Fast Color (12/11)
Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past (12/1)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (12/1)
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming (12/5)
How to Train Your Dragon: Snoggletog Log (12/5)
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (12/1)
Kill Bill: Volume 2 (12/1)
Legend of the Drunken Master (12/1)
The Fast and the Furious (12/1)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (12/1)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (12/30)
Transporter 2 (12/1)
Fruits Basket: Season 1 (12/4)
Into The Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work (12/6)
Into The Dark: Midnight Kiss (12/27)
Killing Eve: Season 2 (12/18)
Marvel’s Runaways: Season 3 (12/13)