December is one of our favorite times of year for movies. Cold weather, infectious holiday cheer, and much-deserved couch time during the Christmas break provide ideal viewing conditions. This month’s picks for the best Netflix movies and shows to watch should help you make the most of the holidaze.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This sometimes gets categorized as a Halloween flick, but we think it’s more St. Nick. One of Tim Burton’s finest, this eerily beautiful stop-animation reverse-Grinch story will get you jeering and cheering for the holidays all at once.
A recent edition to Netflix’s exclusive library, Mindhunter is a binge-worthy new take on the buddy-cop trope. With protagonists who are clever, bursting with integrity, down to earth, and based on the real life FBI detectives who coined the term “serial killers,” there’s an intensity that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Zumbo’s Just Desserts
Zumbo’s Just Desserts is like an Australian sibling to The Great British Bake Off but on performance enhancers.The contestants are mind-blowingly talented, the challenges are ridiculously difficult, the visuals are dreamlike, and 8/10 people on the show are beautiful. It can’t be real…but what is TV but an escape from reality?
An 1980s classic that blends the hijinks of police-in-training with a story of the men in blue busting bad guys. Police Academy may just have the power to transcend generations, which could prove handy during this season of plentiful family time.
The Twilight Zone
If you’re at the upper end of the Millennial age range (or older), you may have memories of Twilight Zone marathons just before New Year’s. Relive those memories by watching episodes on Netflix, and see the future from the eyes of the past while ringing in 2018. Whoa, man.
The Sixth Sense
M. Night Shyamalan may have lost his magic, but we suspect that it’s because he spent all of it making the Sixth Sense. Calm, quiet scenes are punctuated with spookiness in just the right way. And, of course, there’s that famous twist to blow your mind — high or not.
Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere
Bob Ross is a fluffy-haired hippie icon of cannabis culture with his pervasive “happy little trees” dancing across the canvas. But his ability to mesmerize through efficient landscape paintings and endless personal charm works universally. Know anyone else who landed a show based on mere painting?
A female protagonist plays the long game and gets sweet revenge on the Nazis that killed her family. We couldn’t ask for more.
If you’re looking for a change from the standard fare of holiday dreams-come-true, Gremlins could be the alternative you need. Mischievous little creatures wreak havoc this Christmas, and we don’t mind.