Netflix is a wonderful resource we all love but with its seemingly infinite library, trying to figure out what to watch on any given night can quickly become overwhelming. Instead of getting distracted by every single new title that you scroll by, we are here to deliver some quality picks to save yourself some time and keep you from experiencing too much anxiety. After all, your free time is a precious resource, so picking what to binge and what to skip shouldn’t feel like a chore. With that in mind, consider the following a curated watch-list that will save you time. This isn’t a comprehensive roundup of everything that’s new to Netflix, just the best stuff busy guys won’t want to miss on their downtime.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3 (January 1)
The final season of the hit series based on Lemony Snicket’s beloved book series is available to watch on Netflix and it manages to improve on the first two seasons, delivering a satisfying conclusion to the Baudelaire orphans’ attempts to escape the clutches of the evil Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).
Pulp Fiction (January 1)
One of the most quotable and rewatchable movies ever made is officially back on Netflix, meaning that you can enjoy watching Vincent and Jules discuss the subtext of foot massages or “Pumpkin” and “Honey Bunny” stage a robbery at their local diner as much as your heart desires.
The Indiana Jones Saga (January 1)
On a technical level, one might argue that Indy may not be the greatest college professor or archeologist in the world but the titular explorer more than makes up for it with his bravery, charm, and ability to get out of even the stickiest situation. Our advice would be to only watch the first three Indiana Jones movies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade), so you won’t have witness Shia swinging with the monkeys and all the other nonsense found in Crystal Skull.
The Departed (January 1)
Scorcese finally got his Oscar thanks to this star-studded crime caper, featuring performances from Matt Damon, Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, and Jack Nicholson. This is perhaps the most Boston movie made since Good Will Hunting and the high-stakes intensity doesn’t stop until the end credits roll.
The Dark Knight (January 1)
Remember that time Heath Ledger posthumously won an Oscar for playing a comic book villain who dresses up like a clown and has no actual superpowers? Yes, that really happened and more than a decade later, Ledger’s Joker performance remains a masterpiece in acting.
Monty Python & the Holy Grail (January 2)
Comedy nerds will argue that Life of Brian is actually Monty Python’s best film but rather than engage in a debate about something as subjective as comedy, why not just sit back and laugh as King Arthur and his noble knights try to avoid killer bunnies and annoying three-headed giants in order to obtain the legendary Holy Grail?
Solo: A Star Wars Story (January 9)
Solo may have been a bit of a flop at the box office (relatively speaking, as most directors would kill for their movie to gross nearly $400 million at the global box office), the movie itself is actually pretty damn fun. Alden Ehrenreich does a nice job putting his unique spin on the iconic space pirate and Donald Glover is absolutely perfect as a young Lando Calrissian. Is it as good as Empire? No, but it’s certainly better than Attack of the Clones and, at the end of the day, what more can you ask for?
Carmen Sandiego (January 18)
While original series spent almost 300 episodes asking Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, it looks like Netflix’s series will instead try to answer the question: who in the world is Carmen Sandiego? That’s right, we’re getting the elusive criminal’s backstory and if the trailer is any indication, Carmen’s motives may be more complicated than we previously thought.
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp (January 29)
While Infinity War upped the MCU’s stakes to a universal scale, Ant-Man and the Wasp told a refreshingly self-contained and simple story that was non-stop fun and genuinely hilarious (no surprise with Paul Rudd at the lead). Forget about Thanos and the Infinity Gems and just enjoy this highly entertaining, easily digestible movie-watching experience.
The Incredibles 2 (January 29)
In a year packed with superhero movies, The Incredibles 2 managed to stand out as one of the most fun and exciting movies in 2018. What allowed the sequel to be such a success? It featured thrilling action, gorgeous animation, and some subtle but insightful commentary about fatherhood.