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What to Watch and What to Skip This Weekend

Stream classic Bond, but maybe don't invite that classic vampire into your house.

Irish actor Pierce Brosnan as 007 in the James Bond film 'GoldenEye', 1995. (Photo by Keith Hamshere/Getty Images)

Sometimes there’s pressure to watch new things, and often that pressure is annoying and pointless. Do you know what you should do when you feel pressured to watch the new, coolest thing? Don’t. Just hit up something you already love and you know is actually good. Luckily, this week, Netflix has some stone-cold classics that will remind you why you like watching things at all. But, there’s one new show out there that is trying to suck your blood that we can’t recommend. Here’s the breakdown.

What to Watch

GoldenEye (Netflix)

You played the N64 game when you were a teenager, but did you forget this is one of the best Bonds of all time? When Pierce Brosnan took over the role of 007 in 1995, it was basically the ’90s version of when Daniel Craig did the same thing in Casino Royale. When you rewatch GoldenEye you’ll remember that this was a moment when we could take Bond seriously again. And, even if there’s a whiff of ’90s goofiness here (watch out for the computer hackers!) this 007 adventure remains a classic, and just as good as any of the Connery or Craig movies. Netflix has all four of Pierce Brosnan’s Bonds right now, but you’re probably good to stop with GoldenEye.

Stream GoldenEye on Netflix here.

Inception (Netflix)

It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since Christopher Nolan blew all of our minds with this trippy masterpiece. And, even though Nolan did amazing work with his Batman films, and Interstellar was a likable space romp, it’s hard to argue that Inception isn’t the true masterpiece. We would say try not to think about it so hard, but we also know that’s kind of the point.

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Stream Inception on Netflix here.

Curb Your Enthusiasm seasons 1-8 (Amazon Prime)

In two weeks, on January 19, everyone’s favorite grouch, Larry David returns for season 10 of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO. But, if you don’t have HBO, and it’s been a while since you’ve watched this show, here’s a reminder: It’s prettay, prettay, pretty good! In fact, watching old episodes of Curb is the perfect way to start the new year. It’s you versus the world, and nobody gets that like Larry David.

Watch Curb Your Enthusiasm season 1-8 on Amazon Prime right here.

What to Skip

Dracula- 2020 miniseries(Netflix ) 

There’s a new version of the famous blood-sucker in town, and for some reason, everybody decided to debut this miniseries not in October, but in January. Created by the very smart guys who made Sherlock — Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat — you’d think the new Dracula would be amazing and smart and funny. Well, it’s funny-ish. Kind of. The problem is, unlike Sherlock, nothing about this Dracula seems fresh, reminding us that sometimes the undead need to remain dead. If you’re a hardcore fan of the original Bram Stoker novel, you probably will enjoy this. Otherwise, maybe watch some Penny Dreadful on Netflix instead. It’s pretty much the same thing, only much better and has Eva Green and Timothy Dalton. The new Dracula does not have Eva Green or Timothy Dalton. This is a huge problem.