New to Netflix: December 2014

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Netflix has announced new movies and TV shows that will be making their streaming debut this December. As a way to look forward to lazy days indoors over winter break, or as a way to put off studying for finals a little bit longer, here is a list of all the titles coming to Netflix in the month of December 2014.

Movies

A Knight’s Tale (2001) (Dec. 1)
Inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, this medieval adventure film follows a peasant who is pretending to be a knight to compete in jousting tournaments. Rotten Tomatoes describes this as “Rocky on horseback.” *Dun… dun dun dun. Dun dun dun. Dun dun duuuuuuuun.* 

Almost Famous (2000) (Dec. 1)
Directed and written by Cameron Crowe, this comedy-drama film tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage Rolling Stone journalist following the fictitious 70s band Stillwater.

American Beauty (1999) (Dec. 1)
Suggested to be a satire of the American middle class ideals of beauty and satisfaction, this drama tells the story of office worker Lester Burnham, who falls into a midlife crisis, enamored by his daughter’s teenage friend.

Bewitched (2005) (Dec. 1)

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Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell in Bewitched (2005)

Based on the 1964-72 TV show of the same name, Bewitched stars Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Ferrell plays Jack Wyatt, a struggling actor desperate for a role. Jack agrees to star in a film version of the TV series Bewitched (so meta). Nicole Kidman as Isabel Bigelow is cast as the female lead alongside Jack, playing the witch-turned-housewife Samantha. Nobody knows that Isabel is really a witch (OH BOY).

Camp Takota (2014) (Dec. 1)
YouTube queens Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart (“The Holy Trifecta”), made a full length movie together, telling the story of Elise (Helbig), who reunites with two childhood friends at their old summer camp, Camp Takota. The three friends find the future of their camp in jeopardy. This movie has some slightly weird pacing and features numerous lens flare transitions, but Grace, Hannah, and Mamrie are wonderful, hilarious human beings as always.

Jewtopia (2012) (Dec. 1)
Chris needs to act Jewish to get the girl of his dreams, so he turns to his Jewish best friend, Adam, to show him the ropes. Hmm.

Knights of Badassdom (2014) (Dec. 1)
A comedy-horror film about three best friend LARPers who conjure up a demon from Hell by accident.

Madison (2005) (Dec. 1)
A ‘based-on-a-true-story” film about a man’s struggle for victory in the 1971 Madison, Indiana hydroplane regatta.

Out of the Clear Blue Sky (2012) (Dec. 1)
A documentary that follows the effects of 9/11 on the financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald, whose offices were on the top five floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center at the time of the attacks.

Out of Time (2003) (Dec. 1)
Denzel Washington plays a chief of police in a small town in Florida, who must solve a double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion.

The Out-of-Towners (1999) (Dec. 1)
A remake of Neil Simon’s 1970 comedy follows the adventures of couple Henry (Steve Martin) and Nancy Clark (Goldie Hawn).

Troop Beverly Hills (1989) (Dec. 1)
Phyllis Neflerd, a Beverly Hills housewife in the midst of a divorce, takes over her daughter’s Wilderness Girl troop.

Oculus (2014) (Dec. 3)
A woman tries to prove that an antique, supernatural mirror (?) is responsible, and that her brother is innocent, for the death and misfortune in her family.

Son of God (2014) (Dec. 3)
Adapted from the History Channel miniseries The Bible, this film tells the life story of Jesus.

Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel that Way (2014) (Dec. 5)
Bill Burr’s fourth comedy special premiers on Netflix December 5th.

Anchorman 2: The Legends Continues: Super Sized Version (2013) (Dec. 6)

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Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Steve Carell in Anchorman 2 (2013).

San Diego’s Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) return to the news desk, this time in New York City, in Anchorman 2. This super-sized version features hours of additional jokes and alternate plot lines. Stay classy, San Diego New York City.

Ava & Lala (2014) (Dec. 6)
No, this is not about Teletubbies, though Ava is described as a “spirited and imaginative girl,” who meets a “curious animal,” Lala. They battle the evil General Tiger for power over Cloud Land. It sounds riveting.

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) (Dec. 6)

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A shark vs. a chainsaw (stolen from the New York Fire Department?)

Creatively titled “The Second One,” Sharknado is one of those movies that is so bad, it’s good (but still really bad). The film gets a second life in Sharknado 2. It’s sure to include uncomfortable CGI sharks, gruesome injuries, awkward screaming, and bad acting. Watch it anyway.

I Am Ali (2014) (Dec. 9)
A documentary about legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s life story, told through his personal “audio journals” and interviews from his friends and family.

Drive Hard (2014) (Dec. 9)
A former race car driver is abducted by a mysterious thief and is forced to be the getaway man for a $9 million crime.

A Haunted House 2 (2014) (Dec. 10)
IMDb’s synopsis: “Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.” Malcolm’s having some rough luck on the love and supernatural fronts.

The Village (2004) (Dec. 11)
A small, isolated village lives in fear of the mysterious creatures that live the forest around them.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) (Dec. 11)

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of NYC stockbroker Jordan Belfort. It features corruption, drugs, “moral ambiguity,” and “sexual content.” The movie was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor for DiCaprio. Leo didn’t win, and everyone simultaneously shed a single tear.

Nick Offerman: American Ham (2014) (Dec. 12)
After Offerman’s visit to Brown in early December as the Lecture Board’s fall speaker, learn even more from the mustachioed actor and carpenter. In this comedy special, Offerman apparently shares “anecdotes, songs, and woodworking/oral-sex techniques.” Do the same techniques apply for both?

Don’t Blink (2014) (Dec. 13)
A horror film that follows ten people stuck at a secluded, mysterious, abandoned mountain lodge.

Jake Squared (2014) (Dec. 15)
The filmmaker main character, Jake, makes a movie about himself to try to figure out how he’s messed up every relationship he’s ever been in.

Ragnarok (2014) (Dec. 18)
Archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen tries to unearth the link between an ancient shipwreck and the Viking apocalypse.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) (Dec. 20)
High school graduate Jesse is “marked for possession” by an evil demonic entity.

Dark Skies (2013) (Dec. 22)
A couple has trouble convincing others that an alien is going into their house every night to terrorize their children. They take matters into their own hands.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) (Dec. 22)

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Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow)

Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are two friends living beachfront in LA. For an upcoming 10-year high school reunion, desperate to impress their former classmates, Romy and Michelle fabricate successful careers, claiming to have invented Post-it notes.

The Trip to Italy (2014) (Dec. 23)
Comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take a culinary road trip to Italy in this mostly improvised film.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2014) (Dec. 24)
An animated film that follows Dorothy’s return to Oz to save her old friends from a new villain, the Jester. Lea Michele is in it? Anyone a fan?

Good People (2014) (Dec. 25)
A couple discovers a metric crap-ton of cash in their dead tenant’s apartment, and find themselves in trouble because of it. James Franco is in it. So I guess you should watch it.

Child of God (2014) (Dec. 27)
A violent man, Lester Ballard, disastrously tries to live outside the social order. James Franco co-wrote, directed, and starred in the film. (!?!?) Fun fact: Franco is currently an English TA at Yale, because that’s another thing he’s apparently qualified for.

Labor Day (2013) (Dec. 27)
Depressed single mom, Adele, and her son, Henry, give a ride to an escaped convict, and begin to learn from his story.

Behaving Badly (2014) (Dec. 28)
Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff) has a crush on Nina Pennington (Selena Gomez). If you’re ready, come and get it.

I, Frankenstein (2014) (Dec. 28)
Frankenstein’s monster is caught in a centuries old war between two immortal clans (?).

Last Weekend (2014) (Dec. 30)
Patricia Clarkson plays a wealthy matriarch, Celia Green, who gathers her dysfunctional family at their North Carolina lake house for a thoroughly planned weekend, which soon begins to fall apart (surprise!).

TV Shows

Turbo FAST – Additional episodes (2013 – ) (Dec. 1)
Additional episodes of the Netflix Original animated series, based off DreamWork’s 2013 film Turbo, come to Netflix this month.

American Horror Story: Coven (2013 – 14) (Dec. 6)

I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me.

I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.

The third season of FX’s dark, twisted drama American Horror Story follows familiar cast members as new characters in a witches coven.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 3 (2014) (Dec. 8)
This CNN American travel and food show follows celebri-chef Anthony Bourdain as he travels off the beaten path. Season 3 included visits to India, Las Vegas, Russia, the Mississippi Delta, and Thailand. My parents love this show.

Broadchurch: Season 1 (2013) (Dec. 12)
Season 1 of the British crime drama that follows the effects of the murder of an 11-year-old boy on the fictional coastal town of Broadchurch.

Marco Polo (2014 – ) (Dec. 12)
A Netflix Original series that imagines Marco Polo’s early years in the court of Kublai Khan.

The Honourable Woman, Season 1 (2014) (Dec. 18)
A British political-spy thriller series featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

All Hail King Julien (2014 – ) (Dec. 19)
Another Netflix Original animated series in partnership with DreamWorks — a spinoff of the Madagascar franchise, starring the King ring-tailed lemur of the jungle.

Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 3 (2014) (Dec. 28)
A comedy talk show hosted by Scott Aukerman, featuring celebrity guests, many returning from Aukerman’s original Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast.

Maron, Season 2 (2014) (Dec. 28)
A comedy series created by and starring Marc Maron, featuring Maron as a fictionalized version of himself.

Jessie, Season 3 (2013 – 14) (Dec. 28)
A Disney Channel original series about Jessie Prescott (Debby Ryan), a young woman from Texas who moves to New York to become a nanny to four unique kids.

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