New Year’s Eve is traditionally marked with a large gathering, at which everyone eats, drinks, and makes merry. For many of us, however, all of that kind of thing isn’t quite as appealing. You might have commitments the next day, you might have pledged to get up and start jogging the following morning, or you might simply prefer to settle into the evening with a mug of hot chocolate and a good film.
Fortunately, Netflix is pretty well-stocked with films appropriate to the occasion. There are 1718 TV shows and 3802 films on the platform. According to a survey by Smart Pig, a company specialising in loans for students, just under half of the people who are watching the platform (49%) are actually paying for it. However, this doesn’t stop Netflix from being the most popular streaming service. So what should they be watching?
When Harry Met Sally
This film is up there with the best rom-coms ever made. The famous scene in the diner tends to eclipse everyone’s memory of the entire thing, but there are plenty of tender and riotous moments spread throughout the running time. If you haven’t seen it, it’s time to put that right; if you have, then you’ll know it’s worth revisiting.
Bridget Jones Diary
Renée Zellweger’s performance as Helen Fielding’s famous thirty-something spinster is much loved on both sides of the Atlantic. A box-office smash, it’s been repeated ad nauseum, and it offers a kind of comforting nostalgia to long-time fans. It could be that you’d like to introduce a new generation to this classic – and what better time could there be to do it?
New Year’s Eve
What better film could there be to watch on New Year’s Eve than this one? It’s packed to the rafters with Hollywood A-listers, including Robert de Niro, Ludacris, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Jessica Biel, and many more you might have heard of. It’s actually part of an unofficial trilogy, with the others being Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
If you don’t fancy romance or comedy, then Snowpiercer might appeal. This cult film is a result of a Korean-Czech collaboration, with Chris Evans in the lead role. In a post-apocalyptic future, where the earth is covered in snow, a train runs forever, with the poor people at the back and the rich people in the front. There’s some interesting social commentary, some inventive visuals, a gruesome twist or two, and a slightly bizarre scene involving a fish (with an even more bizarre back-story). There is a New Year bit in it, too – but, like the rest of the film, it’s slightly different than what you might expect.
Are We There Yet?
This is another heart-warming family film featuring plenty of laughs and plenty of Ice Cube. Everyone’s second-favourite founding member of N.W.A. is forced to transport his new girlfriend’s child on New Year’s Even – and the journey turns out to be pretty eventful. If you’ve got a family to entertain, it fits the bill nicely.