Netflix Now: Pre-Christmas Xmas Party Edition


Well folks, it’s that weekend when everyone you know is throwing an early Xmas party of some kind. By Sunday morning as the sun begins to lighten the winter sky, you’ll likely have three kinds of nog in your system, five kinds of stains on your holiday sweater, and you’ll have lost that cheap Santa cap you’d grown very fond of through the night. You’ll also be humming “Feliz Navidad” to yourself, which means that Christmastime really is upon us. Such is life, amigo, and yes, it is wonderful.

If you hadn’t guessed, the long intro means that it’s a bit of a light week on Netflix Now. The biggest addition is The Adventures of Tintin, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s love letter to Hergé. I’m particularly interested in finally seeing Pina since I dig director Wim Wenders for Wings of Desire and Paris, Texas. Though actually, I’m also intrigued by A Necessary Death, a mockumentary that Alec quite enjoyed.

In terms of kitsch classics this week, we can all rejoice that FDR: American Badass is now on Watch Instantly. To be honest, it’s probably better than Hyde Park on Hudson, or at the very least it’s probably more enjoyable.

See what’s new on Netflix Instant after the cut. I’ve also included a classic Christmas jam and a live recording of James Brown in which he tells the truth about hot pants (that breakdown starts around 3:10, but the most important part starts at 6:30).

RUN DMC - Christmas In Hollis (Official HD Video)

New additions to Netflix Watch Instantly apply only to readers in the United States. For those in other parts of the world, your choices may vary.

Weekly Netflix Now Awards

Most Likely to Be Watched First

FDR: American Badass

Honorable mention: The Boy Mir

Movie I’ve Been Meaning to See That I’ll Finally See


Documentary I’m Most Interested In


Honorable mention: The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Most Likely to Be Watched Out of Perverse Curiosity

FDR: American Badass

Most Likely to Be Cited in a History Term Paper by a Very Stupid Person

FDR: American Badass

Things Learned in Fifth Grade

Where Soldiers Come From

Name of My Finishing Move If I Were a Professional Wrestler

A Necessary Death

Honorable mentions: Bollywood Fry, Classic Doctor Who

Movie vs. Movie Dance Battle That Needs to Happen

Pina vs. Battle B-Boy

Best Title


James Brown - Bewildered

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.