Netflix must figure we’re all out watching Oscar contenders in the theater; why else would they leave us with so few decent streamables with which to fill our long weekend? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Here are Lifehacker’s choices for what to stream on Netflix each day of your minibreak.
Friday, Jan. 17: Watch ‘The Master’
See Paul Thomas Anderson’s alleged masterpiece starring a pre-Joker Joaquin Phoenix as an aimless chap who falls in with an L. Ron Hubbard-esque charismatic leader played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. It may surprise regular readers of this column that I have never seen this film, given how relevant it is to my interest in cults and cult-like groups. Let’s watch this together, shall we? I have a feeling we’re going to love it.
Saturday, Jan. 18: Watch ‘Steve Jobs’
I hate a biopic, and if you think long and hard it’s possible you do too. But this biopic is written by Aaron Sorkin, who wrote The Social Network and therefore has experience successfully reimagining the behind-the-scenes goings-on of famous tech men. Both he and Kate Winslet won Golden Globes for their work on this film, which also stars Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, a pre-Sorkin-penned To Kill a Mockingbird Jeff Daniels, a pre-Succession Sarah Snook and Michael Fassbender as the man himself.
Sunday, Jan. 19: Watch ‘Cheer’
It’s a documentary about cheerleading! The chances that any of us were cheerleaders in high school or college are slim; we’re mostly indoor cats and we’re not sorry. (If you were a cheerleader, correct me in the comments.) So how can we resist a doc about a squad trying to win the national title?
Monday, Jan. 20: Watch ‘King in the Wilderness’ on HBO
Of course Netflix isn’t streaming any movies about Martin Luther King, Jr. on the national holiday celebrating him. Use your parents’ HBO login to stream King in the Wilderness, a documentary about his life on HBO Go. If you really insist on watching something on Netflix, you’ll have to make do with the recently debuted sixth season of Grace and Frankie. Then come back and tell me why some people love this show.
Arriving this week
Monday, January 13
- The Healing Powers of Dude — NETFLIX FAMILY
Tuesday, January 14
Wednesday, January 15
Thursday, January 16
- NiNoKuni — NETFLIX ANIME
- Steve Jobs
Friday, January 17
Saturday, January 18
- The Bling Ring
Monday, January 20
Leaving this week
Leaving January 15
- Forks Over Knives
- The Rezort
Leaving January 17
- Short Term 12