If your New Year’s resolution for the what-will-be phenomenal year of 2019 is “watch less television,” then this post is not for you! Netflix’s 2019 haul offers a veritable gauntlet of excellent content and sufficient time-wasters. If your resolution is to get to the gym more often, download the app and stream while getting absolutely yoked, y’all. Step into a New Year, New Me and let’s get to it.
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ enters the Netflix galaxy January 1.
While the Star Wars franchise’s most recent entries in the canon have been mixed bags (some love them, other hate them), the ‘Star Wars Story’ entries started off very promising (looking at you, Rogue One). Thus, Solo is no different, filled with the expected space opera fare, while adding some hip nuances and new tricks. Plus, we get Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, so what’s not to love about this? Stream Solo starting January 1, but be mindful of who shot first.
‘Trigger Warning with Killer Mike’ pops off on Netflix January 18.
I have always loved Killer Mike. His rapping prowess has been around awhile, yet after his star turn in the hip hop power duo Run The Jewels (with the inimitable El-P, a legend all his own), it’s like he has a new lease on his life (not that he never did, this guy is prolific). Trigger Warning seems to be the perfect platform for his unique brand of social activism and sense of humor. The guy is whip-smart, and a pleasure to watch during the interviews. I mean, we’re talking about the guy who freakin’ interviewed Bernie Sanders in a barbershop. Iconic. Watch it when its premiere January 18.
‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ creeps to Netflix January 24.
True crime fans, unite! Last Podcast on the Left and My Favorite Murder fans, rejoice! Netflix is bringing more violent lore to digest and stew on. These are exclusive conversations with Ted Bundy, previously unreleased until now. The man’s tale of horror and murder is intriguing because he had the easiest time hiding in the plain sight (his devilish good looks.) True crime stuff can get pretty heavy, so don’t forget your snacks for stress-eating. Watch out for Ted on Netflix starting January 24.
‘COMEDIANS of the world’ streams January 1.
In what is Netflix’s most ambitious comedy special thus far, COMEDIANS of the world offers a bona fide buffet of chuckles and drollery. The roster spans across the globe, from countries such as Canada, New Zealand, France, Africa, and several more. Some familiar American names stick out, like Chris D’Elia and Nicole Byer, but even if those names ring a bell, it’s likely you should stick around and help discover the next big comedic talent rising from the Middle East. An entire Earth’s worth of comedy? An amazing bang for your buck. Streams January 1.
OUT WITH OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
(or watch these before they’re gone forever on Netflix)
‘It Follows’ leaves Netflix January 13.
It Follows kicked off what has become a revolution in the horror world. Its visceral take on a classic monster trope worked so well that many watchers had to keep one eye open while sleeping. The basic notion is that when two young adults have sex together, it passes this curse between the two. The only way to get rid of the curse is to sleep with someone else, unless the creature kills you first. Maika Monroe does an amazing job in the lead role, and it’s always nice seeing Keir Gilchrist. But what really shines here? The soundtrack. Watch it quick, or it might follow you back. Leaves January 13.
‘Face/Off’ leaves Netflix January 1.
Nicolas Cage? John Travolta? In a movie together? And you’re telling me they switch bodies? Alright, yeah. I’m in. This is Nic Cage before he did some of his best work in Adaptation and can’t we always count on Travolta? Director John Woo was given full creative control in this outing, too, and he’s famous for an action classic, The Killer. Check it out before it leaves Netflix January 1.
THAT’S A WRAP, 2018!
On behalf of everyone working at Geek Insider, I want to wish you the happiest holiday possible. Thank you so, so much for patronizing our work and supporting what we do: provide essential geek info to the masses! Without you, we’d be lost. Enjoy your New Year’s Eve, set some resolutions and most importantly: be merry! We’ll see you next year.
The Geek Insider Crew
p.s. don’t forget to go outside every once in a while.
FULL LIST OF ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES BELOW.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3
- Across the Universe
- Black Hawk Down
- City of God
- COMEDIANS of the world
- Definitely, Maybe
- Happy Feet
- Hell or High Water
- I Know What You Did Last Summer
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- It Takes Two
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
- Jersey Boys
- Mona Lisa Smile
- Mr. Bean’s Holiday
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Pinky Malinky
- Pulp Fiction
- Tears of the Sun
- The Addams Family
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
- The Dark Knight
- The Departed
- The Mummy
- The Mummy Returns
- The Strangers
- Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
- XXX: State of the Union
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- GODZILLA The Planet Eater
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Friends from College: Season 2
- ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium
- Sex Education
- The Last Laugh
- American Gangster
- American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
- Carmen Sandiego
- FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
- Grace and Frankie: Season 5
- The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part B
- Trigger Warning with Killer Mike
- Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5
- Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
- Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
- Black Earth Rising
- Club de Cuervos: Season 4
- Medici: The Magnificent
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Part 2
- Z Nation: Season 5
- Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All
- Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp
- The Incredibles 2
January (date unknown)
Leaving January 1
- The Shining
- Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
- Blade II
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula
- Finding Neverland
- Friday Night Lights
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- I Am Ali
- Interview with the Vampire
- Into the Wild
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Kung Fu Panda
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Sixteenth Year
- Like Water for Chocolate
- Love Actually
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
- Marie Antoinette
- Meet the Fockers
- Meet the Parents
- Million Dollar Baby
- Monsters vs. Aliens
- Mortal Kombat
- Sharknado 2: The Second One
- Sharknado 3
- Sharknado 5
- Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
- The 6th Day
- The Godfather
- The Godfather: Part II
- The Godfather: Part III
- The Green Mile
- The Iron Giant
- The Princess Diaries
- The Queen of the Damned
- The Reaping
Leaving January 4
- Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
Leaving January 13
- It Follows
Leaving January 14
Leaving January 18
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Leaving January 19
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring