Crossing the Streams is our monthly look at all the offers that are on offer each month for the major streaming services. This time around, we’re looking at the new Amazon Prime arrivals for December 2020. This month’s titles include a Drum Kit That Isn’t Whiplash, an exciting woman riff about Lord of the Flies, and more!
Amazon Prime Pick of the Month December 2020
The great Riz Ahmed makes headlines over those already celebrated Sound of metal (2020), premiered on December 4th, where he plays a drummer who has lost his hearing. Drug addiction, depression, and doubt plague him, but good people – including the highly talented Olivia Cooke – help him hear the light at the end of the tunnel. The film apparently uses some innovative sound design techniques to immerse viewers in the characters’ world, and the film’s early word was generally positive. Ahmed is always a watchable actor, and that nod to the power of the human mind seems a perfect match for his talents.
A pair of promising first class originals
2018’s Fast Color is one of the best movies you haven’t seen this year, and now director / co-writer Julia Hart follows with another female genre story. I am your wife (2020) arrives December 11th and tells the story of a young mother who was forced to flee after her husband had major problems. Rachel Brosnahan stars in this 1970s crime drama, and it seems to deliver a compelling mix of thrill and dramatic tension.
While not a movie, the new series The wilderness (starts Dec 11th) is as promising as its Lord of the Flies reef, which focuses on a group of teenage girls trapped on an island. A plane crash lands them there, a crash with mysterious origins, and the girls are forced into a struggle for survival. I don’t expect his story to go down the path of the lost, but even a clear survival story can result in fascinating, must-see television.
Stream some science fiction
Season 5 of The wide lands on December 16, and while I haven’t seen an episode of the series, its longevity means I’ll be expecting it soon. Science fiction shows don’t last long these days, and when you add the overwhelming positive praise of the series from fans and critics. The show’s premise was epic from the start, and has only gotten bigger and more ambitious since then. While name talent like Thomas Jane and David Strathairn are popping up everywhere, the core cast conveniently stays off most people’s radar, adding to the possibility. I will delve into it soon.
At the other end of the critical appreciation spectrum is priest (2011). The action / science fiction / fantasy film offers a story of people battling vampires in a post-apocalyptic setting – or another world, I’m not sure – while taking time to criticize organized religion . They’re silly gimmicks, but as a popcorn fluff, it delivers solid spectacle and fun action.
A Tom Hanks double feature!
Look, usually the ideal dual role is two great movies linked in some way. That’s not it. But both picks include Tom Hanks. So what can go wrong? You will start with Angels and demons (2009). Yes, it’s a sequel, but it’ll be just as enjoyable if you haven’t seen The Da Vinci Code (2006). It’s overly serious and crazy, you will get confused but you will come out on the other end and crave perfection.
In this case, press the play button A league of its own (1992). Penny Marshall’s Ode to Crying in Baseball remains an ensemble comedy masterpiece that is just as fun to watch again as it was the first time, and it leaves viewers with a lot of choice. That’s not a bad thing.
The full Amazon Prime List for December 2020
|12/1||12 disasters (2012)|
|Air Force One (1997)|
|Angels & Demons (2009)|
|Assassin of the Young (1938)|
|Evidence Body (1993)|
|Christmas Chalet (2019) (Up Faith & Family)|
|The Chumscrubber (2005)|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)|
|Crazy Black Woman’s Diary (2005)|
|Dr. No (1963)|
|Full moon high (1981)|
|Ghost Town (1936)|
|Ghost Town (1936)|
|Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016) (Showtime)|
|Gun Brothers (1956)|
|Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)|
|Harold & Kumar Go to the White Castle (2004)|
|Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (2010)|
|Hot air (2019)|
|The Hurt Locker (2009)|
|Into The Blue (2005)|
|The King’s Speech (2010)|
|The Kingmaker (2019) (Showtime)|
|Letters to Julia (2010)|
|Los Rodriguez the Beyond (2019) (Pantaya)|
|Love at the Christmas Table (2012) (Lifetime Movie Club)|
|The Natural (1984)|
|Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)|
|Outlaw’s Son (1957)|
|The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)|
|The pursuit of happiness (2006)|
|Snowbound for Christmas (2019) (Up Faith & Family)|
|The Spy Who Loved Me (1997)|
|Thanks for Smoking (2006)|
|True Confessions (1981)|
|True Lies (1994)|
|Why did i get married? (2007)|
|Year One (2009)|
|12/4||Sound of Metal (2020)||Amazon original film|
|12/7||Valley Girl (2020)|
|12/8||The Bernie Mac Show: Seasons 1-5|
|Crazy About You: Seasons 1-8|
|12/11||I am your wife||Amazon original film|
|Victoria Small (Pequeña Victoria): Season 1|
|The Wild – Season 1||Amazon original series|
|12/16||The Expanse – Season 5||Amazon original series|
|December 17||La Pachanga (1958)|
|December 18||Blackbird (2020)|
|The Grand Tour presents: A massive hunt||Amazon Original Special|
|12/23||The Little Hours (2017)|
|Pawn Sacrifice (2015)|
|Somebody Marries Barry (2017)|
|25.12||Soldiers Of Fortune (2012)|
|Sylvie’s love (2020)||Amazon original film|
|12/27||The House Sitter (2016)|
|28.12||Hope Gap (2020)|
|30.12||Departed annually||Amazon Original Special|