Best Movies Streaming Right Now The Lighthouse

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

Gather round, friends, and I shall tell you the tale of streaming movies! Once upon a time, we were all stuck inside, and we badly needed entertainment to fill our days. The problem: there was just too much entertainment to choose from. How could we even begin? Thankfully, Now Stream This came to our rescue, and told us exactly what to watch, and where to watch it.

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Absentia

Where You Can Stream It: Shudder

The Pitch: Before he made Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House, Gerald’s Game, Hush, Oculus and other modern horror gems, director Mike Flanagan made Absentia, a partially crowdfunded horror movie that looks like it’s held together with a few dollar bills, spirit gum, and some hopeful prayers. And yet, somehow, it’s still unsettling and emotional and emblematic of much of what we see in his later, larger projects.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Absentia is not Mike Flanagan’s first movie, but it’s certainly the one that announced to the world what kind of filmmaker he would become. Produced for only $70,000 (some of which was raised on Kickstarter), it’s the kind of debut where the confidence behind the camera compensates for the lack of polish in front of it. Everything that would define Flanagan’s future movies – specifically his knack for melding terror and raw emotion – is present here.

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absentia trailer

Amazon Prime series are generally overlooked in the conversation about the dominance of streaming services, but they haven’t had a genuinely bad original show yet. And fresh off the Golden Globe win for its latest comedy series, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s delightful The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon is rolling out a new slate of original series. Next up: Absentia.

Good news for Castle fans – Absentia stars Stana Katic in the lead role as an FBI agent who returns to her life after going missing while in pursuit of a serial killer. Assumed dead, she is found six years later with no memory of her kidnapping — and a slew of murders that are somehow connected to her.

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Mike Flanagan

How do you adapt an unadaptable Stephen King novel into a movie? The answer, apparently, is to hire Mike Flanagan.

Flanagan may not be the type of household name horror director the way John Carpenter, Wes Craven and George Romero once and still are, but over the last several years, he’s been quietly rising to prominence as one of the most efficient craftsmen in the horror genre. As a horror filmmaker, Flanagan seems to have a knack for taking unlikely, or unworkable, concepts and finding the humanity in them. Gerald’s Game, Flanagan’s adaptation of a seemingly unfilmable King novel, has already earned high praise from early screenings and hits Netflix today, possibly launching the filmmaker to even greater prominence. The film is exemplary, but it’s just another piece in the greater puzzle that is Flanagan’s growing filmography.

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