Hulu has to return some videotapes — that is, return some titles back to the streaming ether, due to licensing rules that force platforms to play this game of hot potato. But it’s another month, and another list of old titles that must leave Hulu to make way for the new.
Here are the best movies leaving Hulu in February 2021.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Eyes Wide Shut
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are an upper-class married couple who have a fight about infidelity that never actually happened, leading Cruise’s severely cucked character to stalk out into New York City looking to reclaim his manhood. He ends up at the world’s worst/best Christmas party.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: At this point, it’s safe to say that Eyes Wide Shut has become an alternative Christmas classic. The film opened in theaters in July, but it’s wall-to-wall Christmas paraphernalia mixed with existential dread give off serious holiday season vibes.
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Nothing says the holidays like Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick‘s psycho-sexual drama set at Christmastime. Kubrick’s film – his last, completed right before his death – has become a kind of gonzo alternative holiday movie, and to celebrate this festive season, Mondo is releasing the film’s soundtrack on vinyl for the first time ever. The Eyes Wide Shut vinyl soundtrack release was even fully approved by stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and the Kubrick Estate.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, listen as a professional chef reviews cooking scenes in movies like Chef, Ratatouille, Julie & Julia, and many more. Plus, see how Stanley Kubrick‘s
family friendly holiday drama Eyes Wide Shut compares to the original 1926 novella on which the movie is based, and hear Richard Jewell co-star Kathy Bates look back at the most memorable characters from her career. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 by Bryan Young
July 16, 1999.
That was the last day of my eighteenth year and the first day Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut was released into the world. As an eighteen-year-old kid obsessed with film still devastated by the loss of Kubrick just a few months prior, I was dying to see this film. I’d hardly seen anything in the theatre but The Phantom Menace since its release in May, so this was going to be a refreshing change of pace.
Naturally, Eyes Wide Shut deals with themes that an eighteen-year-old kid ought to have very little frame of reference for. Jealousy was an abstract that I understood, but the intimate moments in a relationship recreated in the film were as much film fantasy as Star Wars was to me. I’d never been in a serious relationship to that point and the art of Eyes Wide Shut would help inform my understanding more than I would be able to decode anything from it.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 by Britt Hayes
‘Tis the season for Grinches and Gremlins, for leg lamps and Clark Griswold, and for the annual debate over the quality (or lack thereof) of Love, Actually – an argument that has grown more boring (and annoying) than the annual declaration that Die Hard is actually a Christmas movie. But in this house, ’tis the season for Stanley Kubrick; be it the wintry and claustrophobic familial terror of The Shining, or the harrowing yuletide sex odyssey taken by Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut. Kubrick’s final film hardly needs justification for its place in the Christmas movie canon (many others have successfully argued for this classification). What could – and will – be argued, however, is that Eyes Wide Shut is the best Christmas movie of our lifetime. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 by /Film Staff
Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we’re ushering in the season by sharing the movies we always watch during the holidays, whether they’re a holiday movie or not. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
I don’t want to alarm you, but I have some shocking news: it’s currently the holiday season. Yes, I can’t believe it either, but here we are. The utterly bonkers year that was 2017 is almost gone, but before it goes we’ll have to muddle through the holiday season somehow. The holidays can be a stressful time for some people: there’s the hassle of finding the perfect gift for loved ones, mixed with lousy weather, congested traffic and the existential dread of the looming new year. My advice? Relieve some of that stress with movies. After all, movies are the reason for the season (please don’t correct me on this, I’m sure this is correct).
In the spirit of giving, I’ve compiled a list of Christmas movies for you to stream as we run out the clock on 2017. These aren’t your traditional Christmas movies, though. The films compiled here are primarily what I’d like to call alternative Christmas movies. In other words, a lot of these are Christmas movies for people who don’t like Christmas movies. But don’t worry, I made sure to throw in one or two traditional tales of holiday cheer just in case.
Here are the best Christmas movies streaming right now! Let’s get streaming.
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Stanley Kubrick, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the history of the medium, left this world in 1999, but right before his death he completed work on his final film, Eyes Wide Shut. The psychological journey into a night of Christmastime orgies and sexual frustration divided critics and audiences alike upon release, but in subsequent years has gained a steady following of fans who appreciate how brilliant the film is. Now, an Eyes Wide Shut documentary will attempt to dissect Kubrick’s challenging final film.
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There isn’t a thing that hasn’t been written about the films of Stanley Kubrick. His films have been celebrated and reviled; some originally reviled have been reassessed as masterpieces; reams of copy have been written on even his least-appreciated movies. And yet they pull us in time and again. His films feature richly developed concepts that we can appreciate differently as our own lives progress and change.
Kubrick is the most visible representation of a sort of filmmaking that has largely vanished. He was likely the last director to enjoy total creative freedom with the backing of a major movie studio; his deal with Warner Bros. let him do what he wanted, on his own time. His 1999 passing happens to coincide with the transition into a fully digital filmmaking era and into a time when studio films are ever-more focused on sequels and familiar concepts.
The idea of ranking Kubrick films is somewhat absurd; there’s really only one that can be at #1. But there’s a lot of room for discussion about what his other twelve features offer. Warner Bros. recently issued a new box set (Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection) with a gorgeous outer shell (above), a fine array of behind the scenes material, and disc packaging that is an improvement over the last blu-ray set from the studio. That box of eight films had us going back through all of Kubrick’s movies, and we’ve laid them out in order below. Read More »