March is arguably the perfect month for unapologetic streaming binges: too warm for wholesome winter activities, yet still too cold and soggy for that friend to start pressuring you to get outside and do whatever Outside People do. (Rugby? Marathons? Yacht racing? We’re honestly at a loss.) Luckily for you, Hulu brought their A-game this month. The streaming service’s March lineup runs the gamut from cult classics to Oscar-nominated films to some of Snoop’s best acting—and if that’s not enough for you, there’s also a treasure trove of Bond movies, and a promising new original series starring Aaron Paul. So tell Outside Friend you’re sick, cross those spring cleaning plans off your calendar, and enjoy.
Bond—All the Bond
Hulu rakes in a significant portion of the Bond catalog this month: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Moonraker, License to Kill, For Your Eyes Only, A View to a Kill, Goldeneye, and Tomorrow Never Dies. That’s four different Bonds! Whether you’re new to the world of the UK’s suave and streetwise spy (in which case, here’s our binge-watching guide) or want to take a deep and nerdy dive into the Bond’s gadgety universe, Hulu is here for you.
Regarding Henry (1991)
According to Hollywood, most men in the late ’80s and early’90s were high-powered assholes who neglected their long-suffering families. In Regarding Henry, Harrison Ford plays a mean lawyer who is shot in the head. (Also, his name is Henry.) The bullet’s damage to Henry’s brain leaves him an amnesiac struggling to relearn how to walk and talk, but also a significantly nicer dude, much to the surprise of his wife and daughter. Come for the emotional redemption, stay for Harrison Ford and to glimpse a very young JJ Abrams (who wrote the screenplay under the name Jeffrey Abrams) playing a delivery boy.
The Amityville Horror (2005)
You are living in the Deadpool Era, and Ryan Reynolds is possibly the hottest thing going right now (or at least most gregarious). It’s almost hard to remember when he was that guy we liked despite the many bad movies he was in; still, no matter the cinematic crapstorm swirling around him, Double-R hold his own. Case in point: this Amityville remake. A young couple (Reynolds and Melissa George) with three kids move into a house on Long Island—where a man had previously murdered his family because the voices told him to. Then things get weird. What do you mean, “it sounds like The Shining“? IT IS OBVIOUSLY COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Weirdo-in-chief Johnny Depp stars as a con artist/rare book dealer on the hunt for a book that supposedly holds the key to summoning the Devil himself. Rosemary’s Baby proved that we can trust Roman Polanski with supernatural plot lines (if little else), and The Ninth Gate manages to be eerie and neo-noirish without taking itself too seriously.
Hot Boyz (2000)
Who doesn’t have time for Snoop Dogg? We’ll watch him recap TV, buy his super fancy weed products, and even try to make him CEO of Twitter. Back in 2000, Snoop showed up in hood classic Hot Boyz (not to be confused with the Missy Elliot song, or the Lil Wayne- and Juvenile-starring supergroup), along with No Limit Records labelmates Silkk Tha Shocker, C-Murder, and Mystikal. Sorry, we realize that’s a little confusing if you know nothing about the history of Southern hip-hop. Oh, and a not-yet-completely-nuts Gary Busey shows up too. The plot isn’t essential here, but you should expect gangsters, corrupt cops, and a surprising amount of martial arts, courtesy of Jeff Speakman (Perfect Weapon). Why is Jeff Speakman in Hot Boyz? Let us answer that question with a question: why the hell not?
This movie won Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Truman Capote, a whole bunch of awards, and that’s probably enough of a reason to watch it. But Capote—the father of the true-crime genre, and thus the patron saint of Making a Murderer—also has a spellbinding life story. Capote follows him as he writes and researches his landmark book In Cold Blood (which chronicles the brutal slaying of a Kansas family), develops an inappropriate relationship with an accused murderer, hangs around with Harper Lee, and generally drinks himself into the ground.
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Picture it: Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson are an ordinary, middle-class, financially irresponsible couple. Then Robert Redford comes along and offers them $1,000,000 for a night with Demi. On one hand, that’s morally reprehensible. On the other hand, though, that’s a lot of zeroes. Cue the drama.
The vampire movie has a rich and ever-evolving history, and this is one of the kookiest. An African prince is turned into a vampire by Dracula, shut in a coffin, and then accidentally released in Los Angeles two centuries later, where he terrorizes people and pursues the woman he thinks is the reincarnation of his long-dead wife. (If you were an undead African prince in ’70s L.A., what would you do?) For blaxploitation reasons, this movie is not everyone’s favorite, but if you go into it with a healthy sense of humor, it’s a fun, kaleidoscopic look at an incredible genre and the decade that spawned it.
Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
Dude, did you miss the early 2000s? Dude, Where’s My Car? is a stoner classic, and was somehow responsible for helping Ashton Kutcher transition away from That ’70s Show and into being a movie star. The plot’s a little intricate, so try to keep up: Two dudes…lose their car. (Right?) On their Hangover-esque journey to find it, they encounter everyone from their girlfriends to a cult to aliens, but they mostly just yell “dude!” at each other.
Trading Places (1983)
Trading Places is The Prince and the Pauper, but with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in 1980s Philadelphia. Eddie Murphy is Billy Ray Valentine, a homeless hustler. Aykroyd is Louis Winthorpe III,a a wealthy scion. Two rich elderly brothers decide to meddle with their lives in order to settle the ‘nature vs nurture’ debate for their own amusement. It’s not subtle, and there’s a regrettable moment of blackface that we still can’t believe is in the movie, but it’s hilarious. A classic for a reason.
Top Gun (1986)
Top Gun needs little introduction: it’s a big, action-y blockbuster with an enduring pop-culture legacy. Pre-implosion Tom Cruise plays a fighter pilot, and Tony Scott directed the ever-loving crap out of the many, many airplane acrobatics sequences. Grab your aviator sunglasses and a volleyball and watch it with your bros.
Hulu has been churning out ambitious, original content with big-name stars lately. The Path is the latest addition: the show stars Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan as members of a cult led by Hugh Dancy. Because we’re only happy when Aaron Paul is sad, we’re excited to report that his character is going through a crisis of faith—and it looks like things are going to get dark!