Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Cary Fukunaga Finds His Evil Clown Pennywise for 'It' Remake Cary Fukunaga Finds His Evil Clown Pennywise for 'It' Remake Watch: Ryan Gosling Finally Eats His Cereal in Tribute to Meme Creator Ryan McHenry Watch: Ryan Gosling Finally Eats His Cereal in Tribute to Meme Creator Ryan McHenry Quentin Tarantino Enjoys Running the New Beverly, Even When He's Shooting a Movie Quentin Tarantino Enjoys Running the New Beverly, Even When He's Shooting a Movie See Andrew Garfield in First Images from Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' See Andrew Garfield in First Images from Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Carey Mulligan Just Says No, Goes Full Feminist with 'Far from the Madding Crowd' and 'Suffragette' Carey Mulligan Just Says No, Goes Full Feminist with 'Far from the Madding Crowd' and 'Suffragette' 6 Things Non-Record-Breaker 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reveals about the Current Box Office 6 Things Non-Record-Breaker 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reveals about the Current Box Office Box Office: 'Far from the Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Leads Specialty Openers Box Office: 'Far from the Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Leads Specialty Openers Guillermo del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I saw my first corpse at age 4" (Video) Guillermo del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I saw my first corpse at age 4" (Video) Oscar Predictions 2016 Oscar Predictions 2016 It Looks Like David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' Is Indeed Coming to Criterion It Looks Like David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' Is Indeed Coming to Criterion Cary Fukunaga Teams with 'Brokeback Mountain' Writers for A24's First Original Film Cary Fukunaga Teams with 'Brokeback Mountain' Writers for A24's First Original Film Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes Whither Sony? No Place to Go But Up Whither Sony? No Place to Go But Up Hollywood, Please Don't Remake Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' Hollywood, Please Don't Remake Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' Riviera Maya Film Fest Dares to Bring Edgy Fare to Cinema-Starved Mexican Audiences Riviera Maya Film Fest Dares to Bring Edgy Fare to Cinema-Starved Mexican Audiences Cannes First Look: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Long-Awaited Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' Cannes First Look: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Long-Awaited Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' '54: The Director's Cut' Comes to Digital HD in All Its Hedonistic Glory '54: The Director's Cut' Comes to Digital HD in All Its Hedonistic Glory Mark Hamill Shares Vintage Photos from the 'Star Wars' Set Mark Hamill Shares Vintage Photos from the 'Star Wars' Set Hear a Rare Recording of One of Stanley Kubrick's Most Revealing Interviews Hear a Rare Recording of One of Stanley Kubrick's Most Revealing Interviews Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW) Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW)

Stream These: Five Great New Year's Eve Movies (CLIPS)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! December 29, 2014 at 12:53PM

Stream these five great movies set on or around New Year's as the bell tolls for 2014 and a terrific movie year comes to an end.
0
The Apartment

"The Apartment" (dir. Billy Wilder)
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine share some of cinema's most crackling onscreen chemistry in Billy Wilder's 1960 romantic comedy about lonesome corporate serf C.C. Baxter (Lemmon) and the elevator operator of his affections Fran Kubelik (MacLaine) in an Upper West Side insurance agency. The movie unfolds throughout the holiday season but ends on New Year's Eve when this much-thwarted courtship is sealed by MacLaine's classic quip: "Shut up and deal."

The Hudsucker Proxy

"The Hudsucker Proxy" (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
The far-out final act of the Coens' 1994 Capraesque screwball comedy starring Tim Robbins as a quixotic mail room employee entangled in a stock scheme culminates on a delirious New Year's Eve. In an homage-packed scene riffing on everything from Harold Lloyd to Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," Robbins' Norville Barnes looms perilously on a high rise clock that reads "The Future Is Now." Ace performances from Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Newman round out this light Coen effort in which the Brothers take on the most dastardly of all worlds: business. 

Strange Days

"Strange Days" (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
Though Bigelow is now known best for her politically charged prestige pictures "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," this 1995 genre oddity starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis (all in their heyday) predicts a very dark future at the tail-end of the millennium. This dystopian thriller set in 1999 Los Angeles amid a conspiracy-soaked milieu of surveillance, police corruption, virtual reality and existential paranoia turned out to be far more prescient than we could have imagined. It's also wildly cinematic.

Sunset Boulevard

"Sunset Boulevard" (dir. Billy Wilder)
Make it a Wilder double feature this New Year's with the 1950 doom-laden noir "Sunset Boulevard," the great director's ageless portrait of a greed-ravaged Hollywood haunted by washed-up movie stars, two-bit screenwriters and crooked cops. In a New Year's-set party scene, withering silent film actress Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) heaps luxury and seriously desperate affections upon Hollywood hack and protege Joe Gillis (William Holden), a nobody who wants to be a somebody in a thankless industry. Their demented relationship/romance/folie-a-deux or whatever you want to call it climaxes in a wicked, violent finale recently quoted on AMC's "Mad Men" -- the perfect swan song for another year.

When Harry Met Sally

"When Harry Met Sally" (dir. Rob Reiner)
Only a heart of stone could resist Reiner's timeless 1989 "Annie Hall" knockoff about two neurotic New Yorkers who spend a decade wondering if a man and a woman can ever, truly, just be friends. It's as much screenwriter Nora Ephron's film as it is Reiner's, with compulsively quotable dialogue and one iconic scene after the next. While Billy Crystal is adorable as death-obsessed nebbish Harry, Meg Ryan's kooky, stubborn Sally steals the show, clinching her fate as the go-to rom com queen of the 90s. And you simply have to love her takedown of the ridiculous lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne." What the hell is that song even about, anyway?

This article is related to: New On VOD, VOD, Your Week In Streaming, Features, Kathryn Bigelow, Coens, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen


E-Mail Updates