Steamy Streaming: March

Jessica Jones, Cruel Intensions, Breathless

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BY: Zak Wojnar

Every month, all the major streaming services refresh their offerings and serve up a slew of programming, ranging from original shows to timeless classics and everything in between. Here are ten PROVOKR picks for March 2018.

Breathless (iTunes)
The first film from Jean-Luc Godard, 1960’s Breathless is a seminal moment in filmmaking; it’s one of those films whose influence continues to be seen to this day. Movies were made a certain way up until Breathless, and then they were made differently. A dark noir tale of murder and seduction, Breathless is an all-time classic starring the undeniably sexy Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. If you haven’t seen it, then what are you waiting for? Catch it on iTunes.

 

Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Load up another shot of bourbon; Jessica Jones is back. She’s got superpowers, but she’s not Captain America or Iron Man; played by Kristen Ritter, JJ is a jaded, cynical Private Investigator with a drinking problem and a bleak outlook. Of course, that doesn’t stop her from pursuing justice for the innocent, even when she really would rather be hiding in her apartment, bitterly closed off from the world. But a hero’s gotta do what she’s gotta do. Season 2 of the acclaimed Netflix drama debuts on March 8.

 

Cruel Intentions (Netflix)
Teenagers are monsters. This universal truth is at the heart of 1999’s Cruel Intentions, which plays out like a cross between Gossip Girl and Lord of the Flies, with erotic tension and backstabbings abound. The hot, young cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma BlairSean Patrick Thomas and Ryan Phillippe. The two straight-to-video sequels also hit Netflix on March 1, but you should definitely skip those cheap cash-ins. Still, the original absolutely deserves its place as an unpredictable cult classic.

 

Dirty Dancing (Hulu)
By 1987, Patrick Swayze was already a big star, having led movies like Red Dawn, The Outsiders, and Youngblood, but Dirty Dancing turned the heartthrob into an international sex symbol. The tight clothes, flashy moves, and killer soundtrack went on to inspire generations of dancers since its initial release.

A prequel of sorts, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, also hits Hulu on March 1, but you can skip that one. Not even a Swayze cameo can save it from being a low-energy, tonally-dissonant dud.

 

Babylon Berlin (Netflix)
Babylon Berlin‘s been out since January, but the big-budget, German-language drama hasn’t caught on in the States yet, so we’re recommending it here. Think Cabaret but as a straight drama, and you’ve got a good sense of why you should give this show a chance. Babylon Berlin perfectly captures the look and feel of its unique setting, and it’s a frank look at the rise of the Nazi scourge in the wake of World War I… And, we’ve gotta say, the costumes are fabulous.

 

Amélie (Amazon Prime)
To call Amélie a romantic comedy would be terribly reductive, but it would also be absolutely accurate. A whimsical and surreal tale of loving life and everything in it, while searching for someone with whom to share it, Amélie was a breakthrough hit for director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, as well as the beautiful and talented Audrey Tautou, who played the title character.

 

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Netflix)
Everything ends, but that just leaves room for new beginnings. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel stars as a man lamenting the end of his relationship with the title character. He takes a trip to Hawaii to try and cleanse his mind of his heartbreak, only to find that Sarah (Kristen Bell) and her new boyfriend (Russell Brand) are vacationing in the exact same spot. R-rated antics ensue in this charmingly crass comedy.

 

Moon (Netflix)
Duncan Jones‘s latest film, Mute, just hit Netflix, so now’s the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the director’s first movie, Moon, to which Mute is actually an indirect sequel. Sam Rockwell‘s star is at an all-time high right now thanks to his scene-stealing turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, so it’s great to see him in this 2009 film, in which he plays a man stranded on the moon who uncovers a sinister conspiracy. It was an unexpected sci-fi masterpiece when it first came out, and the passage of time has done nothing to diminish its charm or numerous game-changing plot twists.

 

Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star as a typical suburban couple with a secret in Santa Clarita Diet. The secret? Barrymore has a very particular appetite. She’s a zombie, and only human flesh can sate her cravings. It’s a wild and quirky show with an infectious mix of domestic shenanigans and R-rated bloody violence… Perfect for date night!

 

Hello I Must Be Going (Hulu)
Finally, there’s Hello I Must Be Going, a warm and affirming comedy starring the gorgeous Melanie Lynskey as Amy, a down-on-her-luck 35-year-old woman who finds love and affirmation in the arms of 19-year-old Jeremy, played by Christopher Abbott (Girls). The charming joviality of the film is laudable, as it never stoops so low as to criticize the unorthodox relationship between the two leads. It’s romantic and comedic, but not judgmental of the genuine love at hand, even when the other characters, and Amy herself, insist she settle for something more pragmatic. Pragmatism is overrated.

Hello I Must Be Going comes to Hulu on March 15.