On the off-chance that meteorology turns out to be a junk science, you probably have a Tuesday off. Thanks, climate change! Alas, because of technology, you may not have the entire day off. You’re probably chained to your laptop, sitting in your jammies doing work you’d ordinarily do in the office. But there will probably be a few hours to kill at least, and ones you may rather spend couched in front of your TV (or tiny computer screen), nursing an Irish coffee while your steam heater makes a racket.
Depending on how many streaming services you subscribe to — because these days you can’t just have one — you have a wide world of films (and, if you must, TV) at your disposal. We’ve broken down your choices into five categories. Choose wisely.
Catching up with last year’s greats
The vast majority of Oscar fare is still MIA on streaming platforms; after all, there’s still theatrical money to be made. But some have already slipped through the cracks of the Internet. You can burn some eight hours watching the movie that won Best Documentary last month: “O.J.: Made in America” (Hulu) is not only superior to the campy “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” but it’s hard to put down, let alone pause for a bathroom break. The same award could have gone to “13th” (Netflix), Ava DuVernay’s furious alternative history of racism in America, from emancipation up to today.
We’re so sick of talking about the Oscars, but we do wish someone in power had put in a strong word for John Goodman’s frightening turn in the stripped down “10 Cloverfield Lane” (Amazon Prime). Ditto the slow-burning South Korean shocker “The Wailing” (Netflix). Meanwhile, the indie “White Girl” (Netflix) is merely a good conversation starter, which will get you talking about whether its depiction of a privileged new Ridgewood gentrifier who gets in all manner of trouble.