Maybe this is your first time working through the holiday season (here’s looking at you, retail industry), or maybe you are an old hand at missing out on the celebrations. We’ll all have to put it in a bit of extra time through the festive season at some point in our lives.

We’ve gone through the trouble of summing up what you can do entertainment-wise so you can ring in the new year without leaving the comfort of your couch! Sounds like a bargain? Hell yeah!

The Movie Scene

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

If you are reminiscent of the days of Sixteen Candles, St Elmo’s Fire, and Breakfast Club, this coming-of-age love story will give you all the feels. This Netflix Original film released to rave reviews and very quickly built quite a loyal following. The film is based on a YA novel of the same name, penned by Jenny Han, and truly captures the confusion of being a teenager and growing up.

Now streaming on Netflix.

Krotoa

Critics both loved and hated the South African film, Krotoa. I love forming my own opinions and found the film to be a turning point in South African cinema. So, if you are ready to get a bit more serious over New Year’s eve, this tale of a young woman removed from her tribe and made to serve Jan van Riebeek is worth a try. The film stars South African cinema greats like the charming Armand Aucamp, Deon Lotz, Brendon Daniels and the beautiful Crystal-Donna Roberts.

Now streaming on Showmax.

Airplane!

How about a Golden Oldie? This hilarious film from 1980 might just be the comedy fix that you are looking for this New Year’s Eve. This film is classified as a disaster film parody as it takes a few shots at the array of disaster movies that were released in the 70’s. The entire film is just a whole lot of fun and tells the story of both the passengers and crew of a jet, that are incapacitated due to food poisoning. Roger Ebert, the legendary movie critic, described the film as follows: “It is sophomoric, obvious, predictable, corny, and quite often very funny. And the reason it’s funny is frequently that it’s sophomoric, predictable, corny, etc.”

Now streaming on Prime Video.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

How about an adventure? But not your usual cowboys and crooks adventure. Rather, a Western adventure by the Coen brothers. Translation? Variety.com describes it as a “pop fantasia that’s interested in the meaning of what a brutal place the Old West really was”. You will, therefore, most definitely be in for a wild ride! The film tells six different stories and without beating around the bush, all these tales are about dying in some way or another. Don’t worry though, it is not too bleak and it does contain a few very humorous moments. You will also recognise a few familiar faces such as Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tom Waits and Zoe Kazan.

Currently streaming on Netflix

Mommy Dead and Dearest

No, this is not a horror film. Well, not in the traditional sense. Just to give you an idea as to what the response to this documentary film was, the Rotten Tomatoes score is 100%. Yes, just take that in. Although not a lighthearted NYE activity, this documentary about a murder is what rogerebert.com calls a ‘Russian nesting doll of horror’, and is still worth the watch as it delves into the complicated psyche of a mother-daughter pair. If you enjoyed, Sharp Objects, you will really find this interesting as well.

Currently streaming on Showmax

NYE Binging

Deep Ocean Narrated by David Attenborough

Even if you are unable to go to the beach on New Year’s Eve, it does not mean that you need to be excluded from the ocean as a whole. Deep Ocean, a three-part series on deep-sea curiosities, is just to thing for a cosy night in for the curious. The series uses the same submarine which successfully captured the world’s first moving images of a giant squid in its natural habitat to explore the deep sea cliffs off the coast of New Guinea. The team encounters true living fossil species, one after another, and even if you have no idea what a living fossil species is, it is most definitely still worth a watch.

Now streaming on CuriosityStream.

Sick Note

Ever wondered what Rupert Grint is up to these days? Well, he’s been starring in the British sitcom, Sick Note, recently picked up by Netflix. The premise is simple. Daniel is in a dead-end job, smokes way too much and plays way too many video games. After his girlfriend leaves him and just as his boss wants to fire him, he is diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. Hilarity ensues as Daniel navigates his newfound ‘luck’ and other increasingly difficult situations. Other than Rupert Grint, the show also stars Lindsay Lohan in the two seasons already available.

Now streaming on Netflix.

That 70’s Show

I know, I know. This is an oldie. But I rewatched the entire series earlier this year and it was the most fun! The entire gang – Eric, Kelso, Jackie, Hyde and Donna – feels like old friends as you spend time in the Foreman’s basement and join in the coming-of-age fun as they navigate new relationships, love triangles, friendship and weed, of course! The show is still some good, wholesome fun and deliciously bingeable; with eight available seasons, you’ll definitely be busy all night.

Now streaming on Netflix.

Vikings

Five glorious seasons of Viking history, raids, religion and all the signs from Odin, are available right now. Still not sold on the whole Viking vibe? The torsos in this series are so yummy that you’ll struggle to not find a new crushable Viking to swoon over. It’s not only the men that are fierce as hell, the women take it to a whole new level as they usurp, raid and indulge in the pleasures right alongside the men. The series has also evolved quite a lot from the first season, and it is nice to follow the progression of the characters and, eventually, their offspring.

Now streaming on Showmax.

The Romanoffs

The return of Matthew Weiner, from Mad Men fame, is a glossy anthology series on the elusive Romanoff family. The golden thread tying this anthology series together is that one or more character believes themselves to be a descendant of the Russian royal family. The story goes that after the brutal murder of the royal family, remaining family members scattered across the globe seeking refuge. You’ll recognise a few familiar Mad Men faces in the cast of this series that spans across eight episodes. Each episode is around 90 minutes, making it a little movie in itself.

Now streaming on Prime Video.

Black Mirror

So rumour has it that Black Mirror’s new season releases on 28 December 2018, just in time to ruin your new year outlook. If you are unfamiliar with this series but have a bit of an inclination to the nihilist and sceptic side of life, as I do, Black Mirror is the perfect fit for you. This anthology series takes a look at possible dystopian realities caused by our addiction to the technological. To be brutally honest, I’ve not quite recovered from season 4’s episode by the name of ‘Crocodile’ and although it’s been a nearly year, that episode haunts me still. This gripping series is a must-watch and some serious food for thought for the new year.

Now streaming on Netflix.

Humming Along

So what if you’d just like to give the telly a skip, sit back and relax with a glass of wine while watching the fireworks go off overhead, all the while silently judging the bad decisions that will be made on a night like this? We’ve got your back, girlfriend! We have compiled a playlist of our favourite tunes to usher you into the new year – enjoy!

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Free State-girl, living in Stellenbosch. Love to explore small towns, read in Afrikaans and everything pop-culture. My favourite yoga move is 'The Pigeon' and one day I'd like to own my own vintage cinema.

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