It’s that time again! Time to talk about what new stuff is hitting Netflix next month. And let me tell you, folks, the line-up for February is looking a little anemic. Netflix has spent the last few years going all-in on their original programming, which means that they’re snapping up less and less familiar titles. As a result, the streaming service unleashes a slew of originals that may or may not be good while cutting down on stuff you might actually want to watch. It’s a bit rough, but that’s the way the Netflix cookie crumbles. So here are the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in February 2021.
I am here to tell you that Shutter Island is some top-tier Scorsese, and anyone who doesn’t like it because of its twist ending or any nonsense like that is full of beans. Stylish and operatic, Martin Scorsese‘s mystery-thriller strands a frazzled Leonardo DiCaprio on an island insane asylum trying to find a missing patient.
Christopher Nolan‘s Inception kind of broke the mold, at least in terms of the modern cerebral blockbuster. It was Nolan, flush with his Dark Knight powers, proving he could do whatever the hell he wanted. And what he wanted was to take a bunch of movie money and use it to create something original. Is it too long? Maybe. Is there too much exposition? Perhaps. But that doesn’t make Inception, a movie about a group of well-dressed people breaking into someone’s dreams, any less fun.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
The disturbing story of Elisa Lam – a Canadian college student who came to L.A., checked into the notorious Cecil Hotel, vanished, and then was found days later dead in one of the hotel’s water tanks – gets the docuseries treatment with Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. The Netflix show plans on covering different “infamous locations in contemporary crime” each season, and the Cecil Hotel takes center stage in season 1.
James Wan‘s The Conjuring kicked-off an entire cinematic universe, and that’s neat! The first film, which introduced us to ghost hunting couple Ed and Lorraine Warren (played perfectly by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), is a big spooky blast, full of genuinely scary jump-scares and camera trickery that confirms Wan really understands the genre inside and out.
The Sinner: Jamie
The latest season of The Sinner, the show where Bill Pullman plays the world’s most uncomfortable detective, comes to Netflix in February. This season deals with a dangerous relationship between two college buddies, played by Chris Messina and Matt Bomer. It’s probably the weakest season of the show yet, but it’s still worth checking out, if only to see the continuation of Pullman’s genuinely strange performance.