Gems on Hulu

February 22nd, 2011

I’m not getting any money from Hulu for this plug, but we recently decided to subscribe to “Hulu Premium,” and I’ve been very pleased with it. It’s only a few dollars a month, and just recently, they began carrying the Criterion Collection of films. (We watched “Lord of the Flies” last week and found it stunning, both in its visual beauty and in the sense of existential despair it evoked. The look on Ralph’s face at the end of the movie has haunted me ever since: his rage and pain and terrible, terrible knowingness feel like an indictment of everything in the world.)

The problem with Hulu, of course, is that there’s so many hidden gems on the site. Have you found anything particularly enjoyable or odd that you’d like to share? I recently found that the premium version offers the entirety of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which I missed on its first run. They also have “Caprica,” the remarkable spinoff of “Battlestar Galactica,” which has all the complex personalities and moral dilemmas that marked the first two seasons of BSG, along with some of the most gorgeous sets you’ve ever seen (a real change from BSG’s dull starship interiors). If you never caught the original UK version of “The Office,” that’s on there as well. And an anthology series called “Masters of Horror,” with classic and modern stories directed by — well, masters of horror. The quality on that one is varied, but some of the episodes are quite good.

Have you found anything good on the site to recommend?


One Response to “Gems on Hulu”

  1. diane on February 24, 2011 11:53 pm

    Carnival of Souls (1962). I tried it because of the title. It’s a really fantastic low-budget horror movie. The real horror for me was not so much the “souls” stuff, but the behavior of the obnoxious next door neighbor toward the main character. I found it extremely difficult to watch the scenes with the neighbor in them. I was literally squirming in my chair. And those scenes were not meant to be creepy. It was 1962, and I thank my lucky stars that I wasn’t a grown woman then.

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