10 Netflix Additions That’ll Spice Up Your October
October is a month of fall weather, chunky sweaters, pumpkin spiced lattes and of course, a whole new crop of Netflix movies and TV shows. Whether you choose to Netflix + chill or simply plan to hibernate as the weather grows colder this month, here is a comprehensive list of what October Netflix additions are worth your time.
1 . American Pie – October 1st
If you haven’t already seen this, you’ve been missing out on the world of sexually charged American high schoolers and the
idiot boys desperate to lose their virginities. It’s funny to laugh at them, just make sure you don’t laugh with them. A crude, comical watch.
2. On The Town – October 1st
A classic musical from 1949 that was recently on Broadway, On The Town stars Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as “fun-loving” sailors who have an adventure in New York City. You know your grandma loves it, maybe you will too!
3. Batman Begins – October 1st
The first of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman Begins is Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the series spawned by DC Comics character Batman. Starring Christian Bale as Batman with Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman, this star-studded adaptation of the classic is an Academy Award nominated masterpiece. If you love beautiful adventure movies, this is a must-watch.
4. Boogie Nights – October 1st
I refer to this as a film school must-see as it has been mentioned in nearly every course I’ve taken in my film school career thus far (I’m about to graduate NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts). A project entirely Paul Thomas Anderson’s, it tells the story of Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg), a nightclub dishwasher turned porn star. We follow his career through the Golden Age of Porn in the 1970s through to its fall in the following decade. Watch it if you like Marky-Mark, the nineties, pornography, or all of the above.
5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – October 1st
If you don’t know the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you need to revisit your childhood. Or you could simply watch Tim Burton’s version of the classic Roald Dahl story. Starring Johnny Depp at his most satisfyingly creepiest and Freddie Highmore at his most vulnerable, this musical fantasy film is beautiful and bizarre. Watch if you like Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Roald Dahl, chocolate or creepy films that somehow leave you feeling fuzzy inside. Spoiler alert: the Oompa Loompa’s are played by one person. Talk about trippy.
6. Million Dollar Baby – October 1st
This Clint Eastwood project starring himself alongside Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman is about boxing and is quite literally, a knockout winning four Academy Awards including Best Picture in 2004. A dramatic story about strength, perseverance, loss and grief, watch if you want a hard-hitting, heart wrenching, hard to watch but worth it sports drama.
7. The Nightmare – October 1st
This brand new part documentary, part horror film comes just in time for Halloween. The Nightmare explores the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, a condition in which a person remains conscious but experiences an inability to move or speak when they are either falling asleep or waking up. Millions of people experience this condition and many have reported disturbing visions or sounds, particularly of ghost-like figures at the foot of their bed. Eight people are interviewed and describe their experiences. Watch if you experience sleep paralysis… or if you want to.
8. Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live! – October 15th
The Green Porno was a series of short films done by Isabella Rossellini in which she acted out different types of animal’s sexual behavior, documentary style. Yes, you read that correctly. Rossellini took her filmed skits to the stage as documented by this film. Watch and learn if you have a dry sense of humor and get a kick out of incredible, brilliant weirdness.
9. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – October 18th
Set in 1970’s Texas, Ruth Guthrie’s (Rooney Mara) husband, Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) takes the fall for a crime she committed in this romantic crime drama. Poetic and cinematically beautiful, the film is considered a fresh take on a classic tale. Watch if you love the old West, period pieces and beautiful works of film.
10. Beasts of No Nation – October 16th
This brand new Netflix original from Cary Fukunaga, the director of True Detective, stars Idris Elba as a warlord in Africa who trains an orphan to join his guerrilla army of young children. The film, being described as harsh, sobering and gritty yet hopeful, has been met with outstanding acclaim. Watch to see a fictitious film depicting a true reality in an unflinching, stunning way.