I’m still trying to wrap my head around the notion that we are days away from entering the month of Halloween, as I’m still pretty convinced it was Easter just three weeks ago. However, October it is, and Netflix has got a whole heap of new movies, series, and documentaries ready to lift us into summer.
The highlight for most people this month will most probably be Making a Murderer Part 2 which will become available on October 19th. If it didn’t take over your lives in 2015, it will definitely have that effect this new season, released three years later. Another highlight may be the whole team of Halloween movies that Netflix has available, so if you decide to buy into this commercial holiday, you can do so with the aid of a good horror flick.
Manchester by the Sea
This 2016 winner of the Golden Globes is a real heartfelt American indie flick, and it may make you fall in love with Casey Affleck all over again (if Good Will Hunting didn’t spark it off, I don’t know what would; sexual harassment claims be damned?). For those who missed this in the cinema summer 2016-7, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea is about Lee Chandler (Affleck), a troubled, quiet man whose brother dies and consequently has to take care of his nephew Patrick.
The film follows the relationship between Chandler and his nephew and also digs deeper into the reasons behind Chandler’s uncomfortable social behavior. It’s an incredibly sad film that you should watch with a bag of popcorn, some tissues and maybe a loved one’s phone number nearby.
50 Shades Darker
Mr. Dornan will see you now (eek).
If you’re up for a cringe-worthy, unrealistic, disempowering, overly-graphic film with a poor script based on an even worse book, then boy have I got a film for you. Although the word “crap” will be doing this film a favor, I have to admit that I actually did go to the cinema and pay my own actual money on this film, because it’s so damn addictive. This may have to do with the fact that I’m in love with both Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, or because I love a good chick flick regardless of its quality (The Kissing Booth, anyone?).
So, on October 7th you can watch this uncomfortable film in the (un)comfort of your own home so that you can avoid awkwardly looking at a fellow 50 Shades’ fanatic mid-spanking scene and wishing the floor would swallow you up.
22 de Julio (22nd July)
This 2018 crime drama is based on the horrifying 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway. Directed (and co-produced and written) by Paul Greengrass, this harrowing film is a detailed account of the massacre of 69 people (mostly teenagers) on an island called Utoya, perpetrated by the right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. It premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival and is for sure a film you need to watch, however grueling it may feel.
Beauty and the Beast
This fairytale movie should be on the To-Watch List for anyone from ages 6-100. If you scare easy and want to avoid the thrillers, this could be a poor man’s Halloween movie as there is a Beast involved.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in this 2016 science-fiction thriller/romance, which is about a passenger on a spaceship who wakes up nearly a century before he is supposed to land on the destination. I say “romance,” although frankly speaking, I see it less as a consensual romance and more as a creepy tale where a psychotic Pratt decides to wake up another passenger (Lawrence) as basically a death sentence just because she’s hot and he’s lonely. This is definitely worth a watch even if its to pick apart the unconvincing love story between a selfish lunatic and J-Law.
This Spanish series is not your ordinary crappy high-school drama, and it’s (arguably) one step up as the series deals with themes of sexuality, religion, and violence. It looks highly addictive.
La maldición de Mill House (The Haunting of Mill House)
Director Mike Flanagan has graced us with this terror flick based on the novel of the same name about two brothers who grew up in a haunted house who are reunited and face the (literal) ghosts of their past. Spoooooky (not really).
This very popular BBC drama came out just over a month or so ago and is the only thing anyone back in the UK is talking about (making the BBC #FOMO real). This gripping drama follows a war veteran (GOT star Richard Madden) working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.
Director Jed Mercurio creates almost unbearable tension, as complicated power politics play out and clash with individuals’ motivation from the noble to the insane. Would definitely recommend this if you don’t want to leave the couch for roughly seven-eight hours with this six-part series.
Suits Season 8
The latest season of this lawyer series is back, so we can pretend to know what people are talking about when anyone uses vocab in dinner party conversations like “acquisition” or “subpoena.”
Making a Murderer Part 2
Ah, what everyone has been waiting for (despite the fact that we all know the ending of what happens as this is a real story.) Documentary filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to Wisconsin with exclusive access to Steven Avery, a man wrongly accused of raping and murdering Teresa Halbach despite DNA testing proving otherwise.
Part two is back with the detailed post-conviction process and the effects on the family of Brendan Dassey and Steven Avery. If it’s anything like when it came out in 2015, this may be the most popular series of the summer.