November: the month of impatiently waiting for the sun to shine uninterrupted for more than three days. To aid these extended rainy days (please, can it stop now?), pop on your trusty Netflix account and get ridiculously excited for the new releases which are pending. We don’t want to freak you out, but rumor has it that both the House of Cards and The Last Kingdom are due a new season, along with British favorite The Great British Baking Show (or The Bakeoff for those UK OG’s). We have picked – as usual – our favorite premieres, so you can peruse the new series, films, and documentaries that the application has to offer this month.
House of Cards Season 6
The final season of this popular US series is out, and after the serious sexual misconduct allegations this past year about Kevin Spacey, the protagonist Frank Underwood was killed off. This season, then, focuses on Claire Underwood in the White House as the new commander-in-chief; despite the obvious blank Spacey (I couldn’t resist) where the American Beauty star used to be at the forefront, this should be a very interesting end to the series that began five years ago.
Westside is about nine struggling actors in LA, and we follow their individual personal narratives dealing with dramas such as long-distance relationships, complicated childhoods, abusive partners and money issues. I’m not quite sure what genre this officially slots into as some of the narrative appears to be pretty harrowing, interluded with original sing and dance routines… Maybe something to watch with an open mind?
The Great British Baking Show
Possibly every Brit’s all-time favorite show (mainly because Mary Berry is like every one of our Grandmas, complete with the stiff white hairspray ‘do) is back, but with a devastating twist. Berry is no longer with us, and thus we have to go through an entire series without her accidental innuendos and awkward puns(!). But before you start crying into your jam scone, the show has been saved by new judges Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig, Prue Leith, and with OG twinkle eyes Paul Hollywood.
The drug war drama continues with the third season of the Narcos chronicles, this time in Mexico during the onset of the drug war in the 1980s, telling the very gritty and graphic story of the Guadalajara cartel’s ascent.
The Last Kingdom Season 3
This popular UK historical drama based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels is back for its third season. It follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg who is part-based on the historical figure Uhtred the Bold from the 11th century. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea (seems all to similar to GOT for me, minus the dragons) but after it was nearly dropped by Netflix last season, the crowds went mad and it’s back by popular demand.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Yes, this is a very weird title and the word “scrugg” sounds really quite revolting. However, these six artistic vignettes directed by the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers who are behind No Country for Old Men and True Grit, is of excellent quality. Set on the American wild west frontier, Ethan and Joel Coen shot their first-ever digital photography production headed up by Tim Blake Nelson (the eponymous Scruggs) and supported by Stephen Root, Liam Neeson, James Franco and also Tom Waits (eh??). Although they are split in to different vignette parts, it runs as a film.
Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice)
Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher beautifully presents the true story of a small Italian town in the 1980’s where a wealthy noblewoman kept unpaid laborers in the dark of their rights as they worked as slaves in her land. It’s brilliantly clever, imaginative, and beautifully filmed, it discusses the very real fact-inspired problem, of social and economic exploitation in this period.