Well, autumn has officially begun and October is ready to embrace us with all things scary and pumpkin spice (for some people those things are one and the same). With the dawning of a new month comes a whole host of new movies, shows and originals coming to Netflix. Fans of CW shows can rejoice as the new deal the network made with Netflix is starting to bloom and you can now watch the last seasons of such shows as Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Supernatural, as well as all of their comic book shows like iZombie, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow and The Flash. Additionally, we’re going to get the latest mockumentary from Christopher Guest called Mascots and, finally, on October 21st, you’ll the first part of the brand new season of Black Mirror. Some bad news, however: the Back to the Future series will no longer be available to stream. You win some, you lose some.
Alright, let’s get started!
Dazed and Confused (October 1st) – This 1993 film is a coming-of-age tale taking place in the 70s and follows a group of teenagers on the most momentous night of their lives. They party, they love, they learn and we get to see the birth of Matthew McConaughey’s catchphrase “Alright, alright, alright.” The film is just awesome to watch and it has an incredible soundtrack. This is a Must See!
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (October 1st) – Even if Matthew Brodrick finds the cure for cancer or decides to give every living person a million dollars, he will always be known for being Ferris first. This 1986 comedy tells the tale of mischievous teen and his friends playing hooky from school and going on the adventure of a lifetime in Chicago. It’s filled with humor, heart and a whole load of memorable and quotable scenes. It’s a Must See!
Ghost Town (October 1st) – This 2008 film sees Ricky Gervais as a dentist who ends up seeing ghosts after a near-death experience. While not the most memorable comedy, it’s not without its charm and humor. I’d say Check It Out!
Grizzly Man (October 1st) – This 2005 documentary from the illustrious Werner Herzog takes footage from the last five years of a man who was attempting to interact and essentially live with grizzly bears in the wild. His fate is fairly obvious but the documentary is insanely interesting. I’d say Check It Out!
Patton (October 1st) – This 1970 film is a total classic and if you haven’t seen it, you really should. It’s a biopic about the U.S. General George S. Patton and not only is the story interesting and the film put together fantastically, you also get an unbelievable performance from George C. Scott. It’s a Must See!
Quiz Show (October 1st) – Based on the quiz show scandal of the 1950s, this film tells the tale of a contestant who rises to prominence in the game show world after a rigged loss to an opponent. The film is fascinating and filled with great talent. I’d definitely say it’s a Must See!
RV (October 1st) – This 2006 road trip comedy has the late great Robin Williams as a man who takes his off-the-wall family on a road trip through the mountains and wacky incidents and meeting strange characters ensues. It’s a pretty forgettable comedy that, occasionally, has a moment or two that made me laugh but I’d just say Skip It!
Snake Eyes (October 1st) – It’s a 1998 murder thriller that sees Nicolas Cage as a cop trying to solve a crime in the middle of a busy casino. The film’s presentation is pretty good and you get Cage’s usual insane performance so it’s not a total waste of time but it’s definitely not that great of a movie. Still, I’d say Check It Out if you have nothing else grabbing your attention.
Sphere (October 1st) – This 1998 thriller based on the incredible book from Michael Crichton sees an all-star cast dive into the deepest depths of the ocean after a mysterious orb is discovered. I loved the book when it came out but the film just doesn’t capture the tension that the novel conveyed. I’d say Skip It.
Titanic (October 1st) – In 1997, James Cameron created something that catapulted Leonardo DiCaprio into our lives and made it impossible to not stand at the front of a boat with your arms spread out like a bird. It’s a fictional tale about forbidden love set against the real tragedy of the Titanic sinking and it was adored then and it is adored today. Personally, I don’t like it but the special effects in creating the actual ship sinking are amazing. I’d say Check It Out!
Unforgiven (October 1st) – Before Clint Eastwood became the racist old man that he is today and started making jingoistic feature films, he made a fantastic Western in 1992 about a retired old gunslinger who takes one final job. This movie is pretty much the shining example of what a great Western is supposed to be and I’d say it’s a Must See!
Without a Paddle (October 1st) – This 2004 comedy sees three buddies getting together for a canoe trip in hopes of locating a legendary treasure from famed criminal D.B. Cooper. The leads of Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, and Dax Shepard are fairly entertaining but this film only offers up a few truly amusing moments. I’d say Check It Out if you’re bored but it’s probably best to just Skip It and find something better.
Big Eyes (October 25th) – This 2014 biopic from Tim Burton tells the story of struggling artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and how her far less talented husband (Christoph Waltz) takes her for a ride and takes credit for her work. The performances and story are great and it’s pretty shocking to see a Burton movie that isn’t gothic in nature or containing Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter. I’d definitely say Check It Out!
Jesus Camp (October 26th) – This 2006 documentary takes a dive into the deep end of an Evangelical Christian summer camp. This feature is equal parts fascinating and horrifying. I’d say it’s a Must See!
Additional Films (That I Haven’t Seen) Coming in October
A Cinderella Story (2004)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)
Blue Streak (1999)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree (2016)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Picture This! (2008)
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)
The Queen of the Damned (2002)
Saving Mr. Wu (2015)
Snow Day (2000)
Three Kings (1999)
The Uninvited (2009)
Dartmoor Killing (2015)
13Th (2015) Netflix Original
Russell Peters: Almost Famous
The Siege of Jadotville (2016) Netflix Original
Love Between the Covers (2015)
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016)
Mascots (2016) Netflix Original
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai GuoQiang (2016) Netflix Original
Being George Clooney (2016)
Chapo: El Escape del Siglo (2016)
Joe Rogan: Triggered
Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories Netflix Original
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
7 Años (2016) Netflix Original
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) Netflix Original
Into the Inferno (2016) Netflix Original
Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: Europe
And there ya have it! Lots of new stuff coming to Netflix and a whole bunch of originals—and people say that there are no original films being produced anymore. Anyway, that’s what you have to look forward to all October. Now, my friends, go forth and stream!
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