Greetings, friends! August is closing its doors and September is ready and waiting to give us a big bear hug! Of course, you know this means new movies and shows ready for the streaming on Netflix.
Before we get started, the big news hitting everyone’s favorite streaming service is the fact that the company recently let its deal with Epix lapse. In an effort to focus more on original content (not to mention avoid the ever increasing costs of licensing the films for streaming), Netflix has agreed to no longer do business with Epix and that company will now be working with Hulu. What does that mean to us? Well, it means that some films like Transformers, The Hunger Games and World War Z will no longer be offered for streaming. What does that mean for Netflix’s library? As of right now, that question is uncertain beyond the reality that more Netflix original films will be seen.
Okay, let’s get to it!
Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (Sept. 1st) – This film, about a eccentric military man played by Peter O’Toole, is a classic in every sense of the word. It’s beautifully shot, terrifically acted and endless interesting. The movie is on the long side so if you don’t have a great attention span, the film might not be for you but if you love film and haven’t seen this one yet, it is a Must.
Masters of the Universe (Sept. 1st) – It’s not the He-Man you know from the cartoons but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. Don’t get me wrong, this film is not good. It’s terribly acted, awful special effects that don’t stand the test of time and it has an absolutely silly story but that’s what makes it fun to watch. It’s one of those “So Bad it’s Good” films and if you’re bored some night, it will definitely pass the time and make you laugh. So, order a pizza, invite over some friends and recreate Mystery Science Theater 3000 with this one.
Rambo: First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (Sept. 1st) – Aside from Rocky, the Rambo films are Sly Stallone at his best. The character is badass and the action is pure, uncut testosterone wrapped in oily muscles, headbands and tank tops that fire billions of bullets at your face. If you are familiar with the franchise, you know the first film is much, MUCH different than what the franchise became but they are all worth a watch. These are a Must and, if you’ve already seen them, a Must See Again.
The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (Sept. 1st) – Confession Time: I don’t think Robert Rodriguez is a good filmmaker. Without the help of Quentin Tarantino, I find his films hacky and sloppy…BUT kids might dig this tale about a young boy getting help from two imaginary friends to help save the world. Older audiences will find the painfully obvious green screen sets awful to the point of making your eyes bleed but might find it interesting to see a young Taylor Lautner. Ultimately, however, this film is pretty much for kids only and I would call this one a Pass.
Sleepy Hollow (Sept. 1st) – Tim Burton takes on the classic tale of the headless horseman and Ichabod Crane and gives it a new coat of paint. Not a bad film, overall. Johnny Depp is entertaining, the rest of the cast is strong, the story is a decent mix of macabre and fun and the visuals are appealing in their gothic-ness (that’s a word, right?). If you’re a Tim Burton fan, it’s Worth It but if Tim’s stuff gets too repetitive and cliché for you (which it does), it’s a Pass.
The Monster Squad (Sept. 1st) – They don’t make kid adventure films like they did in the 80s. This one sees a group of horror fanatic children take on Dracula, the Wolfman, and Frankenstein’s monster in their small hometown. It’s fun, the practical effects hold up well and did I mention it’s fun? If you’ve never seen it or feel like revisiting it, I’d say this is a Must.
Moonrise Kingdom (Sept. 15) – Wes Anderson is an acquired taste due to his very unique, Wes Anderson-y way he makes his films (that’s right, you can use his name to describe his defining characteristics) but this one about two young kids taking off to be alone and in love while a search team of boy scouts frantically search for them might be one of my favorites from the writer/director. The cast is fantastic, the story is fun and the visuals are quirky and delightful. I would call this a Must but, like I said, Wes Anderson is an acquired taste so tread cautiously if you decide to watch. Don’t get mad at me if you don’t like it.
Philomena (Sept. 22) – This delightful little dramedy centers around a journalist who follows an elderly lady searching for her son she was forced to give up when she was younger and living in a convent. This film is touching, very funny and is fueled by great chemistry from its two leads; Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. This is definitely a Must See!
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Sept. 29) – This bio-pic about Nelson Mandela adapted from the man’s autobiography is dramatic, interesting and Idris Elba’s performance as Mandela is absolutely fantastic. Overall, however, it’s not the most griping bio-pic I’ve ever seen and that’s a little disappointing considering who exactly the film is about. Still, it’s not horrible and it’s Worth a Shot if you can’t find anything else to tickle your fancy.
Additional Films (That I haven’t seen) Released in September
Hard Ball (2001)
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Our Man in Tehran (2013)
Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)
Up in the Air (2009)
Black or White (2014)
Miss Julie (2014)
Drumline: A New Beat (2014)
Bad Night (2015)
Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)
About Elly (2009)
God Bless the Child (2015)
Madame Bovary (2014)
It Happened Here (2015)
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
The Bank Job (2008)
The Road Within (2015)
Reservation Road (2007)
Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015), Netflix Original
SMOSH: The Movie (2015)
The Loft (2015)
The Canyons (2013)
As usual, a plethora of television shows will be added this month like Mister Roger’s Neighborhood (Sept. 1st), the first three seasons of Person of Interest (Sept. 1st), the sixth season of The League (Sept. 1st), the latest show picked up by Netflix; Longmire (Sept. 9th), season 5 of Portlandia (Sept. 12th), the second season of The Blacklist (Sept. 15th), the final season of The Following (Sept. 21st), the first season of Gotham (Sept. 21st) and, most importantly, The Walking Dead‘s fifth season (Sept. 27th).
So, there ya have it! The next round of Netflix films and movies that will keep you entertained and give you plenty of excuses to not have lunch with your mother throughout the month of September–even though she does miss you and you’ve promised her over and over again you would spend some quality time together.
Now, my friends, go forth and stream! I’ll see you next month!