Netflix just keeps getting better. Later this year, an original film starring Will Smith and yet more Marvel madness is coming to the streaming service, released across Netflix rather than in cinemas or across network television. So, mixing originals alongside existing titles, the platform is now an unparalleled wealth of entertainment – and this is what to expect in October…
Oscar nominations abounded for Clint Eastwood’s retelling of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s solo mission to protect his comrades and become the most lethal sniper in American history. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle served four tours of duty in Iraq – but the film deals with how, when he finally returned home, he found that he could not leave the war behind.
Netflix’s first original Italian series, this prequel to the 2015 film of the same name is already gaining rave reviews. Suburra – named for a district in Ancient Rome – is a razor sharp political thriller set in the dying days of bombastic politician Silvio Berlusconi’s tenure as Italian Prime Minister. Expect substance behind the style – as only the Italians can deliver.
Another Netflix original, Mindhunter is based on the book of the same name and is focused on the story of two FBI agents, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, who interview imprisoned serial killers to understand how such criminals think. They then apply these insights to solving ongoing crimes. Not convinced yet? Well it’s already been renewed for a second season – so surely that’s approval enough.
Stranger Things 2
Just to prove how much Netflix is dominating entertainment at the moment, let this stat wash over you. Moonlight, the last Best Picture winner at the Oscars, cost $1.5 million to make. Each episode of Season 2 of Stranger Things, 2016’s sleeper hit focusing on a group of supernatural-encountering kids in the 80s, costs 5 times that. Each episode. At least you know that means it’s probably worth watching…
Good Will Hunting
It’s been 20 years since Good Will Hunting. Let that sink in too. Telling the tale of a young Matt Damon as an unrecognised genius, Robin Williams is the real reason to watch; the late actor plays Sean Maguire, a psychology professor who counsels Damon and turns in arguably the best performance of his career.
In this road trip movie about an autistic savant and his callous brother, Tom Cruise arguably takes a back seat to Dustin Hoffman’s Raymond – for which Hoffman won an Oscar. But Cruise is a reason to watch, too. As an indispensable half of this double-act, the superstar plays Charlie Babbitt as a confused and both economically and emotionally desperate man. If you haven’t seen it – watch it immediately.
Since Jamie Bell moved to America – the northerner has a television series on AMC and, last month, got married to House of Cards star Kate Mara – he hasn’t been seen in many English productions. However, Bell’s new film sees a return to Britain. 6 Days tells the story of the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege in London – and we caught up with Bell earlier this year to talk terrorism, training and the future of film and television.
For a Few Dollars More
Clint Eastwood’s second entry on this list – although he’s on acting duty this time – sees the best western ever made make it to Netflix. The second part of the Dollars Trilogy, this picture sees a murderous outlaw pursued by Eastwood’s bounty hunter, who must team up with a rival to bring down this biggest of bads.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Another Netflix original, but this time a film, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) sees the adult children of Dustin Hoffman’s Harold Meyerowitz return to New York to prepare for their father’s career retrospective. Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller play the sons – and turn in tour de force performances under Hoffman’s Harold and Emma Thompson as his wife.
Stephen King’s 1922
There have been so many Stephen King adaptations this year, it’s been hard to keep track. First, The Dark Tower saw Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey face off, and then Pennywise the clown struck back on the big screen in It. Netflix have just released Gerald’s Game, and next up will come 1922, the story of a farmer who kills his wife, but then begins to have grotesque visions of rats and torture. Typical King – and not for the faint-of-heart.