Rejoice! The season of hunkering down is upon us. The time has come to switch your swim shorts for your classic cashmere knit, and bid summer a fond farewell. But fear not – there are plenty of great new shows ready to keep you feeling cosy as the autumn nights roll in.
Netflix has once again cast its net wide to reel in some of the world’s best films, TV shows and documentaries — as well as bringing us more of its award-winning original content. Here’s what should be on your must-watch list for October 2019…
In The Tall Grass - 4 October
Any horror fan worth their vampire-repelling salt can tell you that the truly horrific lies not in the supernatural, but in the everyday. Hitchcock knew it when he made The Birds, and when writing their novella In The Tall Grass, Stephen King and Joe Hill knew it too.
Originally published in two parts for Esquire magazine, this chilling story has now been adapted for the screen by Netflix, and stars Patrick Wilson, Laysla De Oliverira and Cal. The story follows a pregnant woman and her brother, who wade into a vast field of grass after hearing a boy’s cry for help — only to discover there may be no way out. We recommend watching in the middle of the day, with all the lights on, from behind a cushion.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie – 11 October
In what is perhaps the most hotly anticipated release this month, six years after the series came to a dramatic end, Breaking Bad is getting a movie. Aaron Paul returns as Jesse Pinkman, and it’s been confirmed that more than 10 characters from the TV series will make appearances in the movie — but we are yet to discover if this will include Bryan Cranston’s Walter White (although those who watched the original series until the bitter end may think it unlikely).
The Laundromat – 18 October
The shape-shifting Meryl Streep will be appearing on our small screens this month — this time as an American widow who gets swindled out of insurance money and goes searching for answers. In this comedy-drama film about the Panama Papers tax evasion scandal, from Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh, Streep finds that the paper trail leads to a couple of corrupt but charismatic lawyers (Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas).
Wounds - 18th October
When a New Orleans bartender picks up a cell phone dropped in a brawl, he begins to receive ominous messages — and finds his sanity slowly unravelling. Despite being poorly received by the critics on its theatrical release, this will be sure to satisfy your Sunday afternoon horror craving. Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson and Zazie Beetz co-star in this grisly thriller.
Living With Yourself - 18 October
If you prefer your comedy served with a generous helping of existential crisis, then this new release starring Paul Rudd and Aisling Bea is for you. In the eight-part show, a man undergoes an experimental treatment to improve his life, only to be replaced by a new and improved version of himself, and must fight for his wife, his career, and his very identity.
Dolemite Is My Name - 25 October
Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award-nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables.
However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil.
The Kominsky Method Season 2 - 25 October
He may be in his twilight years, but aging acting coach Sandy Kominsky isn’t ready to ride off into the sunset just yet. The once-famous Kominsky and his longtime agent, Norman Newlander, keep each other laughing as they tackle the curveballs that life throws at them while navigating their later years in Los Angeles, a city that values youth and beauty.
Returning for its second season, the Netflix original sitcom has a strong Hollywood pedigree; it was created by multiple Emmy-winner Chuck Lorre and stars Oscar-winners Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin as Kominsky and Newlander, respectively.
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