October is going to be a bittersweet month for Netflix. Subscribers are getting a ton of fun new programming, but we’d be lying if we told you not to prepare for some pretty staggering losses. We’re losing the entire Back To The Future franchise, along with The Exorcist, Congo, The Warriors, The Truman Show, and a few other good ones, too. Luckily, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, October’s lineup looks pretty fantastic:
Dazed and Confused
When people talk about cult classic films, Richard Linklater’s 1993 Dazed and Confused is never left out of the conversation. Following a day in the life of several teenagers on the last day of school in 1976 Texas, Dazed and Confused takes viewers on a wild ride through the golden era of sex, drugs, rock and roll—muscle cars, joints, freshman hazing, and a keg party at the Moon Tower. Oh, and as a bonus, it’s where you’ll see the baby-faced debut of some of America’s favorite actors and actresses, including Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Joey Lauren Adams, and Ben Affleck.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Another American cult classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is Matthew Broderick’s crowning achievement, as well as one of the quintessential movies of the ‘80s genre. A troublesome teenager fakes a sick day, rallies his best friend and girlfriend, borrows his best friend’s dad’s Ferrari, and the three embark on an epic and ridiculous adventure—all while sticking it to their dick head high school principal. If you’ve never seen it before, take advantage.
General George S. Patton was far and away one of the most righteous men ever to charge the field of battle. He was a no bullshit, winner takes all, kill everything that looks at ya funny kind of guy, and more importantly, he was the kind of leader who inspired courage, loyalty, and greatness in his men. Patton is a historic film, first released in 1970, that tells the incredible story of Old Blood and Guts and how he took command of the American forces in North Africa in 1943, then moved on to Sicily, and onward through Europe. It won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
Saving Mr. Wu
Who doesn’t love a good crime thriller? Well, that’s exactly what you’re getting and more in this action-packed telling of one of China’s most famous celebrity kidnappings. Based on a true story, Chinese detectives have just 20 hours to find Mr. Wu before he’s killed by reputed gangster Zhang Hua and his three thug accomplices. It currently has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics have commented extensively on its searing action sequences, along with its cinematography. Just a quick warning, it does have subtitles.
One of those movies you never ever turn off when it comes on TNT, Three Kings tells the story of three soldiers—Major Archie Gates (George Clooney), Sergeant Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg), and Chief Elgin (Ice Cube)—and their journey to smuggle Kuwaiti gold out of Iraq following The Gulf War. However, things quickly go south for the soldiers, who can’t help but notice the suffering of the Kuwaiti people. Should the soldiers turn a blind eye to the plight of the Kuwaiti people and just get home with the gold, or is there a moral imperative to do more and help these people? Watch and find out, dummy.
We can’t remember another time in American history when the political discourse was a volatile and polarized as it is today. It’s important to talk about the issues facing this country, and that’s exactly why we’re grateful for documentaries like 13th. Ava DuVernay’s incredible and horrific documentary sheds much needed light on the atrocities of the American Prison Industrial Complex, and how it has wreaked havoc on poor American communities for literal decades. What 13th shows us is that this system is calculatedly precise and purposefully exploitative, and its widespread effects on our economy and culture are worse than any of us could have ever imagined. If you are an American taxpayer, you need to watch this film.
The Siege of Jadotville
Another ass-kicking Netflix original, The Siege of Jadotville tells the true story of 150 Irish soldiers sent to the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in 1961, and the events that transpire before, during, and after they are attacked by over 3,000 Katangan militia. Starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) as Commander Pat Quinlan, The Siege of Jadotville is a testament to man’s ability to rise up and triumph in the face of extreme evil, against all odds.
Another Netflix Original, Mascots is a hysterical comedy that essentially takes an in-depth (and completely ridiculous) look at the life and culture surrounding professional mascots. The cast for Mascots is absolutely incredible. Seriously, whoever’s Head of Casting at Netflix right now needs a raise. Zach Woods, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Coolige, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Sarah Baker, Chris O’Dowd—the list of talent really does go on and on. The writing is exceptional, the goings on are ridiculous (at one point, a mascot dies and there’s a weird mascot funeral), and the movie looks to be a must-watch.
Black Mirror: Season 3
The hype surrounding the Black Mirror series is all well deserved, and we’re 100 percent willing to vouch for it. Many fans and critics compare it to a sort of modern day Twilight Zone, and the comparison couldn’t be more accurate. The series essentially takes technological paranoia, science fiction, and even a little horror, and turns it into a thrillingly unique thing of its own. Every episode is completely different from the last and involves a completely different cast, but co-exists in a modern-ish reality that’s seemingly based on our own. Season 3 is a big deal for the series, because it marks the first season since it was picked up by Netflix, and will include a full 12 episodes, rather than the same old the three or four featured in previous seasons.
(Note: It may actually include only six episodes, and then six more for season four—we couldn’t find precise clarification.)
Joe Rogan: Triggered
Joe Rogan is one of those comedians that just doesn’t give a fuck. He doesn’t care about your safe space. He doesn’t care about your gluten-free lifestyle. He doesn’t shy away from conflict or controversy, and his style of comedy is inquisitive, informed, and in your face. We’re sure Joe Rogan: Triggered is going to be no different from his other standup specials. We can’t wait.