Don’t spend another evening scrolling aimlessly through Netflix for something to watch. Here are 12 movies coming this November that you won’t want to miss.
As we enter the month of November and leave the horror movies behind, Netflix welcomes a new crop of movies and TV shows. Here are 12 of those films that we just can’t wait to see.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Terry Gillam has a knack for directing odd films and ‘Fear and Loathing’ is no exception. Based on a book by Hunter S. Thompson, this film follows journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) as they travel to Las Vegas on a hallucinogenic caper.
The film was initially greeted with bad reviews with Roger Ebert calling it “a horrible mess of a movie, without shape, trajectory or purpose–a one-joke movie if it had one joke.” Since then, it has gained a cult following.
‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ will be available on Netflix on November 1.
‘Grease’ wasn’t John Travolta‘s apex mountain, I think ‘Saturday Night Fever’ which was released one year earlier was. It did, however, establish him as a true movie star. It is also perhaps one of the most rewatchable musicals ever made, at least for me it is.
This film tells the tale of a “good girl’s” rocky relationship with a “greaser.” It also touches on serious teen issues, like pregnancy scares, peer pressure, and the constant need to feel like one’s a part of a group. All of this, in a fun 110 minutes that will leave you singing the songs over and over again.
‘Grease’ will also be available to stream on November 1.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
‘Rosemary’s Baby’ might be the perfect cure for a Halloween hangover. Especially considering that you’ll probably be bombarded with terrible horror movies for most of the week.
Directed by Roman Polanski, this film is a classic horror film about the paranoia of a mysteriously pregnant woman who desperately wants to protect her unborn baby from an evil cult. The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
‘Rosemary’s Baby’ drops on Netflix on November 1.
By all intents and purposes, ‘Rounders’ was a box office flop. However, it’s cult following has catapulted to all-time great rewatchable status.
Starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, the film follows a reform gambler’s attempts to help a close friend pay off loan sharks by taking part in high stakes, backdoor poker games. ‘Rounders’ catapulted Norton to movie star status and was followed up by ‘American History X,’ ‘Fight Club,’ and Marlon Brando’s final film ‘The Score.’
‘Rounders’ will be available to stream on November 1.
Sling Blade (1996)
‘Sling Blade’ is another Indy classic and, according to Billy Bob Thorton, it is still the movie he is most recognized by. Written and directed by Thorton, the film follows Karl Childers, a simple man with a deep southern accent and exaggerated underbite.
Childers had been imprisoned for the murder of his mother and her lover and is later released to start a new life in a small town. Like many small movies at the time, ‘Sling Blade’ was made with just $1M and ended up grossing close to $25M worldwide. Its success continues as it is hailed as a cult classic.
‘Sling Blade’ will also be available on Netflix on November 1.
Step Brothers (2008)
Before director Adam McKay turned to make more serious films (i.e. ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Vice’), he, alongside Will Ferrel and John C. Reilly, ruled the comedy landscape. ‘Step Brothers’ is the second film made by the trio and it is perhaps the most rewatchable one.
The film is an absurdist comedy that follows two adult children forced to live with each other ahead of their parents’ marriage. ‘Step Brothers’ received terrible reviews and, don’t get me wrong, the film will not got down as one of the greatest of all time. It is, however, a great time and will leave you quoting the film for years to come.
‘Step Brothers’ will be available to stream on November 1.
The Game (1999)
‘The Game’ is director David Fincher‘s follow up to ‘Se7en,’ which cast quite the shadow over the director. Folks were expecting a gritty noir film, but instead got a psychological thrill that was actually pretty damn good.
‘The Game’ stars Michael Douglas, who plays a loner wealthy banker. After being given a birthday present by his absent brother to attend something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS), Douglas’ character decides to attend. What follows its absolutely bananas.
Available on Nextflix November 1.
The Matrix (1999)
‘The Matrix’ was a groundbreaking film that follows Neo (Keanu Reeves), a hacker who is on the run after being in contact with Morpheus (Laurence Fishbourne), who the government considers a terrorist. After agreeing to be awakened to the real world by Morpheus, Neo is called upon to defeat agents tasked with destroying the rebellion.
If the plot sounds crazy, it is, but it’s so good.
Also available on November 1.
‘Zombieland’ is a zombie road comedy that stars Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bill Murray to name a few. If for nothing else, watch this film because it’s a great time and it’s actually pretty funny.
Not only was the film a relative success at the box office, but it also gained a passionate cult following which has led to a sequel: ‘Zombieland: Double Tap.’
Available on November 1.
District 9 (2009)
‘District 9’ is director Neil Blomkamp‘s breakout hit. An allegory for apartheid in South Africa, ‘District 9’ is the story of an alien population’s (aka “Prawns”) fight for equality against a corporation called Multi-National United, who is looking to evict the “Prawns.”
As someone who isn’t too keen on Sci-Fi, this movie pulled me into the genre in a big way. And I’m not alone in this fact either. When the film was released, it received high praise from critics earning an 81 Metascore and a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes.
‘District 9’ will be available to stream on November 4.
A Single Man (2009)
Directed by Tom Ford, ‘A Single Man’ follows the heartbreaking story of an English professor who one year after the death of his boyfriend is dealing with the purpose in life. The film stars Collin Firth as the protagonist and Julianne Moore as George, the English Professor’s friend.
As with all Tom Ford films, ‘A Single Man’ is beautifully designed and shot, which serves as a great distraction for such a sad story.
It is available to stream on Netflix on November 11.
End of Watch (2012)
Finally, there’s David Ayer‘s 2012 film ‘End of Watch.’ Shot in a documentary style, the film follows the daily grind of two police officers, Brian and Mike (played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña), in South Central Los Angeles. After a Mexican Cartel order’s the death of Brian and Mike, the officers will have to fight to stay alive.
As with ‘Harsh Times’ and ‘Training Day,’ there is no better director than Ayer to tell this story and he succeeds.
‘End of Watch’ will drop on Netflix on November 23.