What to watch on Netflix this month

By CLTure

October 28, 2016

We here at CLTure are dedicated to guiding you toward the very best entertainment in Charlotte and beyond, especially if you can watch it while nursing your political hangover after Election Day. Our staff writers and creatives will help you sift through the myriad of options on Netflix to help you find very the best movies, documentaries, and TV series. Here is what we’ll be watching this season:

13th (documentary) – We are living during a turbulent time that questions if the issue of fighting for racial equality is limited to the Jim Crow era and 1960s. Ava DuVernay’s provocative documentary 13th argues that slavery is being effectively preserved through mass incarceration and that there is still work that needs to be done. If you’re a lover of history and the fight for social justice, this pick is for you – Ryen Thomas, Film Writer

American Horror Story: Hotel Season 5 (series) – If you are in the mood to get in the spooky Halloween spirit, American Horror Story is the show for you. Season 5 takes place in haunted Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, California. What sounds creepier than Lady Gaga playing a vampire fashionista and secret chambers haunted by demons and ghosts? With eight Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award (won by Gaga), season 5 of AHS is worth checking out this fall. – Stephanie Hoyt, Food Writer

Black Mirror (series) – This Twilight Zone-esque anthology series has it all: humor and horror, sci-fi and suspense. Each episode gets creepier than the last, with an entirely new story, director, and cast (including Jon Hamm, Bryce Dallas Howard, Hayley Atwell, and Domhnall Gleeson), and takes place in the present or near-future where society, relationships, and interpersonal communication are all simultaneously improving and crumbling. Whether it’s the story of a sadistic, cynical game show or a brain-embedded POV camera that allows you to be accused of a crime or called out for wrong-doing by a significant other, the dark side of technology it explores is both thought-provoking and paranoia-inducing. – Jonathan Shuping, Film Writer

Corpse Bride (movie) – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005) is a year-round favorite for me, but with a story centers around the connection between this life and the next, it’s particularly fun to watch around Halloween. Victor is a shy groom who’s anxious about his upcoming nuptials to Victoria and goes into the forest on the edge of town to rehearse his vows. When it comes time to practice giving the ring, Victor unknowingly places it on the root-like finger of Emily, a long-dead bride who’s been waiting for a groom. Victor is pulled into an adventure in the Land of the Dead involving murder, intrigue, romance, and revenge. Corpse Bride was animated by stop-motion house Laika, and it’s an early indication of the kind of brilliant heights they’d go on to achieve with this year’s Kubo And The Two Strings. The vibrant score by Danny Elfman adds an additional layer of whimsy to this kid-friendly macabre tale. – Michelle Wheeler, Film/Culture Writer

Gilmore Girls (movie) – In case you live under a rock, Gilmore Girls is coming back this November with four brand new episodes and people are freaking out. If the pure fandom blowing up all social media outlets wasn’t enough, Netflix is even taking its marketing to the next level by turning coffee shops around the country into the iconic “Luke’s Diner” and giving away free coffee to fans. Nearly nine years after the last episode aired, the cast is getting back together for four episodes in a short revival season. If you feel left out or don’t understand what all the hype is about, don’t worry you still have time to catch up on all seven seasons before the debut of new episodes on November 25th. – Amanda Cosenza, Music/Food Writer

Luke Cage (series) – Waiting for a reason to binge a weekend away? The Marvel series Luke Cage is it. Everyday Harlem, undercover crime, twisted politicians and dirty police, and one man working to fix those wrongs while maintaining his own secrecy and identity. Not enough to sell you? The soundtrack is an addictive mix of jazz, hip hop, and blues beats that’ll have you building your next play on repeat Apple Music playlist. Watch.it.right.now. – Jen Fralin, Writer

Mascots (movie) – Mockumentaries are ubiquitous now, and while they existed long before This is Spinal Tap, that film is certainly a high watermark for the genre. Its writer and star, Christopher Guest, went on to direct many beloved films in this quirky and often hilarious style. While it doesn’t always reach the comedic highs of his earlier work, Mascots is an enjoyable and frequently laugh-out-loud look into a bizarre world of costumed competitors with over-sized heads. Many of the usual suspects from Guest’s previous films are here, including Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Jane Lynch, and Ed Begley, Jr., the latter two playing judges and former mascots who have differing philosophies on what makes excellent “sports mascotery,” a term coined by the Tommy “The Fist” Zucarello (played by Chris O’Dowd) whose claim to fame is portraying a giant fist on ice skates. Surprisingly, he isn’t even the most ridiculous mascot in the movie. Come for the improvised dialogue, stay for the zany choreography and outrageous costume design. – Sean Titone, Music Writer

Night Watch (movie) – Sometimes the things that haunt us are the things we do to ourselves. Loaded with prophecies, vampires, beings of world destroying power, the Russian supernatural thriller Night Watch takes the concept of a “personal hell” to new levels. Focusing on Anton Gorodetsky (Konstantin Khabensky) – essentially a police detective for the Order of Light – he patrols the night to ensure the Dark don’t exceed their boundaries, while a force comprised of the Dark patrol the day for the same purposes. The patrols maintain a delicate peace, which is threatened when conspiring forces unleash a curse that will destroy the world. Stopping the curse forces a reckoning for Anton that he’s been hiding from for twelve years. With direction from Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted), Night Watch will creep you out only the way a Russian action film can – with blood, violence, and seething vengeance. – Douglas Davidson, Film Writer

Quiz Show (movie)Quiz Show is the perfect cinematic response to 2016’s exhausting political season, and is the best major Hollywood movie movie you’ve never seen. Based on the game show rigging scandals of the 1950s, Quiz Show is a historical drama whose mad-men-before-Mad-Men style, razor sharp script, and ace performances make it a quintessential example the well crafted movies-for-grown-ups at which 90s filmmakers so often excelled. This is easily Robert Redford’s best movie as a director, and his penchant for using entertainment to unmask uniquely American-style corruption finds the perfect target in the money, mindlessness, and mendacity (i.e. “lying”, I just wanted to keep the M’s going) embedded in the amusement factory that is the television industry. Four Oscar nominations, 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, and seriously, what are you waiting for? – Dan Cava, Film Editor

The Witness (documentary) – Diving into one of the most famous murder cases in American history, The Witness follows Bill Genovese as he tries to find out what really happened to his sister Kitty. According to news reports from the time, 38 people witnessed her murder but did nothing to help. Bill isn’t convinced that’s true and sets out to find those 38 people. The more he learns, the more dubious the mythology around Kitty’s murder becomes. A fascinating watch, The Witness is another example of documentary film’s nuance challenging the news media’s sensationalism. – Bradley Bethel, Film Writer

Major League (movie) – It was 1948 when the Cleveland Indians last won the World Series and 1989 when Major League hit the big screen introducing us to memorable characters like Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), Willie Mays Hays (Wesley Snipes), and Harry Doyle (Bob Uecker). The film obviously didn’t spawn an immediate resurgence in the franchise like the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Believeland, but in 1995 a star-studded Indians club led by Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Carlos Baerga, Kenny Lofton, and Jim Thome took the team to the Series only to fall short to an equally talented Atlanta Braves squad. With the “Tribe” back in the series against their “Lovable Loser” National League counterpart, Chicago Cubs; November is the perfect time to enjoy this timeless sports comedy classic. Also, Renee Russo. – Cameron Lee, Founder

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