It is time to start prepping for our Winter Watch season. Thanks to the trend of the binge, winter has become prime time to catch up on movies and TV shows we may have missed. Now that live-streamers like Amazon and Netflix are creating not only series but movies too, there are just that many more options out there.
We've put together a few of our favorite must-see October finds so you can add them your watchlist. So put on your warm socks and start popping the popcorn! First up:
Complete Unknown (Amazon Original Movie)
Waiting for HBO's Affair to comeback? Already seen The Girl on the Train? Here is a movie that offers a bit of a mystery with a heavy dose of interpersonal angst. Complete Unknown is an Amazon Original about the danger and excitement of reinvention. The main character is a married man convinced that an unexpected guest at his birthday party is a former lover, but she denies knowing him. Over the course of one night these two people begin to push each other: one into changing, the other into finding a way to stop.
Goliath (Amazon Original Series)
The names behind the scenes and in front of the camera tell you a lot about what you are going to get with this Amazon Original series. The always quirky and somehow at the same time super serious David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro team up with the also always quirky Billy Bob Thornton for a story about a disgraced lawyer’s road to redemption. In Goliath, Thornton's character agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the biggest client of his former law firm. (Now you get the David and Goliath reference.) Combine the legal angle with the angst of relationships gone bad, and it's right on track for a Kelley and Thornton production.
Good Girls Revolt (Amazon Original Series)
Could the name be any cooler? In the midst of so much talk about misogyny and glass ceilings, this series is arriving at the perfect time. Good Girls Revolt is inspired by the landmark sexual discrimination case chronicled in Lynn Povich’s book called, you guessed it, The Good Girls Revolt.
This Amazon Original follows a group of young female researchers at newspaper called News of the Week. They want a fair shake from the male-dominated newsroom, and since it is set in 1969 you can probably guess how that goes over. The go-get-'em girls have arrived decades before the men at the paper will see any of them as a good thing.
13th (Netflix Original Documentary)
Everywhere you look it's Election 2016: Voting for the President. Talk about crime, or as more likely "law & order." It is about the future of our country. The future of the U.S. Supreme Court. So this Netflix Original doc fits right in with a focus on an amendment to the Constitution. You might have guessed by now, but it's the 13th amendment.
The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary takes a hard look at this one: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” It is the part of servitude that mixes with the Criminal Justice system that takes center stage as DuVernay shines a light on the sprawling American prison industry in this bracing doc. With heavy use of archival footage and interviews from activists, politicians, historians and formerly incarcerated women and men, she creates a historical piece that is truly about the world we live in today.
Haters Back Off (Netflix Original TV Series)
This one is soon meta! Haters Back Off is a Netflix Original collaboration with YouTube star Colleen Ballinger-Evans and her house full of "interesting" characters. Haters follows the oddball adventures to stardom for Ballinger-Evans' popular internet creation, and her alter-ego, Miranda Sings. The painfully untalented yet incredibly confident "star on the rise" can't seem to help but fail upwards by the sheer power of her belief that she was born to be famous. Too bad the rest of the world hasn't gotten the message.
Returning For More On Netflix:
Look for new second seasons of Kuromukuro and The Ranch, an interesting comedy starring the odd pairing of Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliot. You can also be on the lookout for season three of indie favorite The Fall.