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October's Best Films and TV Series on Netflix

By Dustin Rowles | Streaming | September 27, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Streaming | September 27, 2014 |

Best Released Movie Of October

Django Unchained — Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained works on two levels. The surface level is that of a simple revenge flick, of the wronged taking up arms in a mission of retribution. From that point of view, it’s a movie that has been made a hundred times, usually with Clint Eastwood squinting into the sun as he quick draws. The movie works well in that genre. Played straight, it stands with the best of Western vengeance tales, spiced with Tarantino trademarks of ultraviolence, perfect music, and darkly humorous asides. But the fact that this particular version of the Man with No Name is a former slave cannot be overlooked. The implications of that, and the focus of the story on slavery itself, construct the film’s second level and elevate it from effective genre film into something more.

See also: The 16 Best Movies Released Since 2013 Currently On Netflix Instant

Best Released TV Series Of October

Arrow, Season 2Arrow isn’t just a sort of Batman-meets-Hawkeye. It’s actually more like Batman-meets-Hawkeye-meets-The Punisher. It’s a pretty intense show at times, and it works for a number of reasons. It’s fun, it’s exciting, the storyline is solid and enjoyable, the cast is refreshingly diverse, and it’s got nods-a-plenty to comic book nerds as well as a host of other genre fans. Yet despite that, it’s also surprisingly not superhero-y. There are no super powers at all, no science lab accidents, no mutating whatevers. In fact, no one ever calls him “Green Arrow” or even “Arrow.” He’s simply known as “the hood,” which is a nice touch and nod to realism.

October’s Terrible Movie We Have to See

Bad Johnson (2014) (Cam Gigandet, Jamie Chung, Katherine Cunningham, Nick Thune, Kevin Miller) — Chronic philanderer Rich Johnson faces a major life crisis when he discovers that his penis has detached itself and taken human shape, forcing him to contend with the unenviable task of trying to control his wayward genitalia.

Notable Expirations

Battlestar Galactica
Law & Order
Law & Order: SVU
Hunger Games
Ghostbusters 2
Major League
Mean Girls
The Thomas Crown Affair

The Rest of the Best in October
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Galaxy Quest (1999) (October 1st)
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series (October 1st)
Team America: World Police (2004) (October 1st)
Tombstone (1993) (October 1st)
In a World… (2013) (October 22nd)
Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 (October 27th)

Everything Else

Avail 10/1
Annie (1982)
Annie: A Royal Adventure (1995)
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Chicken Run (2000)
Domestic Disturbance (2001)
Finding Forrester (2000)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series
Hit! (1973)
Hostages: Season 1
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
My Father the Hero (1994)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Shane (1953)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Shivers (1975)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
Team America: World Police (2004)
Three Fugitives (1989)
Tombstone (1993)
The Wedding Planner (2001)

Avail 10/2
Carrie (2013)
Reign: Season 1
Under the Electric Sky: EDC 2013 (2014)
The Vampire Diaries: Season 5

Avail 10/3
The Originals: Season 1

Avail 10/4
The Boxcar Children (2013)

Avail 10/6
Little Man (2006)

Avail 10/7
Hart of Dixie: Season 3
In a World… (2013)
Raising Hope: Season 4
Supernatural: Season 9
The Following: Season 2

Avail 10/8
Arrow: Season 2
Jay Mohr: Funny For a Girl

Avail 10/9
A Long Way Down (2014)
The Tomorrow People: Season 1

Avail 10/10
Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me (2014)

Avail 10/11
Breathe In (2013)
Heatstroke (2013)
Swelter (2014)
Why Stop Now (2012)

Avail 10/14
Witching & Bitching (2013)

Avail 10/15
Stay (2013)
Tim Minchin And The Heritage Orchestra Live (2011)
Cowgirls n’Angels (2012)

Avail 10/18
Last Man Standing: Season 3
Liberal Arts (2012)

Avail 10/21
Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn

Avail 10/22
E-Team (2014)
The 100: Season 1

Avail 10/23
Freakshow: Season 2

Avail 10/25
The Carrie Diaries: Season 2

Avail 10/28
Bound by Flesh (2012)

Avail 10/31
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Rain Man (1988)

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