The Netflix September Additions You Need to Watch
Somehow, tomorrow marks the first day of September, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably riddled with anxiety wondering, WHERE THE HELL HAS THIS SUMMER GONE?! And yet, as Meg Ryan once asked in the seminal ’90s rom-com, You’ve Got Mail, “Don’t you just love New York in the fall?” Honestly, we do, and not just because the temperature cools down to a perfect low-’70s mark. With September comes a whole new roster of goodies to stream on Netflix, and now that summer’s almost behind us, we no longer have to feel guilty about staying inside all weekend to binge-watch shows. Because we know the endless struggle of choosing what to watch, we’ve rounded up our top seven picks for the September Netflix additions that you won’t want to miss. Whip out your favorite sweater from storage because things are about to get—well, kind of chilly.
Narcos: Season 2
Before we were all obsessed with Stranger Things, Narcos was the Netflix original series that held us rapt. The show highlights the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and, quite honestly, turned us into obsessive, anti-social insomniacs that resembled something not unlike drug addicts themselves. Ever since the first season ended with a ferocious cliffhanger, we’ve been counting down the days until we can continue to live vicariously through Colombia’s most notorious criminal. Narcos fans: it’s time to say goodbye to your social life again.
We’ve always been of the mindset that there’s no better way to greet the fall than with a little bit of witchcraft—and particularly if the witches in question are the beautiful and brilliant Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman when they had that really long, thick, enviable hair. If you’re a fan of romance and mystery, then this movie is for you. We recommend watching it while boiling love potions in your kitchen and giving your roommates a lot of reasons to question your life choices, in addition to a lot of reasons to continue looking for a new roommate.
During the summer of 1916, New Jersey beachgoers were terrorized by a Great White Shark that ended up being responsible for numerous and unprecedented fatalities, and that eventually inspired the novel Jaws, and then its cult classic, big-screen iteration. The movie reverberated throughout the world, spawning a nation-wide fear of sharks that prompted the book’s author, Peter Benchley, to become a shark conservationist. The real story of Jaws is as interesting as the impact the original film has had on the world; if you haven’t seen it, it’s about time you do. And as an added bonus: the rest of the films from the franchise will also be available for streaming.
The last of Alejandro “El Negro” González Iñárritu’s “Death Trilogy,” Babel is a harrowing, multi-narrative film that will leave you feeling very blue, very empty, and very confused. But the merits of this film—from the acting to the brilliant screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga—is worth the depression it tends to induce. This is the film that brought Iñárritu’s work to worldwide recognition; today, he’s considered one of the top directors in the industry. Just make sure you have a large tissue box and some comfort food readily available.
Because not only is this animated crime-comedy ridiculously cute and endearing, it also happens to be incredibly clever. We won’t give anything away, but basically the entire movie is a metaphor for humanity. With an all-star voice cast (including Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, and J.K. Simmons) and messages of tolerance, prejudice, racism, sexism, and brutality throughout, the Disney flick will hit you hard and melt your heart, all while teaching you how to be a better human. And isn’t reflection what season changes are all about anyway?
The Jinx, Making a Murderer, and now Amanda Knox. Need we any more proof that we, as humans, are morbidly fascinated with true crime documentaries? There’s something tremendously chilling about witnessing real footage, evidence, and players in some of the most recent WTF murder cases. Amanda Knox will follow the case of Knox, the American student who spent four years in an Italian jail under murder charges before being acquitted.
Portlandia: Season 6
Because when you’re done streaming all of the intense picks above, you’re going to need a good laugh session. And who better to do that than Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen? Here’s to hoping we get a lot of segments from the feminist bookshop. In the meantime, we’ll be re-watching the season give premiere, which brilliantly detailed the story of how Toni and Candace went from cutthroat enemies to feminist allies.
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