Seven shows to stream in Oc­to­ber

There’s a spooky vibe to next month’s on­line TV choices

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The Death and Life of Mar­sha P Johnson, Net­flix, Oc­to­ber 6th

This mov­ing and timely doc­u­men­tary from David French, fo­cuses on or­di­nary peo­ple forced into becoming ac­tivists due to lim­i­ta­tions put on their very ex­is­tence. It at­tempts to re-ex­am­ine the cir­cum­stances around the death of the leg­endary “street queen” Mar­sha P Johnson, a trans­gen­der gayrights revo­lu­tion­ary whose body was found float­ing in the Hud­son River in 1992.

Lore, Ama­zon Prime, Oc­to­ber 13th

Lore might end up be­ing an in­ter­est­ing test case: the space­or­bit­ing mon­key of pod­casts turned into TV shows. Us­ing an­i­ma­tion, doc­u­men­tary footage and dra­matic se­quences, the se­ries is the sup­posed re­al­ity behind those his­toric tales that have be­come part of hor­ror mythol­ogy, from ex­or­cisms and creepy dolls to seances. With the brain of The Twi­light Zone stitched to the body of Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story, the mon­ster mash-up that is Lore may be the bump in the night needed to set view­ers up for the rest of the scary season.

Mindhunter Net­flix, Oc­to­ber 13th

Ap­par­ently Mindhunter is sup­posed to be spelled with all caps be­cause nothing says se­ri­ous, se­rial-killer drama like gi­ant cap­i­tal let­ters scream­ing at you like a de­ranged psy­chopath. That aside, the show comes from the David Fincher and Asif Ka­pa­dia. Set in 1979 it fol­lows two FBI agents as they be­gin to use the un­ortho­dox method (at the time) of in­ter­view­ing im­pris­oned se­rial killers to gain in­sight into the minds of these crim­i­nals and at­tempt to solve on­go­ing cases.

It sounds hack­neyed, but Fincher is known for his at­ten­tion to source material and de­tail. So it might yet be one of this year’s high­lights.

The Meyerowitz Sto­ries, Net­flix, Oc­to­ber 13th

Di­rec­tor Noah Baum­bach has carved out a niche within the quiet, de­ranged suf­fo­ca­tion that stews be­low the sur­face of ev­ery fam­ily, and only raises its head once the wine glass has been re­filled that one time too many.

The Meyerowitz Sto­ries is Baum­bach’s take on those iconic lit­er­ary and filmic tales of do­mes­tic dys­func­tion. Com­par­isons will be made with Wes An­der­son’s Royal Te­nen­baums, but Baum­bach’s of­fer­ing is shot through with bit­ing cyn­i­cism rather than soaked in sen­ti­men­tal­ity. The twee­ness is re­placed by crip­pling anx­i­ety and fe­ro­cious anger.

Ben Stiller plays his usual up­tight, con­trol-freak char­ac­ter, a suc­cess­ful ac­coun­tant and son of a renowned sculp­tor (Dustin Hoff­man) whose fam­ily (in­clud­ing a scene-steal­ing turn by Emma Thompson) have come to­gether to at­tempt to cre­ate a ret­ro­spec­tive of their fa­ther’s work.

King­dom of Us Net­flix, Oc­to­ber 13th

King­dom of Us is a pow­er­ful doc­u­men­tary that ex­plores the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of sui­cide. Film­maker Lucy Co­hen spent three years fol­low­ing the wife and seven chil­dren of Paul

Storm’s a com­ing: Stranger Things 2, Net­flix, Oc­to­ber 27th

Shanks as they at­tempt to come to terms with his death. The film, with its del­i­cate but un­flinch­ing eye, tells the chil­dren’s story and cap­tures their grief and trauma, their raw anger and pain six years after their fa­ther’s death, brim­ming with ques­tions that re­main unan­swered.

Red Oaks Ama­zon Prime, Oc­to­ber 20th

Back for its third and sadly final season, Red Oaksstars Craig Roberts (and his bril­liantly ex­pres­sive face) as a ten­nis ace des­per­ate to be­come a pro­fes­sional film­maker. It’s a charm­ing com­ing-of-age story that fea­tures a whole host of 1980s movie alumni from Jen­nifer Grey to Paul Reiser and Richard Kind.

Stranger Things 2 Net­flix, Oc­to­ber 27th

The kids are back! And they’ve prob­a­bly brought some soul-suck­ing De­mogor­gon with them. With over a year wait and count­less award nom­i­na­tions, cheap im­i­ta­tors, Wi­nona gifs, par­o­dies and back­lash, Stranger Things 2 has a lot to live up to, and im­pa­tient au­di­ences can­not live on Eg­gos alone.

Once things are turned up to Eleven, Wi­nona is still chomp­ing on ev­ery bit of rental fur­ni­ture as Joyce, and Steve Harrington’s hair is whipped into a Glenn Medeiros mul­let, we’ll be happy to hitch a ride back to Hawkins one more time.

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