Seven shows to stream in October
There’s a spooky vibe to next month’s online TV choices
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.