Streaming Picks: September 2018

FILMS
Top Picks
Adaptation – Hulu 9/1
Chinatown – Prime 9/1
Hold the Dark – Netflix 9/28
The first two are great films that got nominated for quite a few Oscars in their day. The former contains the best performance Nicolas Cage has given this century, along with a wild turn from Meryl Streep and an award-winning performance from Chris Cooper. The latter is Roman Polanski’s noir masterpiece that’s one of the best L.A. movies of all time.

Hold the Dark is the latest work from Jeremy Saulnier, whose previous efforts – Blue Ruin and Green Room – are twisted low-budget gems. This is first time playing with Netflix money, which means he won’t have to compromise to get a bigger budget.

Recent Selections
Future World – Prime 9/2
Flower – Hulu 9/3
The Miracle Season – Hulu 9/3
Beirut – Prime 9/4
Black Panther – Netflix 9/4
Crescent – Prime 9/4
Daphne & Velma – Hulu 9/4
Monochrome – Hulu 9/4
The Strangers: Prey at Night – Prime 9/4
Women and Sometimes Men – Hulu 9/4
Pistorius – Prime 9/6
Stronger – Prime and Hulu 9/8
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami – Hulu 9/10
Bodysnatch – Hulu 9/11
Natural Vice – Hulu 9/11
Higher Power – Hulu 9/13
High Fantasy – Prime 9/14
The Housemaid – Hulu 9/14
Alien Invasion: SUM1 – Hulu 9/15
On Chesil Beach – Prime 9/15
B.B. King: On the Road – Hulu 9/20
Boom for Real – Hulu 9/20
Sacrifice – Hulu 9/20
This Is Home: A Refugee Story – Prime and Hulu 9/20
My Little Pony – Prime and Hulu 9/21
Love After Love – Hulu 9/22
Hot Summer Nights – Prime 9/22
Gemini – Hulu 9/24
Afterlife – Hulu 9/25
A Wrinkle in Time – Netflix 9/25
The Hurricane Heist – Netflix 9/26
Escape Plan 2 – Prime 9/27
Hannah – Prime 9/28
Plonger – Prime 9/28
Suburbicon – Prime and Hulu 9/28
Jigsaw – Prime 9/29

Originals
La Catedral del Mar – Netflix 9/1
Monkey Twins – Netflix 9/1
Sisters – Netflix 9/1
City of Joy – Netflix 9/7
The Most Assassinated Woman in the World – Netflix 9/7
Next Gen – Netflix 9/7
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser – Netflix 9/7
Life – Netflix 9/12
On My Skin – Netflix 9/12
Bleach – Netflix 9/14
The Land of Steady Habits – Netflix 9/14
Last Hope – Netflix 9/14
Quincy – Netflix 9/18
Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan – Netflix 9/21
Nappily Ever After – Netflix 9/21
The 3rd Eye – Netflix 9/28
Forest of Piano – Netflix 9/28
Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane – Netflix 9/28
Lost Song – Netflix 9/28
Two Catalonias – Netflix 9/28
King Lear – Prime TBD

NEW SHOWS & SPECIALS
Top Picks
Maniac – Netflix 9/21
The First (Season 1) – Hulu 9/14
Forever (Season 1) – Prime 9/14
You might as well just stay indoors beginning September 14. Netflix also has Season 2 of American Vandal dropping that day. But Maniac is my most anticipated new show of the fall: Cary Joji Fukunaga’s first TV series since True Detective. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill reunite, playing mental patients who keep finding each other during their experimental therapy sessions.

The First is Hulu’s big foray into sci-fi, with Beau Willamon (House of Cards) playing off The Right Stuff and The Tree of Life, with Sean Penn leading the first manned mission to Mars.

Forever is one of those big surprises. From Alan Yang (Master of None) comes a romantic dramedy from two very funny people: Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, playing a couple at a crossroads. I don’t know anything about it, but that pedigree is enough to hook me.

Originals
Mr. Sunshine (Season 1) – Netflix 9/1
A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities (Season 1) – Netflix 9/3
I Love You, America (Season 2) – Hulu 9/6
Atypical (Season 2) – Netflix 9/7
Cable Girls (Season 3) – Netflix 9/7
First and Last – Netflix 9/7
Iron Fist (Season 2) – Netflix 9/7
Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (Season 2) – Netflix 9/7
Pete the Cat (Season 1, Part 1) – Prime 9/7
Six Dreams (Season 1) – Prime 9/7
Wishenproof (Season 2, Part 2) – Prime 9/7
American Vandal (Season 2) – Netflix 9/14
Boca Juniors Confidential – Netflix 9/14
BoJack Horseman (Season 5) – Netflix 9/14
Car Masters: Rust to Riches – Netflix 9/14
Ingobernable (Season 2) – Netflix 9/14
Super Monsters Monster Party: Songs – Netflix 9/14
The Dragon Prince – Netflix 9/14
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (Season 2, Part 1) – Netflix 9/14
The Good Cop – Netflix 9/21
Hilda – Netflix 9/21
Norsemen (Season 2) – Netflix 9/26
Chef’s Table (Volume 5) – Netflix 9/28
El Marginal (Season 2) – Netflix 9/28
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (Season 2) – Netflix 9/28
Made in Mexico – Netflix 9/28
Reboot: The Guardian Code (Season 2) – Netflix 9/28
Skylanders Academy (Season 3) – Netflix 9/28

OLD SHOWS
Asylum – Prime 9/1
The Blue Rose – Prime 9/1
The Broker’s Man (Seasons 1-2) – Prime 9/1
The Field of Blood (Seasons 1-2) – Prime 9/1
Golden – Prime 9/1
The Kevin Bishop Show (Season 2) – Prime 9/1
London Irish – Prime 9/1
The Palace – Prime 9/1
Parents – Prime 9/1
Rocket’s Island (Seasons 1-3) – Prime 9/1
Sam’s Game – Prime 9/1
Texas Rising – Prime 9/1
The Triangle – Prime 9/1
Trust – Prime 9/1
Westside (Seasons 1-3) – Prime 9/1
Wild at Heart (Seasons 1-3) – Prime 9/1
Quantico (Season 3) – Netflix 9/3
Van Helsing (Season 2) – Netflix 9/5
Wentworth (Season 6) – Netflix 9/5
Once Upon a Time (Season 7) – Netflix 9/6
Call the Midwife (Season 7) – Netflix 9/10
The Blacklist (Season 5) – Netflix 9/12
Good Behavior (Season 2) – Hulu 9/15
Inside the Freemasons (Season 1) – Netflix 9/15
American Horror Story: Cult – Hulu and Netflix 9/18
The Walking Dead (Season 8) – Netflix 9/23

COMEDY SPECIALS
Top Pick
Norm MacDonald Has a Show – Netflix 9/14
I’m singing the song in my head right now, and the fact that Norm has a show again means there’s still some good in the world.

Other Specials
Daniel Sloss: Live Shows – Netflix 9/11
D.L. Hughley: Contrarian – Netflix 9/18

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