November’s the month before Christmas-themed everything sweeps through your Netflix homepage like a blizzard, so you better make the most of it.
And because the Netflix algorithm just can’t be trusted, I’ve sifted through the crap to bring you the best new films, series, animations, and documentaries coming to the streaming service this month. Enjoy, my friends.
The End of the F***ing World: Season 2
Season one of The End of the F***ing World left us with James (Alex Lawther) legging it down the beach to distract the police from Alyssa (Jessie Barden), with the assumption he was seconds away from being shot and killed. While the trailer for season two is evidently sans serial-killer-in-the-making, James, rest assured he’s still with us. Because what’s the point of series without Alyssa’s trusty sidekick? Exactly.
The film is brilliant, and I’m not just saying that as a diehard Timothée Chalamet fan. There’s a lot of reasons to like The King: the incredibly claustrophobic and beautifully shot battle scene, the perfectly-cast performances from Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson (whose role as a bratty French prince is surprisingly one of the highlights of the whole film), Sean Harris and Lily-Rose Depp, and the last-minute plot twist. Set aside the two or so hours for this, and then go call Robert Pattinson and tell him France want their accent back.
Showing now on Netflix.
What’s left to say about The Irishman that hasn’t already been said? The Scorcese-directed mob film stars all the usual suspects—Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel—and is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses, about a war vet turned hitman for the notorious Bufalino crime family. Netflix were the only company willing to shell out the $US159 million it cost to make the crime epic, and I’m the only one in my household willing to shell out the $11.99 per month for a Netflix subscription, so let’s hope for both of our sakes it’s all it’s cracked up to be.
Coming to Netflix November 27.
I Lost My Body
A clownfish who has to make an escape from a dentist’s fish tank to get back home sounded like a weird idea for a film until you watched Finding Nemo. So does a hand who’s been separated from its body and must reunite with its owner, but that’s only because you haven’t watched I Lost My Body yet. The French animated film won awards at Cannes Film Festival this year, and for good reason. Give it a go.
Coming to Netflix November 15.
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
Director Eva Orner is not messing around with a title like that. If you liked Netflix’s cult docuseries Wild Wild Country, you’ll probably want to check this one out. Orner’s documentary puts a magnifying glass on Bikram Choudhury, the founder and creator of the Bikram hot yoga franchise. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a man who insists on teaching and physically adjusting his (female) students yoga poses in small black Speedos, Choudhury has a vile history of rape and assault charges, plus countless instances of homophobic and racist behaviour—all of which he’s largely escaped punishment for, having fled back to his native India.
Coming to Netflix November 20.
Adapted from the prize-winning novel of the same name, Earthquake Bird is set in 1980s Tokyo, in the aftermath of a murder of an American expat Lily (Riley Keogh). Alicia Vikander plays Swedish translator Lucy, who gets swept up in a steamy love triangle with a Japanese photographer (Naoki Kobayashi) and is the main suspect in her murder. A classic whodunnit that’ll keep you guessing all the way till the end.
Coming to Netflix November 15.