Traditionally, September has always had its own Coming and Going. Yes: the coming of fall, and the going of summer. No point in getting mad at September: September doesn’t know any better, and it’ll never change its ways. So let us cheer you up by helping you think of September in a different way, by bringing you the arrivals and departures of Netflix content.
Yes! Mask the anticipation of your seasonal blues with the first world problems of what to watch on Netflix. Here we go. Check out this sample of movie titles arriving on September 1st: American Psycho, the last two installments of The Lord of the Rings series (The Two Towers and The Return of the King – surprisingly, no Fellowship of the Ring), Mystic River, 300, and Superbad.
Comedian Bill Burr has a new stand-up special, and comedienne Chelsea Handler has a new documentary. Speaking of documentaries, arriving mid month is the 2017 documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. In that same vein of music history doc, the third season of Hip-Hop Evolution, a Netflix original docuseries, arrives in the first week of September. And speaking of Netflix original docuseries, there’s one about Bill Gates coming our way.
A few Netflix original series are premiering: miniseries The Spy is a thriller inspired by true events, starring Sacha Baron Cohen in a dramatic role; also a miniseries, and also based on a true story, is Unbelievable, a drama starring Toni Collette; the trailer for I-Land hints at an exuberant sci-fi thriller; and The Politician is a political teen comedy (yes, they finally made one), with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange for star power.
Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher’s sitcom The Ranch returns with its seventh season. The eighth installment of FX anthology horror series American Horror Story will be made available for streaming, as will the fifth and final installment of Gotham. And Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, Galifianakis’ online farcical talk show, is being made into a movie (and Will Ferrell is in it).
As usual, Netflix came through with plenty and eclectic entertainment. Here’s what we’ve chosen to preview for you:
Season 3 of ‘Hip-Hop Evolution’ arrives September 6.
This docuseries comprehensively documents the history of Hip-Hop music. It’s an encyclopedic take on what has become a global cultural phenomenon, with testimonies from a Rolodex of Hip-Hop’s royalty. Hosted by Canadian rapper and broadcaster Shad, Hip-Hop Evolution has already won an International Emmy and a Peabody Award. It originally aired on HBO Canada in 2016, but in that same year it got international distribution courtesy of Netflix.
The first two seasons recounted the birth of Hip-Hop in the 1970’s South Bronx, showed its various phases of progression into mainstream exposure, the evolution of the lyrical prowess of the rappers, and the sonic evolution of the beat makers. Also chronicled was the branching out of New York into different regions and styles. The series went as far as early 90’s new wave East Coast rap. Hip-Hop heads rejoice: season 3 arrives shortly.
Also arriving September 6: miniseries ‘The Spy.’
Featuring Sacha Baron Cohen in his first dramatic role as a leading man, The Spy is an espionage thriller based on the life of Israel’s top Mossad spy in Syria, Eli Cohen. Inspired by true events that took place in the 1960’s, The Spy tells the story of a secret agent going deep undercover in Syria on a long drawn-out and dangerous mission spying for the Israeli government.
Comedic actors are usually underrated as actors, but this 180-degree turn from a satirist, whom we cannot dissociate from larger-than-life characters like Borat and Ali G, is sure to draw eyeballs. But it remains to be seen how Cohen’s venture into drama measures up against those of fellow comedic actors like Steve Carell or Jim Carrey.
Netflix Original Series ‘The I-Land’ arrives September 12.
This premise of this sci-fi thriller: ten people wake up on an island with no idea of how they got there and seemingly wiped clean of their memories. As they try to figure out a way to get home, the isolation and vulnerability to the elements puts their bodies and minds through extreme challenges. But in their fight to survive they gradually realize that things are not what they seem. The most recognizable name of the cast is Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush, Superman Returns), who is also a producer.
Netflix Original miniseries ‘Unbelievable’ arrives September 13.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, Unbelievable is a miniseries starring Toni Collette and Kaitlyn Dever (Justified, Booksmart). The plot is inspired by true events: police suspects a teenage girl to be lying about having been raped. But hundreds of miles away, two female detectives start noticing a slew of sexual assault cases exhibiting a similar pattern to that of the girl’s story, leading them to believe that a serial rapist may be the common denominator for the attacks.
‘Mystic River’ arrives September 1.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, Mystic River is a 2003 dark drama starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and for Best Director. Penn’s performance was rewarded with the Oscar for Best Actor, and Robbins’ with the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Penn, Robbins and Bacon play three childhood friends whose lives are further intertwined when a recent tragedy forces them to grapple with a horrible trauma of their past, which in turn blurs their perception of the present. Eastwood’s approach was to let the story breathe, and to let the actors act. The result is one of Eastwood’s best efforts as a director.
LAST CHANCE VIEWINGS!
‘The Hangover’ leaves September 1.
The first installment of The Hangover trilogy, this movie is a 2009 buddy comedy raunchy epic about a bachelor party gone hilariously and surreally wrong. The action takes place in Las Vegas, where three friends wake up from a night of partying with no recollection of what happened the night before, and then suddenly realize that the groom is nowhere to be found.
Starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms, the film was a box office success, becoming the tenth highest-grossing film of that year. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, and the general consensus is that The Hangover is the best one of the franchise. Mike Tyson is in it, and his pet tiger is in it too.
‘Pocahontas’ leaves September 14.
This 1995 Walt Disney animation movie was the sixth film of the so-called Disney Renaissance, which consisted of ten movies released between 1989 and 1999, and marked the Disney Studios’ return to animated films based on well-known stories (The Lion King being the most successful one of that period).
Of said Renaissance, only Pocahontas, Hercules, Mulan (which, by the way, leaves September 1) and Tarzan belong to Netflix’s current catalog. Pocahontas is far from being the best of those ten movies, but it is a staple of that era and a relevant chapter in the history of animation. And you have two weeks to revisit it.
UNTIL NEXT TIME…
Thank you for reading. The programming list below is yours to browse. We’ll be back at the end of September to update you on all things Netflix. Until then… enjoy the remainder of summer, and may all your streams come true!
Netflix Original * / Netflix Family ** / Netflix Film *** / Netflix Anime ****
- 68 Kill
- American Psycho (2000)
- Dante’s Peak
- For the Birds
- Loo Loo Kids: Johny & Friends Musical Adventures: Season 1
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 6
- Moving Art: Season 3
- My Sister’s Keeper
- Mystic River
- Olmo & the Seagull
- Open Season
- Rebel in the Rye
- Scream: Season 3
- Serial Killer with Piers Morgan: Season 1
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin
- The Lake House
- The Last Exorcism
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- The Saint
- The Taking of Pelham 123
- The Walking Dead: Season 9
- Uncle Naji in UAE
- You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
- The World We Make
- Archibald’s Next Big Thing**
- Article 15
- Elite: Season 2*
- Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 3 (docuseries)*
- Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 3*
- The Spy*
- Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure
- Bill Burr: Paper Tiger *
- Eat Pray Love
- Evelyn *
- Shameless (U.S.): Season 9
- TERRACE HOUSE: TOKYO 2019-2020*
- The I-Land*
- The Mind, Explained*
- The Chef Show: Volume 2 *
- Head Count
- Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea(documentary) *
- I’m Sorry: Season 2
- Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato*
- Marianne *
- The Ranch: Part 7*
- Tall Girl***
- Top Boy *
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle
- Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison *
- Steal a Pencil for Me
- Surviving R. Kelly: Season 1
- Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
- The Last Kids on Earth**
- Come and Find Me
- Between Two Ferns: The Movie ***
- Criminal: UK *
- Daddy Issues
- Disenchantment: Part 2*
- Fastest Car: Season 2*
- Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates (docuseries) *
- Las del hockey *
- Sarah’s Key
- Team Kaylie**
- American Horror Story: Apocalypse
- Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself *
- Abstract: The Art of Design: Season 2*
- Birders *
- El recluso *
- Glitch: Season 3*
- Explained: Season 2*
- The Grandmaster
- Bard of Blood *
- Dragons: Rescue Riders**
- El marginal: Season 3*
- In the Shadow of the Moon***
- Locked Up: Season 4
- The Politician*
- Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury ****
- Vis a vis: Season 4*
- Gotham: Season 5
- Mo Gilligan: Momentum *
No Set Release Date, but Arriving in September:
- Vagabond *
Leaving September 1
- 2 Fast 2 Furious
- A Clockwork Orange
- Angels & Demons
- Baby Animals in the Wild: Season 1
- Batman Begins
- Battlefield Earth
- Californication: Season 1-7
- Eight Legged Freaks
- Ghost Ship
- Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
- Magic Mike
- Meet Joe Black
- Miami Vice
- Monster House
- Disney’s Mulan
- Music and Lyrics
- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
- Revolutionary Road
- Stuart Little
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet St.
- Sydney White
- The Dark Knight
- The Fast and the Furious
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
- The First Monday in May
- The Hangover
Leaving September 4
- Kicking and Screaming
Leaving September 6
- Honey 3
Leaving September 9
- Leroy & Stitch
- Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch
Leaving September 14
- Tulip Fever
Leaving September 15
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Series 1-3
Leaving September 16
- Super Genius: Season 1
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D
Leaving September 20
Leaving September 23
- The Mysteries of Laura: Season 2
Leaving September 24
- Portlandia: Season 1-5
Leaving September 25
- Parenthood: Season 1-6
Leaving September 26
- Night School