November’s incoming Netflix lineup is another example of just how fine the perks of membership can be. Out of the newcomers, there are some old favorites we can’t wait to revisit on the streaming giant in the month ahead. If you want to see this past month’s notables, we have you covered, but we’re about to dive into the best of what November has to offer.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Vampire movies aren’t what they used to be. It’s hard imagining anyone creating a lush, gothic portrait of bloodlust like Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, simply because it’s a film that is both flashy and brooding. Starring Gary Oldman as the head bloodsucker in charge, the film further marked director Coppola’s walk down the path of the auteur, and considering he was coming off of The Godfather Part III, this is quite the rebound. It’s just a shame that we never got that Anthony Hopkins led spinoff about Van Helsing, as this underrated delight could have used some company.
When a remake works, it’s usually because either the folks behind the film knew how to honor the content, or they knew how to put their own spin on it. Cape Fear represents both of those halves, as director Martin Scorsese took the 1962 classic and turned it into a 1991 affair that still holds up. Nick Nolte and Robert De Niro are the men playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse, after a conviction that should have never happened turns into a gruge for the ages. You’ve probably seen the memes this film has inspired, but you might not be laughing after you’ve seen their source, as it’s quite chilling.
Children of Men
With Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma debuting on Netflix in December, it makes sense to bring some of the director’s work onto the streaming platform’s lineup as an appetizer. Though in terms of food portions, Children of Men is one of those appetizers that feels like a whole meal on its own. Still holding a pretty well-regarded spot in modern film history, Clive Owen’s quest to protect the first mother in a post-apocalyptic world is a technical marvel to behold, with some long take sequences that are still talked about to this day. That is, after people stop wiping their tears from recalling some of the movie’s extremely powerful moments.