After several months of a veritable Netflix feast, November appears to be a bit of a famine, with slim pickings all the way around…except for the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life! Rory! Lorelai! Luke! Emily! Kurt! Oh, how I’ve missed you. Hell, even you Logan. Sort of. Whatever.
If you are not a Gilmore fan, then it will be some slim pickings around Turkey Day. While the original schedule is still growing strong, there is very little of anything else. Nothing but a handful of straight to Netflix pics, a few key horror pics, a smattering of World War II docs and a saving grace from the 2013 Disney deal. The rest is filler.
Sorry, folks. But looks like Hulu wins this round.
The African Queen (1951)
Oscar-winning drama starring Golden Age heavyweights Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart as a Bible-thumping missionary forced to endure the antics of a drunk, slightly crude riverboat captain as her offers her safe passage on his vessell.
Jude Law steps into the role Michael Caine made famous, but will slightly less appeal.
Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)
Bob and the Can-Do Crew save Christmas.
Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
Fans of the urban legend learn his origin story which includes love, torture, good old Southern hospitality (1800s style) and of course, bees.
The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2016)
Documentary on Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Sture Bergwall, who hunted in the ‘90s and is thought to be responsible with over 30 murders.
In the Stephen King classic, a giant Saint Bernard with rabies traps a mother and her son in a beat-up grocery go-getter with a bum engine.
The Doors (1991)
Val Kilmer steps inside the skin of the Lizard King in this Oliver Stone portrait of the ‘60s band.
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Ben Stiller plays a man who can’t commit to a single woman, but when he finally mans up and marries, he finds out too late he picked the wrong gal.
Jetsons: The Movie (1990)
The family of the future from the ‘60s made a movie in the ‘90s.
Did everyone know about this? Why am I just now finding out about this?
King’s Faith (2013)
Teen attempts to turn a new leaf only to find out that his past won’t let him move on.
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
Documentary that takes a deep dive into the career of legendary TV producer.
Pervert Park (2014)
Documentary on Florida Justice Transitions trailer park, home to over 100 sex offenders attempting to work their way back into normal society.
Mediocre cannibal movie starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeffrey Jones and David Arquette.
Stephen King’s Thinner (1996)
If movies have taught me anything, it’s don’t mess with gypsies. In this movie, a lawyer’s curse turns him into Slenderman.
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
Fun little horror anthology featuring mummies, hit men and struggling artists. A campy little classic
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012)
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (2012)
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)
Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines (2014)
Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas (2009)
Small children and drunk adults who pass out in front of the TV and lost the remote control three hours ago learn about the magic of Christmas.
A Jewish baker and his Muslim assistant find massive success when they start adding marijuana to their wares.
Food Choices (2014)
A documentary about the crap food you are currently eating while reading this list.
Meet the Blacks (2016)
A parody of The Purge that you never saw coming. Or wanted.
The Crown (Season 1, Netflix Original Series)
“This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60 (Netflix Original)
“Emmy-winning comedian Dana Carvey blends pitch-perfect takes on big personalities with so-true-it-hurts stories from his life as a dad of millennials.”
The Ivory Game (Netflix Original)
“Filmmakers infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking, exposing poachers and dealers as African elephants edge closer to extinction.”
Just Friends (2005)
Remember when Ryan Reynolds wasn’t Deadpool?
Those were dark times, my friends.
World of Winx (Season 1, Netflix Original Series)
“The reality show “WOW!” engages the Winx in their mission, starting an undercover, worldly journey in order to make talented kids’ dreams come true.”
Danger Mouse (Season 2, Netflix Original Series)
“The world’s greatest super-spy returns to save the world with the help of hapless hamster Penfold and a collection of state-of-the-art gadgetry.”
All Hail King Julien (Season 4, Netflix Original Series)
“In this Emmy winner for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, Madagascar booty-shaker King Julien takes on the jungle’s craziest adventures.”
Tales by Light (Season 1, Netflix Original Series)
“This series follows in the footsteps of five adventurous photographers as they travel around the world for their craft. Shot in 15 countries over the course of one year, Tales by Light is an insight into what it takes to capture images that tell powerful stories.”
True Memoirs of an International Assassin (Netflix Original)
“After his publisher markets his crime novel as a memoir, a novice author (Kevin James) finds himself forcibly recruited into a deadly political plot in Venezuela.”
Under the Sun (2015)
Documentary on the North Korean propaganda machine that attempts to make its deteriorating world look like a paradise to outsiders.
Take Me to the River (2015)
A gay teen is accused of abusing in little cousin while attending a family reunion in Nebraska.
Chalk It Up (2016)
Apparently, the Bring It On franchise ran out of steam, so they moved on to gymnastics.
Carter High (2015)
Based on a true story that isn’t Friday Night Lights, a Texas team sets its sights on the championship.
Dieter Nuhr: Nuhr in Berlin (Netflix Original)
The German comedian from @Midnight gets his own special.
Men Go to Battle (2015)
Brothers struggle to hold together their family legacy as they take opposing sides in Civil War.
The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (2015)
What makes one restaurant a hit and another a flop? A look into the restaurant biz with a study of an eatery that borrowed the aesthetics of a one-iconic restaurant to help boost its business.
Burn After Reading (2008)
The Coen brothers’ dark comedy that proves even the Coen brothers can’t always be on the ball.
Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie (2011)
Johnny Knoxville proves yet again that if you get hit in the testicles enough times, Hollywood will eventually make you a star.
The adorable little bear in a raincoat gets the live action treatment.
Lovesick (aka Scrotal Recall) (Season 2, Netflix Original Series)
“In his quest for true love, Dylan found chlamydia. Joined by friends Evie and Luke, he relives past encounters as he notifies all his former partners.”
The Battle of Midway (1942)
John Ford’s documentary on the naval battle to take a strategic location in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
Beat Bugs (Season 2, Netflix Original Series)
“With songs made famous by the Beatles, five friendly bugs learn big lessons about the world around them — all from the safety of their own backyard.”
Colin Quinn: The New York Story (Netflix Original)
“The SNL veteran performs his off-Broadway show about the history of New York and the people who shape its personality. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld.”
Divines (2016, Netflix Original)
“A shrewd teenager and her wisecracking best friend plan to get rich or die trying by following in the footsteps of a flashy female drug dealer.”
Prelude to War (1942)
Part one of Why We Fight, a WWII propaganda film created by Disney, directed by Frank Capra and narrated by John Huston to help convince soldiers to fight for America. Watch it. You need this history lesson.
San Pietro (1945)
John Huston’s documentary on the World War II battle in Italy in which over 1,000 American soldier fought and died.
Sour Grapes (2016)
The docu behind a con artist who swindled millions from a wine scheme.
James Stewart narrates this WWII doc about the aerial attack against Axis powers in Operation Strangle.
Tunisian Victory (1944)
Doc on the Allied Forces attack on German in North Africa.
Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines (1943)
John Ford’s look into the spying with the first pic to ever offer a how-to.
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943)
Another chapter in the Frank Capra propaganda series, this time focusing on the Battle of Stalingrad and the history of Russian and American relations.
Mercy (2016, Netflix Original)
“Two brothers clash with their half-siblings when a visit home to see their dying mother surfaces old secrets and becomes a fight for survival.”
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle
Cameras follow nature’s poshest birdies around for a year.
3% (Season 1, Netflix Original)
“In a post-apocalyptic world cruelly divided between progress and devastation, you only get one chance to improve your lot — and only 3% will succeed.”
Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama that follows Mason Evans, Jr. as he ages from six to 18.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix Original)
“Three generations of Gilmore women grapple with change and the complicated bonds of family during one year in Stars Hollow.”
Michael Che Matters (Netflix Original)
The SNL Weekend Update co-anchor and former Daily Show correspondent brings down the house with his laid-back comedic style, live from Brooklyn.
Silver Skies (2016)
Old people prove they are not dead yet as they fight off a big, bad landlord. Hijinx ensue.
Think Batteries Not Included sans the adorable aliens…
Ghost Team (2016)
Amateur ghost hunters head out to a creepy farm. Scares ensue.
I Dream Too Much (2016)
Coming-of-age drama chick flick about a college grad forced to take care of Diane Ladd. Exec produced by Richard Linklater, but still just meh.
The Jungle Book (2016)
The Disney deal that just keeps on giving. The live action remake of the classic toon is a highly-entertaining piece of moviemaking.
Level Up (2016)
Have you seen The Transporter? So have the writers, director and producers of this film.
Western about a gunslinger who goes on the search for his runaway teenage daughter.