by Julian Spivey
We perused through all of the new movies coming to the major streaming services this month so you wouldn’t have to … after doing so these are the five new streaming options of October, we recommend the most.
Hoosiers (Hulu) - Right Now
“Hoosiers,” the 1986 film directed by David Anspaugh, is far and away the greatest basketball movie in film history and tells the love story that is the state of Indiana and the sport of basketball. The movie stars an excellent Gene Hackman as Coach Norman Dale, a new coach to Hickory High School with a checkered past who has to rebuild the team and his reputation. The film also includes a terrific, and Oscar-nominated, performance from Dennis Hopper as a town drunk who becomes an assistant coach.
High Noon (Hulu) - Right Now
“High Noon,” director Fred Zinneman’s classic Western from 1952, is one of the greatest movies of all-time – no doubt a top five all-time Western and the 27th greatest American movie ever made, according to the American Film Institute. “High Noon” stars Gary Cooper, in the second of his Best Actor Oscar-winning performances, as Marshal Will Kane, who is tasked with having to save a town and himself from a ruthless band of outlaws all by himself in an allegory of McCarthyism and Hollywood blacklisting.
Senna (Netflix) - Right Now
The 2010 sports documentary “Senna” about the extraordinary life and tragic end to Formula 1 racing legend and Brazilian hero Ayrton Senna is one of the finest sports documentaries ever made. Directed by Asif Kapadia, the BAFTA Best Documentary winner, focuses on Senna’s entire career, including his longtime rivalry with fellow champion Alain Prost, as well as his importance to his home country of Brazil.
Moulin Rouge! (HBO Go) - Right Now
Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!” is quite possibly the greatest Hollywood musical of the last quarter-century. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, the movie tells the story of a depressive young poet (Ewan McGregor) who falls in love with a cabaret actress and escort Satine (Kidman). The great thing about “Moulin Rouge!” is its incorporation of modern music like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” The Police’s “Roxanne” and others into a 1900 setting.
Men in Black (Netflix) - Premieres: 10/19
After Will Smith went from excellent television star and hip hop artist to major box office gold in 1996 with “Independence Day” he followed up with another alien themed movie in the hilarious comedy-action film “Men in Black.” Smith played the hip and brash young agent against Tommy Lee Jones’ excellent old school agent forming an unlikely comedy duo. If you’ve never seen this, or just haven’t seen it in many years, it’s a helluva lot of fun.