by Julian Spivey
We perused through all of the new movies and TV shows 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 September, we recommend the most.
Superbad (Netflix) – September 1
Of all of the crude teenage coming-of-age comedy to come out in the last two decades “Superbad,” directed by Greg Mottola, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and produced by Judd Apatow, has been the best. Telling the tale of two high school friends, played by Jonah Hill (in a star making role) and Michael Cera, who plan on losing their virginity by graduation, the film features terrific supporting turns by Rogen, Bill Hader and Emma Stone (in her debut movie role). Don’t forget Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the one and only McLovin’. “Superbad” is a movie you could watch over-and-over and still laugh out loud.
Juno (Hulu) – September 1
So, remember how we just said “Superbad” is the best teenage coming-of-age comedy of the last two decades? Well, that might actually be director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody’s “Juno,” starring Ellen Page and Michael Cera, from 2007 (the year before “Superbad”). “Juno” tells the tale of a teenage girl going through an unplanned pregnancy and her decision on what to do with the baby. The film won Cody an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and features good supporting turns by Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner and Allison Janney.
“Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury” (Netflix) – September 27
Here’s an original one that should appeal to fans of rock and Americana music, as well as anime. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson’s fourth studio album Sound & Fury is being accompanied by an anime visual album debuting on Netflix on Friday, September 27. Netflix explains the 41-minute anime flick as “a mysterious driver heads deep into a postapocalyptic hellscape toward a ferocious showdown with two monstrous opponents.” Simpson is one of the most interesting musicians in any musical genre at the moment, so this should at least be an interesting watch and more importantly listen.
“High Noon” (Amazon) – September 30
“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.
“Platoon” (Amazon) – September 30
Director and screenwriter Oliver Stone’s 1986 Best Picture Oscar-winning “Platoon” is the gritty Vietnam War film based on his own experience in the war. The film stars Charlie Sheen as a U.S. Army volunteer fighting in a platoon that’s experiencing an inner-unit war between two sergeants, played by Oscar-nominees Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe, who double as a good vs. evil aspect to the film. It’s a ruthless film, featuring incredible performances all around and has been ranked as one of the 100 greatest American films ever made by the American Film Institute.