WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #40 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, Hulu, Shudder

#1 on Netflix Top List; as of 10/1 – American Murder: The Family Next Door (RECOMMENDED)

Weekend #40 of 53 (10/1 – 10/4/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

We all know these are unprecedented times right now. Earlier in the comments area we were having a discussion about the theatrical window. It’s such a polarizing topic with the big three theater chains and it’s stupid.

You can just click on the tag theatrical window and see all kinds of past posts on the topic. I’ve been heavily in favor of reducing the theatrical window and in some cases eliminating it altogether. Not for the big budget movies like Tenet, but for independent films, smaller to medium-sized budget films and streaming tie-in films. Keep reading what I mean by streaming tie-ins.

Hulu (TV): October 2

Meanwhile, we have Netflix chugging along during the pandemic releasing more new movies, more content than these mega million, er billion, dollar theater chains every single week. In some cases every few days. Netflix looks absolutely genius for investing so heavily in new content. They have been doing it not because they predicted the pandemic, but because they feared the day when there were no movies from studios they could license any more because the studios have their own competing streaming services. Here we are in 2020 and a lot of them have.

Back to the anemic number of movies by comparison being released theatrically right now. Sure, it might not make sense for some movies to release domestically with only 70% of theaters reopened and moviegoer confidence shaken over safety in some (many?) areas, but having a screen that can show movies that only/primarily shows classic movies isn’t going to drive moviegoers to the theater. They need more new movies.

How can they get them?

The answer is obvious. We write about and share new movies coming out every Thursday here. There are plenty to choose from to show in theaters. Plenty. Why aren’t theaters interested?

Is it ego? They think if they show a bunch of non-theatrical release movies in their theaters it will diminish the overall theater experience? That if they break their long standing rules about day and date releases, it will forever tarnish the business cycle?

We’re in a pandemic. There are no established movie theater rules that apply to this new situation. So, make up the rules that benefit your customers — moviegoers, us — and when the pandemic is over, you can go back to some pre-pandemic rules. Maybe you won’t want to? Maybe the new rules you create will be even better for your business.

Your product is movies. It’s like a hamburger stand that doesn’t sell hamburgers. You need new movies coming into your theaters every week.

Why haven’t the theater chains gone to studios and Netflix and other streamers and asked to screen their new movies until this pandemic is over? Let people see these movies in theaters that want to see them on the big screen. Maybe it doesn’t work for every single movie, but certainly this is better than showing a bunch of classic movies for $5, yes/no? Why is the stupid “respect for the theatrical window” the battle cry for the big three theaters?

They won’t listen to me. I’m just a spec of dust somewhere in a vast internet desert, but business survival 101 means being open to other creative visions, plans and ideas. Since these are unprecedented times, the movie theaters need to treat them accordingly and do things differently.

Maybe just possibly someday some movie theater owner will read this and say, “you know what, we should have tried something like this.”

We can always dream

Since we won’t be seeing any of the movies and TV shows below on the big screen (at least in the near future), we’ll have to continue to enjoy from the comfort of our homes, offices, computers, etc. My oh my, it’s quite the selection of new and classic content to watch.

As a final incidental note, October is my favorite entertainment

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *American Murder: Family Next Door (9/30)
  2. *The Outpost
  3. *We Have Always Lived In The Castle
  4. *You’ve Got This
  5. *The Binding
  6. *Dick Johnson Is Dead
  7. *All Because of You
  8. Human Nature (2019)
This movie dropped on Netflix and, while very predictable, has a fresh presentation style for true crime

A lot of interest is around Welcome To Sudden Death (FIRST LOOK), but have seen it and it’s not worth watching (nope, mini-spoiler: no Penguin battle in the kitchen battle) Yes, it’s available on Netflix.

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Oktoberfest – Beer & Blood – Season 1
  2. Bakugan: Armored Alliance: Season 2? (Oct 1)
  3. Carmen Sandiego Season 3 (Netflix Family)
  4. Code Lyoko Seasons 1-4
  5. Evil Season 1
  6. Familiar Wife Season 1
  7. The Parkers Seasons 1-5
  8. The Unicorn: Season 1
  9. The Worst Witch Season 4
  10. You Cannot Hide Season 1

Movies rotating into NETFLIX as of October 1

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
All Because of You 
(Netflix Original)
Along Came a Spider
A.M.I.
Basic Instinct
Black ’47
Cape Fear
Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
Employee of the Month
Enemy at the Gates
Fargo
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate
Free State of Jones
Ghost Rider
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Good Morning, Verônica
 (Netflix Original)
Gran Torino
Her
House of 1,000 Corpses
Human Nature
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
I’m Leaving Now
The Longest Yard 
(1974)
Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood (Netflix Original)
The Outpost
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Poseidon (2006)
The Prince & Me
Stranger than Fiction
Superman Returns
Sword Art Online: Alicization
Troy
WarGames
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Yogi Bear

HBO Max Movies

  1. Beavis & Butthead Do America
  2. *Downhill ⭐️½

HBO is starting out the month with their weekly new theatrical release movie with two horrible films. Since October is a notoriously spooky month, this seems timely. Sometimes it’s worth watching these films to see if they’re so bad, they’re good. Downhill is a lifeless, cold comedy with Will Ferrell and next week the worst film we’ve seen in quite time, Cats. Neither is recommended viewing, but maybe one or both work for you.

HBO Max TV

  1. *The Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 8: “Jig-a-Bobo” (Oct 4)
    Lovecraftian Horror

Movies rotated into HBO MAX on October 1

Bolded titles recommend quick picks we recommend:

A World of Calm: Documentary Series Premiere
Akeelah And The Bee (HBO)
All-Star Superman
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Reunion (HBO)
Analyze That
Analyze This
The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (HBO)
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Ball of Fire
Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (HBO)
Beef
Beginners
Best in Show
BLOW
Bombshell
Boogie Nights
Boomerang
The Bush Years: Family. Duty. Power.
The Butterfly Effect
Cats & Dogs
Catwoman
Cellular
Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke
The Chronicles Of Riddick (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold
Clean and Sober
The Client
Collateral Beauty
The Color Purple
Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (HBO)
Constantine
Cradle 2 the Grave
Critters 2
Critters 4
The Curse of Frankenstein
Day Of The Dead (HBO)
Death Sentence (Extended Version) (HBO)
Deerskin (HBO)
Dirty Dancing (HBO)
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (HBO)
Deliverance
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Dreamcatcher
Edge of Darkness
Empire of the Sun
The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House
Endings, Beginnings (HBO)
Enter The Dragon
Eraser
Firewall
Frantic
Frequency (HBO)
Friday
The Friday After Next
Galaxy Quest
The Golden Compass
Gothika
Grudge Match (HBO)
Hairspray
Hairspray (Musical Remake)
Harina (aka Flour) (HBO)
The Haunting
The Hills Have Eyes (Extended Version) (HBO)
The Hills Have Eyes II (Extended Version) (HBO)
Horror of Dracula
The Hunting Ground
I Am Sam
Infamous
The Informer
The Invisible War
Jonah Hex
The Last Kiss (HBO)
The Last Mimzy
Laws of Attraction
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Libeled Lady
Life as We Know It
Little Baby Bum
Little Big League
Madea’s Big Happy Family
Malcolm X
Man of Steel
Marie: A True Story
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Matrix
Million Dollar Baby
Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Mister Roberts
Monsters Vs. Aliens
The Mummy
Mutiny on the Bounty
Next Friday
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (HBO)
Nothing Sacred
Open Water (HBO)
Open Water 2: Adrift (HBO)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
The Pelican Brief
A Perfect Murder
The Perfect Storm
The Phantom of the Opera
Presumed Innocent
Race for the White House: Season 1
Raised By Wolves: Season 1 Finale
Revolutionary Road (HBO)
Roger & Me
Sands of Iwo Jima
Scanners (HBO)
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
Se7en
Semi-Pro
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
Shame (HBO)
Sherlock Holmes
Sleight (HBO)
Son of Batman
South Park: The Pandemic Special
Steel
Superman vs. the Elite
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3
They Were Expendable
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
The Thin Man
The Thing (HBO)
A Time to Kill
Tin Cup
TMNT
Training Day
Tricky Dick
Turistas (Extended Version) (HBO)
U.S. Marshals
Us (HBO)
Vampire in Brooklyn
A Very Brady Sequel
We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?
When Harry Met Sally
Where the Wild Things Are
The Whole Ten Yards (HBO)
The Wings of Eagles
You’ve Got Mail

Amazon Prime TV

  1. *Sons of the Soil – Season 1
  2. Bug Diaries Halloween Special (Oct 2)
  3. Savage X. Fentry Show (Oct 2)

Movies rotating into AMAZON PRIME VIDEO as of October 1

30 Days Of Night
A Knight’s Tale
Battlefield Earth
Blood Ties
Drugstore Cowboy
Eight Millimeter
Funny Girl
Girl, Interrupted
Guess Who
Joe
John Carpenter’s Vampires
Killers
Kindred Spirits
La Sucursal
Madea’s Big Happy Family
Mud
National Security
Next Level
Noose For A Gunman
Nurse
Quantum Of Solace
Raging Bull
Señorita Justice
Southside With You
Spaceballs
Species
Thanks For Sharing
The Big Hit
The Da Vinci Code
The Departed
The Gambler Wore A Gun
The Grudge 3
The Mask Of Zorro
The Pianist
The Wedding Planner
Triumph Of The Spirit
The Mothman Prophecies

Peacock TV

  1. Saturday Night Live – all 45 seasons!
    Comedy, Live, Improv

Hulu TV

  1. *Monsterland – Original
    Anthology, Horror

Hulu is going all out for Halloween with their focus on Huluween.

Movies rotating into HULU as of October 1

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A Beautiful Mind
Across The Line
After Life
Anti-Trust (Tech geek guilty pleasure!)
Blade
Blade 2
Blade: Trinity
Blood Ties
Blue City
The Curse Of Downers Grove
Deep Blue Sea
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
Drugstore Cowboy
The Executioners
The Express
The Eye
Fallen
Girls Against Boys
Good Hair
Guess Who
Hostel
Hostel: Part II
House Of 1000 Corpses
The Hurt Locker
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Interview With the Vampire
Joe
Judy & Punch
Kicking & Screaming
Killers
Lady in a Cage
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Martyrs
Mud
Nurse 3D
The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
The Portrait of a Lady
The Quiet Ones
Raging Bull
The Sandman
Senorita Justice
Sk8 Dawg
The Skull
Snakes On A Plane
Spaceballs
Species
Superbad
Thanks for Sharing
Tooth Fairy
Triumph of the Spirit
Vampire
Wayne’s World 2
When A Stranger Calls
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard

Shudder Movies

  1. *Scare Me – Original

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