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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In October 2016, Including ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’

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Next month, Netflix offers up a big selection of films of all stripes — modern to classic, animated to live action, Best Picture winners to teen phenomenons — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch as soon as humanly possible, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic little binge. Enjoy.

1. “Unforgiven” (available October 1)



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The winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture, Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film “Unforgiven” is the last Western he directed and starred in, and he made it count. About an aging outlaw tasked with one final job, the film examines the myths of the West and how they’re perverted and distorted over time, as well as the contradictions within established national archetypes. It’s arguably Eastwood’s defining masterpiece, and one of the very best films of the 90s. See it immediately.

2. “Dazed and Confused” (available October 1)

Dazed and Confused

“Dazed and Confused”

Gramercy Pictures

The 1993 cult classic “Dazed and Confused” has endured because its director Richard Linklater profoundly understands adolescent boredom. Following a group of rising high school seniors and freshman on the last day of school in Austin, Texas in 1976, the film surveys the various tribes — jocks, nerds, stoners, etc. — as they haze each other, drive around, get wasted, and most of all, wait for something to happen. Though it’s nice to see younger versions of well-known faces, like Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, and Parker Posey, “Dazed and Confused” succeeds as an observational portrait of The Good Times just before they’re about to end.

3. “Once Upon a Time in the West” (available October 1)

Once Upon a Time in the West

“Once Upon a Time in the West”

Paramount Pictures

Sergio Leone’s 1968 Spaghetti Western “Once Upon a Time in the West” famously features Henry Fonda against type as a ruthless villain trying to take control of a crucial piece of land, while a harmonica-playing stranger (Charles Bronson) and a notorious bandit (Jason Robards) try to stop him. Developed by Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Dario Argento from different elements of American Westerns, “Once Upon a Time in the West” has been routinely described as one of the best films ever made for its meditative pacing, Tomino Delli Colli’s widescreen cinematography, and of course, Ennio Morricone’s haunting score.

4. “Three Kings” (available October 1)

Three Kings

“Three Kings”

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David O. Russell’s big-budget satirical war comedy “Three Kings” follows four U.S. soldiers (George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze) on a gold heist during the 1991 Iraqi uprising at the end of the Gulf War. A critical and commercial success upon release, the film was shrouded in controversy regarding script credits, Russell’s directorial approach, and his contentious relationship with Clooney on set. Regardless, it’s a must-see for fans of Russell’s most recent output who have yet to venture into his early work.

5. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (available October 1)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Paramount Pictures

A testament to teenage rebellion, John Hughes’ “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” follows the titular hero (Matthew Broderick, in his defining role), his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), and his depressed best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) as they escape the trappings of their suburban hell to go explore Chicago on a beautiful school day. Featuring such classic scenes as Ferris singing “Twist and Shout” during the Von Steuben Day Parade and the lovely tour of the Art Institute of Chicago, “Ferris Bueller” is for anyone who wants to cut loose just once (or, well, nine times) before it’s too late.

6. “Quiz Show” (available October 1)

Quiz Show

“Quiz Show”

Buena Vista Pictures

Robert Redford’s 1994 historical drama “Quiz Show” follows the “Twenty One” quiz show scandals of the 1950’s and examines the intersection of ethics and entertainment. Insightful and damning in equal measure, Redford looks at how public malfeasance festers when cultural indifference reigns supreme, and how the bar gets lowered when people accept pleasure over righteousness.

7. “Grizzly Man” (available October 1)

Grizzly Man

“Grizzly Man”

Lions Gate Films

Werner Herzog’s 2005 documentary “Grizzly Man” chronicles the life and death of Timothy Treadwell, a bear enthusiast who lived with the grizzly bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska for 13 summers, until his death at the hand of a grizzly in 2003. Herzog explores the mindset of Treadwell and his determination to live in the wild far from civilization. Powerful and disturbing in equal measure, “Grizzly Man” paints a fair-minded, unsentimental portrait of a man on the edge.

The Rest of Incoming Films

“A Cinderella Story” (available October 1)

“Barbershop 2: Back in Business” (available October 1)

“Blue Streak” (available October 1)

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (available October 1)

“Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief” (available October 1)

“Fairy Tale: A True Story” (available October 1)

“Gentleman’s Agreement” (available October 1)

“Ghost Town” (available October 1)

“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (available October 1)

“Millennium” (available October 1)

“My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree” (available October 1)

“Oriented” (available October 1)

“Patton” (available October 1)

“Picture This!” (available October 1)

“Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin” (available October 1)

“The Queen of the Damned” (available October 1)

“Robotech” (available October 1)

“RV” (available October 1)

“Saving Mr. Wu” (available October 1)

“Snake Eyes” (available October 1)

“Snow Day” (available October 1)

“Sphere” (available October 1)

“Three Kings” (available October 1)

“Titanic” (available October 1)

“The Uninvited” (available October 1)

“Without a Paddle” (available October 1)

“Dheepan” (available October 3)

“Chevalier” (available October 4)

“Dartmoor Killing” (available October 4)

“The 13th” – Netflix Original (available October 7)

“The Siege of Jadotville” – Netflix Original (available October 7)

“Love Between the Covers” (available October 10)

“Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids” – Netflix Original (available October 12)

“Mascots” – Netflix Original (available October 13)

“Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo­Qiang” – Netflix Original (available October 14)

“Being George Clooney” (available October 15)

“Chapo: el escape del siglo” (available October 15)

“Big Eyes” (available October 25)

“Jesus Camp” (available October 26)

“Kung Fu Panda 3” (available October 26)

“7 años” – Netflix Original (available October 28)

“I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” – Netflix Original (available October 28)

“Into the Inferno” -­ Netflix Original (available October 28)

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