Best New Bets on Netflix: October 2016

A new batch of entertainment has arrived on Netflix this October and Eclectic Pop has narrowed down the best bets for your viewing pleasure. First up the Top 5 movie additions and then a TV pick.

All of the movies listed are now available to stream. Below will you will find a family comedy, a romantic comedy, a documentary, an action/adventure and a thriller. Let’s get started…

#5. "RV" (2006)

If you are in a bad mood, chances are “RV” can fix that. Robin Williams stars as a frazzled dad, who convinces his family to take a road trip to the Colorado Rockies. What follows is their hilarious odyssey dealing with an unreliable RV and an eccentric, yet well-meaning family.

A strong message and terrific match-up between Williams and Cheryl Hines bolster the movie’s funny factor, along with great supporting turns by Kristin Chenoweth and Jeff Daniels. With a PG rating, “RV” is one of those rare movies the entire family can watch together and equally enjoy. 

#4. "Grizzly Man" (2005)

Werner Herzog’s acclaimed documentary is one of those stories you have to see to believe. In “Grizzly Man”, Herzog chronicles the tale of Timothy Treadwell; an activist who lived among the grizzly bears of Alaska.

He was eventually attacked and killed alongside his girlfriend Amie Huguenard by the very bears he was warned to stay away from and he had sworn to protect as their advocate. Herzog lets viewers hear from both sides of this tale, as he impartially probes the idealism of a man who believed he could live with nature, even in the face of its volatility. 

#3. "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003)

One of the last great romantic comedies before the genre’s fall from popularity stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey as professionals, who enter into a relationship with their own hidden agendas. Hudson’s Andie is a successful magazine writer, whose latest “How To” feature explains how a woman can lose a guy in 10 days.

Unbeknownst to her, ad executive Ben (McConaughey) has made a contradicting wager that he can convince a woman to agree to marry him in 10 days. Of course, they genuinely fall in love any way. McConaughey and Hudson’s sparkling chemistry and a solid script are what make this rom-com, a shining example of the genre at its zenith. 

#2. "Three Kings" (1999)

To date, the last great movie from director David O. Russell is this enthralling action/adventure/comedy. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube star as soldiers serving in the Gulf War, who discover a treasure map to hidden gold.

Determined to heist the fortune for themselves, they are soon faced with a moral dilemma that sees them take action as heroes. Clooney, Wahlberg and Ice Cube’s buddy chemistry is off the charts in this movie. It makes one wonder why they have not reteamed as a trio since. Nevertheless they did make “Three Kings” and it is a rollicking good time. 

#1. "Saving Mr. Wu" (2015)

Based on a true story that occurred in 2004, “Saving Mr. Wu” stars Andy Lau as the eponymous title character. Mr. Wu is enjoying life as a popular movie star, when he is kidnapped and ransomed by a band of criminals, pretending to be police. Now it is up to the real police to rescue him before time runs out.

Ding Sheng, who helmed 2013’s engrossing Jackie Chan starrer “Police Story: Lockdown” is behind the camera for “Saving Mr. Wu”. Given the precedent set by Sheng’s work there, expect taut action and with Lau starring; a tremendous lead performance. 

Best New TV Bet: "The Fall" Season 3

The killer BBC/Netflix series is back for its third and final season. You will have to wait until the end of the month to binge the season though. “The Fall” centers on a steely detective’s (Gillian Anderson, “The X-Files”) hunt for a calculating serial killer (Jamie Dornan, “Fifty Shades of Grey”) terrorizing Belfast, whilst leading a double life.  Available on Netflix Instant: October 29

- For more on "The Fall" click here and here

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