September has been a great month for an engaging binge-fest. The much-awaited premiere of the second season of The Boys took place earlier last month with the eponymous group of vigilantes gearing up once again to fight the superheroes who are abusing their powers. We also got stories featuring strong female leads, with Enola Holmes and Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, and one delving deep into the origins of the disturbing villain Nurse Ratched.
In case you've missed out on anything, here are all the movies and TV shows that got us talking.The Boys S2
This anti-superhero superhero web series came back for a new season earlier in September. The eponymous group of vigilantes is back again to fight the evil ‘good guys’ who are equipped with superhuman abilities. The episode releases are spread out throughout September and October. So if you’re waiting to binge-watch the entire season in one sitting, you’ll have to wait a couple more weeks. Till then, be careful of errant spoilers.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoCargo
This Vikrant Massey- and Shweta Tripathi-starrer is the science fiction Bollywood movie that we didn’t know we needed. Set aboard a spaceship, it explores themes like reincarnation and existential crisis. Prahastha, a rakshasa or demon, has been stationed on a spaceship that acts as a transit vehicle for humans who have died and need to be transferred to their next lives. Things take an unexpected turn as the plot progresses.
Streaming on NetflixEnola Holmes
The teenaged sister of one of the most famous literary characters of all time, Sherlock Holmes, got her own movie. Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) goes on an adventure to look for her missing mother while staying two steps ahead from her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin). The movie has been adapted from the first instalment in Nancy Springer's book series.
Streaming on NetflixSocial Dilemma
It’s no breaking news that social media has impacted us in more ways than one. This documentary tells us how deeply it has embedded itself in our lives and how dangerous it can be. The year has been taxing enough already, but Social Dilemma is a necessary watch for anyone who wants to know how the apps we use affect our perception of the world around us. It delves into issues like data mining, surveillance, its use in politics, the direct relation between social media use and declining mental health, and the way it nurtures harmful conspiracy theorists.
Streaming on NetflixUtopia
Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn takes on the task of writing this remake of the beloved British cult classic with the same name. It follows a group of people who believe that their favourite graphic novel, named Utopia, has accurately predicted the deadly viral outbreaks. Now it’s up to them to figure out what’s really happening, and save the world.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoI’m Thinking of Ending Things
Anybody who watched the trailer of Charlie Kauffman’s latest movie knew that they’d be in for a wild ride with this one. It’s not an easy watch, as evidenced by the many explainer videos clogging the YouTube algorithm ever since it released, but it’s an enjoyable one if you love symbolism and surrealistic imagery in your binge sessions. Based in the 2016 novel by Iain Reid, it revolves around a woman who wants to end things with her boyfriend but somehow gets roped into going on a road trip with him to meet his family.
Streaming on NetflixHostages S2
If you haven’t watched this series yet, then we suggest you rectify this immediately. The high octane crime thriller has got a new season that premiered in September. An official adaptation of an Israeli series of the same name, it revolves around an assassination plot that results in innocent people being taken hostages and the race against time to save their lives. The latest season picks up a week after where the first one left us and reveals new players and parts of the conspiracy.
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarThe Devil All the Time
Spider-man Tom Holland and Internet’s current favourite Hollywood celebrity to obsess over, Robert Pattinson, star in this psychological thriller together. The movie follows Arvin, who has to protect his family against the evil forces threatening to destroy them in their rural small town in Southern Ohio. It is based on the novel of the same name by writer Donald Ray Pollock.
Streaming on NetflixDolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare
Alankrita Shrivastava, who directed Lipstick Under My Burkha, collaborated with Konkona Sen Sharma once again for a movie about sexual and mental liberation of women. Here, the titular sisters (Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar) discover that they no longer want to live in the strict boxes that society has created for them, and that they can rebel against these pre-fixed ideas by taking control of their own lives. Dolly is a homemaker who thinks she has made peace with her mundane existence of bad sex and a boring job, and Kajal (or Kitty) is her cousin who wants to make it big in the big city and ends up working at a hotline to pay her dues.
Streaming on NetflixRatched
Ryan Murphy’s latest series starring Sarah Paulson gave the world an origin story for one of the most terrifying characters in cinematic history, Nurse Ratched. She made an appearance in the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and the 1975 movie based on the book, as the cruel nurse of the mental facility where questionable experiments are conducted on patients. The show takes us back to 1947 when Nurse Ratched gets a job at a leading psychiatric hospital and goes on to show her unsettling journey towards becoming the ruthless monster she is.
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