Best of Netflix for November

Best of Netflix for November

Here are Des O'Drscoll's top Netflix picks for the month of November.

The King, Nov 1

Good news / Bad news, depending on your perspective: This film adaptation of The Bard’s Henry plays doesn’t use Shakespearean language.

Timothée Chalamet fills the role of the wayward prince Hal who ends up as King Henry V during a chaotic era in the 15th century. Robert Pattinson and Joel Edgerton are among the other familiar faces in the cast.

Fire in Paradise, Nov 1

While the news this week has contained reports of new wildfires in California, this short documentary looks back on the Camp fire tragedy in the state last November that killed 85, making it the deadliest fire in the US in over 100 years.

Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! Nov 1

The Fab Five do their life-advice thing in Tokyo, along the way checking out local fashions and culture.

“I want to transform from a rock to a psychedelic flower,” one of their subjects declares. No better boys to help him do so.

Maradona in Mexico, Nov 13

Documentary series following Diego Maradona as he becomes manager of the Dorados, a second-division team in Mexico.

The Crown, Nov 17

Major changes for season three sees all sorts of cast changes and Queen Liz and co step from the mid-1960s in to the ‘70s.

Olivia Colman steps up as as the number one royal — no easy task given how good Claire Foy was over past two years.

Helena Bonham Carter also joins the cast as Princes Margaret, and there’ll be plenty screentime dedicated to the breakdown of her relationship with Antony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon).

The bonnie prince Charlie also steps into the limelight, and issues rumbling in the background include the ongoing break-up of the British empire, and the Cold War. Hugely enjoyable drama, even for those who wouldn’t be fans of the royals.

Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, Nov 20

He rose to fame in the yoga world for his development of ‘hot yoga’, but this documentary charts how Bikram Choudhury also became a controversial figure by trying to copyright yoga poses, and via a string of unsavoury allegations made against him.

Never convicted in a criminal case, Choudry famously defended himself by saying:

“Why would I have to harass women? People spend one million dollars fora drop of my sperm.”

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, Nov 22

A drama series in which each episode portrays the background and stories around some of her most famous songs.

For instance, the ‘Jolene’ episode has Julianne Hough starring as a free spirit who wants to escape her hometown in Georgia. Dolly herself pops up in that episode.

The Irishman, Nov 27

Of course, real fans of Martin Scorsese’s films will go to see this in the cinema when it opens on Nov 8. For those who can wait, it lands on the streaming service towards the end of the month.

The director rolls out Robert de Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in the tale of Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, as the real-life mobster reminisces on his role in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa and other cases.

You’ll probably need a comfy seat for a film that clocks in at a hefty 209 minutes.

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