Steamy Streaming: November
Julia Roberts, House of Cards, Narcos, and More!
It’s a brand new month, and Provokr’s got you covered on all the sexiest and most provocative titles coming to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, and YouTube in November. So, if you can pull yourself away from Box Peek for a hot minute, check out these returning champions, timeless classics, and recent sleepers you absolutely need to see.
Homecoming (Amazon Prime, November 2)
Julia Roberts is one of the biggest stars on the planet. Movie actors frequently cross over into the television space, especially in today’s New Golden Age of television. Still, Julia Roberts is the rare kind of actor who still commands the authority of old-timey movie stars like Humphrey Bogart or James Cagney… Except with sexier legs.
Homecoming stars Roberts as a former case worker at an organization which helps soldiers transition back to the normal world. However, she has a mysterious past and the series is spent trying to uncover what exactly happened to her that changed her life and caused her to quit her job and uproot her whole life. It’s a mysterious psychological thriller and Roberts is backed by a stellar supporting cast, including Shea Whigham, Dermot Mulrony, and Syndey Poitier – who is not to be confused with her father, Sidney Poitier.
Narcos: Mexico (Netflix, November 16)
One of Netflix‘s most revered original shows is Narcos, which explores the drugs trade in Latin America and America’s failed War on Drugs. It’s a dark and gripping series with an unrelenting nihilism and justifiably bitter outlook. Originally pitched as the fourth season of the series, Narcos: Mexico has instead been classified as a spin-off. This makes sense, since this season follows a whole new set of characters in a different setting. Michael Peña stars as Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who battles the rising cartels in Mexico. Camarena is a real person who was mentioned multiple times in the original Narcos series, and now his shocking true story will be told in Narcos: Mexico.
Origin (YouTube, November 14)
Space is scary. It seems everybody wants to go to another planet, or just hang out in outer space, but there’s countless variables, an endless list of things which can go wrong. If fiction has taught us anything, it’s that anything that can go wrong, ultimately will.
Tom Felton (Harry Potter, The Flash) and Natalia Tena (Harry Potter) star as two of a number of strangers who find themselves lost in space, who must keep their ship together before they all die. A mystery sci-fi thriller with twists and turns abound, Origin also has a visual style unlike anything else on YouTube Premium, thanks to the incredible style of director Paul W.S. Anderson (Event Horizon, Resident Evil).
Baby (Netflix, November 30)
Loosely based on the “Baby Squillo” scandal in Italy in 2013, Netflix’s Baby follows a group of teenage prostitutes. The show’s tone and content are being kept tightly guarded in advance of its premiere, but Baby is already under fire for allegedly glamorizing underage prostitution. Netflix is great at building buzz with controversy, and the conversation around Baby is already strong, but time will tell if the show is a respectful and thought-provoking drama, or a vapid and exploitative sex romp. Either way, we’ll be there on day one.
My Brilliant Friend (HBO, November 18)
My Brilliant Friend is based on the Italian “Neapolitan Novels” by Elena Ferrante. A co-production between HBO and certain Italian television networks, the series is a sprawling tale following two childhood friends throughout their life, from childhood to adulthood and beyond, in Naples, Italy.
There are four books in the series, and this eight-episode miniseries covers the first story, My Brilliant Friend. The ambitious plan is to adapt the entire saga over four different miniseries, fully completing Ferrante’s story in television form. By all accounts, My Brilliant Friend is shaping up to be an excellent start to a beautiful and provocative epic.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Netflix, November 1)
There will never be another Dracula like Bela Lugosi. Christopher Lee is one of the greatest actors of all time, but even his tenure as the character couldn’t match the captivating charm and intoxicating charisma of Lugosi in the 1931 original. That being said, Gary Oldman made the character his own in the 1992 film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Although purported to be more directly based on the original novel, Francis Ford Coppola‘s film still takes plenty of liberties with the source material, but is still regarded as a classic. Virtually all of the film’s elaborate special effects were performed in-camera, and the film remains a visual masterpiece even more than 25 years later.
House of Cards (Netflix, November 2)
The final batch of episodes are finally here. The tale of Frank Underwood was cut short by the fact Kevin Spacey is a skeevy creep, but Robin Wright is here to pick up the slack and bring this long-running story to an end. The final season is set to close the book on one of Netflix’s first big hits. It’s not unfair to say that Netflix may not be the juggernaut brand it is today if not for House of Cards. Even after Spacey’s implosion, it’s grand to see the show go on without him, allowing fans to receive a proper finale… Besides, we always liked Claire better than Frank.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Hulu, November 1)
Have you ever been kicked in the face by a size 13 stiletto heel? Don’t pick a fight with a drag queen. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert follows a pair of drag queens and a transgender woman as they embark on a road trip across the rugged outback of Australia. Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce star as the drag queens, and Terence Stamp is their trans ward, and we have to admit: they are gorgeous! Maybe not as gorgeous as John Leguizamo in To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything – Julie Newmar, but still quite pretty!
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Hulu, November 1)
A ton of James Bond movies are hitting Amazon and Hulu this month, but we want to shine a spotlight on OHMSS, the only 007 flick starring George Lazenby. Director Peter Hunt is one of the people who moved the needle for action cinema. His work as an editor on From Russia With Love and Thunderball continues to influence action movies to this day, and OHMSS marked his first time directing a 007 film. Sadly, it would be his last.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is an action epic, even by James Bond standards, and features incredible action sequences and stunt work which still stands head and shoulders above pretty much everything in Hollywood today. Lazenby isn’t as charismatic as Moore or Connery, but OHMSS was a good start for the then-unknown actor, and the beautiful and talented Diana Rigg really picks up the slack as the one woman who ever truly worked her way into 007‘s infamously cold heart. James Bond is one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time, and OHMSS might just be his greatest adventure ever.
The Little Death (Hulu, November 12)
This Australian erotic comedy shows the funnier side of sexuality. Boundary pushing, yet still heartfelt and sincere, The Little Death follows a small suburban community and the various fetishes of its residents, and the amusing trouble they get into as a result of those fetishes. Despite its taboo subject matter and sudden escalations, The Little Death is still a jolly little movie which should not be missed!