By Andrés Muñoz
And so, the streaming wars begin once more. You’ve likely noticed advertising and promotions of two major series: HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon’s The Rings of Power. But, Netflix is still a juggernaut of its own. Although its subscriptions have dipped in the past months, the streaming giant has mastered the world of original content creation.
Every month, the company expands its library with high-quality original content. Netflix shows obtained over 600 Primetime Emmy nominations, winning 112 of them. The company’s original films have also been successful, winning 16 Academy Awards in nine ceremonies. The Oscars won include Alfonso Cuarón and Jane Campion for Best Director, Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress, three gripping documentary features, and more.
To offset the content leaving the platform, Netflix is launching over 80 films, tv series, documentary shows and other programmes this upcoming September. Let’s take a look at some of the top picks.
September 2nd: Devil in Ohio
Netflix has really nailed the Limited series format with smash hits such as Anya Taylor-Joy’s chess based The Queen’s Gambit; Julian Fellowes’s Victorian drama about the development of football, The English Game; and Unorthodox, the thrilling story of how an orthodox Jew escapes the constraints of the society she lives in and learns about herself through music, and more.
Devil in Ohio is a thriller series starring Emily Deschanel as a psychiatrist who takes Mae, a young girl who has escaped a cult, into her house. Slowly but surely, the girl’s troubled past catches up with her, providing scares and intrigue from start to finish.
September 8th: The Anthrax Attacks
When was the last time you received a letter in the mail? How would you react if you received an envelope full of a strange chemical? Anthrax Attacks: In The Shadow of 9/11 covers an event immediately after the fall of the towers fitting into the narrative of post-9/11 terrorism.
Who was responsible for these attacks? Was it a terrorist group in the Middle East, or were domestic perpetrators the ones who were behind it all? Narrated by The Avengers’ very own Agent Coulson, actor Clark Gregg, the documentary is sure to be interesting.
September 9th: Cobra Kai (Season 5)
The Karate kid sequel series kicks its way onto screens, showing the classic rivalry between the martial arts dojos in California’s San Fernando Valley. The series began as a Youtube Premium production, but Netflix took over from the third season onwards, and it has enjoyed a successful run since.
This time, Daniel Larusso tries to battle the expansion of Cobra Kai with the help of his former Japanese enemy, Chozen. The ever-present rivalries are still there, with Miguel Diaz and Robby Keene duking it out as usual.
Johnny Lawrence is no longer a sensei, but as Cobra Kai becomes more powerful, Johnny will be forced to join forces with Larusso and Chozen to defeat his old dojo once and for all.
September 9th: End of the Road
Another one that’s hitting our home theatres is End of the Road. This crime thriller stars Queen Latifah as Brenda, a woman driving across the Southwest with her brother Reggie (played by Ludacris) and her two children.
After witnessing a murder in the motel room next door, Brenda and her family are thrown into a web of intrigue involving drug money and a killer that now has them in his crosshairs.
September 13th: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (Season 1)
If you’re a video game fan, you most likely heard about the fiasco that was the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Technical issues with all consoles, graphics that didn’t meet expectations, and a temporary removal from online stores until the problems were fixed ended up deflating the release.
September 28th: Blonde
Last but not least, Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming NC-17-rated film Blonde. Much praise has been given to Armas and her current performances, starting with the Netflix whodunit Knives Out alongside Daniel Craig.
Even though she speaks limited English and learns her lines phonetically, Craig was so impressed with Armas’s performance that he suggested her as an option in his latest 007 film, No Time To Die. This role was key for her, but now the bar has been set.
Will the Cuban-Spanish actress be able to deliver and portray the Californian bombshell? Make sure to check it out!
This is just a small sample of the bumper crop of 80-plus titles that Netflix will release in September. Which other ones are you excited about? Share them with us in the comments section below!