We live in a time where entertainment is abundant. TV shows, movies, and video games seem to be flooding our senses at a near constant basis, and the result is a mishmash of varying qualities. My goal is to help you find those gems hidden among the crowd. In month like this, high quality entertainment might get lost due to the higher profile films (Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League), shows (Marvel’s The Punisher, The Runaways), and video games (Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars: Battlefront II). For these picks, I try to pick certain selections that are more likely to hide under the radar than hang at the forefront. Here are my picks for November 2017:
She’s Gotta Have It
Netflix – November 23
It has been over 30 years since Spike Lee’s first feature length film, She’s Gotta Have It. The legend of Spike Lee has only grown since then, but now he is revisiting his first work in a 10-episode season, all of which are directed by Spike Lee himself. The story centers on a young women who has taken on three different romantic partners and working through the complicated feelings that arise from this arrangement. The film was heavily praised upon release, discussing themes of sexual liberation and self-discovery which are still just as important today. Releasing on Thanksgiving, this will be a series to enjoy during the holiday weekend.
Call Me By Your Name
Aside from the blockbusters that have taken residence in the holiday season, theaters will begin to release films surrounded with Oscar-buzz. One of those films is Call Me By Your Name, a coming-of-age story directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, the film tells the story of two young men who meet in Italy and engage in a passionate relationship through their shared heritage and sexuality. Since premiering at Sundance Film Festival, Call Me By Your Name has garnered near-universal praise from critics, including comparisons to last year’s Best Picture winner Moonlight.1 This film will certainly garner the attention of critics and audiences alike, and you would be smart to check it out before everyone else.
Super Lucky’s Tale
Xbox One – November 7
Operating as a sequel to Lucky’s Tale (a colorful platformer released for the Oculus Rift), Super Lucky’s Tale provides the same colorful world without the bells and whistles of VR. The style seems inspired by Banjoo-Kazooie, and with the recent successes of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Cuphead, and Super Mario Odyssey, Microsoft would like to find a potential mascot in the energetic orange fox named Lucky. With AAA titles likely to temper your need for massive multiplayer action, Super Lucky’s Tale will give you an opportunity to enjoy some classic platforming adventures.