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Some intriguing-looking documentaries and docuseries premiere on Prime throughout the month of November covering topics as far afield as Pete Buttiegeg’s presidential run to the Australian bushfires. But the biggest debut this month is pure fantasy (literally), the most ambitious adaptation of a work of fantasy since Game of Thrones. You’ll have to wait until near the end of the month to see it, however, but there’s plenty to watch until then.
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Now Streaming)
With streaming it can be Saturday at midnight any time you like thanks to easy availability of this cult classic that a couple of generations of fans once had to journey to the theater to see. It holds up pretty well as a fun, pansexual musical celebration of weirdness even without the crowd. (This technically arrived last month but we’re including it as a service to anyone reading before Halloween who needs something to watch.
Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox (November 1)
With Wes Anderson’s latest, The French Dispatch, now in theaters it’s the perfect time to check out a couple of the director’s classics. Rushmore is Anderson’s second film but the first to feature a full realization of the Wes Anderson style (as good as Bottle Rocket is). It’s also the film that kickstarted a new, more complex stage of Bill Murray’s career. Murray provides a voice in Fantastic Mr. Fox, a clever Roald Dahl adaptation that found Anderson venturing into animation (while still very much making a Wes Anderson movie).
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (Prime Video, November 5)
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in director Will Sharpe’s biopic of Louis Wain, an artist known for his quirky depictions of cats and struggles with mental illness. Cumberbatch is backed by an all-star cast that includes Claire Foy and Andrea Riseborough.
Tampa Baes (November 5)
The baes of the titles are a group of lesbian friends who, as the other half of the title suggests, live in Tampa. This eight-part docuseries follows them as they look for fulfillment and happiness along Florida’s western shoreline.
Mayor Pete (Prime Video, November 12)
Boys State director Jesse Moss follows Pete Buttigieg as he emerges from nowhere to make a high-profile presidential run. Can the openly gay mayor of a small city win the highest office in the land in 2020? Real-life has already provided an answer to that question, but Buttigieg remains a fascinating figure sure to figure into American politics well into the future.
Always Jane (November 12)
A four-part docuseries, Always Jane follows a transgender teen during her senior year in high school as she navigates the challenges of being herself in rural New Jersey while dealing with the everyday problems of contemporary teendon.
Everybody Loves Natti (November 19)
Latin music star Natti Natasha has amassed an impressive following since debuting just over a decade ago. Fans wanting to know more about her life will want to check out this new reality series, which features behind-the-scenes details about her career and her relationship with her longtime manager/romantic partner Raphy Pina.
The Wheel of Time (November 19)
Television has been searching for the next Game of Thrones pretty much since the premiere of the first Game of Thrones. Amazon thinks it might have found it with this series dedicated to Robert Jordan’s sprawling fantasy series. If nothing else, they don’t need to worry about running out of material. The completed series spans 14 books, plus a prequel novel. Rosamund Pike leads the cast as Moiraine, a magic-user who thinks she might have found a chosen one. Pike’s the standout name in a cast of relative unknowns, but who had heard of Kit Harrington or Emilia Clarke before Game of Thrones.
Anni Da Cane (Dog Years) (November 26)
Prime makes its first venture into the world of Italian film with this coming-of-age story about a teenager (Aurora Giovinazzo) who believes she’s at the end of a life she feels should be reckoned in dog years. (Hence the title.) Italian TV veteran Fabio Mollo directs.
Burning (November 29)
Called Australia’s “Black Summer” and caused by climate change, the Australian bushfires killed untold numbers of the nation’s wildlife, disrupted the country, and altered its future in ways we still don’t know. Eva Orner, who won an Oscar for producing Taxi to the Dark Side, directs.