You have some big decisions to make.
HBO‘s November schedule unloads some of the biggest films of 2017 onto your streaming queue. There’s the film that revitalized horror, Get Out, which frustratingly lands a few days after Halloween; popcorn special Kong: Skull Island; Lego Batman; and internationally devoured but domestically panned duds like Warcraft and The Great Wall. All that plus captivating documentaries and a Jon Stewart-hosted telethon for autism.
New on HBO in November 2017: Editor’s pick
In ‘70s-era New York City, pornography and prostitution loomed large in the center of America’s commercial hub: Times Square. Pimps and sex workers roamed the streets without much worry for the law. Peep shops were a dime a dozen. And marquee theaters, loudly advertising titles like XX Porno on display boards, screened lurid adult films. The Deuce, HBO’s new period drama from David Simon and George Pelecanos based loosely on true stories, takes us into this realm of sex, drugs, misogyny, and exploitation on the streets of New York.
Simon, best known as creator of The Wire, and his longtime co-writer Pelecanos initially didn’t want to tackle portraying such an “exploitative and gratuitous” time in history. Marc Henry Johnson, a locations manager for Simon’s show Treme about New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, convinced him to meet a man involved in the ‘70s New York sex and porn industry on 42nd Street.
“The stories were just extraordinary,” tells Simon to the Daily Dot. “And the more he talked, the more I realized there was sort of a political moment here. An economic moment that I was also interested in.” —Chris Leo Palermino
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Handmaids Tale) and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls) travel the streets of Japan with quick shots of a sake bar, neon signs, and zipping subway trains in short film Tokyo Project. We see the pair walking hand-in-hand.
“This was really a tone piece. It’s about mood, it’s about loneliness. It’s about connection and travel,” director Richard Shepard tells the Daily Dot. “I felt if I could put actors in that city, there is enough romance, to me, in it that could create something interesting.”
The stellar cast, setting, and romantic meet-cute is more than worth 30 minutes of your time. —Danielle Ransom
HBO shows and original programming in November 2017
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, part 1
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, part 2
El Hipnotizador, season 2 premiere
War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend
The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, season 4 finale
Vice Principals, season 2 finale
Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Program
Real Time with Bill Maher, season 15 finale
Sesame Street: A Sesame Street Thanksgiving, season 48 premiere
Tracey Ullman’s Show, season 2 finale
HBO First Look: The Shape of Water
HBO Go and HBO Now movies in November 2017
2 Fast 2 Furious
Along Came a Spider
Bachelor Party (‘84)
Bird on a Wire
Bride of Chucky
Broken Lizard’s Club Dread (Extended Version Available)
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Fast & Furious
The Fast and the Furious
Good Morning, Vietnam
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
The Sum of All Fears
Terminator Salvation (Director’s Cut Available)
The Lego Batman Movie
A United Kingdom
The Great Wall
Kong: Skull Island
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What’s leaving HBO in November 2017
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Dr. Dolittle 3
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Good Will Hunting
Monsters vs. Aliens
On Deadly Ground
Rush Hour 3
Shakespeare in Love
The Deer Hunter
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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
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