Bostonians will never forget Mark Wahlberg the singer or Mark Wahlberg the model.

But most people under the age of 35 only know Mark Wahlberg the actor, who rose to stardom thanks to a critically acclaimed 1997 film that arrives on Netflix today.

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights was an Oscar-nominated masterpiece that buoyed a number of careers.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson went from a 27-year-old unknown to an Oscar-winning director whose talents include extracting impactful performances from leading men playing against type (Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love, Tom Cruise in Magnolia) and allowing the best actors of our generation to disappear into roles (Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman in pretty much every one of Anderson’s movies).

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Burt Reynolds earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of aging porn producer Jack Horner, a man whose outer facade of indomitable cool crumbles as new technology and modern tastes render his work from decades past into comic punchlines — a storyline that ironically mirrored Reynolds’s own career trajectory.


And then there was Wahlberg.

He was the fresh-faced new talent plucked from the dishwashing line and thrust into stardom as Dirk Diggler, the hottest adult film star around. Hearing that Wahlberg was playing a porn star at a time when he was most famous for singing shirtless as the frontman for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and posing shirtless as the spokesman for Calvin Klein led many assume Anderson had cast Wahlberg more for his body than his talent. But much like Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, Wahlberg rose to the occasion and proved doubters wrong, showing off acting chops even more impressive than his abs.

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While Boogie Nights is the definite cream of the crop, there are plenty of good titles hitting Netflix this month.

Here are the rest of the movies and shows arriving on the streaming service in October.


October 1
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection (Collection 1)
Design on a Dime Collection (Collection 1)
Extreme Homes Collection (Collection 1)
Fixer Upper (Season 1)
Genevieve’s Renovation (Season 1)
The Great Food Truck Race Collection (Collection 1)
House Hunters Renovation Collection (Collection 1)
Million Dollar Rooms Collection (Collection 1)
Monkey Thieves (Seasons 1–3)
Property Virgins Collection (Collection 1)
Throwdown With Bobby Flay Collection (Collection 1)
Uncle Grandpa (Season 1)(more episodes)
Vanilla Ice Project (Seasons 1-4)
Wakfu (Season 1)
Worst Cooks in America Collection (Collection 1)

October 2
Reign (Season 2)
The Vampire Diaries (Season 6)

October 6
American Horror Story: Freak Show
iZombie (Season 1)
Last Man Standing (Season 4)
The Flash (Season 1)
The Originals (Season 2)

October 7
Arrow (Season 3)
Flor Salvaje (Season 1)
Legends (Season 1)
Supernatural (Season 10)

October 9
Mighty Med (Season 2)
The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show (Season 1)

October 11
Jake and the Never Land Pirates (Season 3)

October 12
Jane the Virgin (Season 1)

October 15
Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery (Season 1)

October 16
All Hail King Julien (Season 2)
Some Assembly Required (Season 2)
The Principal (Season 1)

October 20
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (Season 2)

October 23
Hemlock Grove (Season 3)

October 28
Chasing Life (Season 2)

October 30
Popples (Season 1)


October 1
About Alex (2014)
Alexander: Theatrical Cut (2004)
American Pie (1999)
Batman Begins (2005)
Boogie Nights (1997)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Curse of Chucky (2013)
Dark Was the Night (2014)
The Devil at 4 O’Clock (1961)
El Tiempo Entre Costuras (2013)
Glass Chin (2014)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story (2014)
The Nightmare (2015)
On the Town (1949)
Pal Joey (1957)
Pepe (1960)
Pressure (2015)
Reasonable Doubt (2014)
Richard Pryor: Icon (2014)
Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special (2014)
Some Came Running (1958)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
White Rabbit (2013)
Wild Horses (2015)

October 2
Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy (2015)
La Leyenda de la Nahuala (2007)

October 3
Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation (2015)

October 5
Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race (2015)

October 6
Tremors 5: Bloodline (2015)

October 8
American Heist (2014)
Strangerland (2015)

October 9
Winter on Fire (2015)

October 10
Lalaloopsy: Band Together (2015)

October 11
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (2014)

October 14
Lazarus (2015)

October 15
Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live! (2015)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Part 1 / Part 2 (2004)

October 16
Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers (2015)
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Circle (2015)

October 18
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

October 20
Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered (2014)

October 22
Results (2015)

October 24
Jack Strong (2014)

October 25
Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection (2015)

October 27
August: Osage County (2013)
Manson Family Vacation (2015)

October 28
The Gunman (2015)

October 29
Return to Sender (2015)