As we expand, it’s time for a few changes. I’ll no longer just be highlighting the goodies coming to Netflix for the month, but will also cover what’s coming to Amazon Instant Video and HBO Go/Now. As they all compete we’re beginning to see a lot of interesting changes, including entire franchises throwing their weight behind one streaming service (like what will happen with Marvel and Disney later this year on Netflix).
WHAT’S ON NETFLIX, JULY 2016
Back to the Future Parts I, II, & III
It’s finally happening! The Back to the Future series will be coming to Netflix on the first of the month, and if you somehow have not seen them, I know what you should binge watch over the holiday weekend. Plus it’s fun for the whole family, so take this chance to introduce it to your kids!
Gilmore Girls, Season 1-7 (Globally!)
The first seven seasons of Gilmore Girls have been available for a while now in the US, but in an interesting move announced this week, they will now be available globally in anticipation of Netflix bringing the series back later this year. So if you’re outside of the US, you can now catch up and enjoy this fantastic series.
The Italian Job
I can’t help but have a soft spot for this movie. A remake of the 1969 movie starring Michael Caine, this ensemble cast-driven heist movie rivals Ocean’s Eleven for cool tech and funny quips. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a fun movie to check out.
Lethal Weapon 1-4
These classic buddy cop movies, written by Shane Black (also of Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang fame) are also a fantastic series to binge for the holiday weekend.
Almost every girl I know has a soft spot for this movie. Written by Tina Fey, this movie wonderfully and hysterically captures the dangerous jungle that is high school and mean girl cliques. If you need a laugh, I highly recommend it. You go Glen Coco!
Leaving Netflix in July:
A few notables are leaving Netflix this month, so if you haven’t checked them out yet, now’s your chance!
2001: A Space Odyssey – Classic Kubrick
A Clockwork Orange – More Classic Kubrick
A League of Their Own – Want to see Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell play minor league?
The Quiet Man – John Wayne classic, though based in Ireland and he’s a former boxer and not a cowboy. Shocking, I know!
Star Trek: The Motion Picture*
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan*
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock*
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home*
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier*
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country*
Star Trek: Generations*
Serenity – Cue the collective crying
* – Leaving Netflix for Amazon
WHAT’S COMING TO AMAZON, JULY 2016
Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2
Classic Tarantino, these two are definitely worth checking out if you can.
This is possibly one of the funniest movies I’ve seen, mostly because it was so horrible. A complete camp classic, this movie tells the story of Joan Crawford’s incredibly troubled relationship with her adopted daughter and spawned the line you may have heard before, “No more wire hangers!”
Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IX: Insurrection, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Amazon has managed to wrestle away the (old) Star Trek franchise from Netflix, and so beginning July 1st the movies will be moving from Netflix to Amazon Instant video. There doesn’t seem to be an effect on the new Star Trek films, but these classics will be streaming with Amazon for the foreseeable future. KHAAAAAAAAAN!
Terminator Genisys (Coming July 2)
Although this movie was barely a blip in the box office, it does feature both Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and may be worth checking out just to see the two of them.
The Shining (Coming July 2)
Another classic Kubrick, if you have never seen The Shining I recommend watching it some Saturday or Sunday with the curtains open and lights on. Barely anyone can build suspense the way Kubrick does in this film, and it’s worth watching just to marvel at his amazingly skilled direction.
Mr. Holmes (Coming July 19)
A movie that I was sad I missed in theatres, it stars Ian McKellen as an older, dementia suffering Sherlock Holmes, still haunted by and trying to solve his last case. Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes? Yes please!
WHAT’S COMING TO HBO GO/NOW, JULY 2016
A Perfect Murder
I happened to watch this back when I had a crush on Viggo Mortensen and tried to watch as many of his movies as I could while waiting for the next LOTR movie to come out. I ended up being surprised at how well done it was; a suspenseful thriller also starring Michael Douglas and Gwenyth Paltrow, this is definitely worth viewing at least once.
“Do ya feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?”
Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg, the afterlife and hauntings, and that Unchained Melody while they make some pottery. This iconic movie is coming to HBO so if you’ve managed to avoid seeing it, I’d recommend trying it out this month.
The Neverending Story
Nostalgia galore! Raise your hand if you still cry watching this! *raises hand*
The Secret Garden
There are several adaptations of this novel, but whichever one is coming to HBO is sure to bring on childhood nostalgia just like The Neverending Story.
Suffragette (Coming July 2)
Another movie a lot of people missed last year, it follows the struggle of the women in England trying to win a woman’s right to vote and stars Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, and many more.
Stargate, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, Stargate: Continuum
Coming to HBO are also three of the Stargate movies, so if you’re a Stargate fan, you’re in luck!
For a full list of everything coming and going beyond what I highlighted: