Considering this is a pretty eventful year for movies and shows in general, August is about to begin a slower month or two of releases. Besides Suicide Squad next weekend, there’s not much out in theatres, and sadly there’s also not as much new streaming this month as usual. What is coming is great, though, so let’s get to it.
I absolutely love Sleepy Hollow, but that could be because it has a few things I also absolutely love: Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken, and music by Danny Elfman. Worth checking out if you love even just one of those things.
I randomly caught this late one night, and even though I’m super iffy on Gwyneth Paltrow, it had John Hannah (of bumbling-younger-brother Jonathan in The Mummy fame) and so I watched it all. For a romantic dramedy, it’s actually a unique and interesting concept.
Star Trek: Nemesis
The good: Star Trek, Patrick Stewart. The bad: A meh story-line that pulls a Serenity with some much beloved characters.
Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
Ok, all I have to say about this is: Johnny Depp dressed in orange face playing The Drumpf. You’re welcome.
The Little Prince (August 5)
The first ever animated version of the amazing and beloved French story, and I must say from the trailer it looks pretty amazing. If anything, it’s one of my favorite stories and thus I will definitely check it out. It also has a great voice cast to go with wonderful looking animation.
The Get Down (August 12th, first part)
Watch the trailer, because this Baz Luhrmann-created Netflix original looks fantastic.
The Road (August 25)
Based on a bestselling novel and starring Viggo Mortenson, this eerie post-apocalyptic film follows a man and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee, who we all just saw as Kurt Wagner in X-Men Apocalypse) as they try to survive in the wastelands and make their way to the sea.
Once Upon a Time: Season 5 (August 26)
I only managed to keep up with the first half of the latest season of Once, and I’m really eager to catch up before the new season starts in September because they’re bringing Aladdin into the Storybrooke family, and I love Aladdin an embarrassing amount.
Some Notables Leaving Netflix in August:
Addams Family Values
Inside Lleweyn Davis
A Coen Brothers’ movie that had a lot of critical acclaim, if you missed this when it came out (like me) catch it to see what all the praise is about!
The Matrix is coming to Amazon! Always worth a watch, now you can see them on streaming if you don’t own them. And if you’re like me, you really watch these so you can catch the Rob Dougan in the soundtrack and admire genius and awesomeness.
I’m not one for horror, but this movie so wonderfully captures suspense and internal anguish that I love it. If you scare easily, watch this one with the lights on during the day, but definitely watch it.
Ok, I love this movie but… I’ve only seen it once. It’s one of those movies that is so amazing it stays with you without multiple views. It’s so incredibly tough to watch, and yet worth it because of how it captures one of the worst times in our recent history.
A classic 80’s teen romance, starring John Cusack and directed by Cameron Crowe. Perfect with popcorn after a long day, when you really just need assurance that life can work out.
Another classic worth seeing at least once, if anything else for the iconic scenes that are referenced frequently in other media and the performance of Al Pacino.
Scent of a Woman
Another classic Al Pacino film, this one is more heartwarming than Scarface, and features a famous and iconic tango scene with Gabrielle Anwar of Burn Notice fame.
The Night Of
I apparently missed the fact that this has already been on, but this intriguing crime drama will be airing its finale on August 28, so there’s time to catch up before then.
Notables Leaving HBO (Aug 31):
Alpha Dog – a suspense with the late, great Anton Yelchin (*cries*)
If you’d like a full list of everything coming to Netflix, click here.