August has begun which means, at minimum, two things: The summer is very close to peaking and Netflix has added new movies to their streaming service.
I wanted to get this up ASAP so there is currently no Why You Should Watch It for each movie. These may or may not be added throughout the next week. EDIT: I will be adding them but they will be short and sweet.
Director: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael hall, Ally Sheedy
Genre: Comedy, High School, Drama
Why You Should Watch It: An 80's John Hughes movie, if you haven't seen it already, just watch it. If you have seen it, you understand why. A high school classic.
Director: Tony Scott
Writer: Robert Towne, Tom Cruise
Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Why You Should Watch It: T. Cruise pre-crazy. Wait, was there actually a pre-crazy Tom Cruise? Maybe not. Either way, it's a quality drama. I believe it was the first time I heard "fuck" in a movie.
Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton
Genre: Drama, Romance, The High Seas
Why You Should Watch It: "Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls." It may be a a little heavy on the romance side, but damn if I don't enjoy this Cameron masterpiece.
Director: David Fincher
Writer: James Vanderbilt, Robert Graysmith
Starring: Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Why You Should Watch It: Have not yet watch but a movie directed by David Fincher is bound to have some redeemable qualities.
Here are a few more new Netflix Instant Streaming gems that were added in July 2013.
Did you see the first New on Netflix Instant Streaming: July 2013?
Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
Writer: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Seth Green
Genre: Comedy, High School, Romance
Why You Should Watch It: I'm not entirely sure how old I was when I first saw this movie but it was somewhere between 12 and 15. Closer to 12 would make more sense but it actually doesn't matter. Can't Hardly Wait paved way for all of the great High School Comedies we know today, like American Pie and American Pie 2. Those were the only two, though.
Seriously though, it's a decent PG-13 High School movie that will give you a few laughs. If you're a younger teen, you'll for sure enjoy it and if you're any older you'll see why you would have liked it at that age too. Watch if you're looking for a light-hearted, easy to go down, fun flick.
Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Writer: Robert D. San Souci, Rita Hsiao
Starring: Miguel Ferrer, Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, Freda Foh Shen, June Foray, James Hong
Genre: Adventure, Cartoon, Disney, Family
Why You Should Watch It: I WAS A DEPRIVED CHILD AND NEVER SAW THIS DISNEY MASTERPIECE AS A CHILD. There, I said it and in all CAPS too. I will be watching it sooner or later and will update then. Or if you'd like to add your thoughts on why people should watch Mulan, let me know! Twitter or email at 20SomethingAwesome gmail com.
Director: Susan Saladoff
Starring: Joan Claybrook, Oliver Diaz, Joanne Doroshow
Genre: Documentary, McDonald's, Court Case
Why You Should Watch It: I have wanted to watch this since I saw it was on Netflix Instant. My thoughts coming soon...
Luckily for me, "soon" is a relative term.
July is upon us and this means barbeques are happening, people are losing arms in fireworks accidents and it's too damn hot to be outside. Sit down in front of your favorite Netflix Instant playing device and watch some of these new Streaming options from July 2013.
Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Why You Should Watch It: It could be argued that The Truman Show is Jim Carrey's finest movie. I'm not sure I'd agree, but I'd appreciate the thought. It's certainly up there. The Truman Show is about the nicest man ever, who happens to have his life watched by all. It's is not a whacky comedy like Ace Venture or Liar Liar, but a touching film about Truman who is slowly figuring out why, who and where he is. If you haven't seen it before, it's a much watch.
Creator: Elizabeth Meriwether
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris
Genre: Comedy, Sitcom, Cute
Episodes: 24 (1 Season)
Why You Should Watch It: I have only watched 2 or 3 episodes of this show and couldn't get into it. If you really enjoy it and would like to write a few sentences about why people should watch it, hit me up via email (20SomethingAwesome gmail com) or Twitter (@20SomeAwesome).
Creator: Ken Burns
Genre: American History, TV Mini-series, PBS, Documentary
Why You Should Watch It: After only catching an hour of this 4 hour mini-series on PBS, I was glad to see end up on Netflix Instant Streaming. If you're an American child you most likely touched on the Dust Bowl multiple times between middle school and high school but this goes into detail on what the daily life for people living in Middle America was really like during this time. With first hand accounts from many people who were only children during the Bowl and diary passages from farmers, it's quite interesting. Ken Burns does it again!
Director: Duane Journey
Writer: David Tillman
Starring: Lara Flynn Boyle, Molly C. Quinn, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Welch
Genre: Horror, Action, Comedy
Review: Stoner Horror has been around for a long time, maybe. I'm guessing it has because it feels like it's been around forever; like they were around during the days of opaque projectors. Despite being a fan of horror films I've never watched this particular sect of the genre, and I'm glad this was the first.
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked stands out with its comically bad performances and unevenness, but these are not bad things. Things like its credit music, absurd camera angles, and the fact it's made by Tribeca Films, aka American Express Studios only make the 86 minute run time all the better.
None of the characters, despite perhaps Octavio's (hereby known as Thug #2) transformation into a sheepish man-child, are likable in any capacity. The titular characters are both self-involved losers who dress like idiots. Lara Flynn Boyle (hereby known as The Witch) turns in a performance so brain-meltingly awful your pants will likely shit themselves before you have the chance.
BUT IT GETS BETTER FUCK!!! The murders perpetrated by The Witch are and will be unique and refreshing to even the light horror fan. Most all of the creativity used was in the way characters die which pays off for a film that lives or dies by its irreverence. This one is a stand-out sleeper film as long as you can take your movies with whimsy. I would absolutely recommend H&GGB.
Favorite line: "Maybe if I whistle you can follow the sound?" - Thug #2, spoken like a lamb mewing to his mother.
Favorite moment: Lara Flynn Boyle getting slapped in the face.
Rogue observation: Reynaldo Gallegos kills it as Carlos.
Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon, Zak Penn
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evens, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Cobie Smulders, Chris Hemsworth
Genre: Action, Adventure, Superhero, Marvel
Why You Should Watch It: The Avengers brings together Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America to take on the alien brother of Thor, Loki. It is the perfect mix of action, laughs and great plot line. It's no wonder it has broken many Box Office records and made over 1.5 BILLION dollars world-wide. I couldn't even fit all of the stars of the movie into the area above, but believe me, even if you live under a rock, there will be an actor you recognize and love in this movie. Maybe even two.
Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn
Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Indie, Superhero
Why You Should Watch It: When an asshole Kevin Bacon "steals" a weak man's wife, he finally takes life into his own hands. He becomes a "superhero" who takes out people ranging from drug dealers to line cutters. When he gets to deep in with the KB chacter who is a high level drug dealer type person he teams up with a young girl (Ellen Page). It's as weird, odd, and awkward as you would imagine a depressing indie superhero movie would be. If "superhero indie", "Rainn Wilson", "Ellen Page" do anything for you, you'll like this interesting, sometimes shockingly violent flick.
Director: Rob Delaney?
Writer: Rob Delaney
Starring: Rob Delaney
Genre: Stand Up Special
NR, Most likely heavy language.
Why You Should Watch It:
Any cool kid can quote at least one Rob Delaney tweet. It's easy. Sadly, not all the cool kids are familiar with his stand-up. With that said, Netflix recently released Mr. Delaney's self-promoted comedy special, Live at the Bowery Ballroom, and I was there to analyze it in 140 characters (or less).
- Coolest cover for a comedy special, ever.
- It's the same bawdy, offensive guy you'll find on Twitter but with more shame.
- Material feels one-dimensional, using the same few jumping-off points about aging and familial relations throughout.
- The tangential material had me laughing a lot harder than the prepared material did.
- He seems to be still working himself out on stage as his timing suffers at some points.
- Delaney is great with a crowd.
'Live at the Bowery Ballroom' is great to watch alone with scotch and unresolved issues or a significant other you're no longer in love with. It's not REALLY funny, but it's worth the watch if you've ever tried to tweet a joke to your friends.
This has been written by Phaethon Holder.
Director: Jesse Dylan
Writer: Adam Herz
Starring: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas, January Jones, Eugene Levy
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Why You Should Watch It: It would be silly to say this movie comes close to being as good as the first American Pie but it is the last American Pie movie made that is worth watching. (Note: I never saw Reunion.) The genius of these movies is they released the movies to correspond when the the target demo would be at these parts in their life. Part 2: Being home for the summer during college. Wedding: Being the first of your friends to get married. And, I assume Reunion came out about 10 years after the first...who has time for quick research? Anyway, American Wedding follows the wedding of the main character, played by Jason Biggs (aka. the pie fucker) and his nerdy flute masturbating red head girlfriend. Things go wrong, predictably and humorously and the characters are their same old selves. Worth a watch if you liked the others, or if you 22-33 and like Hollywood interpretations of weddings.
Director: Duncan Skiles
Writer: Reggie Watts, Tommy Smith
Starring: Reggie Watts, Other people.
Genre: Comedy, TV Movie? Stand Up Special?
Why You Should Watch It: I really enjoyed this hour long stand-up special from Reggie Watts. You should watch this if...
- You like alternative comedy
- You watch [Adult Swim]
- You like people you are creative and talented when it comes to beats and music
- You like the comedy makings of Tim and Eric
- YOU LIKE TO LAUGH
Creator: Allan Cubitt
Starring: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Niamh McGrady
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Episodes: 5 Episodes (1 Seasons)
Why You Should Watch It: I'm currently watching this, so here are some thoughts not so well thought out. Only 5 episodes, at about an hour a piece; not a huge time suck. Very slow beginning that doesn't make sense but the plot lines converge and we find out who the creepy ass killer is in the first episode. Takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Characters have some sweet accents, which is nice. It's basically an Law and Order: SVU episode if it was drawn out for 5 hours, had no Ice T, and took place in Belfast. Basically, it's better in almost every way possible. If you like cop drama, thrillers you'll enjoy this. Watch it already!
I ended up finishing this in one night, my life is riveting, so that most say something positive about the show. I feel they could have grown some of the characters better and been deeper meaning in their actions. There is one point where Gillian Anderson (left, the cop) is talking over the motives and type of person the killer is while they show him in montage, it's a little over the top but over all the show was well done.
Director: Rob Minkoff
Writer: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Tim Blake Nelson, Mekhi Phifer, Matt Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Why You Should Watch It: Watching this tonight or tomorrow or whenever I watch it. Will provide useful comments then. Until then I'm guessing it's a semi-romance/comedy/crime movie that is playful and fun while having limited amounts of thriller-ness and action. It most likely ends on a slew of twists and turns.
Update: I watched Flypaper. The romance was minimal, but I was right on with the comedy and crime parts. It tries to be cute and funny, but it is neither. I wouldn't even recommend watching it, so please ignore the fact that this section is titled, "Why You Should Watch It".