Netflix is looking to help you fight June gloom with a handful of modern masterpieces, a few Disney blockbusters, a couple Asian actioners and a whole hell of a lot of original content.
This month, Netflix serves up Young Frankenstein, Full Metal Jacket, The Sixth Sense and Zodiac for cinephile, but if it’s action and thrills that you crave, look to Tunnel, Three and Headshot.
From Disney, we get Moana while Netflix gifts us with a new season of Orange is the New Black and the new comedy series GLOW, based on the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.
We also get Catwoman. Oy.
The 100 (Season 4)
Gritty sci-fier about life about nuclear war, but with beautiful people.
1 Night (2016)
Two couples find themselves and their relationships tested over the course of a single night in a fancy hotel.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
A 13-year-old wakes up to become a 30-year-old Jennifer Garner who is beautiful, successful, yet seems to pay for sex for some reason.
Amor.com (Love.com) (2017)
So, every site I found on this was in Spanish. Here is what I got when I put it through Google Translate, which is better than anything I could have written:
“Katrina is a fashion blogger who dictates trends in the Brazilian market through her popular videos on the internet. Fernando, meanwhile, is a vlogueiro of a videogames channel that still is not very famous, but that already is making certain success. When the two meet in a complicated situation, they end up falling in love and their romance becomes feverish…”
The Ant Bully (2006)
Ants with celebrity voices have the technology to shrink humans down to bug-size pests.
Arrow (Season 5)
Based on the DC Comic on the once-forgotten green-clad superhero, CW is able to get right what Warner Bros. keeps flubbing up.
The Bucket List (2007)
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are dying men looking to fill the rest of their short lives with once-in-a-lifetime experiences in this Rob Reiner pic that hits you over the head with it’s “meaningful insight.”
Docu on the new wave of the burlesque movement.
Sandra Oh and Anne Heche star as former college frenemies who decide to work out their past issues using their fists while attending a gala event.
This is the film equivalent to a dumpster fire. Give it another 10 years or so to reach humorous, cult status…or not.
Chingo Bling: They Can’t Deport Us All (Netflix Original Special)
“On point and larger than life, rapper and stand-up comic Chingo Bling gathers his funniest friends for a rambunctious take on Tex-Mex culture.”
Days of Grace (2011)
“A cop. A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three Soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive.” – Official site
Devil’s Bride (2016)
Finnish drama about the Åland witch hunts, as seen from the point of view of a 16-year-old girl.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Stanley Kubrick’s epic about the brutality of war, both preparing for the war mentality and for the fighting on the field.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jim Carrey stars in the this Ron Howard adaptation that sucks the joy out of the original Dr. Suess story.
Intersection (Season 2; Netflix Series)
“Two wealthy businessmen with car obsessions cross paths with an idealist pediatrician. Love enters the equation, and their lives change for good.”
“Robert Kardashian, father of the clan that became a multi-million dollar showbiz dynasty, was also the man who saved OJ Simpson from a murder conviction.” – Reelz official site
Little Boxes (2016)
“It’s the summer before 6th grade, and Clark is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act ‘more black,’ he fumbles to meet expectations as rifts are exposed in his tight-knit family, his parents also striving to adjust.” – Official site
Mutant Busters (Season 2)
“The Earth has become a giant ass which has been invaded by the Mutants! A hustler named Sheriff must lead The Resistance to save the planet.” We are closer to the reality that Idiocracy has predicted than we thought if we believe our children need this in their lives.
My Left Foot (1989)
Daniel Day-Lewis amazing turn as artist Christy Brown, a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy born into a working-class Irish family who learns to communicate and express his art using only his foot.
Off Camera with Sam Jones (Season 3)
“Off Camera is hosted by director/photographer Sam Jones, who created the show out of his passion for the long form conversational interview, and as a way to share his conversations with a myriad of artists, actors, musicians, directors, skateboarders, photographers, and writers that pique his interest.” – From a very, very pretentious official site
Playing It Cool (2014)
Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie made this while waiting to film scenes for Civil War. Probably not true, but it would explain a lot.
The Queen (2006)
Helen Mirren won all the awards that year for her turn as Queen Elizabeth during the period following the death of Lady Di. A must see.
Matt Damon is a gambler attempting to start anew but get thrown back into the mix of underground games with his old buddy (Ed Norton) gets out of prison.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Prior to Split, this was pretty much the reason why moviegoers still had any faith in M. Night Shyamalan. The mother of all twist movies.
Like Westworld, but not as fun and with Bruce Willis. A grumpy Bruce Willis.
West Coast Customs (Season 3)
Car enthusiasts practically have sex with hardtops as they commit crimes against nature to these muscle cars.
“Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art’s hottest trends.” – Official site
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Perhaps the best comedy ever made, Mel Brooks’ masterpiece that elevated the genre of horror comedies while giving Gene Wilder one of his most iconic roles.
David Fincher’s period piece about a group of individuals obsessed with capturing the Zodiac Killer. When people speak of Oscar should-ofs and could-ofs, this is one of the most obvious examples. Perfect example of filmmaking at its best.
Comedy Bang! Bang! (Season 5, Part 2)
“Based on Scott Aukerman’s (co-creator/director/producer, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis; writer/performer, Mr. Show) popular podcast of the same name, Comedy Bang! Bang! cleverly riffs on the well-known format of the late night talk show, infusing celebrity appearances and comedy sketches with a tinge of the surreal.” – Official site
Flaked (Season 2; Netflix Original Series)
“In his funky California beach enclave, Chip’s the go-to guy for personal insights. But he isn’t quite as enlightened when it comes to his own baggage.”
Inspector Gadget (Season 3; Netflix Original Series)
“Inspector Gadget is back and must face his old enemy, the evil Dr. Claw, who has reactivated MAD, his global crime syndicate.”
Lucid Dream (Netflix Original Film)
“After searching for his abducted son for three years, a devastated father attempts to track down his missing child through lucid dreams.”
Blue Gold: American Jeans (2017)
“A symbol of youth, freedom, and rebellion, blue jeans leads us through fashion history, music, and subculture dreams, to the lost tradition of American manufacturing, exploring the responsibility of Americana in a globalized world of cultural exchange, transparency, and innovation. “ – Official site
Indonesian martial arts pic about a man with amnesia whose past slowly begins to catch up with him.
Hong Kong actioner about a thug who purposely hospitalized himself to give his crew a chance to rescue him from police. But the authorities grow wise to his plan.
South Korean dramatic thriller about a commuter must find a way to survive after he is trapped in his car was a tunnel collapses.
War on Everyone (2016)
Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña star as crooked copy who might have met their match in their mean-natured buddy cop movie.
TURN: Washington’s Spies (Season 3)
“TURN: Washington’s Spies takes viewers into the stirring and treacherous world of the Revolutionary War and introduces Abraham Woodhull who, after aligning with a group of childhood friends, forms the Culper Ring — America’s first spy ring.” – AMC’s official site
Suite Française (2014)
A British-French-Belgian World War II drama about an isolated French woman who falls for a German soldier.
Disturbing the Peace (2016)
“…About people born into conflict, sworn to be enemies, who challenged their fate. The film follows everyday people who took extraordinary actions by standing for what they believe in, just like those who came before them…” – Official site
DreamWorks’ Trolls (2016)
Everything old is new again as the mild fad from 40 and 20 years ago returns to reign supreme at the box office thanks to the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick.
My Only Love Song (Season 1; Netflix Original Series)
“When things don’t go her way during a shooting for her new show, a top actress runs away in an old van that guides her on a time-traveling journey.”
Orange Is The New Black (Season 5; Netflix Original Series)
“A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her in this Emmy-winning series from the creator of Weeds. Life after riots for the ladies in orange jumpsuits.
Shimmer Lake (Netflix Original Film)
“Unfolding in reverse time, this darkly comic crime thriller follows a local sheriff hunting three bank robbery suspects, one of whom is his brother.”
Black Snow (aka Nieve Negra) (2017)
It’s brother vs. brother in the snowy wasteland of Patagonia when a man and his wife travel to meet his estranged sibling after years of bad blood.
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
“At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.”
A recovering alcoholic with a tragic past gets drawn into the mysteries of her apartment complex, which itself holds its own set of horrors.
Sword Master (2016)
“In this beautifully shot wuxia epic, a powerful swordsman is haunted by the destructive impact his deadly talents have on others. Weary of the bloodshed and violence from the martial arts world, he banishes himself to the humble life a vagrant, wandering the fringes of society. But his violent past refuses to let him go quietly.”
Oh, Hello On Broadway (Netflix Original Movie)
“Two delusional geriatrics reveal curious pasts, share a love of tuna and welcome a surprise guest in this filming of the popular Broadway comedy show.”
Quantico (Season 2)
“After the rollercoaster events of season one, in which she cleared her name, saved millions of lives, and discovered that the mastermind behind it all was the very man who had trained her at Quantico, American hero Alex Parrish was given a shocking reward: She was fired by the FBI.” – ABC’s official site
Marco Luque: Tamo Junto (Netflix Original Special)
“Comedian and “CQC” host Marco Luque presents his long-running stand-up show, which he’s performed for hundreds of thousands of fans in Brazil.”
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4)
“On the heels of their encounter with Ghost Rider and battling the Watchdogs to their highest ranks, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. find themselves in their most mind-bending mission yet.” – Official site
Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2015)
“Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision.” – Official site
Aquarius (Season 2)
Canceled series with David Duchovny about a cop in LA in the ‘60s. An interesting premise that could have developed if the NBC gave it room to grow.
Counterpunch (Netflix Original Documentary)
“This feature documentary follows three promising amateur boxers as they pursue success in a sport that has experienced a steady decline in popularity.”
El Chapo (Season 1; Univision/Netflix Original Series)
“The fictional series ‘El Chapo’ presents the dirty tricks used by one of the most infamous criminals in recent history to become a drug lord. ‘El Chapo’ explores in three decades of his life, since 1985, when he was a low-level member of the Guadalajara cartel, his rise to power and his last fall.” – Official site
The Ranch (Season 3; Netflix Original Series)
“Being a pro athlete didn’t pan out for Colt. Now he’s helping his dad and brother keep the ranch afloat, and figuring out how he fits into the family.”
World of Winx (Season 2; Netflix Original Series)
“The reality show “WOW!” engages the Winx in their mission, starting an undercover, worldly journey in order to make talented kids’ dreams come true.”
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 13)
“The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital deal with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis-it’s in one another that they find comfort, friendship and, at times, more than friendship.” – Official site
Continuing to fly under the radar for yet another season…
Scandal (Season 6)
“Everyone has secrets… and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. “ – ABC’s official site
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
Film based on the 1971 Stanford experiment that pitted students against each other in the roles of guards and prisoners, proving once again that people are the worse.
Amar Akbar & Tony (2015)
A multi-cultural romantic comedy about three childhood friends forced to grow up.
Disney’s Moana (2016)
The Mouse House’s Oscar-winning toon about the Pacific Island princess who must brave the seas to help her people. Catch tunes and The Rock helped make this a blockbuster.
Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time (Netflix Original Special)
“Rory Scovel performs stand-up in Atlanta, where he shares his deepest thoughts about relationships, religion, politics and the “Thong Song.”
American Anarchist (2016)
Docu about one of the most infamous books ever written, The Anarchist Cookbook.
Free Rein (Season 1; Netflix Original Series)
“After befriending a mysterious horse during a summer in the English countryside, 15-year-old Zoe finds the strength to deal with issues she faces.”
GLOW (Season 1; Netflix Original Series)
“Big hair. Body slams. It’s 1980s Los Angeles in this comedy series, and an unemployed actress keeps her dream alive by portraying a female wrestler.”
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (Netflix Original Film)
“Hulk Hogan’s court case against Gawker Media turns into an examination of how the wealthy can thwart freedom of the press to silence their critics.”
You Get Me (Netflix Original Film)
“After a one-night stand, Holly develops a dangerous obsession with Tyler and transfers to his high school, desperate to keep their “romance” alive.”
No Escape (2015)
Owen Wilson stars as a family man in Southeast Asia who finds himself and his clan caught in the middle of a coup with no way to get home.
Chris D’Elia: Man on Fire (Netflix Original Special)
“Comic Chris D’Elia hits the stage in Vancouver and shares personal stories about marriage, not having kids, buying pants for your friends and more.”
Okja (Netflix Original Film)
A gentle giant and the girl who raised her are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics
Chef & My Fridge: Collection (2014; Netflix Series)
“The best chefs of Korea go head-to-head to create impromptu dishes that feature ingredients found inside the guest stars’ very own refrigerators.”
Gypsy (Season 1; Netflix Original Series)
“A thrilling new series follows Jean Holloway, a therapist who develops dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.”
It’s Only the End of the World (2016)
French pic about a writer who returns home after 12 years to his fractured family with a little bit of news. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes.
Little Witch Academia (Season 1; Netflix Original Series)
“Akko enrolls at the Luna Nova Academy for witches. She’s not the best student, but her bright attitude is the key to her and her friends’ success.”
The Weekend (2016)
Three friend find $100k. Hijinks ensue.