The Netflix Addict’s Guide To Streaming: July
Game of Thrones is over, and it’s summer, so you should probably just turn off your TV and go outside, right? Cue the LOLs. Sure, you’ll hit up some pool or beach parties this weekend, but what are you going to do all day Tuesday after calling in “sick” to work? Here, hundreds of hours of programming (from Netflix to HBO and beyond) to see you through your post Fourth of July hangover, which depending on how hard you hit the fireworks, might just last all month.
There's quite a bit of content leaving Netflix at the end of the month, so tonight's your last chance to watch films such as Notting Hill, Best In Show, A League of Their Own, How to Marry a Millionaire, A Clockwork Orange and Drive Me Crazy. Ahead, what's launching on the platform tomorrow.
We're assuming this 2004 film needs little introduction. It debuts tomorrow, in case you were wondering what our Friday evening plans involved.
This French-Turkish film was an Oscar nominee this year for Best Foreign Language Film, and it's definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of The Virgin Suicides. The story centers around a group of young Turkish girls who are oppressed by a patriarchy that fears their burgeoning sexuality. It comes to Netflix July 9.
Winona Ryder is back! Her new Netflix thriller Stranger Things is set in the '80s, and Winona somehow looks the same as she did back then (well, as she did in the '90s, anyway). Time calls Stranger Things "E.T. meets Twin Peaks," which we think bodes well for the series. You can binge-watch the first season starting July 15.
The Big Short
If Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale wanted to get together to remake Glitter, we'd probably watch it. (Or rather, we'd definitely watch that, but you know what we mean.) This film is therefore worth a viewing in our book even if you're not at all interested in learning more about the backstory of 2008's market crash. The Big Short was nominated for several Academy Awards and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. It premieres July 6.
We need not add to the IMDB description of this 2003 Jessica Alba–starring film, which reads: "Honey is a sexy, tough music-video choreographer who shakes up her life after her mentor gives her an ultimatum: sleep with him or be blacklisted within their industry." If you've never seen Honey, we suggest you make it a part of your plans for Tuesday, when you inevitably call in sick (read: hungover) after July 4th festivities. Honey debuts July 1.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Marilyn's performance of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" from this 1953 film is as iconic as she is. This is the film that proved Marilyn a star, and it's well worth revisiting if you haven't seen it in some time. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes debuts July 1.
Tallulah stars Ellen Page as a young homeless woman who abducts a child and then takes her to her own mother (Allison Janney), who thinks the stolen girl is her granddaughter. It was picked up by Netflix at Sundance this year and debuts on the platform July 29.
This psychological thriller unfolds at an average dinner party in the Hollywood Hills and was given mostly rave reviews. That said, The Invitation is not for the faint of heart. It debuts on Netflix July 8, and we suggest you tune in at your own risk.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Sometimes, you just want to lie in bed and have a good cry. If, for whatever reason, this is the type of experience you're looking for this weekend, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is the film for you. It centers around 9/11, so you know it's going to be a tearjerker. This film debuts on Netflix July 1.
In 1988, when this film was released, its portrayal of one woman's success in the working world was somewhat revolutionary. If you weren't yet born in the '80s, it's worth revisiting Working Girl just to see how far we've come since then, while also noting that some things have yet to change all that much. Working Girl comes to Netflix July 1.
Straight Outta Compton
It's hard to deny that this film was robbed during this year's awards season, despite some problematic representations of women (read: a lack of exploration of the way women were treated by the members of NWA). It debuts on HBO July 16.
Having a female presidential candidate is a huge deal when you consider the fact that fewer than 100 years ago, women weren't even allowed to vote in this country. Suffragette stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep as early organizers of the British suffrage movement, which was unfolding around the same time as America's. It debuts on HBO July 2.
The NeverEnding Story
In the interest of full disclosure, we haven't actually re-watched The NeverEnding Story since childhood, and we have a feeling it may not entirely hold up to our remembrances. So, binge on this one at your own risk. It comes to HBO July 1.
The comedy of Danny McBride tends to be divisive—you either love him or you don't. If you liked Eastbound and Down, however, chances are you'll enjoy Vice Principals, a new original series that premieres July 17.
This 2004 film, which offers a creative reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story and stars Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp, is pure magic. It debuts on Hulu July 1.
This 1983 film is one of the best lazy Sunday watches of all time. It hits Hulu July 1.
East Los High
Hear us out on this one—we actually love this soapy show, which centers around a group of teens living in East Los Angeles. If you like drama and dance, both of which feature prominently here, you'll love East Los High. Season four premieres on Hulu July 15.
1981's Mommie Dearest is an iconic film that depicts the real-life abusive relationship actress Joan Crawford had with her adopted daughter. It debuts on Hulu July 1.
The Other Woman
This film didn't exactly get rave reviews, and we can't help but agree that there should be better stories out there for a group of such talented comedic actresses to partake in. That said, The Other Woman is the kind of film you might want to watch on a Friday night as you wind down from a long week and just want the beautiful face of Cameron Diaz to see you off to sleep. It debuts on Hulu July 1.
If you like horror and have never seen this iconic Roman Polanski film, now's your chance. Rosemary's Baby comes to Hulu July 1.
This film—written, directed and starring Lena Dunham—is basically just a prequel to Girls, so you know what you're in for if you sign on to stream it. It premieres on Hulu July 1.
Trainspotting follows a group of heroin addicts in '80s-era Edinburgh and has consistently ranked as one of the best films of all time. It debuts on Hulu July 1.
As I Am
Rolling Stone called this 2015 film about the late DJ AM a "must-see." It debuts on Hulu July 8.
Kill Bill 1 & 2
Kill Bill volumes 1 and 2 come to Amazon Prime July 1, in case any of you happen to be going through a bad breakup at present.
More Uma can be enjoyed via Pulp Fiction, which also comes to Amazon Prime July 1.
Reservoir Dogs is another must-see Tarantino film and, like most of his other movies, it has acquired quite the cult following since its 1992 release. It comes to Amazon Prime July 1.
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is one of the most influential and iconic horror films ever made. It comes to Amazon Prime July 1.
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
This independent horror film launched Amber Heard's career back in 2006. It centers around what happens when a group of popular high-schoolers invite a beautiful outsider to spend the weekend with them in a secluded spot. It debuts on Amazon Prime July 3.