New month, new Netflix. In August the streaming site has a bunch of goodies lined up, from French lesbian dramas to blood-splattered neo-westerns to Donald Trump parodies. Yup, that’s the full spectrum. If you’re a sci-fi fan there’s a classic Star Trek movie just as Beyond hits theaters, while those in need of a series to binge need look no further than Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down.
Check out the best movies and new releases hitting Netflix in August below.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Al Gore very nearly became POTUS back in 2000, before a recount awarded the presidency to George Bush instead. In the years since he used his profile to raise awareness of the fact that global warming is increasing at an alarming rate.
Ten years since its release, at a time when some major world powers still refuse to take the threat of climate change seriously, the Oscar-award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth remains horribly relevant. This is a fascinating, in-depth look at Gore’s heroic efforts to move global warming up the political agenda before it’s too late. Simply put, it’s perhaps the most important movie of the 21st century.
An Inconvenient Truth gets honest on Netflix from August 1.
Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal (2016)
If you enjoy laughing at Presidential candidate and certified fool Donald Trump, this 50-minute movie based on Trump’s infamous ghost-written book The Art of the Deal is the perfect tonic to the horrifying possibility that the big man might actually become the next US President.
Johnny Depp undergoes a truly epic transformation in what may be his best role in years. You will cry laughing — and when November 8 comes around, you might actually just cry, period.
The Art of the Deal will tickle your funny bone from August 1.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2001, 2006)
The first and third installments in the Fast And The Furious franchise may not be the best movies the series has to offer (the emotional Furious 7 takes those honors), but both of these movies still pack enough breathless action to justify traveling back in time with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the gang. The first has the better cast, though, with most of your favorite faces conspicously absent from the Justin Lin-directed Tokyo Drift.
Both Fast & Furious movies rev up on Netflix from August 1.
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
What a time to be a Trekkie. With all 727 episodes of the various Star Trek TV series and every movie in the franchise set to hit Netflix before the new, , there’s never been a better moment to dive head-first in the intergalactic world of Trek.
Nemesis is certainly not the greatest Star Trek adventure. In fact, it almost killed the movie franchise completely before J.J. Abrams rescued it with his flashy, lens flare-heavy reboot — but the key attraction here is Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Commander Worf and the rest of the Enterprise crew from The Next Generation reprising their roles for one final adventure. Star Trek has never had a stronger cast, and only a fool would say no to Patrick Stewart.
Star Trek: Nemesis cruises through the Netflix galaxy from August 1.
No Country For Old Men (2007)
Often described as the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece (which seems a little reductive considering they’ve made at least three movies which would qualify as that), No Country For Old Men is the story of a Sheriff, a rogue hitman and a Vietnam vet on the mother of all collision courses.
Think of it as a darker, bloodier Fargo with less snow and more despair and you’re sort of on the right track. Javier Bardem is deliciously blank-eyed as the aforementioned hitman, an individual long since deserted by any trace of morality or soul. If you’ve got nails, prepare to bite ’em, because this is one tense thriller.
The Get Down (Season 1A)
Baz Luhrmann, the Aussie director and visual genius who gave the world Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby, makes his first foray into television with the Netflix original series The Get Down.
The story of the birth of disco and hip-hop in poverty-stricken but culturally-rich 1970s New York promises to deliver soul and groove in spades, putting a magnifying glass on the Bronx kids whose energy and talent created a movement unlike any other in history. The cast is comprised mostly of unknowns, but Shameik Moore of last year’s breakout hit Dope and Jaden Smith both play thrill-seeking kids with serious ambition to make it. The first season is split into two parts, the first arriving in August.
The Get Down Season 1, Part 1 boogies onto Netflix from August 12.
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
A French-language coming-of-age story with a three-hour runtime might not be top of your list, but it should be. Blue Is The Warmest Color is all about the sexual awakening of Adele, and not surprisingly it was dogged by controversy — but it still won the Palme d’Or, the highest honor at Cannes.
Rising French actress Léa Seydoux (Skyfall, The Grand Budapest Hotel) plays Emma, an art student who drifts in and out of Adele’s life between high school and adulthood. It’s touching, it’s emotional and not exactly short on sex. Clear your evening and prepare to get lost in a modern masterpiece.
Blue Is The Warmest Color arrives on August 26.
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