It's gonna be a good month on Netflix. July must have knocked some sense into the streaming service because the paltry new selections that lowlighted the Winter months seem to be gone. Summer is here and with it a bigger selection of flicks, new and old to lose yourself in. Netflix brought all the Back to the Futures, Beverly Hills Cops, and Lethal Weapons this month, which is nice, but there are some other films I think you should check out first.
[The following selections are taken from the American Netflix menu. Apologies if any aren't available in your area.]
The Big Short (2015)
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Hamish Linklater, Max Greenfield, Finn Wittrock, Rafe Spall, Melissa Leo
One of the best films of last year, The Big Short is new to Netflix this week. Based on Michael Lewis' bestseller and set in the years before the 2008 financial crisis, the movie tells the story of the guys who saw it coming and shorted the market while making millions in the process. It will enrage you. It will shock you. And it will make you laugh thanks to an amazing cast with stars around every corner.
James White (2015)
Starring: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Ron Livingston,
Makenzie Leigh, David Call
Writer/director Josh Mond's film is a personal journey detailing the struggle one young man must endure when he's still trying to find himself. With his estranged father recently deceased and his mother (Nixon) stricken with cancer, James White (Abbott) looks to his friends, sex, and the bottle for solace. Filled with rage and a palpable combustible energy, James is as vulnerable as anyone could be. Mond's intimate shooting style brings you right into James' New York City world and Abbott's intense lead performance is the stuff future stars are made of.
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Bobby Cannavale
I can't say it's an Oscar winner, but there are plenty of laughs in The Fundamentals of Caring thanks to Rudd and Roberts to make it a worthwhile watch. The film starts off very well, with Rudd as an unemployed teacher who takes a job as a caregiver to a terminal teen with a wicked sense of humor named Trevor (Roberts). The kid barely leaves the house so it's road trip time where the boys become a "taxi for America" and pick up a beautiful hitchhiker (Gomez) and a pregnant woman en route to the Biggest Pit in the World.
Working Girl (1988)
Starring: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Nora Dunn, Oliver Platt, Olympia Dukakis
Mike Nichols' romantic comedy was one of the best surprises of the late '80s. Griffith plays Tess, a secretary at a Wall Street bank who seizes an opportunity when her boss (Weaver) breaks her leg skiing and must work at home. Lying her way through meetings, she proposes her own ideas and everything is marvelous. For a while...
Starring: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan, Maura Tierney
Christopher Nolan's remake of the 1997 Norwegien thriller has a lot to like. It takes place in Alaska where the sun never sets. Ex-hotshot LA cop Will Dormer (Pacino), under an internal affairs investigation, is sent north to help out the locals with a murder investigation. A young girl is dead and Dormer has a knack for catching killers. But, once he's up there he makes a crucial mistake that costs him his conscience and, combined with no sleep, makes every minute a surreal experience. Dormer finds the killer (Williams), but he knows Will's secret and the cat and mouse game ensues.