Hey gang! June is an inch away from being done and that means a couple things: 1) We are half way through 2015, 2) July is upon us and that means fireworks and freedom and 3) New releases are hitting Netflix for your streaming pleasure!
Coming in July, Netflix is throwing out 30 plus new shows and movies that will provide enough reason to stay out of the hot summer sun but, I have to say, I was a little shocked by the fact I didn’t know or even see a good portion of these films–and I’m a guy who watches a lot of movies. However, I’m only one man–a weak, mortal man and, as usual, I will focus on the ones I’ve seen and give you the Go/No Go on them. Ultimately, though, all these movies mean nothing because the real news of this month on Netflix is the return of Bojack Horseman on the 17th and, even more importantly, the Netflix Original Series based on the cult comedy classic; Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, will premeire on July 31st and await your (and my) binging pleasure. Can’t wait for that one!
Anyway, let’s get to the films…
Grandma’s Boy (July 1st) – I had low expectations for this 2006 stoner comedy about a video game designer who moves in with his grandma and her two friends (being a Happy Madison production didn’t really fill me with confidence either) but I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. The critics hated it and the film does suffer from a lot of weak gags, a meandering plot, and scenes that end awkwardly but it has some decent moments that I still laugh at today. You’ll either enjoy this one or hate it so I say Check It Out if you’re bored one day and decide to not re-watch the Daredevil series for the 100th time.
Saw V (July 1st) – The Saw franchise is a guilty pleasure of mine and this one is just another bit in a working formula for mildly enjoyable torture porn horror series. The story isn’t much different than the other ones and it still has some unique deaths that simultaneously make me cringe and feed the horror/scary side of my brain. It’s not as ground-breaking or as original as the first film and it may come off as repetitive since it, realistically, is not much different from the other sequels but for the horror fans and gore enthusiasts out there it’s not a bad watch. If you would describe yourself as one of those people I just mentioned, I’d say Check It Out.
Alive (July 1st) – I haven’t seen this tale about survival since the mid-90’s but the film is a fairly powerful movie depicting the real events of a plane crash in the Andes mountains. The film has a great cast and tells a dramatic story about human survival but it’s not a film that has much replay value (I haven’t watched it in almost 20 years). However, if you haven’t seen it, I’d say Check It Out.
Piglet’s Big Movie (July 1st) – You’re probably wondering why I’m bringing up the Disney animated tale about Pooh Bear’s little terrified pig friend and his first ever solo film but I’ve actually watched this one and found it kinda cute. It’s not like other animated films that can work for all ages but if you have kids and want to have a movie day in your pajamas and a big bowl of popcorn to share, this would be a great film for you and the little ones.
An Honest Liar (July 1st) – This one is a documentary on the amazing magician and enemy of psychics everywhere; James Randi. The film goes over his life as an escape artist, how his career in magic lead him to debunk the con artists who call themselves psychics, and his personal life. It’s a fascinating look at a man who’s life is interesting beyond words. This is a definite Must See.
Penguins of Madagascar (July 15th) – Unlike Piglet’s Big Movie, this animated feature about the penguins from the Madagascar films is for everyone–no matter what your age. The film has fantastic animation, great voice acting, and is just plain hysterical. The film also has some truly amazing action sequences. I definitely Recommend this one.
That’s just a taste of the movies coming to Netflix next month, so grab a pizza and a sugary beverage and hit the couch. And if the movies don’t speak to you, new seasons of shows like Hell on Wheels, Storage Wars: Texas, Glee and Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. will also be arriving. But let’s be honest, those don’t hold a candle to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Seriously, can’t wait for that one!
Okay friends, go forth and stream and I’ll see you next month to tell you all the new releases from Netflix!
The Full List
- Alive (1993)
- An Honest Liar (2014)
- Bad Hair Day (2015)
- Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (2009)
- Bulworth (1998)
- Dave Attel: Road Work (2014)
- Death in Paradise (Season 3)
- Grandma’s Boy (2006)
- Hostage (2005)
- Invizimals: The Alliance Files
- La Reina del Sur
- Octonauts (Season 3)
- Piglet’s Big Movie (2003)
- El Senor de los Cielos (Seasons 1-2)
- Saw V (2008)
- Set Fire to the Stars (2014)
- Shooting Fish (1997)
- The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
- Underworld: Evolution (2006)
- Velvet (Season 2)
- Knights of Sidonia (Season 2)
- Faults (2014)
- Hell on Wheels (Season 4)
- White Collar (Season 6)
- Monster High: Scaris, City of Frights (2013)
- Witches of East End (Season 2)
- Monsters: The Dark Continent (2014)
- Serena (2014)
- Chris Tucker Live (2015)
- Violetta (Seasons 1-2)
- Bad Ink (Season 1)
- Bible Secrets Revealed (Season 1)
- Creep (2014)
- Goodbye To All That (2014)
- Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanleys Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)
- Preachers’ Daughters (Season 2)
- Storage Wars: Texas (Season 1)
- The Killer Speaks (Season 2)
- Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)
- H20 Mermaid Adventures (five new episodes)
- Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
- The Physician (2014)
- Changeling (2008)
- BoJack Horseman (Season 2)
- The Human Experiment (2013)
- Tig (2015)
- Glee (Season 6)
- Java Heat (2013)
- Teacher of the Year (2014)
- The Guest (2014)
- Comet (2014)
- Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (Season 2)
- Get Hard (2015)
- Almost Mercy (2015)
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 5)
- The Wrecking Crew (2008)
- Turbo Fast (Season 2)
- Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)
Rev. Ron is a semi-retired stand up comedian, a wannabe Shakespearian actor in a drunken Shakespeare troupe, an amateur movie critic, a propane and propane accessories salesman, a man with serious opinions on why peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the greatest sandwiches ever invented and a full-time geek who loves all things comic book, video game, TV and movies. You can read more of his reviews and thoughts on movies on his blog at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com.