It’s that time again, folks! June has had enough of our crap and told us to get out but July is ready to take us in! Sure, it’s summer and the Fourth of July weekend kicks off the month and gives us a nice 3 day weekend for us to check out the fireworks, do some grilling, catch up with good friends and hit the beach but when all that horrible nonsense is done what do you really want to do in order to wind down after all those wonderful outdoor activities? You want to kick back on the couch with the air conditioning set to Climate Change Blasting and stream some movies on Netflix!
In Netflix Original TV series news, the cult hit BoJack Horseman will be returning on July 22nd for its third season but I’m here to talk movies… and buckle up because there’s a lot this month!
Let’s get started!
Back to the Future (July 1st) – The first of many franchises coming to Netflix this month and this one is a classic without a doubt. We all know BttF and we all love it! The film is fun, creative and holds up to this day. Even if you’ve seen it a dozen times, it’s still a MUST SEE!
Back to the Future Part II (July 1st) – I was enthralled with this one when it came out in 1989 because the future looked so bright and cool. There was hover boards and ovens that instantly made pizza, it had everything I wanted (I don’t want much, it seems). Sequels are always hard but the filmmakers really nailed the continuing adventures of Doc and Marty. Like the first one, this is a MUST SEE!
Back to the Future Part III (July 1st) – This film kinda blew my mind when it came out because filming sequels back-to-back was unheard of at the time and seeing the second film give a trailer for the next one while still at the theater was wild! Sure, seeing Doc and Marty hit the Old West has declared some to say that this is the worst film in the trilogy but, from my perspective, even if it’s the worst, it’s still pretty damn fun and entertaining. Let’s keep the train rollin’ and call this one a MUST SEE as well.
Batman: The Movie (July 1st) – The Batman series from the 60s is campy and absolutely fun. This movie from that series is basically an extended episode and it is just a blast that has given us such classic scenes as Batman fighting a shark on a ladder and him comically trying to get rid of a cartoon-style bomb. It’s just fun stuff. This is a MUST SEE!
Beavis and Butt-head Do America (July 1st) – Younger streamers may be unfamiliar with this animated duo but Beavis and Butt-head are two high school lunkheads just trying to make it through life and watch TV. It was created by Mike Judge and, from my opinion, it’s quite funny and it was pretty controversial when it was released. Do America was the feature film debut of the show and it sees the boys traveling the country in order to get laid—hey, we’ve all been there. It stands up, in my opinion, and it’s still stupidly fun and the animation is very good—there’s even a scene that was designed by Rob Zombie and that’s pretty neat. I’d say CHECK IT OUT, if you’ve never seen it or wanna get a taste of an old MTV cartoon.
Beverly Hills Cop (July 1st) – This was the film that basically launch Eddie Murphy into the stratosphere of stardom. He plays a cop from Detroit who heads to—you guessed it—Beverly Hills to solve the murder of his BFF. This movie is just awesome and it holds up! This is when Murphy was at his best and it is a MUST SEE!
Beverly Hills Cop II (July 1st) – Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley is back and ready to solve some more crimes. I already stated that sequels are hard to get right and while BHC II isn’t perfect, it still has its moments. I’d say CHECK IT OUT.
Big Trouble in Little China (July 1st) – Kurt Russell is the man, in my book, and the dude has done some of the best movies ever. This one sees him team with director John Carpenter again as he plays the cocky truck driver Jack Burton. Jack finds himself in the mysterious underworld of China and he’s got to use his quick wits to get himself and his friends out of danger. Not shockingly, there’s been an uproar from the internet because they plan on remaking the film with The Rock. I’m cool with this because remakes don’t bother me. Also, the original will still exists and it will be on Netflix. This one is a MUST SEE!
Blade 2 (July 1st) – The vamp hunter is back and taking on a new breed of vampires. The first Blade movie is badass but the sequel sees the amazing director Guillermo del Toro kick the door down and say, “We can do even better.” It has a great cast, awesome action and Wesley Snipes is just terrific as the hero. It’s just a great comic adaptation that really captures the feel of a comic book. I’d say it’s a MUST SEE!
Catwoman (July 1st) – This one was added not too long ago and I’m not sure why it’s back. Without a doubt, it’s one of the worst comic book adaptations ever made but I’d highly suggest you CHECK IT OUT. Why? Because it’s hilarious!
Dreamcatcher (July 1st) – One of the many, many films adopted from Stephen King’s stories, this movie involves some friends on a hunting trip, some government officials, and some alien creatures—I’ll say no more beyond the fact that Jason Lee has a scene where one of the creatures travels up him bum-bum. I’m not the biggest fan of King’s work but have enjoyed some of his movies here and there. This wasn’t one of those. I’d say SKIP IT!
Gladiator (2000) – Like Catwoman, I feel like I was just wrote about this 2000 badass action film from Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. If you’re not entertained, I highly suggest you sit down and watch this one for the first time or the 15th time because it’s a MUST SEE!
The Italian Job (July 1st) – I know people hate remakes but this remake of the Michael Caine film is pretty slick and a whole lot of fun. It’s a great heist movie with a great cast. I’d say CHECK IT OUT!
Jackass: Number Two (July 1st) – The immature antics of the Jackass crew is an acquired taste but I have to say their insane stunts, stupid pranks and gag-inducing gross out moments really hit the perfect note in this sequel. It’s one of those rare films where the sequel is better than the first and they really made something hysterical with this one. If you like Jackass, this is a MUST SEE!
Lethal Weapon (July 1st) – Buddy cop films are a genre all their own (in fact, there’s another one on this list) and this franchise did it better than anyone else. Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is too old for this shit and Riggs (Mel Gibson) is reckless and plays by his own rules. The film is about these two trying to get along and get the job done. It’s a lot of fun and very entertaining. It’s a MUST SEE!
Lethal Weapon 2 (July 1st) – Murtaugh and Riggs return for another case and this time they get a friend in the form of Leo (Joe Pesci). It’s not better than the first one but it’s so damn close to the same quality. I’d say CHECK IT OUT!
Lethal Weapon 3 (July 1st) – Yes, Murtaugh and Riggs are back for another adventure and this time they are dealing with a bad cop. It’s definitely not the first two films and a noticeable drop in quality and the entertainment factor is very evident. However, I still dug this one and I’d say CHECK IT OUT!
Lethal Weapon 4 (July 1st) – If Murtaugh wasn’t too old for this shit before, he clearly is in this one. The guys are back and this time they are investigating a Chinese smuggling ring. And if that wasn’t enough, Murtaugh is going to be a grandfather. Chris Rock joins the cast in this one and I think this one is a little better than 3. It’s not as good as the first two but why not make a marathon of all the films and CHECK THEM ALL OUT!
The Longest Yard (July 1st) – This 2005 remake of a Burt Reynolds film of the same name sees Adam Sandler as a disgraced quarterback forced to whip some inmates into game shape for a prison football game. It’s not a bad film and it definitely has some funny moments. I’d say CHECK IT OUT!
Mean Girls (July 1st) – I was in college when this came out and I predicted that I would hate it but was shocked to find this feature written by Tina Fey about the drama of high school cliques was incredibly hilarious and has since remained a staple in pop culture. This is a MUST SEE!
Scooby-Doo (July 1st) – When I was a kid, I was a fan of Scooby and the Gang but, as I got older, I sorta fell away from them and their adventures. This live-action adaptation is definitely more geared towards kids but it does satisfy minor nostalgia itches. If you got kids, I’d say CHECK THIS ONE OUT with them.
Turner and Hooch (July 1st) – Here’s the other buddy cop film I hinted to earlier and this one is sub-genre that was pretty popular for some time; it’s where you see a cop team up with some sort of animal. In this case, it’s a cop played by Tom Hanks and he teams with a dog in order to solve the murder of the dog’s owner. The reviews were mixed when it came out but there’s no denying Hanks’ natural charm and the silly fun of this film. I’d say CHECK IT OUT.
The Big Short (July 6th) – If there was anything good that came from the housing bubble crash, it’s this film. Terrifically written, excellently executed and filled with some amazing talent, this film dives into the actions of the greediest people and how they nearly destroyed our way of life. This is a MUST SEE!
Additional Movies (That I Haven’t Seen) Released in July
41 on 41 (2014)
A Long Way From Home (2013)
Bad Boys II (2003) *Not sure why the first one wasn’t included.
By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (2009)
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Death Race 2 (2010)
Death Race 3: Inferno (2013) *Don’t want to pay the licensing fee to get the first one, Netflix?
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)
Jim Jefferies: Freedumb
Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show (2014)
Making the American Man (2016)
Nevada Smith (1966)
Nick of Time (1995)
The Painted Veil (2006)
Rumor Has It (2005)
The Sting (1973)
Stomp the Yard: Homecoming (2010)
Watershed: Exploring A New Water Ethic For the New West (2012)
Well Wishes (2015)
Working Girl (1988)
Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)
A War (2015)
The Armor of Light (2015)
Brahman Naman (2016)
The Invitation (2016)
Rolling Papers (2015)
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016)
The Wave (2015)
Last Chance U (2016)
Well, there ya have it! Lots of great movies for you to enjoy and a lot of them are franchises that are screaming for a marathon with friends and lots of pizza. Or, if you are like me, just pizza because pizza is my only friend. (I’m very lonely) Now, my friends, go forth and stream! I’ll see you next month.
Rev. Ron is a frequent contributor to The Robot’s Pajamas, a former stand-up comedian, a delusional Shakespearian actor, and a wannabe movie critic. You can read his reviews on his blog at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@RevRonster) because he craves attention.