As a writer and aspiring actress, it’s no surprise that I love films and TV shows and the process that goes behind making stories come to life. I usually rely on Netflix to bring me new and exciting things to watch. Well, that is if I haven’t purchased the DVDs already. This month is no exception.
I am here to share with you the best that Netflix has to offer this August (according to me anyway). So without further ado, here they are.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Fun, quirky and action-packed. This movie was exciting all the way through and made me giggle. A lot. Who would have thought a raccoon, a humanoid tree-like creature, a green-skinned alien and a group of warriors would make for kick-ass entertainment?!
Spoiler alert: Favourite moment? When Chris Pratt breaks off into a little dance routine.
- X-men (Days of future past): As a fan of all things X-men (comics and movies), I was thrilled to discover that this had been recently added on the list of Netflix films to watch this month. The movie was electrifying (see what I did there?), the best out of the franchise so far and I simply didn’t want it to end.
Spoiler alert: Greatest surprise? Seeing appearances from the likes of Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen and James Marsden.
- Daredevil: Don’t be fooled, this is no ordinary show. From the writers of Angel comes a new version of Hell’s kitchen’s vigilante. If you love complex and troubled characters, you will love this series. Every villain has their good and bad side which is very true to people. Even our beloved main character, the devil himself, is a work in progress.
Spoiler ahead. Favourite surprise? The episode which introduces the Punisher. Jon Bernthal delivers a strong and believable performance as Frank Castle who, despite his flaws, will have you rooting for him.
- Pineapple express: Seth Rogen and James Franco together? You know you’re in for a treat. Toss in Danny McBride and you’re in for a whirl of laughter. The story is ridiculous, absolute nonsense but boy will it make you laugh so hard you think your head might explode. By the end of the movie, you’ll be wondering how they’re all still alive. Surely you’d be dead after a gunshot to the chest and going up in an explosion, right?
Seth Rogen: The battery is dead.
James Franco: Wait, what do you mean it’s dead?
Seth Rogen: What do I mean the battery- I mean the battery is dead. The battery is dead.
James Franco: What do you mean the battery’s dead?
Seth Rogen: How can I explain this to you differently? The battery is dead.
- Step up 5 all in: This is perfect for when you’re in the mood for something light, fun and dance inspired. It’s not the most original or the best of the Step Up series but it’s got some cool moves to keep you at the edge of your seats.
P.S. I may have re-winded the last dance battle a couple of times. Okay fine, several times!
- Sin City 2: Not as good as the first one but still worth a watch, especially for its cinematography.
Warning: it contains strong nudity, but perhaps you knew that already.
- Looper: Heart wrenching and enthralling. If you haven’t seen this one already, you really should. It’s a time travelling experience with a twist, following the theme of “man is his own worst enemy” and the ripple effect caused by one’s actions.
- Watchmen: One of the best movie adaptations of a comic book series as far as I’m concerned. While at times slightly odd, this movie is well directed and visually striking.
- Cosmos (A Space Time Odyssey): When you feel overwhelmed by your own problems, this is the show to watch. It will captivate you, fill you with wonder about the universe and life as we know it and give you a whole new perspective on the world. Cosmos is a documentary like no other and an absolute must-see.
Well dudes and dudettes, I really hope you give some of these movies (and shows) a watch. Let me know what you think!
NB: I do not represent Netflix in any way or have the rights to it, I am just encouraging others to use it. This post is for entertainment purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.