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This North American Summer has produced some record-high temperatures so far. If the trend continues, you’re probably better off staying inside and cranking up that AC. At which point, you may want to consider doing some actual, literal, Netflix and chill. And, well, an August guide to Netflix programming is all you need to be ready. We’re here to help, so let’s jump right into it.

A bonanza of Netflix Original Series awaits us in August. Cable Girls is back with season 4. Dear White People and GLOW return with their third seasons. Derry Girls and Mindhunter return with their second seasons. And a number of new series are set to debut. The most awaited of which may very well be The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – its narrative a prequel to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal from 1982.

But there’s also The Naked Director, a Japanese series centered on the real story of filmmaker Toru Muranishi (the man who is said to have revolutionized Japan’s porn industry in the 1980’s). And there’s also Wu Assassins, a series that converges martial arts, the supernatural, crime drama and action, with San Francisco’s Chinatown as a backdrop.

However, if you’re looking for something G rated, the third seasons of Ask the StoryBots and of She-Ra and the Princess of Power arrive early in the month.

Other notable arrivals include: Sex and the City: The Movie, Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, and all the Rocky movies from the past century (from Rocky to Rocky V). Also being released this month are new documentaries American Factory (from the Obamas’ production company) and Enter the Anime.

As you can see the choices are abundant and all over the place. But here’s what we’ve selected from the August catalogue to preview for you:

NEW ARRIVALS:

Volume 4 of ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ arrives August 4. 

Quickly emerging as an original and innovative voice in the world of political satire, Daily Show alumnus Hasan Minhaj is the face and creative force behind this new approach to the medium that Jon Stewart revolutionized. Some of the aesthetic elements of Patriot Act were already present in Homecoming King, Minhaj’s 2017 stand-up special: the presentation style, his onstage intensity, the pop culture references.

It’s a brash new language, a hybrid Minhaj calls visual podcasting: dynamic theatrical one-man show, comedic storytelling, biting commentary backed by incisive research, and a groundbreaking stage design that allows Minhaj to interact with sleek background graphics. The topics are outside the box, and the episodes are short and intense and educational. This show is truly next level.

Season 3 of ‘GLOW’ arrives August 9.

So, in the 80’s there was this women’s professional wrestling league called GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). GLOW, the series, is a fictional show that appropriates that universe and its characters to create a sardonic comedy with dramatic undertones.

With a main cast that includes Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Marc Maron, GLOW’s entertainment value seems to have struck a chord with the public: earlier this year, IDW Publishing launched a GLOW comic book series. This season, Oscar winner Geena Davis joins the show as a guest star with a recurring role.

Season 2 of ‘Mindhunter’ arrives August 16.

If you’re a fan of the thriller genre, the name David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, The Social Network), is certainly going to raise your antenna. Here, he lends his name’s credibility to a team of executive producers that includes Charlize Theron. Based on the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, this show is crime drama and psychological thriller at their finest. It chronicles the origins of criminal psychology in the 70’s. The writing and the cinematography were superb in the first season. The fact that there’s an almost two-year gap between seasons can only be a good sign.

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ premiers August 30.

1982’s The Dark Crystal was the artistic brainchild of the late Jim Henson (creator of the iconic late 70’s puppetry extravaganza The Muppet Show) and British fantasy illustrator Brian Froud. It was a puppet-animated film that Henson co-directed, co-produced and co-wrote. At the time, it did well at the box office, but it was overshadowed by the behemoth of a film that was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

However, over the years, a cult following ensured that the movie’s inebriating aesthetic mix of groundbreaking animatronics, dreamlike dark fantasy, outstanding craftsmanship, and inventive visual seduction, would not go uncelebrated. The trailer for the 2019 series is visually stunning. The spirit of the original film seems to have been recaptured with updated artistry. It’s Henson’s magic resurrected in the 21st century.

LAST CHANCE VIEWINGS!

‘Good Will Hunting’ leaves Netflix August 1.

Nominated for nine Academy Awards, including for Best Picture, this is the movie that put Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on the map. In addition to starring in the film, they shared writing credits and won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

A superb Robin Williams also stared in it, showcasing his amazing range (his performance rewarded with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). Miss Misery by the late Elliot Smith got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. This film is a sincere and heartfelt drama about a 20 year-old misfit genius who works as a janitor at MIT. It is a case of script, acting and music magically combining to tell a story.

‘Zodiac’ leaves Netflix August 6.

Directed by the aforementioned David Fincher and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr., Zodiac is a thriller based on real events. It tells the story of the search for the elusive California 70’s serial killer who became known as the Zodiac Killer. He was never caught. It is a suspenseful crime saga and a period piece that was lauded for its accurate reenactment of an era, and for its elegantly somber cinematography.

‘The 40-Year-Old-Virgin’ leaves Netflix August 16.

Judd Apatow and Steve Carell wrote it together. This was Apatow’s directorial debut. The ensemble: Carell, Seth Rogen, and Paul Rudd. Comedy credentials established. The title explains the premise, the premise is comedy gold, and the movie leaves Netflix halfway through August: you’ve been warned.

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

Let us know your preferences as far as Netflix programming is concerned. We can’t possibly cover the entirety of Netflix’s content supply, so please help us by leaving a comment about what topics you would like us to focus on. As always, we leave you with an extensive catalog of titles arriving and departing in August. We’ll return in one month to let you know all about what Netflix has in store for September. But until then… don’t forget to hydrate, and may all your streams come true!

Netflix Original *

Netflix Family **

Netflix Film ***

Netflix Anime ****

August 1

  • Are We Done Yet?
  • Boyka: Undisputed
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Groundhog Day
  • Horns
  • Jackie Brown
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Now and Then
  • Panic Room
  • Rocky
  • Rocky II
  • Rocky III
  • Rocky IV
  • Rocky V
  • Sex and the City: The Movie
  • Something’s Gotta Give
  • The Bank Job
  • The House Bunny
  • The Sinner: Julian
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • Why Do Fools Fall in Love

August 2 

August 4

August 5

August 6

  • Screwball
  • Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That?

August 8

August 9

August 13

August 14

  • The 100: Season 6

August 15

August 16

August 17

  • The Punisher (2004)

August 20

  • Gangs of New York
  • Simon Amstell: Set Free *

August 21

August 22

August 23

August 27

August 29

August 30

August 31

  • Luo Bao Bei: Season 1

No Set Release Date, but Arriving in August:

LEAVING

Leaving August 1

  • A Cinderella Story
  • A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
  • Another Cinderella Story
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Chuggington: Season 1-5
  • Death in Paradise: Season 1-7
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Final Destination
  • Final Destination 2
  • Final Destination 3
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Gosford Park
  • Hairspray (1988)
  • Hairspray (2007)
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Just Friends
  • Legion
  • Poltergeist
  • Scarface
  • Secretariat
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • The Butterfly Effect 2
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Final Destination
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Master
  • The Village
  • W.
  • World War II in Colour
  • World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel: S1
  • Zombieland

Leaving August 2 

  • The Founder

Leaving August 5

  • Mothers and Daughters
  • Slow TV: Collection

Leaving August 6

  • Love, Rosie
  • Zodiac

Leaving August 8

  • The Emoji Movie

Leaving August 11

  • No Country for Old Men

Leaving August 14

  • The Royals: Season 1

Leaving August 15

  • World War Two: 1942 and Hitler’s Soft Underbelly: Season 1

Leaving August 16

  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Leaving August 20 

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Leaving August 21 

  • Beautiful Creatures

Leaving August 28 

  • Wind River

Leaving August 30 

  • Burnt

Leaving August 31 

  • Straw Dogs

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