Look at this – we did one day better than we did last month! That’s right. Instead of waiting until the very last day of the month, we’re coming back on the second-to-last day of the month! Take that, June.
This month, as part of our five suggestions for what to stream from Netflix’s instant library, we have yet another documentary on good, old-fashioned pornography. We have a movie that’s pretty great to look at if you love food. We have one more episode of “Derek.” We have an Angelina Jolie/Clint Eastwood passion project. And, of course, we have a movie with virtually no dialogue.
Just when you thought TV Without A TV was dead, we keep that heart beating, mercifully, until someone, someday, somehow finally pulls the plug for good. For now, though, check out these five picks from Big Red’s streaming services. Because if you thought July was hot, you darn well better know that August will be even that much hotter.
Onward and upward …
1. “Chef” – You know what? This thing was all right. It’s got a great cast: Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr., among others, paint the screen. Plus, it’s like one long episode of some Food Network show that profiles food trucks. So, high-five on that. Hey, if you’re in the mood for something light-hearted and you love looking at impossibly beautiful culinary concoctions, why go with anything else?
2. “Hot Girls Wanted” – Ever wonder what the life of an amateur porn star is like? Well, even if you haven’t, this documentary, distributed by Netflix (because what’s going to get you more clicks/subscribers than a documentary regarding the porn industry these days?) is a sad-yet-intriguing look into the underworld of an increasingly sketchy career choice. It’s not the most comprehensive documentary that you could pick, and no one really walks away looking like someone you want to root for, but it will hold your attention for an hour and a half. Promise.
3. “All Is Lost” – Robert Redford wrestling with water on the big screen. There’s one tiny monologue and outside of that, just buckle yourself in and be prepared to watch a 70-something-year-old man struggle to survive. I loved J. C. Chandor’s “Margin Call,” so I had high hopes for this. Were they met? Mehhhhhhhhh. Not quite. But it’s not like you shouldn’t watch it, even if the ending is a bit unsatisfying.
4. “Changeling” – If you need a reason to celebrate Clint Eastwood as a director, this is one of the movies that should give you all you need. The story is based on truth. Angelina Jolie plays the mother of a missing son and that’s all you’ll read here (this is a spoiler-free zone, of course). Jolie earned herself a best-actress Oscar nod and she deserved it. Sure, it runs two-and-a-half hours, but it’s worth every second.
5. “Derek” (Special Episode) – That’s just what Ricky Gervais does: He goes two seasons and one special finale. Such is what happened with “Derek,” and this hour-long episode has been available to stream now for at least a couple months. It hits on all the heart strings “Derek” is known to hit on (even if Dougie is still absent). But if you watched and liked the series even a little bit, you’ll need closure. Have a look …