August. What does it mean? Well, it means that school starts again. It means that football is right around the corner. It means we’ve had about enough of hot weather. It means that the nights are getting longer and the days are getting shorter. It means that there are four more months left of the year.
And it also means that we have a new batch of picks to consider while flipping through Netflix’s instant streaming library. With five days of the month still left (yay – we got this in before the last day!), there’s still time to enjoy these suggestions as you shuffle the kids to school and you succumb to the perils of an empty nest.
This time around, we have an underrated comedy about siblings. We have a collection of episodes from one of my favorite Food Network series. We have a former Best Picture, as voted on by those who hand out Oscars. We have an endearing if not quirky story of what might happen when the world ends. And then, of course, we have “Leap Year.”
We hope to have September’s picks up sometime before the final week of the month next time around, but really … haven’t I said that before? For now, check out these ideas for what to click on the next time you fire up Big Red.
Onward and upward …
1. “The Skeleton Twins” – It’s the first (only?) time I’ve seen Kristen Wiig on screen and actually had it work for me. This thing is dark. Like, dark, dark. Bill Hader is fantastic as Wiig’s gay brother who is going through something between a mid-life and quarter-life crisis. Some parts might make you feel uneasy. I love it when movies do that.
2. “Chopped” Collection – There’s something weirdly appealing about Ted Allen to me. Can’t explain it. Anyway, I haven’t had a cable television package in ages (thus this blog, duh), but each time I’m somewhere that has one, this seems to be my go-to television series. It’s at times so manufactured, you can’t help but wonder what really goes on whenever they tape these episodes. Still. I love the idea.
3. “The Hurt Locker” – The movie that made me fall in love with Jeremy Renner and I’ve never recovered. Kathryn Bigelow is a master director. Guy Pearce shows up for a bit, and who doesn’t love some Guy Pearce? Ralph Fiennes. Anthony Mackie. Evangeline Lilly. It’s a tiny movie with gigantic implications. You probably don’t need to watch it more than once, but you best be darn sure you see it at least that one time.
4. “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World” – This is better than you think it is. Or, well, that’s compared to the, “this is going to be awful” sentence I had running through my head when I first sat with it. There’s real chemistry between Steve Carell and Keira Knightley (even though I’m inclined to not particularly like either actor), and while the story is a little too neatly woven, it’s worth an hour and a half of your time, especially if you split it up over two days. Besides: There are some truly funny moments in the film’s first third.
5. “Leap Year” – Hey, hey, hey. Is that Matthew Goode?!?!? Finn Polmar from “The Good Wife”?!?!?! It is. This is a funny movie to me. It came out at a time when all I wanted to do was see movies in the theater for the first time in my life. I love me some romantic comedies, and this one fit the bill. Plus, get to the end of this trailer and if you tell me you don’t want to know how she responds, I’m going to tell you that you’re a liar. Look.