CBG’s Netflix Suggestions – July 2017

It’s hard to believe that summer is already here, but yet here it is. The kids are finishing up school, the days are longer, and there seems to be more time to go outside and enjoy the beautiful world around us.

But what do we do when it’s raining? We turn to NETFLIX, of course!! And believe me…there are a LOT of reasons to turn to Netflix in July. There are too many to mention, so I’m going to provide some of my recommendations here:

Friends From College

July 14

I had no idea what this Netflix Original was about until I saw the trailer and I gotta say…I’m so glad that I did!! 

This looks to be the exact type of quirky, well-written, well-acted “dram-edy” that I enjoy watching from time to time. The cast looks fantastic (Colbie Smulders! Keegan-Michael Key! Fred Savage??), it’s from the director of one of my favourite movies (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and the trailer makes this series look REALLY good.

Basically, it’s about a group of friends from Harvard who are facing down their forties. The show has interwoven and complicated relationships in a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements, and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past. 

I hope my expectations aren’t too high…but right now I can’t wait!!

Ghost

July 6

This classic love story is back and available on Netflix the first week of July! It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen this blockbuster, so I’m hoping it hasn’t aged poorly.

Starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg, the premise of the movie sounds really cheesy and REALLY bad. The movie is about a young man who is murdered, but then finds that his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger…all with the help of a reluctant psychic. 

When you read it, it kind of sounds like a goofy 80’s comedy. It’s not, though…so if you’re looking for a romantic evening with your significant other, this is highly recommended!

Snowden

July 1

I’ve heard a lot about Edward Snowden…from theories on why he is an American traitor to explanations on why he is an American hero. With a cast headlined by the incredibly talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I’m really intrigued to watch this and see the story unfold.

Of course, where it’s an Oliver Stone movie I’ll have to take it with a grain of salt as his versions of “the truth” can sometimes be a bit slanted, but with a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes I’m willing to take a chance that I’ll still be entertained.

Pixels

July 11

I know, I know…it’s an Adam Sandler movie and was critically panned (only a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but my son LOVED this flick. And yes, I realize that it wasn’t the best acting or storyline in the world, but if you want to turn off your brain with your kids for a couple of hours, this is the perfect movie for that. 

Plus it’s kinda fun to re-live some of the older arcade games that I grew up with come to live as actual alien invaders!

Castlevania

July 7

This is a Netflix original series that is based off of the very popular classic video game series. Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy that follows the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan as he tries to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hands of Dracula himself! 

Adi Shankar, producer of the series, recently stated that the series is “very much done in the vein of Game of Thrones.” Taking that into consider in addition to (a) being familiar with the story and (b) having watched the trailer, I’m certainly willing to give this series a shot. 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

July 14

My wife and I watched the first Jack Reacher movie with zero expectations and were pleasantly suprised. Tom Cruise was riveting in the role…even though we weren’t exactly sure what that role was. Months later, we couldn’t tell you what the movie was about…but we could still remember that we liked it a lot.

We entered the sequel with slightly higher expectations.  Again, don’t ask us what the movie was about (I know it co-stars Colbie Smulders, though!), but we both ended up liking it again. 

So if you like your action “straight-up” and not “in your face”, I think you’ll really enjoy this movie. Cruise may be on autopilot here, but it’s still a great performance.

Arrival

July 28

I feel as though this movie was just in theatres a couple of months ago, so I think it’s pretty awesome that it’s already available on Netflix.

The plot of the movie is that twelve mysterious spacecraft have appeared around the world (I know…haven’t we been here before?). But instead of a Will Smith-led war movie for the ages, this is MUCh more subdued as linguistics professor Louise Banks (played by the awesome Amy Adams) is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

The movie co-stars Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker, so the cast is top notch. If you think you’ve seen this type of “alien invasion” movie before, you haven’t. This movie was one of those “quietly successful” blockbusters that kind of took people by surprise because it was that good of a movie. Definitely recommended!

To The Bone

July 14

I’ve heard really good things about this Netflix original (it was a pick-up from the Sundance Film Festival and currently has an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes). So even though this type of movie is “not my jam”, I’m willing to give it a shot.

The film shares the story of 20-year-old Ellen (played by Lily Collins) and her battle with anorexia. Ellen enters a group home run by an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves) where she and the other residents go on a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing journey – navigating their addictions and finding the path to choosing life.

Finally…July 2017 sees the Netflix Canada debut of…

ROGUE ONE:

A Star Wars Story

July 18

I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it is to have Star Wars movies streaming on Netflix. Sure, I own the blu-rays (as I owned the dvd’s and the VHS versions before that!), but there’s something about the convenience of watching it thru Netflix that just makes things more fun.

If you haven’t seen this movie, you are in for a treat. This takes place in the short time before the original Star Wars: A New Hope, as it tells the story about how the Rebel Alliance actually captured the plans to the Death Star and placed them into R2-D2 and C3-PO…thus launching a movie universe that is ever expanding.

And if I can be 100% honest here…Rogue One is one of the best movies in the entire franchise. I’d dare say it’s even in my “Top 3” in terms of Star Wars movies, and for a life-long fan that’s really saying something!

Want to see what else is coming to Netflix Canada in July? 

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Have I missed any? Are there any of your own “must sees” coming out in July? If you have any suggestions of your own, please don’t hesitate to let me know as I would love to hear them. You can always hit me up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email.

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, but all opinions are my own.

 

Confessions from a Cubicle

Confessions from a CubicleSometimes I drift off at work a bit. It’s not like I actually fall asleep or anything…I just let my mind wander. But sometimes on a break or during lunch I’ll hear or read something online that sticks with me.

What I usually do is just jot something down and then finish these thoughts once I’m home. Yesterday I was in one really long, boring meeting…hence I had some time to throw some random thoughts on paper.

And for whatever reason, people seem to enjoy my random take on the world…

  1. Alice in Wonderland wasn’t what I expected. The way this movie was marketed, I really expected a wacked-out children’s fantasy movie. I enjoy Tim Burton movies and the previews made this look to be a LOT of fun. Well…I liked it and all, but the marketing was pretty deceiving. This was extremely dark and had some pretty violent and scary scenes. I posted on my Facebook page that I thought it definitely wasn’t a movie for kids, and there was a nice little debate back and forth on whether it was a good family film. I’m still thinking it’s not good for kids under 10, but that’s just me. I’m more disappointed that this was a sequel and not a reimagining of the original. I must be way off, though…because this movie has made a TON.
  2. Tom Cruise - Les Grossman

    Tom Cruise is the effin’ man. I think it was pretty cool to make fun of Tom Cruise over the past few years, but he took a giant step forward with his bit-part (but extremely memorable role) in Tropic Thunder playing Les Grossman. Well, he’s not gonna be made fun of by me any time soon after watching his amazing performance as Les Grossman at his past weekend’s MTV Movie Awards. The pre-taped vignettes were awesome enough, but once he appeared live and did a dance routine that included Jennifer Lopez…well…I was just blown away.  I guess just about ANY actor can have their career resurrected with the right role.

  3. BP sucksBP is f*cked. I mean seriously…this is now above and beyond just trying to fix the initial problem. This is now an environmental disaster that BP needs to fix and will continue to pay to fix for years and years to come. The pictures of the birds stuck in oil are horrific. The estimated figures of tourism already lost are horrific. The estimated numbers from the loss of livelihoods are horrific (and probably not nearly as bad as they eventually will actually be). The problem isn’t just the oil spilling into the ocean anymore. The beaches…the marshes…the ecosystems…this is a monumental disaster of epic proportions. And that little “apology video” from BP is just an ill-timed PR stunt…and that’s a shame because I’m sure BP is very sorry for this entire mess but some phony-looking commercial in an attempt to garner sympathy from the American public just isn’t a smart move. I dunno…this whole thing is a tragedy.
  4. Bret Michaels

    Bret Michaels needs to be careful. Let’s recap this…first Bret had an appendectomy and was rushed to the hospital. He wasn’t out for more than a week and BOOM…he had a brain hemorrhage and was in the hospital for a couple more weeks. He was home trying to recuperate when he started experiencing numbness in his left side and then POW…he was diagnosed with having had a “warning stroke” and that he actually had two holes in his heart. So yeah…the guy probably had one of the worst months ever. But then things started changing…he was named the Celebrity Apprentice, he made a well-received surprise appearance singing alongside Casey James on the finale of American Idol, and he was given the green light to go on tour for the summer by his doctors. He can’t party or drink or go nuts like he has done all of his life, but the doctors say that he is healthy enough to perform in concert during the summer until his scheduled operation in the fall. I’ve been a fan of Poison since their initial album came out back in 1986. I was one of the thirteen people who actually bought their double-live cd back in 1991. I’m just a massive fan and I’m really happy for his post-Poison success over the past few years. But he needs to really be careful this summer. His body is screaming at him to just slow down and take it easy…and while he’s not going to do that, I’m hopeful that he does it enough to stay alive and healthy for a very long time to come.

  5. The A*Team doesn’t look too bad. I can’t begin to describe just how larger-than-life I thought the original A*Team television show was for me as a kid. For as cool as Hannibal and Face were, and for as bad-ass B.A. Baracus was, I was always a fan of “Howling Mad” Murdock the most. I thought Dwight Shultz was incredible in his role and that it could never be filled. Now I’m seeing ads for the movie and not only does it look like a fun kick-ass thrill ride, but one of my new favourite actors, Sharlto Copley (from District 9), is playing the role of Murdock…and from what I’ve seen, he’s playing it perfectly. I hope the movie isn’t a letdown like, say, Clash of the Titans. It’s hard enough doing a remake and even harder to do a television remake that doesn’t suck. With a cast that includes Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson in addition to Copley, I really have high hopes for the movie.
  6. Ankle Biter’s music playlist is growing. One of the great things I’m enjoying immensely as of late is seeing my son not only enjoy music, but dance to it, as well.  He’s really cute as heck anyway, but to watch him really enjoy songs like Boom Boom Pow, Down, and Carry Out (not to mention hearing him try to sing along) brings the biggest smile to my face.  One song I never thought I’d hear again is now on his playlist thanks to watching Chicken Little last weekend.  I asked him if he REALLY liked it and he was all smiles.  I guess I’ll have to live with it for now…

That’s all I got today. Have a good one!