Good afternoon ladies and gents! Another month has gone by, Christmas is less than six months away, and it’s time to dust off the old Netflix queue to see what you need to hurriedly watch before it goes away tomorrow. It’s always a sad time looking at what I added to my list many months ago only to realize that it’s still there, unwatched, and will be gone tomorrow. Of course the good news is that like any other worthwhile hoarding adventure, I can replace the stuff I’m losing with new stuff! Here are some of the major titles leaving Netflix in July and some of the replacements: (for a full list of what’s coming and going in July, click here).
Leaving July 1:
Big Fish– It takes a unique set of skills to take a story like Big Fish and turn it into not only a watchable movie, but a good watchable movie. Tim Burton proves to be just the right person to tell the story of serial embellisher Ed Bloom. With a cast full of “oh I didn’t realize they were in this” celebrities (including, but not limited to, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, and Miley Cyrus), Big Fish is a movie you should take advantage of before it’s gone.
The Last Samurai–The Last Samurai is an example of how good pieces can come together to make a great movie. The cast is full of solid actors such as Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, and Timothy Spall. It’s a war movie set in Japan during the late 1800s built around honor, sacrifice, and redemption. All of these pieces come together to make a really good movie to kick back and watch with a bowl of popcorn.
She’s All That– Teen movies aren’t unique to the 90’s, but there were a bunch that came out in the mid-to-late 90’s which redefined the teen movie genre. She’s All That is the embodiment of the 90’s teen movie, from Freddie Prinze Jr.’s hair to the choreographed prom dance. It’s perfectly cheesy and makes for a great trip down memory lane.
Super Troopers-This movie needs no introduction, it’s a classic. The best thing about this movie leaving is that it will almost certainly be back as the sequel gets closer to being made. If you haven’t watched Super Troopers then do yourself a favor, grab a liter of cola and watch it before Netflix pulls it. (NSFW)
Grandma’s Boy (July 1)-To be honest, the new arrivals are a little disappointing this month. Not many new movies and the older ones are fairly blah. Grandma’s Boy lacks a lot of star power, but it does have all of those guys from the Adam Sandler movies plus Jonah Hill and the Ray’s mom from Everybody Loves Raymond. It’s a good movie to just throw on when you have nothing better to do one afternoon.
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (July 15)- I honestly have no idea what this is and had never heard of it until I looked up the new Netflix arrivals. Naturally I go to IMDb and check out the synopsis and, well, I’ll just let you read it: Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a new found thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status. I honestly don’t know what to think but I am intrigued.
BoJack Horseman: Season 2 (July 18)-Netflix has shown a penchant for excellent original programming and BoJack Horseman is no exception. The loveable has-been talking horse is back for another season of shenanigans which will thrill the masses.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (July 31)-If you haven’t seen Wet Hot American Summer, I strongly recommend it. Made in 2001, the film somehow got the following people together for a movie: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni, Amy Poehler, and many others. It’s ridiculous. First Day of Camp is an eight-episode mini-series prequel to the movie with everyone reprising their roles. It has the most potential of any of the July newcomers on Netflix. (Briefly NSFW, especially if you’ve seen the movie)