Our streaming picks for July, including “Fear Street,” “The Comeback Trail” and “The Tomorrow War.”
Every month streaming services in Australia add a new batch of movies and TV shows to their libraries. Here are our picks for July.
For three consecutive Fridays in July, Netflix will debut a new feature-length horror film, each based on R.L. Stine’s “Fear Street” book series. In the first, a 1994 group of teenagers investigate the supernatural connection to a pattern of murders that periodically take place in their hometown, Shadyside. Subsequent films delve further into the past – notably 1978 and 1966 – creating a story that is partly a spooky mystery and partly a tribute to the horror genre, in all its bloody and disturbing varieties. .
‘I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson’ Season 2
The first season of this offbeat, fast-paced sketch comedy anthology became a left-field hit, helped by fans on social media, who turned some of the show’s moments into viral memes. (Ever seen a photo on Twitter of a suspiciously defensive man in a hot dog costume? That’s from “I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson.”) Created by Robinson and Zack Kanin, the series is pretty silly but with a serious point. There are many ways in which a stubbornly obnoxious or indecisive person can disrupt society’s tendency to smooth out rudeness.
Karen Gillan stars as Sam in this stylish action-comedy, a murderer who relies on the help of a team of righteously brutal women played by Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino and Lena Headey. When Sam makes a choice that shocks a mob boss (played by Paul Giamatti), he and his crew suddenly have to stop a team of vengeful thugs. “Gunpowder Milkshake” was co-written and directed by Navot Papushado, giving the film the look and feel of a pulpy cartoon.
‘Never Have I Ever’ season 2
One of the happiest surprises of 2020 (in a year that didn’t have many) was writer-producer Mindy Kaling’s semi-autobiographical high school sitcom about a talented Indian American teen who often lets down her tough mother. At the end of season one, heroine Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) unexpectedly came across two potential boyfriends, worrying her mother in the process. Season two will continue the story of Devi’s impossibly romantic dilemmas, while also detailing what it’s like to be a smart young man who meets huge expectations.
Also coming: “Audible” (July 1), “Generation 56k” Season 1 (July 1), “Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway” (July 1), “Young Royals” (July 1), “The 8 Knight” (July 2) ‘Big Timber’ Season 1 (July 2), ‘Haseen Dilruba’ (July 2), ‘Mortal’ Season 2 (July 2), ‘Cat People’ Season 1 (July 7), ‘Dogs’ Season 2 (July 7), “Alice Matsunaga: Once Upon a Crime” (July 8), “Atypical” Season 4 (July 9), “Biohackers” Season 2 (July 9), “How I Became a Superhero” (July 9), “How to Becoming” “A Tyrant” Season 1 (July 9), “Virgin River” Season 3 (July 9), “Naomi Osaka” Season 1 (July 13), “Ridley Jones” Season 1 (July 13), “A Classic Horror Story” (July 14), “The Guide to the Perfect Family” (July 14), “Heist” (July 14), “Private Network: Who Killed Manuel Buendia?” (July 14), “BeStars” Season 2 (July 15) , “Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans” (July 21), “Blood Red Sky” (July 23), “The Last Letter From Your Lover” (July 23), “Sky Rojo” Season 2 (July 23), “Masters” Of the Universe: Revelation” Part 1 (July 25), “Resort to Love” (July 29), “Centaurworld” (3 0 July), “Outer Banks” season 2 (30 July).
‘Serangoon Road’ season 1
Ten episodes of the crime drama from this period gained a devoted fan base when they originally aired in 2013, if not enough viewers to justify a second season. Set in Singapore in the mid-1960s, “Serangoon Road” stars Don Manny as Sam Callaghan, a hard-boiled, Australian-born gun-to-be who turns to a detective agency in need of his skills. pitches. The job stirs up a lot of conflicting feelings in Sam, who spent time in a prison camp as a boy and who sees the seeds of new conflicts growing in a Pacific ravaged by revolution and corruption.
‘Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail’
The first season of comedian Simon Rich’s weird and wonderful comedy anthology series “Miracle Workers” was about the low-level employees of Heaven trying to stop a bored god from destroying Earth. In the second season, a handful of lucky farmers try to avoid violent conflict between aristocratic families. Season three is set in 1844 on the American frontier, and follows a motley set of dreamers and outlaws on a wagon train headed west. As always, “Miracle Workers” stars the same main cast—led by Steve Buscemi, Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Karan Soni—but shuffles around their personality types to keep the energy as unique as the premise.
‘Wake up in fear’
The 1971 film “Wake in Freight”—based on Kenneth Cook’s 1961 thriller novel—was controversial as an Australian cinema classic from the time it was released. The book and film were later adapted for this two-part 2017 mini-series, which updates the story in the 21st century and changes some details while maintaining the essential plot. In this version Sean Keenan plays John Grant, a schoolteacher who becomes trapped in a mining town and soon finds himself drawn into a world of local people’s addictive and shady schemes. Like the book and movie, TV’s “Wake in Fright” is intense and disturbing, but it’s also an illuminating character study.
Based on a popular podcast of the same name, the medical melodrama “Dr. Death” stars Joshua Jackson as a Texas neurosurgeon who has a bad habit of crippling or even killing his patients. Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater play doctors who begin to suspect their charming and successful colleague — or worse, a sociopath. Stephen Frears directs the first two episodes of this true-crime series about how even in a science-driven profession, the presence of confidence can be dangerously persuasive.
‘The Comeback Trail’
This showbiz satire follows a cash-strapped B-movie producer who tries to pay off some debt by “accidentally” killing an aging star during a heavily insured production. Robert De Niro plays the producer, Max Barber, while Tommy Lee Jones stars as the actor, Duke Montana—a sordid old Western hero who proves hopelessly tough to murder. Morgan Freeman also poses as a gangster, putting pressure on Max. “The Comeback Trail” was co-written and directed by George Gallo, a remake of an obscure 1982 film that included elements from “The Producers” and “The Ladykillers.”
In this Australian western, Simon Baker plays Travis, who wrestles with his guilt over the massacre of an Aboriginal tribe in 1919. When he reluctantly returns to the Northern Territory more than a decade later to hunt down the ruthless warrior Bewara (Sean Mununggur), he is tracking down the assassin’s nephew Gutjuk (Jacob Jr. asks to help. Written by Chris Anastasides and directed by Stephen Maxwell Johnson, “High Ground” is a dark adventure film about a people facing a country’s violent past.
Also coming: “The Accident” (July 1), “Liverpool FC: The End of the Storm” (July 1), “The Extreme Diet Hotel” (July 2), “Jamie and Jimmy Foot Fight Club” Seasons 3-6 (July 2) ) ), “Liverpool Narcos” (July 2), “Dedicated to Dance” (July 8), “The Nest” (July 9), “Vigilant Mums” (July 14), “Archibald’s Next Big Thing” (July 16) , “Beyond Appearance” (July 16), “First Wives Club” Season 2 (July 16), “Power Book III: Rising Kanan” (July 18), “Mystery Road” Season 2 (July 20), “Youngest K’s Grandparents” (July 21), “Blind by the Lights” Season 1 (July 22), “When Hope Calls” (July 23), “Perfect Places” Season 2 (July 26), “Tana” Season 1- 2 (July 30), “Teletubies” (July 30).
Amazon is getting into the blockbuster business lately: first with Eddie Murphy’s “Coming 2 America,” and now with this reportedly $200 million science-fiction thriller, originally Paramount’s big Christmas Day 2020. Theatrical release (before the pandemic changed those plans). In “The Tomorrow War”, Chris Pratt plays a man who responds to a message from the future, where some desperate humans seek reinforcements from the past to help them battle against world-dominated aliens. are. The stellar cast also includes JK Simmons, Yvonne Strahovsky, Betty Gilpin and Sam Richardson, each adding their own unique energy to this explosive special effects spectacle.
‘Lux Listing Sydney’
There’s something oddly alluring about watching the superrich walking around in multimillion-dollar estates. At “Lux Listing Sydney”, the wealthy in question are in the market for stunning new Australian homes, which they find with the help of three experienced and highly competitive real estate agents. Like similar property-hunting shows, it’s partly about the challenge of delighting demanding customers—but it’s also more about the wide variety of eye-popping mega-mansions available for those with the dough. is more.
‘Making the Cut’ season 2
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn reunite their reality competition series — which follows the original format of their old show “Project Runway” — with designers creating flashy clothes on a tight deadline. In “Making the Cut,” however, contestants jet across the world for inspiration. Instead of sweating it out on a sewing machine, manufacturers focus more on designing themselves, coming up with signature looks that could become part of the next great global brand. Season one had strong personalities and great outfits; Expect more of the same from season two.
‘Search for love’
Emily Mortimer wrote and directed this three-part mini-series adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s semi-autobiographical novel about a generation of young aristocrats, sometimes referred to as the “Bright Young Things,” who played the first two worlds. The old British values were questioned in the years between the wars. . Lily James and Emily Beacham play cousins who struggle with the traditional processes of being introduced into society and getting married, though their closest emotional bond has always been to each other. Mortimer brings this story to the small screen with panache, using a fast visual style and a soundtrack filled with chronological pop music, giving a more modern feel to the problems of the past.
Also coming: “Leverage: Redemption” (July 9), “El Cid” Season 2 (July 15).