What to Queue on Netflix This July
BY: OLIVIA MORREALE
Netflix has a massive, ever-changing library of entertaining shows and movies for your viewing pleasure. During your lazy weekend mornings or after a long day at work, the catalog is so big that it might be hard to commit to a title, but we’ve got it covered. Here are our top picks for this month’s new arrivals:
Neon ski apparel isn’t the only 80’s resurrection happening lately. Glow (Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling), a Netflix original series executive produced by Orange Is The New Black’s Jenji Kohan, follows the story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who ends up on a women’s wrestling reality show. Although the plot is fictionalized, the inspiration for the show draws heavily from an 80s reality show of the same name, and most of the characters allude to real women from the original show. In the original Glow, the women were given stage names such as “Jailbait” and “Big Bad Mama” and were divided into teams of “good” and “bad” women. The cast of the Netflix show has drawn on these characters to create a story you’ll definitely want to stay in the ring for.
Ever seen a dog that looks just like its owner? That’s the gag in Best In Show, Christopher Guest’s indie “mockumentary” comedy coming to Netflix in July. The film follows five entrants in a national dog show, and includes slightly surrealist elements as well as largely improvised dialogue. Adult braces, dog therapy, and a long, long list of different types of nuts are all part of this bizarre comedy, so if you love dogs and you like to get weird, Best in Show is for you.
Pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is a scary dude—but what’s even scarier is that this is a true story. Through an exposé on Hogan’s successful trial against Gawker Media over a sex tape posted without Hogan’s consent, director Brian Knappenberger reaches beyond the Hogan case to comment on the stifling of the free press by multimillionaires across America. After Hogan’s victory, it was revealed that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel financed the case against Gawker to seek fulfillment of a personal vendetta after Gawker revealed Thiel to be a homosexual several years before. In the context of government legislation, Knappenberger’s fear concerning is that decisions like these will set precedents for a further silencing of the media and the press by those who can finance such action. In light of billionaire Trump’s election, suffice it to say that Nobody Speaks is an extraordinarily relevant documentation of money and power in the United States today.
How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders meets Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele in this Netflix series about a group of friends from Harvard who reunite after several years. The show features an all-star cast in a funny but bittersweet comedy—the writing is a definite mix of high and low humor, and the show touches on darker themes surrounding love and growing older. Friends From College is a definite binge-watch and airs on Netflix on Friday, July 14th.
If you’re a sucker for nostalgic Lifetime dramas, To The Bone is your next move. Starring Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves, the film centers around Ellen (Collins) and her battle with anorexia. The acting is sweet and poignant, and the film’s tasteful humor keeps it both hopeful and honest as a sarcastic Ellen fights to navigate her way to health. Written by Marti Noxon, best known for writing and producing Buffy the Vampire Slayer, To The Bone will be released on July 14th on Netflix.
This film is sci-fi meets environmental activism pitch artfully combines several shockingly different themes in a fantastic story centered around a young South Korean girl named Mikja who has raised and been the caretaker for a creature named Okja. Okja is a “superpig,” and is soon captured and taken by a large corporation called Mirando Corporation in order to produce large volumes of meat. Starring Tilda Swinton, Paul Dno, Seo-Hyun Ahn, and Jake Gyllenhaal, Okja is part Kurt Vonnegut novel, part The Hunger Games and truly unique in and of itself.