STREAM TOWN — We're now into August and we have a few ideas for you on how to beat the dog days of summer. Your favorite streaming platforms have some new title offerings and let's just say out of the hundreds of titles added not all are winners.
Instead of making you sift through all the junk, we have some suggestions for you on what are a few of the better titles debuting this month.
Not much to say here, I mean, it's "The Matrix." This movie broke sci-fi molds and exploded brains across the globe when it premiered in 1999 and it still stands as a spectacle as filmmakers continue to try and recreate the same magic and awe this film inspired.
I'm not very confident that will happen because not even the Wachowski's, who made "The Matrix" could replicate it with two sequels and several other films. Both sequels are also streaming this month, but as you can see, they're not included on this list, and for good reason.
"The Matrix" is rated R for violence and brief language.
We've all eaten at McDonald's and whether we admit it or not, it's likely a guilty pleasure. Want to stop craving those salty fries and Big Mac's? I have a solution for you; watch "The Founder."
OK, it may not curb all your cravings for the Golden Arches, but it will paint the fast-food giants "founder" in a not so flattering, but true, light.
Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, self-proclaimed founder of McDonald's, as he makes what the chain is today, for better or worse.
This really is a fantastically well-made film with strong performances, but I wouldn't say it's a feel-good flick. Sometimes the stories behind some of our favorite haunts are actually haunting.
"The Good Place" Season 1
NBC's "The Good Place" has found a home on Netflix, and if you haven't seen season one yet, I'd suggest catching up and gearing up for season two.
The show stars Kristen Bell as a recently deceased woman from Arizona who accidentally ends up in the good place despite being a pretty terrible human being while she was here on earth.
The whole show is totally absurd but in the best way possible. Characters are engaging, the premise is strong and the jokes are funny. If you're looking for a new show I highly suggest "The Good Place."
If you're in the mood for another good biopic after watching "The Founder," Hulu has you covered.
"Ali" stars Will Smith as Muhammad Ali and it still stands as one of Smith's greatest performances. The movie is now 16-years old, but it still impacts the viewer and gives a Hollywood version of Ali's life while still staying fairly honest.
"Ali" is rated R for some language and brief violence.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies, but I am in the minority there and because of that, I am including both "Spider-Man" and "Spider-Man 2" on the list.
These fan favorites still stand as the definitive version of the web-slinger for many audiences and while I have my issues with them, it's hard to argue they're not entertaining and fun movies.
I think at the start of every year, the Academy Award ballots just have Meryl Streep's name added with "Title of Movie T.B.D." next to it. The woman is an Academy Award nomination machine and for good reason, she's a phenomenal actress.
The amazing performance we got from her in 2016 was "Florence Foster Jenkins."
The true story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer despite her terrible voice is a touching and fun film. It's not the best thing Streep has done, but it is worth a watch.
I'm not sure anyone is thinking that "All Dogs Go to Heaven" is the best movie on Amazon Prime right now, but it is a good time with the family.
Gather the kids for a movie night and watch Charlie try to earn his way into doggie heaven. It's not the best-animated movie out there, but this one will do just fine for a night in with the family.
The 2008 film "Valkyrie" is not the best World War II movie by any stretch, but it is a solid film with a fine performance from Tom Cruise and an intriguing story that keeps you engaged.
Bryan Singer is a director who knows how to keep your attention even when action is low and that's on display in "Valkyrie." This is not a nonstop action war movie, but rather a political thriller with high stakes and loads of tension and Singer does it justice.
This is pure and utter enjoyment right here. Is "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" a good film? No. Is it a smart film? No. Is it a groundbreaking film? Not at all. Is it stupid fun with laughs along the way? Absolutely.
This movie is so ridiculous, moronic and might actually make you a little dumber having watched it, but who cares about all that when you're smiling this much?
In fact, I need to stop writing because I'm going to go watch this now. Later, dudes.