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Aug042017

Aug Screengrab Roulette: Sing!, Rachel Getting Married, etc...

You know the drill. Here's all the new stuff on the major streaming services with a handful plus of random titles freeze-framed (whatever came up when we messed with the viewing bar, no fudging). What will you be watching this month and which movies would you love to see covered in depth?

The lists and screengrabs are after the jump.

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: TEN YEARS LATER (Season 1) - NETFLIX

-None of them have seen me since I got my nose job.

- You had a deviated septum. You were snoring like crazy, it was a medical issue. Besides you look exactly the same to me!

Wait what? Oh haha. They replaced Bradley Cooper with Adam Scott? Okay then. But still sad because as much as we adore Adam Scott, that was one of Bradley Cooper's greatest performances. 

A CINDERELLA STORY (2004) - NETFLIX

[Faux nervous giggling to Edwin McCain's "I'll Be"]

No Sandy Powell costumes? No thank you!

[P.S. Since this is a Hilary Duff movie this is as good a time as any to remind you that you should be watching Younger which is one of the most enjoyable series on television and which has never been nominated for even 1 Emmy despite being amply worthy in at least three categories each year: Best Actress, Best Comedy Series, and Best Costume Design]

SING!  -NETFLIX

[lipsynching to "Call Me Maybe"]

That song is still A+++. I know this movie got surprisingly strong reviews but I remain in mortal fear of it. It just seems so cynical. 'You know what the kids and tweens like? Funny animals and teenage pop! Let's greenlight that bitch' (Of course in the age of The Emoji Movie maybe this hit is a paragon of earnest artistic sincerity, who knows.)

FUNNY GAMES (2007) - NETFLIX

You're the ship's captain, sir. You're aware that onboard the captain's word is law, aren't you?

I still don't understand what possessed Michael Haneke to recreate this for the US. He hardly seems like a profit driven kind of artist. Was it just his sadism? If anyone should do a recreation of an older horror classic, it's Gus Van Sant (kidding -- though I do love his version of Psycho, don't @ me)

more from Netflix in August
Addams Family
Astronaut's Wife
Bad Santa
The Bomb
Cloud Atlas
Crematorium (Season 1)
Everyone’s Hero
The Founder
Hollywood Masters (Season 1)
Icarus
Innerspace
Invisible Guardian
Jab We Met
Jackie Brown
Lord of War
The Matrix (all three)
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant
Nola Circus
Opening Night (unfortunately not the Gena Rowlands film)
Practical Magic
Royal House of Windsor (Season 1)
Sleepy Hollow
Small Soldiers
Surviving Escobar  (Season 1)
The Truth About Alcohol
Voltron (Season 3)
The Wedding Party
Tie The Knot
Who Gets the Dog?
Wild Wild West

Later this month: Marvel's The Defenders (Season 1), The Good Place (Season 1), Gold, Death Note

 

EVE'S BAYOU (1997) - AMAZON PRIME

-What are you doing in there?

-Go away!

Oh look it's baby Jurnee Smollet-Bell before the days of Friday Night LightsTrue Blood, Underground, or anything. This is a good movie. 

BAD COMPANY (1972)

Didn't I tell you boys we'd live off the land?!

Young Jeff Bridges in a Robert Benton picture. Back when you could understand every line of dialogue he uttered. Those were the days of Bridges. That said I'm not watching this movie. This was definitely before the days of "no animals were harmed in the making of this picture" because they actually show this poor critter getting shot.

[Awards Trivia of Note: This movie was nominated by the WGA for Best Original Screenplay but was passed over in the Oscar category. The WGA back then divided their awards up by drama and comedy (which they don't do anymore) so essentially they had 10 best Original Screenplay nominees. And only one of them (!!!) went on to an Oscar nomination -- the Candidate which also won the Oscar. Oscar passed over all kinds of famous pictures in that WGA year including the beloved comedy What's Up Doc?  and American auteurist pictures like Images and Minnie and Moskowitz... but at least they made room for two foreign classics: Murmur of the Heart and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie in their merciless purge.

More From Amazon Prime in August
All Dogs Go to Heaven
Among Friends
Bad Boys
Benny & Joon
Bill & Ted’s (both movies)
Box of Moonlight
Breakdown
Charley One-Eye
Comrade Detective (Season 1)
Criminal Law

The Dead Zone
Far from Home
Friends and Lovers
The General’s Daughter
Ghost
Hannie Caulder
Harsh Times
High Noon
Lost in Oz (Season 1)
The Mod Squad

New in Town
Once Bitten
The Pursuit of D.B Cooper
Save the Last Dance
Saw (first five movies)
Superbad
Teen Wolf (both movies)

Terry Fator: Live in Concert
Ulee's Gold
Valkyrie
Wayne’s World 2

Later this month: The Tick (Season 1), Florence Foster Jenkins

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (2008) - HULU

Anybody up for some rehab humor? Because I am really really fine with acknowledging my disease! Hey and now watch me be really selfless and weave a lovely blanket apology to my sister for being a tad out of her loop!

Rosemarie DeWitt is so f***ing great in this movie. Oscar did this picture so wrong. One measly nomination (Best Actress, which it shoulda won given the nominee pool) for Jonathan Demme's final masterpiece when it shoulda been up for so Picture, Screenplay, Director and more. 

More From Hulu in August
Ali
Among Friends
Arthur
As Good as it Gets
Bad Boys
Bad News Bears
Bad Company
Benny & Joon
The Big Chill
Bill & Ted’s (both movies)
Bloodsport
Box of Moonlight
Breakdown
Center Stage (all three movies)
Charley One-Eye
Charlotte’s Web
Clue
Clueless
Coming to America
Criminal Law
Cujo
Dead Gamers
The Dead Zone
Delta Force
Eve’s Bayou
Far From Home
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Finding Forrester
The Foot Fist Way
Friends and Lovers
The General's Daughter
Get Rich or Die Tryin?
Ghost
Hannie Caulder
Harlem Nights
Harsh Times
Hey Arnold! The Movie
High Noon
Higher Learning
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
The Italian Job
Mars Attacks!
Men in Black II
The Mod Squad
New in Town
Once Bitten
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Paycheck
Puppetmaster: Axis Termination
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper
Rachel Getting Married
Reds
Sahara
Saving Private Ryan
Saw (first five movies)
Sleepy Hollow
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
The Swan Princess and the Secret of the Castle
The Swan Princess
Teen Witch
Teen Wolf (both movies)
Terry Factor: Live in Concert
The Toy
Ulee’s Gold
Valkyrie
Vanilla Sky

Wayne’s World 2

Later this month: Billy on the Street (Season 5), Difficult People (Season 3), Florence Foster Jenkins, Universal Soldier


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Reader Comments (12)

So agree about Rachel Getting Married. Loved everything about it. The music is wonderful (especially the music during the ending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLR1s2l_h4 ) and I usually dislike Hathaway but yes, she should have won for that brilliant performance. Still pissed DeWitt didn't get a nod.

Such a lovely and criminally underrated film.

August 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLaLaBland

I love Rachel Getting Married, and I love people whose #1 of 2008 is Rachel Getting Married. (Mine is Happy- Go-Lucky).

I agree, it should've been up for Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Supporting Actor for Irwin. Also...

In which category do you put Rosemarie De Witt? Supporting seems wrong to me.

My lineup:
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Kristen Scott Thomas, Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Rosemarie De Witt, Rachel Getting Married
Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

Hathaway at #6. Still haven't seen Leo or Winslet's non-nominated performance.

Would love to see folks' 2008 Actress lineup and advice on how to consider De Witt supporting. LOL

August 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

It's so good to hear you say that you like Van Sant's "Psycho." I maintain that it's a film designed to be a middle-finger to the very idea of remakes and the leniency indie directors are given by studios after a mainstream hit. Thankfully, Van Sant did it when he was still in his prime, and not in his post-"Paranoid Park" slump.

August 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJason H.

@Roger

Totally agree with your lineup, especially putting Sally Hawkins front and center for Happy-Go-Lucky, along with Rebecca Hall (I thought more than Scarlett Johansson and even Penelope Cruz it should have been Rebecca Hall who was nominated and feted but what do we really know how award voters pick their choices), Kristin Scott-Thomas (as someone who went through a similar kind of tragedy, I thought Kristin got everything right without showboating [much like what Charlotte Rampling did in Under the Sand in 2000]), and especially Michelle Williams for Kelly Reichardt's quiet masterpiece Wendy & Lucy. That would have been a great line up.

I love Rosemarie De Witt in Rachel Getting Married -- that was the first time I have seen her in anything -- but I love Debra Winger's performance best amongst the three wonderful actresses in that film.

August 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

The final death in Funny Games, the French and American versions, still haunt me, so he did his magic well. Some of the most disturbing work captured on film.

I remember thinking Eve's Bayou was absolutely spectacular, and yet I remember only a shot of Samuel L. Jackson by a train. Realy must watch again.

August 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

1963 is not happening, right? Please confirm. I'm starting to hate that year.

August 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I'm still pissed Winger's wounded misunderstood mother wasn't nominated,no histrionics in that performance,the body language is also on point too.

August 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Watch Eve's Bayou, people! It's a great movie.

And yeah, Rachel Getting Married deserved way more Oscar love than it got. I remember feeling especially sad that Bill Irwin didn't get a nomination, he broke my heart in that movie.

August 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

I think 2008 Lead should have been

Winslet - Rev Rd
Hawkins - Happy go Lucky
Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Knightley - The Duchess
Leo - Frozen River

Supporting

Tomei - The Wrestler
Winger - Rachel Getting Married
Davis - Doubt
Adams - Doubt
Cruz -Vicky Cristina Barcelona

August 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

2008 was such a strange Oscar season.

August 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

markgordon. Replace Knightley for Kristin Scott- Thomas and that would be the perfect line up in Lead . Totally agree in supporting

August 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterErick Loggia

I remember being so excited to buy Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and when I finally watched it, I couldn't follow the plot at all.

August 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJakey

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