With the start of a new month comes plenty of fresh Netflix programming. From all-time classics to original shows, Netflix has a lot in store this month. So much in store that it can be a little overwhelming to find the good stuff. We’ve got you covered. Here are the 9 best new titles coming to Netflix this month.
Netflix is always adding excellent classics to their catalog, but this classic? This classic right here, friend? This is the ultimate. Clerks is the movie that started Kevin Smith’s long and storied career as writer/director, and despite being shot for just $27,575 dollars in 1994, it grossed over $3 million at the box office. In a nutshell, it’s a story about a single day in the lives of two store clerks, Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson), as they manage their respective stores in a rural South Jersey town. The directionless plot is very Seinfeld-esque in a perfect kind of way, and aside from being perfectly deadpan and decidedly “New Jersey,” it also marks the first time the world ever sees Jay and Silent Bob.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
There are three films in The Lord of the Rings series: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. The first film of the series, The Fellowship of the Ring, comes to Netflix on August 1. The 2001 film stars Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit tasked with taking the mystical One Ring to Mount Doom to destroy it forever and keep it out of the hands of the evil Lord Sauron. There’s a reason why this film won four academy awards, and if—by some strange and unimaginably ridiculous set of circumstances—you haven’t set seen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, then now is the time.
Another Netflix Original series we don’t know too much about, Cocaine Coast appears to be another Narcos-style crime drama. And given the success of Narcos, we can’t really blame them. According to the Netflix site: “In 1980s Galicia, Spain, a young fisherman becomes prosperous cocaine smuggler by providing Latin American suppliers with a European entry point.” The trailer definitely looks promising, so, we’ll be keeping our ears and eyes open for this one.
I AM A KILLER
Crime TV and Crime Dramas are our undisputed guilty pleasures, and seeing as Netflix Originals like Making a Murderer and The Staircase are popular as they are, we imagine I AM A KILLER is going to do spectacularly well when it comes out August 3. The series profiles 10 death row inmates convicted of capital murder, as viewers are given front row seats to hear the firsthand accounts of each convict’s brutal crime. It’s a true look into the mind of a murderer.
For some time, Demetri Martin was considered one of the freshest and funniest standup comedians in the game. Which makes it kind of weird that he hasn’t released a standup special in six years. But hey! We’re not here to talk crap about the guy. Martin’s first standup special since 2012’s Standup Comedian is scheduled to drop August 10.
Million Pound Menu
We’re food people here at Cool Material. We’ve binged every single food show Netflix has to offer, from Parts Unknown to Chef’s Table, Ugly Delicious, The Great British Baking Show, and everything in between. Their newest addition, Million Pound Menu, is essentially an entire show dedicated to giving young restaurateurs the opportunity to start their own food trucks and eateries, while trying to impress a panel of potential U.K.-based investors.
No Country For Old Men
First, let us just say that if you haven’t read it, No Country For Old Men is probably one of the most brilliant novels of our time. Cormac McCarthy is a storytelling genius, and No Country For Old Men is one of his finest works. That said, he’s the kind of writer whose style is very tough to get right on screen. Luckily, the Coen brothers know what they’re doing, and proved it in their on-screen adaptation of this McCarty classic. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin, No Country For Old Men tells the story of a determined sheriff, a hitman-for-hire, and an innocent hunter who finds himself in the right place at the wrong time. It’s one of our favorite films, and we can’t wait to see it back in August.
Netflix has become a platform for well-known artists, creators, producers, directors, actors, and other talent to step away from the formalities and restrictions of their more well-known jobs, and pursue hopeful passion projects. The latest in a long line of people to cross the line and come over to the Dark Side is Matt Groening, whose new animated series Disenchantment comes to Netflix on August 17. You’ll recognize Groening’s illustration style almost immediately, but far as we can tell, that’s really about it. According to the Netflix site, Disenchantment is about “the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion, and her personal demon.” It’s a theme that sounds pretty far removed from Groening’s work on The Simpsons and Futurama, but we think it’s going to be awesome.
Ozark Season 2
Ozark is easily one of the most intense originals in the Netflix lineup. It’s like Breaking Bad, but with the guy from Arrested Development instead of the guy from Malcolm in the Middle. It has an exceptional fast-paced plot that kept us quite literally on the edge of our seats through the first season, and while we won’t give any of the twists and turns away), we will say that the show’s premise revolves around the Byrdes, a family who is forced to relocate from their comfy life in the Chicago suburbs to the Ozarks after the main character, Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is caught up in a Mexican drug money laundering scheme-gone-wrong. Season 1 was perfectly paced and beautiful shot, and ended on an extremely interesting note. We can’t wait to see where Season 2 goes.
Have Amazon Prime? We have picks for that too.