In a typical year, the long hot days of July would be the perfect time to sneak off to a movie theater. But, as we all know by now, 2020 is not a typical year. But just because you’re staying at home (please, stay home) doesn’t mean you have to go without entertainment. Deepak’s got your feature films covered over on our Complete Guide to Movies. But there are also some great new series you’ll want to check out this month.
JU-ON Origins | Netflix
Release: July 3
Director: Sho Miyake
Starring: Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Yuina Kuroshima, Ririka
Horror fans have something to look forward to this month in the Netflix Original Series JU-ON: Origins. The series is a prequel to the Japanese mega-franchise Ju-On, better known in the west as The Grudge. The series is about a paranormal researcher who searchers obsessively for a cursed home where something terrible happened to a mother and her child. Early reviews for the series are scarce, but most of them tend towards the positive. Over the past twenty years, the Ju-On franchise has been mostly episodic. If this first season of ten half-hour episodes is well received, expect more to come very soon.
Brave New World | Peacock
Release: July 15
Showrunner: David Wiener
Starring: Demi Moore, Alden Ehrenreich, Harry Lloyd
With NBC/Universal finally entering the battlefield, begun the streaming war has. Their Peacock streaming service has various permutations of free and premium as well as ad-supported and ad-free. If you’re going to be shelling out either $5 or $10 per month for Peacock premium, Brave New World is likely the best show you’ll be tucking into. Among the titles available on Peacock at launch, Brave New World is both the most interesting and the most promising. The show is a loose adaptation of the Aldous Huxley’s novel of the same name. The show is basically positioning itself as a more fun-to-watch version of HBO’s Westworld. Genre fans looking for a fun and thrilling summer watch may not think this one title is worth the Peacock subscription cost. But subscribers will definitely want to check this one out.
Cursed | Netflix
Release: July 17
Showrunner: Tom Wheeler
Starring: Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård
Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller’s young adult novel Cursed was positioned as the exact kind of title that was primed to end up on a streaming service. Wheeler is more well known as a screenwriter, producer, and showrunner. And he’s bringing those skills to Netflix to run Cursed. The story revolves around Nimue (Katherine Langford), a young woman who is chosen by The Lady of the Lake to wield Excalibur. The show follows her journey as she fights alongside Arthur (Devon Terrell) on a mission to save her people.
The Last Dance | Netflix
Release: July 19
Director: Jason Hehir
Starring: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen
What’s left to say about The Last Dance? In recognition of COVID-19 and the sudden disappearance of sports from the face of the earth, ESPN moved up the release of the series. But it was always a collaboration with Netflix and was planned for release on the streaming giant’s platform as well. So now, anyone who missed the docu-series on ESPN can catch it on Netflix. The Last Dance documents Michael Jordan’s career and follows the Bulls’ attempt to win the ’97–’98 Season. And, no disrespect to Tiger King, but The Last Dance is easily the best documentary of 2020. Whether you find it on ESPN or Netflix, this is definitely one to seek out.
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