11 Great Things To Look Forward To In August
The shows, comics, movies, and games to get you through the dog days of Summer
Once again, we’ve found ourselves enduring the dog days of Summer. And with record setting temperatures worldwide, we could all use an opportunity to beat the heat. Hopefully, these titles will give you an excuse to hunker down inside and enjoy the AC in peace.
Bullet Train | August 5 | Only in Theaters
Brad Pitt stars in this nonstop action thrill-ride from director David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde) about an assassin who wants to dedicate himself to non-violence.. But when five assassins on a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka find themselves on intersecting missions, he may have no choice.
Bodies, Bodies, Bodies | August 5
Dutch actress Halina Reijn received widespread critical acclaim when she presented her English language directorial debut at the SXSW film festival in March. It was quickly snatched up by Sony for distribution and now it’s coming to a movie theater near you. The movie tells the story of a group of ultra-rich 20 somethings who find themselves trapped in a mansion with an unknown killer. A modern update on classic “cabin in the woods” style horror movies, this black comedy’s satirical take on modern life doesn’t hold back.
Three Thousand Years of Longing | August 31 | Only in Theaters
Director George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road, Happy Feet)) is back behind the camera with an adaptation of The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba. Not much is known about the movie. But Miller’s stunning visuals and command of the frame makes any of his movies a must-see experience. Click the trailer above and see why you must watch this movie on the biggest screen available.
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Sandman | Netflix | August 5
After many, many, many failed attempts, Neil Gaiman’s opus Sandman has finally been adapted to the screen. And it can’t come soon enough for Netflix after their staggering subscriber loss earlier this year. The first season of this comic book adaptation will follow Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, as he survives a lengthy imprisonment and then regains control of his kingdom, The Dreaming. The star-studded cast includes is led by Tom Sturridge and includes Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Barry, Cruella).
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law | Disney+ | August 17
The Marvel Cinematic Universe finally has another Hulk! MCU fans who’ve never dipped into the comics may not know this, but the Marvel Universe is filled with Hulks. You’ve got your Red Hulk, your Gray Hulk, your Hulkling. And now the movie universe has introduced one of the most exciting Hulks, She-Hulk! Jennifer Walters is a practicing lawyer who just happens to also have the ability to transform into a giant green rage monster at the drop of a hat. If that premise alone doesn’t hook you, then be sure to click into the trailer above and keep an eye outfor any other other noteworthy Marvel lawyers.
House of the Dragon | HBO Max | August 21
Welp. Time is a flat circle so HBO is making another Game of Thrones TV show. Actually… they’re making seven. Because you don’t decide when a stone is out of blood, the Warner Brothers decide! Anyway, House of the Dragon is set at the dawn of the Seven Kingdoms, generations before the events of Game of Thrones.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered | PC, Playstation | 8/12
PC gamers of the world rejoice! After far too long, Marvel’s Spider-Man is finally available to gamers who don’t own a Playstation. And for those Playstation fans who were disappointed by the absence of the infamous puddle, take heart in knowing that the remastered edition boasts ray-tracing and deep learning to improve the graphical quality of the game exponentially.
Saints Row | PC, Playstation, Stadia, Xbox | 8/23
The Saints Row franchise returns with an impressive looking reboot of the series. The game runs on a proprietary engine which Volition has developed in-house. And while that idea may startle players who are gun-shy from other company’s proprietary engines failing to live up to expectations, Satins Row runs beautifully on the PC, pushing the limits of even the most modern gaming rig.
Sword of Azrael #1 | DC Comics | 8/2
“The warrior angel of St. Dumas returns! Jean-Paul Valley does not want to be Azrael ever again. All it has brought him is pain, violence, and misery. He has sequestered himself away at a monastery in Europe to find peace. But when a young woman who claims to have the same System programming that made Jean-Paul into Azrael arrives at the monastery, he won’t have a choice but to don his violent mantle of Azrael once more to protect her from the deadly assassins who wish her harm. From the rising star creative team of Dan Watters (Arkham City: Order of the World, Lucifer) and Nikola Čižmešija (Batman Urban Legends, Future State Gotham) this miniseries will redefine one of the Batman world’s most iconic and fierce characters.”
Edge of Spiderverse #1 | Marvel Comics | 8/3
THE END OF THE SPIDER-VERSE IS COMING!
edge (’ej) noun – 1. outermost limit of an object. – 2. the sharp side of a blade.
The leading edge of the Spider-Verse brought you Spider-Gwen and Peni Parker. This final edge will introduce you to some of the most important characters in the future of the Spider-Verse…but it will also slice the final strand of the web. IN THIS ISSUE: SPIDER-MAN NOIR! ARAÑA’S NEW STATUS QUO! SPIDER-REX AND MORE!
20th Century Men #1 | Image Comics | 8/17
At the end of the 20th century, superheroes, geniuses, madmen, and activists rush towards WWIII! A Soviet "iron" hero, a superpowered American president, an insane cyborg soldier, an Afghan woman hellbent on building a better life for her people-these strange yet familiar beings collide in a story that mixes history, politics, and comic book mythology into something totally new. Welcome to 20TH CENTURY MEN, where the edges of our reality and fiction touch, overlap...and then explode.
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