Between awesome events like Just for Laughs and Jazz Fest, and the constantly amazing Montreal nightlife scene, July is a good month to be out and about in the city. Even still, that doesn’t keep us from having some downtime, which we love to spend watching awesome TV shows and movies on Netflix. There are a lot of options out there, but we’re letting you know about the best recently added entertainment. Here’s what to watch on Canadian Netflix in July 2014.
As much as we loved the X-Men movies, we always wished that Wolverine would get a flick entirely dedicated to his story, and he finally did here. As with the other movies, Hugh Jackman plays the impressively clawed mutant, and he does a good job of conveying Wolverine’s fury and intensity. He finds himself in Japan, and he has to face off against vicious Yakuza and others.
The Raid: Redemption
If plot and character development are what you’re looking for, this is not the movie for you. On the other hand, if you’re okay with sacrificing interesting dialogue in order to get as much balls to the wall action as possible, you’ll definitely want to check this film out. It takes place in Indonesia, and it contains some of the most incredible action scenes you’ll ever see on screen. The flimsy plot concerns cops and crime lords, but all you really need to know is that it’s spectacularly violent.
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Gee, I haven’t watched a three hour coming of age story about lesbians in a while?” If so, this movie is the answer to your prayers. It took home the 2013 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival after critics were wowed by its depiction of young love. It received accusations of exploitation due to its lengthy and explicit sex scenes (the longest of which is over ten minutes long!), but the film is worth watching for Adèle Exarchopoulos’s devastating performance alone.
This mystery series brings the famous titular detective into the 21st century, with entertaining results. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the charismatic but cranky sleuth, and Martin Freeman supports him as his milquetoast sidekick. Many of the plots are modern day adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories, and they show the longevity of the books.
Red vs. Blue
You might not think that the Halo games would be an ideal setting comedy, but this series will prove you wrong. It centers around two groups of soldiers from the games fighting a civil war, and it makes for a hilarious parody of science-fiction and war movies (two genres that could use some levity). Gamers and non-gamers alike are sure to love this show.
The Kings of Summer
If adulthood has ever seemed scary to you, you’ll be able to relate to this movie. It tells the story of a boy who decides to live in the woods with his best friend after growing sick of his oppressive father. Naturally, some problems result from this plan, and they make for a funny and sweet comedy-drama.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
This movie isn’t nearly as well-known in North America as its sequel, Oldboy, but it’s arguably a better film. Like Oldboy, it also concerns a man trying to get revenge (which leads to some ridiculously over-the-top violence), but this movie is more visually inventive. The story is also more believable, making it more emotionally resonant.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
As much as we loved the original Jackass trilogy, we thought that the formula was missing a little something. Thankfully, this movie was here for us. It builds on the original concept of showcasing crazy stunts by putting Johnny Knoxville in costume as an 86 year-old grandpa, leading to hilarious results.
It’s hard to go wrong with a Jason Statham movie. You can be pretty sure you’ll get a solid amount of awesome driving and fighting scenes, and this film doesn’t disappoint with either. Statham plays a cage fighter who makes the mistake of pissing off the Chinese Triad. It’s unfortunate for him, but good for us, because we get to watch the exciting mayhem that ensues.
We’ve adored Andy Samberg ever since “Lazy Sunday” went viral, and this comedy only deepened our affections. He plays a talented but immature cop whose antics make him unpopular from time to time with his fellow officers. His commanding officer, played by Andre Braugher, is the opposite, carrying himself with a stern demeanour that’s contrary to Samberg’s behaviour. Even if you think you’re tired of cop shows, you’ll want to check this one out.
The Mindy Project
After her star-making turn on “The Office,” we couldn’t wait to see what Mindy Kaling would do next. As excited as we were, she managed to overcome our high expectations with this unique and hysterical comedy, which she created and stars in. She plays a gynecologist struggling to navigate through the challenges of living in New York City.We’ve loved the first two seasons, and we can’t wait to see what she does with the show next.
The Amazing Spider-Man
After three Tobey Maguire movies, we didn’t think we needed to see a different Peter Parker so soon, but this film made us happy to be proved wrong. Andrew Garfield takes on the role this time, with Emma Stone co-starring as his love interest. The movie stands apart from its predecessors by having a darker tone and more emphasis on the romance.
Rock of Ages
If you love 80s hair metal, this is definitely a movie for you. It’s a jukebox musical consisting of the music of bands like Guns N’ Roses and Journey, and it’s a lot of fun. Even if those sort of tunes aren’t exactly your thing, the movie’s worth seeing for Tom Cruise’s scene-stealing performance as the world-famous rockstar Stacee Jaxx.
Cutie and the Boxer
This movie is the only documentary on our list, but that’s far from the only thing that makes it stand out. It movingly tells the story of the 40 year marriage between the boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko. You won’t find many movies that do a better job of depicting a relationship.
Even if you find the top 40 renditions in this show annoying, it’s still worth watching for the hilarious characters and surprisingly moving relationships. The whole cast is strong, but special kudos go to Jane Lynch’s uproarious turn as the aggressive cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. Anyway, c’mon, can you really resist a mashup of Bon Jovi and Usher?
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