Streaming Movies and Television Shows Added in August 2015
Ever since Netflix stopped letting people know what’s been subtracted from their Instant streaming lineup, it’s been a little difficult to keep track of what’s coming and going in their library.
So the purpose of this post – which will be continually updated on this site as new movies and television shows are added to the Netflix Instant streaming lineup – is to keep you, the dedicated Netflix Instant streamer, apprised of what new additions should be watched immediately, or should go on your queue but not be considered a top viewing priority.
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Best Netflix Instant Streaming Added in August 2015
New to Netflix (August 2015)
The new options are a little scant during the dog days of summer, but there are some gems in there if you go looking.
The Hurt Locker – One of the edgier winners for Best Picture at the Academy Awards of the past decade, The Hurt Locker is a tense, gripping study of a bomb squad during the 21st-century Iraq war, and the psychologically devastating effects such a job has on a soldier’s psyche. Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal (who later collaborate, again to great acclaim, on Zero Dark Thirty) also took home Oscars for their work, but it’s Jeremy Renner’s star-making turn as the unit’s enthusiastic risk-taker that really sticks with the viewer.
Welcome to Me (Aug. 6) – Given her years fully inhabiting every oddball that she and other Saturday Night Live writers could dream up, the starring role in Welcome to Me seems particularly suited to Kristen Wiig’s strengths. Wiig stars as Alice Klieg, a woman who wins the Mega-Millions lottery, promptly stops taking her necessary psychiatric medication, and buys her own talk show. Wiig is aided in this truly demented movie by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, and James Marsden.
Two Days, One Night (Aug. 11) – This one was initially due to be released on Netflix Instant a few months ago and, to the disappointment of this writer, the release was moved to August. Finally, we’re ready to catch up with one of the best-reviewed movies of 2014. Two Days, One Night stars Marion Cotillard as a woman who must convince her co-workers to give up their new bonuses so that she may keep her job. Okay, maybe that depressing synopsis doesn’t portend a happy viewing experience, but something tells us that Cotillard (as well as the writing/directing team of the Dardennes Brothers) will emotionally wreck us the way only the best movies can.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – Even less potentially uplifting is Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which depicts one man’s (Steve Carell) reaction to the impending apocalypse. Fortunately, Carell is surrounded by an A-list roster of comedic talent, including Patton Oswalt, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry, T.J. Miller, Gillian Jacobs, Melanie Lynskey, Rob Huebel, and Amy Schumer.
Narcos: Season 1 (Aug. 28) – And lastly, because it wouldn’t be a new month without new Netflix Instant original programming, get ready for Narcos, which chronicles the story of notorious Columbian drug lord, Pablo Escobar. We suspect this one, if nothing else, will be unrelentingly violent.
Other Great Streaming Movies & TV Shows
Since other streaming sites are stepping up their games to compete with Netflix Instant, we thought we’d highlight some of their best options. Everything you’ll see in this section is available from Amazon Prime Instant.
Unforgiven – Possibly the defining statement on masculinity and the West of Clint Eastwood’s career, Unforgiven tells the story of William Munny, a retired gunslinger who is pulled back into a world of violence that he rejected by the allure of righteous vengeance. Eastwood’s strong lead performance and direction, coupled with a brutal, brilliant script from David Webb Peoples and terrific supporting performances from Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Frances Fisher, helped Unforgiven rightly clean up at the 1993 Oscars.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (Aug. 6) – Now that you’ve got every episode of Seinfeld available 24/7 on Hulu, you should be happy to know that you can enjoy pretty much the rest of Larry David’s work with your Amazon Prime subscription. That’s right: Curb Your Enthusiasm, the massively uncomfortable, largely unscripted HBO show that follows David as he seemingly aggravates every last person in Los Angeles, will be available in its entirety to Amazon Prime users on August 6th.
In the Line of Fire (Aug. 6) – One week after Unforgiven hits Amazon Prime Instant, you can enjoy another early ’90s Clint Eastwood movie, though In the Line of Fire is considerably less pensive. Eastwood plays a secret service agent who must face off with a particularly shrewd, psychopathic assassin. That assassin? John Malkovich, in a turn that practically defined Malkovich-ian creepiness from there forward.
A Most Violent Year (Aug. 7) – Catch two of the best up-and-coming actors (Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain) in a low-key but captivating crime thriller from one of the best up-and-coming writer/directors (J.C. Chandor). Isaac plays Abel Morales, an ambitious business owner who wants to expand without ethically compromising himself, but finds himself under siege from corrupt colleagues and law enforcement agents. Chastain plays his wife Anna, who is more inclined to pursue less legal means of solving their problems.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Aug. 23) – Between the Fargo miniseries and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, there sure seems to be a market for expanding the story told in Fargo beyond the length of the movie. It should be said that Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter doesn’t exist within the Fargo universe; rather, it tells the story of a lonely Japanese girl who becomes convinced the buried money from the end of Fargo is real and goes on a hunt to find it. Sounds a bit bizarre, but so did the Fargo miniseries and look how that turned out.