If you’re like me, you end up surfing Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO GO for hours, eventually wondering where that precious time went. There were at least 5 things you wanted to watch a week ago, but now you can’t seem think of a single one. Worse, it’s the beginning of the month, and now there are even more titles to choose from.
Luckily, I had a chance to comb through all four streaming services over the weekend to find the best available movies and shows (imo). Here’s a shortlist of late June/early July must-streams:
1. Okja (Netflix)
Netflix’s Okja will have you laughing, crying, and considering if you should really eat that slice of bacon in the morning. Meet Mija, a tomboy being raised by her grandfather on a remote farm in South Korea. Mija and her super-pig, Okja, are inseparable. Until a representative of the Miranda Corporation shows up to take Okja to America that is. Mija immediately sets out to rescue her friend before it’s too late. A blend of Korean and American film, this all-star cast delivers an epic performance that will stick with you for days.
2. Nerve (Hulu and Prime)
Vee (Emma Watson) is a meek high school senior living in the shadow of her best friend, Sydney. After Sydney goes to far, publicly humiliating her in front of her crush, she decides to play the game everyone is talking about. Nerve gives participants a timed dare and a handsome reward. As Vee completes more dares, she breaks out of her wallflower persona, but the dares are also becoming more and more extreme.
3. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Based on the 1985 book by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is a truly terrifying depiction of conservatism gone too far.
4. Loving (HBO)
This love story is based on the real lives of an interracial couple, Mildred and Richard Loving, who were arrested for violating the Racial Integrity Act after they married and lived together.
5. Glow (Netflix)
Wannabe-actress Ruth never seems to catch a break in this quirky, 80s-nostalgic show.
6. The Girl With All the Gifts (Netflix and Prime)
This is one of the best zombie movies I’ve seen in a long time. In a second generation of zombies (those that have eaten their way out of the womb), Melanie seems oddly human, and Ms. Justineau, her teacher on the military compound, is the only who believes in Melanie’s humanity. Incredibly suspenseful and thought provoking.
7. Love (Netflix)
Too real for those of us mid-to-late 20-somethings that are still single due to our own emotional chaos. Yet, Love offers up hope that despite our complications, there might still be someone out there just for us.
8. Riverdale (Netflix)
If you need something to fill that Pretty Little Liars shaped hole, Riverdale is just the thing. When a missing teen’s body washes up on the lake shore, his accidental death is ruled a homicide after a bullet wound is discovered. But everyone in Riverdale has a secret, and the killer could be anyone.
I’m also looking forward to these forthcoming July titles:
- Friends from College (Netflix July 14)
- Game of Thrones (HBO July 16)
- Tour de Pharmacy (Netflix and HBO July 8)
If you’ve come across any streaming gems of late, let me know by leaving a comment below!