As we approach the new month of August, there are some excellent movies to watch on Netflix. Most of you will probably see this weekend “Outer Banks”. The second season has been dropped, and it’s all on that list, right? When you’re done, there are a few other great releases.
If you only have time for movies on Netflix, you’ll want to watch five top picks for this weekend. Here’s a selection to watch out for all weekend.
Lady Bird (2017)
Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is a masterclass in subtlety. The powerful coming-of-age story follows high school senior Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) as she wrestles with the reality of leaving home for college. With its spot-on writing and excellent performances from Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Beanie Feldstein, Lady Bird reminds us that it’s the small, everyday moments that matter most — an important message in an era defined by “the next big thing.” — Claire Spellberg
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a career-best performance in There Will Be Blood, a sprawling oil epic helmed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Set in the midst of California’s petroleum boom, Day-Lewis stars as Daniel Plainview, a man who begins as a humble miner and eventually evolves into an unhinged wealthy oil tycoon. A film that remains near-unparalleled on both scale and execution, There Will Be Blood plays out like an impeccably choreographed dance between its performers (particularly Day-Lewis and Dano) set against a breathtakingly vast backdrop.
The Departed (2006)
Martin Scorsese is the king of the gangster flick, and for good reason. Sadly his masterpiece Goodfellas is no longer streaming on Netflix, but thankfully, this 2006 film about Irish Mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) and the young mole (Matt Damon) he’s groomed to infiltrate the Massachusetts State Police is a damn good replacement. From the all-star cast to the gritty, real aesthetic, The Departed is everything you want from a Scorsese picture.
Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé (2019)
This career-defining film from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter may be defined as a “concert film”, but it is much, much more than that. Seamlessly blending beautifully edited footage from her Coachella performances with behind-the-scenes segments that offer a glimpse into why Beyoncé is the legend she is, Homecoming stands alone. It’s simultaneously awe-inspiring, exciting, moving, tense, and personal, and indicative of the work ethic that has made her a household name around the world.
The Old Guard (2020)
The Old Guard is one of Netflix’s most popular original films ever. Veteran director Gina Prince-Bythewood jumped from Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees to a visually dynamic genre that’s superhero-adjacent, proving herself capable of bringing refreshing textures to a medium-to-large-ish-budget mainstream venture.