What's New On Netflix In June 2021
It’s officially June and that means it’s time for barbecues, dips in the pool, outdoor sports, tanning, and general heat-and-sunlight-appreciative merriment. But if you’re one of those anti-summer protestors who loves nothing more than closing the drapes, cuddling up with the air conditioner, and firing up the television, then you’ll enjoy Netflix’s June offerings. From comedy to action, Hollywood blockbusters to Netflix originals, the streaming giant has a multitude of films ready to keep even the most die-hard anti-summer vampire occupied for days.
If living through a pandemic wasn’t enough of a doomsday scenario for you, give Awake a try. Available June 9th, this Netflix original postulates a future where a global catastrophe has not only rendered all electronic devices useless, but has taken away humanity’s ability to sleep. While scientists frantically try to find a cure for this insomnia before it wipes out the human race, former soldier Jill Adams discovers that her daughter might be the key to saving the world.
It’s been awhile since Colin Ferrell made any significant waves in Hollywood, but back in the early Oh-Ohs, he was one of Tinseltown’s hottest heartthrobs. Casting him in a western as none other than Jesse James may seem like an odd choice considering his status as a “pretty boy,” but Ferrell had a reputation for being rough-and-tumble in his own right. Watching him and his friends attempt to stop a wealthy entrepreneur from ruining a town with a railroad project is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Considering the long hours, low pay, and heaps of abuse hoisted upon them by students, parents, and administrators, you’d have to be a masochist to be a teacher these days. In Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a fed-up, burned out teacher who hatches a plot to raise enough money to get breast implants in order to land a rich husband. Along the way, Elizabeth finds both love and a reborn passion for her chosen profession.
Black Holes | The Edge of All We Know
Without a doubt, summer is a time for relaxation and mind-numbing entertainment. That’s why special-effects-heavy action films that involve muscle-bound heroes in their underwear flying around to save the galaxy fare so well at the box office.
Still, one should take the time to expand one’s horizons, and the new documentary, Black Holes | The Edge of All We Know, is an excellent place to start. The film charts the progress taken in actually photographing one of the universe’s most mysterious phenomena.
I Am Sam
It’s standard fare for Hollywood to release melodramas, wherein the plight of the main character is so dire and strained, the audience feels like someone’s taken all their emotions and run them through a blender. I Am Sam definitely falls into this category, as the film follows Sam Dawson (Sean Penn) as he tries to raise his daughter despite suffering from an intellectual disability. Boasting an Oscar-nominated cast, the film is sure to pull at your heartstrings.
Million Dollar Baby
Speaking of melodrama, director Clint Eastwood piles it on thick in the Oscar-winning film, Million Dollar Baby. Eastwood also stars as boxing coach Frankie Dunn, whose repeated refusals to train aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hillary Swank) eventually evaporate. As the two spend time together, a close bond emerges, until a horrific accident redefines the nature of their relationship. The film also features Morgan Freeman as Eastwood’s assistant, and garnered both Freeman and Swank an Academy Award.
Stand By Me
Stand By Me is a coming-of-age story set in the late ‘50s and based on a novella written by Stephen King. Of course, only a coming-of-age story written by King would involve a group of teenage boys setting out to find a dead body. What follows is a loving, if not offbeat, ode to the early childhood friendships that remain an indelible part of the human psyche.
The Big Lebowski
t’s rare that a film achieves cult status, and rarer still that it sprouts its own religion. The Big Lebowski, that holy grail of films for stoners and ne'er-do-wells, stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a man embroiled in a web of crime and deceit due to his being mistaken for a major crime boss. Although the plot is imminently forgettable, Bridges’ characterization of “The Dude” has led to the emergence of “Dudeism,'' a religion based on the easy-going slacktitude of the film’s main character.
Anyone who’s ever been stuck in an airport on a layover has probably felt like they were living there. The Terminal takes that feeling and plays it out, as a political upheaval in his home country keeps Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) from entering New York City from JFK International Airport. Not wanting to go back before he’s accomplished what he’s set out to do in The Big Apple, Navorski camps out at the airport in this excellent dramatic comedy.
What Women Want
Long before Mel Gibson became a Hollywood pariah, he was one of the biggest leading men in Hollywood. Although best known for action films like Lethal Weapon and Braveheart, Gibson dabbled in romantic comedies like What Women Want. Starring as a big shot advertising executive whose thoughts on male/female relationships is clearly stuck in the fifties, Gibson suddenly discovers he has the ability to read women’s minds. Eventually, he comes to change his archaic views while falling in love with rival ad exec Helen Hunt.
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