We’ve selected ten quality films for summer coming this month to some of the most popular film streaming sites.
Summer is officially here. As busy schedules make way for warm weather and lounging by the pool, it’s the perfect time to catch up on the extensive catalogues of your favorite streaming services. Because it can be a little daunting choosing where to begin, we’ve selected ten quality films coming this month to some of the most popular streaming platforms. From Golden Age Hollywood to epic blockbusters, the diverse picks on this list are the perfect way to get summer movie watching underway.
High Fidelity is a quintessential John Cusack comedy, with the affable loafer starring as record store owner Rob Gordon. Wasting away while bickering with quirky employees Barry (Jack Black) and Jack (Todd Louiso), the scorned lover recounts his romantic history in a direct address to the audience, inviting us to help him examine exactly what went wrong. Backed by an all-star cast of Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Tim Robbins, High Fidelitydeftly balances bitterness and closet romanticism, while a soundtrack consisting of the Jam, the Kinks, and the Velvet Underground only serve to enhance Rob’s association of old flames with classic rock. Clever enough to concede that most love stories are doomed, the film’s unshaken spark of hope remains all the more effective as a result. (HBO NOW, June 1st)
Entrenched in existential musings and weather that makes most American summers seem downright chilly, Apocalypse Now (1979) remains a quintessential meditation on human warfare. As the film that nearly drove director Francis Ford Coppola insane, this lengthy epic follows Willard (Martin Sheen) on his mission to murder Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a man torn between primal urges to murder and the psychological repercussions that accompany them. Consequently, the film transcends its wartime facade and enables a vision of madness that, whether one wishes to admit it or not, most everyone is capable of. Supported by legendary performers Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, and Frederic Forrest, this controversial classic is now available to stream in both its original 153 minute theatrical cut, and the 202-minute ‘Redux’ edition. (Amazon Prime, June 1st)
A modern take on the magic of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Midnight in Paris finds director Woody Allen knee deep in nostalgic fantasy. Owen Wilson stars as Gil, an aspiring author on vacation in Paris, where a late night stroll improbably drops him into the bustling scene of the city’s 1920s nightlife. Legends like F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll) come to life before the writer’s very eyes, and Allen uses this alluring premise to explore the perks and pitfalls of romanticizing the past. Part comedy, part drama, and overall delight, this snappy homage to the Jazz Age poses real questions about legacy and love that can only be answered in the realm of the unreal. (Hulu, June 1st)
Opening with laughter and ending with screams, Stephen King’s Carrie is still the ultimate high school horror story. Starring Sissy Spacek in the role that made her famous, this 1976 shocker details the descent of Carrie White, a local freak and desperate loner with a dangerous secret. Stylishly delivered by director Brian De Palma, Carrie’s secret is repressed until the final, bloody jolt that forever changed the way we perceived senior proms. Several of the film’s iconic tricks (split screen, surprise ending) have since become conventional, but it’s impossible to replicate the ways in which De Palma conveys his phantasmagorical nightmare – from the fetishized treatment of red tones to the deceptively safe campus atmosphere. Flush with familiar faces Nancy Allen, William Katt, and John Travolta, this inspired adaptation still taps into chills that won’t soon go forgotten. (Hulu, June 1st)
Unfairly ignored in 2015, Love & Mercy is a tender ode to the life of Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson. The film spans decades of the musician’s troubled existence, capturing his victories, defeats, and psychological struggles amidst a shifting backdrop of unsupportive friends and overbearing mentors. While director Bill Pohland does an admirable job capturing Wilson’s creativity and melancholia, the true success of the film lies with performers Paul Dano and John Cusack. Portraying Wilson at radically different points in his career, the marvelous duo do the musical icon justice, while the harmonious sounds of the Beach Boys serve as both signs of current success and remnants of former glory. A film as unconventional as the man who inspired it, Love & Mercy tackles greatness with great delicacy. (Hulu, June 4th)