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Every month, a bunch of new films and shows are uploaded to streaming services for you to binge watch until your eyes pop. But how to sort through such an overwhelming list? Much like Fantine in Les Misérables, we here at Milwaukee Film have streamed a stream in times gone by. Here's what's coming your way this August!


Aquaman

(August 10 via HBO Now • Dir. James Wan • 2018)

 

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– Tom, Communications and Social Media Manager


The Beach Bum

(August 9 via Hulu • Dir. Harmony Korine • 2019)

 

 

I wouldn't have expected the same person who wrote Kids and directed films like Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy to go on and make one of the funniest movies I've seen in a recent memory, but here we are. We live in strange times. Writer and director Harmony Korine's latest stars Matthew McConaughey as Moondog, a lovable slacker and stoner who's working to finish his novel all while navigating his way through a series of comic misadventures. Korine's penchant for irreverence and an informal structure will certainly turn some off, but the performances were so endearing and the situations so bizarre that I was hooked from start to finish. One scene set on a "dolphin tours" boat had me laughing so hard that I was crying and struggling to breathe for the next several minutes. Any film that can do that is worthy of at least a little recognition.

- Joe, Digital Media Assistant


Rat Race

(August 1 via Hulu • Dir. Jerry Zucker • 2001)

 

For whatever reason, as a 9 year old in 2001, I really, really wanted to see Rat Race and obviously my parents wouldn't let me. Now, 18 years later, I'm finally old enough to watch it. I hope it's good.

- Kerstin, Cinema Programming Director 


The Cutting Edge

(August 1 via Hulu • Dir. Paul Michael Glaser • 1992)

 

Are you interested in seeing an unlikely romance between a brute hockey player and a prissy figure skater unfold and blossom on the ice rink taking them all the way to the Winter Olympics? YOU TOTALLY ARE. TOE PICK! Also, this movie served as an instructional video for me on how to take tequila shots and I've never looked back.

– Rachel, Development Manager


Euphoria

(August 4 (finale) via HBO Now • Dir. Various • 2019)

 

Okay, so I need you to imagine Degrassi but in the style of Darren Aronofsky and maybe a little more graphic... like, seriously this show is bats--- crazy. But with incredible performances by a young and diverse cast, timely explorations of drugs and the internet, and one of the coolest scores in a long time, it's well worth the ride it takes you on. But really, viewer beware: a review of the second episode is titled "The Many Penises in Euphoria Actually Serve a Purpose."

- Ian, Hospitality Coordinator


American Factory

(August 21 via Netflix • Dir. Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar • 2019)

Lost in Translation

(August 1 via Hulu (With Starz Premium Add-On) • Dir. Sofia Coppola • 2003)

 

American Factory (one of my favorite films I caught at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) and Lost in Translation (one of my favorite films...period) may not be a double feature I would have immediately thought up, but the two films compliment each other beautifully. One documentary, the other fiction, these two movies make up opposite sides of the same coin - both modern east-meets-west stories concerned with a sense of cultural alienation and displacement in today’s ever changing, hyper connected world.

– Justin, Guest & Alumni Relations Manager​


GLOW: Season 3

(August 9 via Netflix• Dir. Various • 2019)

 

Gimme that 80's neon, glittery goodness.

- Emily, Communications & Press Manager​


Aquaman (again!)

(August 10 via HBO Now • Dir. James Wan • 2018)

 

Great news for HBO subscribers - you can now take in the sea epic Aquaman without it costing you an Orm and a leg.

- Tom, "My man!" - Aquaman


Hail, Satan?

(August 22 via Hulu  • Dir. Penny Lane • 2019)

 

Did you ever wonder, while sitting on your porch and gazing out at the night sky... "Am I a Satanist?" Well, I think this doc will help you make up your mind. Truly a surprising and fascinating story of activism that will challenge what you think you know about... the dark one?

-Kristopher, Membership Manager


Successive Slidings of Pleasure​

(August 31 via Amazon Prime • Dir. Alain Robbe-Grillet • 1974)

 

Well knock me over with a feather! European erotic-arthouse icon Alain Robbe-Grillet has made it to the streaming game. One of his most inscrutable, dreamilike films, Successive Slidings of Pleasure features a mostly-naked, nameless protagonist, and adds in some nunsploitation and mustachioed detective Jean-Louis Trintignant to tell a story of sexual intrigue and murder under patriarchy. If none of those words appeal to you, this movie is not for you, but if you're intrigued, I can't recommend it enough.

– Dana, Grants & Special Projects Coordinator​


My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres​

(August 10 via HBO Now • Dir. Dave McCary • 2019)

 

Please tell me you're already watching Los Espookys on HBO, a show about four friends who bring horror to those who need it most, which is co-written/produced/starring Julio Torres and a host of other amazingly funny people (including Fred Armisen). But also start stockpiling your joy for Aug 10 when we get to see Julio's favorite shapes in My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres. I'm not trying to brag, but I have the same tiny orange chair that appears in the trailer for My Favorite Shapes. Can't wait to see what the rest of the shapes are!

- Anna, Programming Administrative Director​


Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales

(August 9 via Netflix • Dir. Various • 2019)

 

First, S/O to computer-animated series developed from traditionally-animated features 17+ years ago! Second, affirming I am a secret horse girl with this pick. Remembering this great NPR article I read one time about why girls love horses, unicorns, dolphins, and pointing to my love of this series that connects girls to their true sources of power and creative possibility through horses and friendship. I am doubtful that SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC will bring me the same level of joy and empowered lady feels, though I intend to compare.

Jamie Leigh Pitts, Administrative Director


Aquaman (...again?)

(August 10 via HBO Now • Dir. James Wan • 2018)

 

In the rarefied air of cephalopod percussionists in cinema, AQUAMAN looms large.

- Joe (just kidding, it's Tom again)


Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

(August 16 via Netflix • Dir. Jhonen Vasquez​ • 2019)

 

My 90's nerd heart is so happy right now. Don't know why someone thought they should revive and revamp this super weird Nickelodeon show (now film?), but I'm here for it.

- Molly, MFA Manager


Now and Then

(August 1 via Netflix • Dir. Lesli Linka Glatter​​ • 1995)

 

Did you miss our screening of Now and Then a few weeks ago? Or, were you there and you can.not.wait to see this star-studded, rock solid depiction of female friendship and growing up in the 1990s again? Here you go!

- Cara, Education Director & Milwaukee Film Festival Director​

 


To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar​

(August 1 via Netflix • Dir. Beeban Kidron, OBE -- like, she's a baroness and a member of Parliament, what are WE all doing with OUR lives? • 1995)

 

I saw this film in a preview screening and got a free poster which hung on my wall for too many years to follow. I know, you're jealous. Looking back, I can't tell if putting Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo and Patrick Swayze in drag was progressive or regressive for the mid-90s but let's all watch and see what we think and discuss later?

- Cara


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