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Your August Netflix Marathon: Shows and Movies to Look Forward to This Month

Because rainy season means a lot of Netflix and chill.
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New month, new couch marathons. Netflix is about to dump another load of films and TV shows for everyone to binge-watch as we wait out the awful weather outside. This August is seeing an action-packed lineup, with a few thought-provoking specials in the mix as well. 

 

The Hollywood Masters (Season 1)

Release Date: August 1

Hugely underrated, The Hollywood Masters is an interview series that features critically acclaimed names in Hollywood. The show’s moderator, Stephen Galloway of The Hollywood Reporter, gets the stars to share their insights and reflections on their careers with depth that you won't find anywhere else. The first seasons include interviews with screen legends such as Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, director Alfonso Cuaron, Alan Horn (Disney Studios chairman), and so much more.

The series is partly run by students from the Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, and they also sit in the audience. The Hollywood Masters is definitely no talk show—consider it the film class you wished you had in college with your favorite Hollywood legends as the guest lecturers.

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Death Note (Netflix Original Movie)

Release Date: August 25

Otakus unite! The Netflix film adaptation of the manga series Death Note is coming, and it just might live up to the expectations of diehard fans—and it apparently did with the Death Note’s original creators/senseis.

The supernatural cult classic begins with the Death Note, a notebook with the power to kill anyone, falling into the hands of high school outcast, Light Turner. Using the notebook to exact his brand of brutal justice, Light goes on a killing spree of criminals—in the name of good—while running from a detective looking to out him. With the death god, Ryuk, voiced by none other than Willem Dafoe, Death Note is going to be every boy’s favorite nightmare brought to life.

 

What happened to Monday (Netflix Original Movie)

Release Date: August 18

Set in a dystopian future dealing with severe overpopulation. a set of septuplets (named after the days of the week) must pretend to be only one person to survive. When one of the sisters goes missing, the rest race to find her without tipping off the Child Allocation Bureau.

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Marvel’s The Defenders (Season 1, Netflix Original Series)

Release Date: August 18

This list wouldn’t be complete without Marvel’s highly anticipated The Defenders. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the Iron First compose a ragtag group of misfit heroes who will save New York from the evil Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver).

The Defenders is a break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s string of larger-than-life superheroes as we’re introduced to heroes that are more human than super.

 

Maz Jobrani: Immigrant (Netflix Original Standup Special)

Release Date: August 1

Political humor in 2017 wouldn’t be complete without poking fun at President Donald Trump, and that’s what comedian Maz Jobrani does in his Netflix comedy special, Immigrant. The hour-long show dives in, no holds barred, into what it’s like being an immigrant under Trump’s administration in a way that’s hilarious—because it’s also true, according to the comedian. Jobrani also tackles the struggles of modern day parenting and doesn’t shy away from talking about race, culture, and anything else sociopolitical that people wouldn’t normally poke fun at.

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The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions

Release Date: August 1

The Matrix franchise has arrived at Netflix. The ultimate virtual reality films of the late '90s and early 2000s, The Matrix defined the cyberpunk culture, impacted the art of action filmmaking, and gave us an endless supply of hilarious gifs.

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