Things to Watch on Netflix – August

Jul 30 2017 BY Gerald Onyango

We millennials are an interesting generation, we’ve lived through arguably what can be deemed as the quickest technological advancement that modern history has seen. But similarly, while we have seen this advancement we remember simpler times of corded phones, dial-up internet and even TV-sets! The latter is most pressing as we’re a generation who now consumes television through their laptop and one innovation that’s pushed this is Netflix. The streaming website is fixed our today’s culture and the popular platform is always constantly updating its content and us at Bespoke are going to shed some light on the best things to watch on Netflix right now.

 

Icarus – August 4th

 

It’s been reported that Netflix paid a whopping $5million for the rights to this Russian cycling expose which would make it a record for a non-fiction film. The documentary that’s based on doping in Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic programme was initially intended as a Super Size Me-esque documentary in which director and amateur bike racer Bryan Fogel doped himself to see just how much it would affect his endurance. Nonetheless, after meeting a Russian scientist, Fogel ended up focusing on Russia’s much-publicised doping issue.

Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1 – 18th August

 

Netflix’s Avengers moment, this summer’s biggest blockbuster is the crossover between Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, who unite as The Defenders to save New York from Sigourney Weaver’s mysterious villain.

 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – August 28th 

 

Biopic of the late South African President and civil rights hero, Nelson Mandela as portrayed by Idris Elba. Starting from his upbringing in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

 

Boyz in the Hood – August 30th

 

The cult classic film that was released all the way back in 1990 follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects. The film features a young Ice Cube, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Cuba Gooding Jnr and much more.

 

The Mist August 25th

 

Adapted from the same-named Stephen King novel, 2007’s The Mist was one of the bleakest mainstream horrors Hollywood has produced this century. This small-screen version gets to flesh out the same story – a small town is engulfed by a mysterious mist which conceals various deadly monsters – over ten highly atmospheric episodes.