By Joan Eberhardt
We know August is blistering, but if you’ve got an air conditioner or ceiling fan and someone’s Netflix password, you’ll be in tall cotton. Also if you’ve got a freshly packed bowl or vaporizer and maybe a popsicle, what more could you ask for.
Here are six things you can watch on Netflix right now, if you happen to find yourself in this scenario.
Wet Hot American Summer
Both the 2001 movie lambasting teenage skin flicks, and the 2015 prequel starring the entire original cast are well worth the time. Wet Hot American Summer, the movie, takes place on the very last day of summer at Camp Firewood. The series (which was made 14 years later) takes place on the first day of that same year. The cast fully realizes that everyone has aged considerably and they mine that for comedy at every opportunity. (Except Paul Rudd who must have a horrifying painting of himself in an attic somewhere.) Starring Janeane Garofalo, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni and a dozen or so other hilarious people.
Val Kilmer plays the central role of Jim Morrison in this 1991 biopic. While Kilmer was critically acclaimed for his performance as the alcoholic, free loving hippie Morrison grew into, Morrison’s family and friends derided it for inaccurately depicting the Doors frontman. That said, it is a fun psychedelic journey. It is beautifully shot, even if the story falls short on truth at times. Director Oliver Stone plays with tension well. There is a reason this scene (NSFW) became an icon for films of its kind.
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
That classic you loved as a kid, and still love as an adult is on Netflix! It’s got everything! Cool bikes! Rube Goldberg machines! Ghost truckers! Yelling! The Alamo! What is maybe (but not certainly) the highlight of Paul Reubens’ career, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is every bit as fun as you remember and Large Marge is just as scary.
A Netflix original, Chef’s Table is a series that profiles one world renowned chef per episode. With chefs from New York, Japan, Argentina and other far flung places, this is both beautiful and exciting, as well as munchie-inducing.
Moving Art: Forests
This series was shot in super high HD, meaning if you’ve got a buzz on, a sharp TV screen and a desire to be immersed in the woods from your couch, there is an answer for you. The series tours California’s Redwood Forests, Washington’s Olympic National Park and Telluride, Colorado. Set to music by Ludovico Einaudi, Johann Johannsson and Gary Malkin this series is exactly as beautiful to the ears as it is to the eyes.
A Trip to the Moon
A Trip to the Moon is a beautiful silent 1902 film by early pioneer Georges Méliès. It was lost for decades until a badly deteriorated copy was discovered in 1993. The film tells the story of a group of astronomers who travel to the moon. It is important to note that because this film was made before we had even gotten a good, up-close look at our moon, much of it is based loosely on Jules’ Verne’s A Trip to the Moon. It’s only about 15 minutes long and trippy as heck. It also inspired one of the best music videos to come out of the 1990s.