Netflix will have new movies and other viewing options available for streaming in August 2014. As the streaming media giant continues adding to its extensive library each month, members will continue to benefit from vast and diverse viewing options from its own groundbreaking, original programming, new movie and TV show releases, as well as classic programming just made available via streaming. Here are some of the new viewing options available for streaming on Netflix in August 2014.
On August 1, the fourth and final shortened season of the twice resurrected, cult hit drama The Killing will become available for streaming. The first three seasons of the show are already available on Netflix, so viewers who have missed the original airings of the gripping series on AMC can catch up before the final six episodes debut. Other viewing options available for streaming on the same day include the 1994 crime drama Blink starring Madeleine Stowe (Revenge), Aidan Quinn (Elementary), and James Remar (Dexter). In the film, a musician undergoes an operation to restore her sight, and later, she has trouble distinguishing truth from illusion. When her neighbor is murdered, the woman is unsure if she actually witnessed the crime or if her mind is playing tricks on her.
Other crowd pleaser viewing options available for streaming on Netflix in August 2014 include Blown Away (1994) starring Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive), and Suzy Amis (Titanic). The film depicts an Irish bomber who escapes from prison and seeks revenge on a member of the Boston bomb squad. In terms of real-life biopic selections, Netflix has acquired the 1971 classic film Brian’s Song starring James Caan (Kiss Me Goodbye), Billy Dee Williams (Message From Nam), and Jack Warden of 12 Angry Men fame. This tear-jerker film is based on the real-life, extraordinary bond forged between NFL teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, as well as Piccolo’s heroic battle with terminal cancer. Another biopic worth a look is the 1992 film Chaplin, in which Robert Downey Jr. of Iron Man fame portrays the titular real-life character of Charlie Chaplin. The film also starred Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny) and Dan Aykroyd of The Blues Brothers fame. The film revolves around the troubled and controversial life of the genius, comedy filmmaker.
If a viewer’s tastes lean more towards classic film selections, Netflix is about to add some real gems to their extensive film library in August. New viewing options include the 1963 seminal film Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor (National Velvet), Richard Burton (The Spy Who Came in From the Cold), and Rex Harrison of Doctor Dolittle and My Fair Lady fame. This biopic depicts the triumphs and tragedy of the titular, real-life Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, and her mate Mark Antony. Another classic film on tap for August streaming is the 1974 crime noir Chinatown, which starred Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Faye Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair), and John Huston, who was a true Hollywood titan as a prolific director, screenwriter, and character actor in such films as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. The film centers on a private detective hired to expose an adulterer who finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.
Netflix will round out its new viewing options available for streaming in August 2014 by adding romantic films such as 2005’s Elizabethtown, which starred Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Carribbean), Kirsten Dunst (Crazy/Beautiful), and Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise), and 2000’s Chocolat, which starred Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), and Dame Judi Dench (Philomena), to its extensive viewing library. Chocolat depicts a woman and her daughter’s efforts to open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. Whereas Elizabethtown revolves around an outrageous memorial for a Southern patriarch and an unexpected romance which blooms between a young woman and man. In August and throughout the year, Netflix is determined to provide vast streaming options and wants members to benefit from its widespread and easy accessibility.
By Leigh Haugh
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