August 2019 Essentials

With the heat beating down, there has never been a better time to get in and watch some movies.

With this in mind, we have our essential list of what you must see this month. If you ddin’t catch July’s list, no worries. Just click right here, we got you covered.


Burn After Reading

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Burn After Reading is a comedy with a young Brad Pitt about two gym employees who luck upon memoirs of John Malkovich. I don’t even pretend to remember his character’s name. These memoirs are chock-full of CIA secret intel and so they want money. Yay.

The movie has some good humor and good acting by big names, but missing the main mark of a comedy and I struggled to stay engaged throughout the entire runtime. I mean, it’s kind of fun, but for a comedy, it’s missing a lot of humor.


About Time

This is a movie around Domhnall Gleeson’s character Tim, who is informed by his father that the men in their family have the ability to travel into the past. The movie does an incredible job with this premise and remains light-hearted while incredibly touching. The usage of time travel in the film actually helps bolster each character, instead of being the full support of the plot line. The movie is heartfelt and lands home with a lot of its themes, along with several comedic moments and minor twists that keep the viewer engaged the entire way through.


Wolf of Wall Street

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Martin Scorcese once again did an incredible job with this drama revolving around Jordan Belfort, a stock broker in the 70s who rises to immense wealth through somewhat illegal means. It is fascinating and isn’t heavy on the technical jargon, keeping your average viewer or technically moronic folk such as myself heavily involved. Plus, DiCaprio does an incredible job in the role and is even able to make the viewer fall under his charm.


Django Unchained

Tarantino’s seventh film follows free slave Django, played by Jamie Foxx. He becomes a bounty hunter in a partnership with Christop Waltz’s Dr. Schultz. They go through their bounty hunting escapades and embark on a journey to save Django’s wife.

The film is complete with the typical Tarantino cinematography, script, and tense moments only highlighted by the former elements. This one stands out from Tarantino’s other works as a more action based flick, while still meshing in the proper dialogue and next-level camera work that makes me sit on the edge of my seat for all two-and-a-half hours.


The League

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We are wrapping up our list this month with another TV series.

This one has been one of my favorite shows for a while now, namely in the outlandish comedy and repeated jokes highlighted throughout the series. The show follows five friends in a fantasy football league, complete with all the shenanigans necessary to make this hilarious. And I cannot believe I just used the word shenanigans.

It’s really hard to describe this show, but just imagine that The Office and Workaholics had a non-work-related, highly disfunctional baby. Also, no, you don’t need a shred of football knowledge to appreciate this series.


 

Get to work on these, they’re all a good time.

Later, Freaks.

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