With film and TV production still on the fritz for a while yet, Netflix are continuing with a mixed bag of releases that includes pre-COVID original content, cinema classics and film festival favourites.
There’s a whole lot coming to the streaming service in the month of June, and here’s the best of it.
Da 5 Bloods
Spike Lee’s about to release his first film since the Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman, and it just so happens to be on Netflix. Joining the likes of big-name directors like Scorsese and Alfonso Cuarón in producing Netflix original content, Lee’s Da 5 Bloods takes a closer look at the ‘lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.’ In the film, four African American veterans return to Vietnam decades after the war to find their squad leader’s (Chadwick Boseman) remains—and a stash of buried gold. Lee said in an interview that he found inspiration for the film in Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now and John Huston’s western adventure, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Coming June 12.
Athlete A follows the dedicated team at the IndyStar newspaper who uncovered the abuses perpetrated by USA Gymnastics’s team physician, Dr. Larry Nassar. For years, dirtbag Nassar had been molesting young female gymnasts under the pretences of treatment, at times even abusing young girls as their parents sat in the same room. The documentary features interview with the young gymnasts whose testimonies helped to eventually put him behind bars, including ‘Athlete A,’ who later revealed themselves as elite gymnast Maggie Nichols. In lieu of a trailer, watch the clip of Maggie from WTHR above.
Coming June 24th.
To be honest, I’d forgotten completely about this film until I saw it on the release list. Bank heist movies are a dime a dozen, but this one from Spike Lee (a surprisingly conventional choice for him) is smarter than most, with an amazing cast.
Coming June 1st.
Spelling the Dream
If spelling bees don’t interest you, go ahead and scroll past. See you in a bit.
Are they gone? Good. Meatheads probably don’t even know how to spell pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Anyway, this new documentary from Netflix follows four hopeful competitors in their attempts to rule the Scripps National Spelling Bee with their 100,000-word vocabs. You, on the other hand, rely on autocorrect. Really feel like there’s a missed opportunity to have called this film Can You Use it in a Sentence Please, but no matter… I’ll still be tuning in.
Coming June 3rd.
Father Soldier Son
The New York Times documented the lives of one military family over the course of ten years for this heart-wrenching film. Sgt Brian Eisch returns home from Afghanistan critically wounded, and the aftershocks that follow are a fascinating portrait of American masculinity and generational tragedy.
Coming June 19th.
Jumping on a spaceship and leaving Earth behind has never been more appealing.
Coming June 1st.