By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Jul 25, 2018 at 7:01 PM

Before I get into Netflix's newly announced offerings for the month of August, I want to quick talk about this current month – because the streaming service added some of the best movies to come out this decade in July and didn't apparently bother to tell anybody. 

Last week, Birth.Movies.Death news editor Scott Wampler tweeted that Jonathan Glazer's brilliant sci-fi haunt "Under the Skin" was now on Netflix. Exciting news for sure – but also very confusing and surprising news considering the film was nowhere to be found on Netflix's monthly list of new arrivals.

Later, as I myself perused the streaming service's menus, trying and failing to dodge all the autoplaying shows and movies, I discovered "Under the Skin" wasn't the only secret addition. The neon fever dream "Spring Breakers" was now available. The smart and sly abortion comedy "Obvious Child" was added. The Oscar-winning kidnapping drama "Room" was now on Netflix. "A Most Violent Year," "The Rover," "Laggies" and "The Spectacular Now" – all on the list now too.

It's an impressive haul of movies – ones you would think Netflix would be interested in telling people about. "Under the Skin" and "The Spectacular Now" were two of the most well-reviewed movies of their years. "Room" won an Academy Award. 

Did Netflix suddenly sign a deal with A24 (the studio behind all of these movies) and want to get the movies on there as soon as possible, instead of waiting for the monthly announcements? Did they just forget to put them on the list? Am I looking a gift horse in the mouth?

The answer to the last question is "probably," but it speaks to my general problem with Netflix – mainly with its original content, but also with its treatment of the rest of its library. (Because this is far from the first time; Andrew Haigh's brilliant "45 Years" also randomly arrived with Netflix not bothering to tell anyone.) Netflix buys up movie upon movie upon TV show upon movie and puts them out there ... without really bothering to tell anyone or sell anything. There's no release strategy. There's no curation. There's no announcement or even just a "oh, btw, here's some critically acclaimed stuff you might like" tweet.

It's just hoarding programming – maybe you'll find it, maybe you won't, but definitely Netflix doesn't care. It needs subscribers, not views. It just wants to point at its walls and show you all the fancy books it's bought, never mind if it ever plans to read them or share them.

For all my railing on Netflix, it's done a lot of good. There's no blockbusters amongst those movies I mentioned above, so anytime more people can get eyes on them, the better. And many of these movies probably never reached smaller cities and towns on their theatrical runs. Even in Milwaukee, a fair-sized market but by no means a L.A. or New York City, many of them barely made it to screens here for very long. Netflix gets these movies in front of people that otherwise may never have gotten to see them. 

I guess it'd just be nice if Netflix realized it had that power too – and did something with it. It's one thing to have a bunch of stuff; it's another to actually put it to use and put it into action. Otherwise, you're just a hoarder. 

But hey, there's no room for anything else when you've got a new ad for "Stranger Things" season three and the ability to customize your profile icon.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, that's right, here are the movies and television shows that Netflix is interested in telling you about for the month of August!

Aug. 1

"The Avaitor"

"Batman Begins"

"Chernobyl Diaries"




"Edge of Fear"


"The Golden Compass"

"Gran Torino"

"House of Deadly Secrets"

"The Informant!"

"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

"Los tiempos de Pablo Escobar" season 1

"Million Dollar Baby"

"No Reservations"

"Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Moby"

"Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Nile Rodgers"

"Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Noel Gallagher"

"Once in a Lifetime Sessions with TLC"

"P.S. I Love You"

"The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement"



"Steel Magnolias"



Aug. 2


Aug. 3

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Brij Mohan Amar Rahe"


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Dinotrux Supercharged" season 3



NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Marching Orders"

Aug. 4

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Flavors of Youth: International Version"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Mr. Sunshine" (streams every Saturday)


Aug. 5

"Paid in Full"

Aug. 9

"The Originals" season 5


Aug. 10

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "72 Dangerous Animals: Asia"


NETLIX ORIGINAL: "All About the Washingtons"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Demetri Martin: The Overthinker"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"


NETLIX ORIGINAL: "La casa de las floras"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Million Pound Menu"


NETLIX ORIGINAL: "The Ponysitters Club"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Voltron: Legendary Defender" season 7


Aug. 11

"No Country for Old Men"

Aug. 13

"Alexander: The Ultimate Cut"

"The Nut Job"

"Splash and Bubbles" season 2

Aug. 15

"The 100" season 5

"Adventures in Public School"


Aug. 16

"Evan Almighty"

"Wish I Was Here"

Aug. 17

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Disenchantment"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Magic for Humans"


NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Pinky Malinky"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Spirit Riding Free" season 6


NETLIX ORIGINAL: "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Ultraviolet"

Aug. 19

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "The Investigator: A British Crime Story" season 2

Aug. 21

"Year One"

Aug. 23



"Great News" season 1

Aug. 24

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "The After Party"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Ask the StoryBots" season 2

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Bert Kreischer: Secret Time" 


NETLIX ORIGINAL: "The Innocents"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Trolls: The Beat Goes On!" season 3

"Young & Hungry" season 5

Aug. 28

"The Good Place" season 2

Aug. 29

"Inequality for All"

Aug. 31

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "The Comedy Lineup: Part 2"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Inside the Criminal Mind"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "The Laws of Thermodynamics"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Ozark" season 2


NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Ultimate Beastmaster: Survival of the Fittest"

NETLIX ORIGINAL: "Undercover Law"

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.