The Ringer’s Guide to Streaming in July

We’re officially in the middle of summer — the springtime TV deluge has abated and television’s weirder offerings have started landing on streamers like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max. Oh, and before we forget: Weird stuff is also back to complete its fourth installment. Turn up the AC and check out the most interesting stuff – new and old – coming to streaming this month…

What’s new with streaming in July

A selected list of movies and TV shows coming out this month that the bell is very excited about it.

Weird stuffSeason 4: Part 2 (July 1, Netflix)

Miles SurreyAfter a three-year layoff, exacerbated by the pandemic, Weird stuff is finally back in our lives. For Netflix, which could really use a win after the worst setbacks of the streaming era, the series couldn’t have returned at a better time. And in some ways it’s like Weird stuff Never Gone: 80s nostalgia is still strong, Hawkins remains a ridiculously dangerous place to live, and the kids (er, teens) keep referencing Upside Down supernatural entities through the prism of Dungeons & Dragons. (Let’s hear it for Vecna.) But four seasons in, Weird stuff has evolved too: the latest installment expands its scope well beyond Hawkins, introducing the show’s most immersive villain yet, and offering special effects that rival blockbusters.

Last night in Soho (July 1 HBO Max)

House of Gucci (July 2, Amazon Prime)

Adam NymanTo get it out of the way, as Maurizio’s ill-fated sartorial cousin Paolo — a black sheep who could use a shave, a doppelgänger for Fredo Corleone — Jared Leto is so insanely overblown that he erases the binary between acting good and bad. . Either he deserves an Oscar, or he has to go to The Hague. Belly and pockmarked, stringy and bald, staring at his costars from beneath layers of prosthetics – Leto is fully committed: in a family characterized by a certain tailor-made elegance, Paolo wears his mistakes on his sleeve. “He’s an idiot, but he’s my idiot,” explains his long-suffering father, Aldo (Al Pacino), who seems disappointed he hasn’t passed on his own wolfish genius. The balance between annoyance and pathos in the relationship is promising, but any real sense flows away when Leto delivers his dialogue in a lilting, singing tone – and it does all the time. This isn’t just a fake Italian accent – it’s like a meta-comment on fake Italian accents. “I’m going to fly, like a dove”, Paolo crows at one point and of course is funny. However, whether the joke is about the character, the actor, or the audience is an open one.

Below Deck Mediterranean SeaSeason 7 (Peacock)

Tuca & BertieSeason 3 (July 11, HBO Max)

Alison HermanIn many ways the show is the same: it remains the unmistakable vision of creator Lisa Hanawalt, the illustrator and comic book artist who spent seven seasons building the world of BoJack HorsemanBoJack was created by Hanawalt’s childhood friend Raphael Bob-Waksberg (now executive producer on Tuca & Bertie) and was inspired by Hanawalt’s signature aesthetic: anthropomorphic animals that walk, talk, and have human-like existential crises. But for fans of Hanawalt’s solo work – collected in such volumes as: hot dog taste test and Coyote DoggirlTuca & Bertie is a more unfiltered expression of Hanawalt’s oeuvre. The show follows the adventures of the title characters, two best bird friends in their thirties: Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), a brash and lively toucan new to sobriety, and Bertie (Ali Wong), a neurotic songbird with a passion for baking who lives. with her boyfriend Speckle (Steven Yeun).

What we do in the shadeSeason 4 (July 12, Hulu)

SurreyWhat we do in the shade is a genius work of stupid art. Based on the 2014 mockumentary film of the same name created by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the series follows the everyday trials and tribulations of a group of vampires living under one roof on Staten Island. As the vamps Nandor, Nadja and Laszlo – all centuries old – struggle to navigate modern life, the show’s closest approach to an overarching storyline is Nandor’s human acquaintance Guillermo (basically a personal assistant) who aspires to become a vampire, while also taking into account that he is a descendant of Van Helsing. (He has learned that holding vampires is just as natural to him as holding a grudge against Michael Jordan.)

Virgin Riversseason 4 (July 20, Netflix)

Rap Sh!t (July 21, HBO Max)

the gray man (July 22, Netflix)

Surreythe gray man— featuring a CIA agent (Ryan Gosling) turned rogue to set up a showdown with another agent (Chris Evans) hunting him — has been hyped as a potential franchise starter for Netflix, with a blockbuster- scale similar to James Bond. Seeing how well the Russo brothers did with the MCU, Netflix is ​​certainly hoping for another crowd-pleasing spectacle that falls comfortably in their wheelhouse. (Gosling is also an intriguing casting, as he’s one of the few remaining A-listers in Hollywood who hasn’t starred in a superhero movie.)

Some new things you may have missed

Since it’s hard to keep up with everything, here are a few things that premiered relatively recently that might be worth catching up on.

The bear (Hoera)

Charles HolmesThe bear know what it is. That shouldn’t be enough to praise a show as one of the best of the year in our current content Ragnarök, but the bar is set so low it belongs in the basement. Instead of 60 minutes of prestige TV padding, The bear establishes and thrives within the 30 minute format. Instead of cliché jokes about chefs spitting in food, The bear finds his humor in the fraught field of interpersonal trauma. Every cast member, whether with the simmering woes of Jeremy Allen White’s Carmy or the abrasive charisma of Ebon Moss-Bachrach’s Richie, does just enough to shine without distracting from the ensemble… The bear about to make the easier, more expected decision, it turns into something more interesting, even if it’s imperfect.

The old man (Hoera)

Mrs. Marvel (Disney+)

Daniel ChinoMrs. Marvel makes an interesting contrast with Moon Knight the Oscar Isaac-led series that marked Marvel Studios’ first attempt to introduce a new title character in their own Disney+ show. Not only is Mrs. Marvel much lighter in tone, but it’s also so full of MCU references that even the credits series includes a Trust a Bro Moving Company truck from hawkeyewhile Moon Knight gave way to just a few minor allusions to the MCU throughout the season. The new series loads enough references to snag frequent MCU viewers via fan service only… All the Avengers fanfare so far can take on a new character, though, and Mrs. Marvel soon begins to build a self-contained story by exploring the obstacles Kamala faces as she tries to balance her home and school life, in addition to new abilities unlocked by the mysterious bracelet she grabbed from the family attic.

Umbrella AcademySeason 3 (Netflix)

west worldSeason 4 (HBO Max)

HermanDuring three seasons, west world has repeatedly set up a series of seismic reversals. First, the “hosts” of the theme park of the same name gained awareness; then they turned against their flesh and blood guests; eventually they escaped altogether – they brought the robot revolution to the real world and raised the stakes accordingly. Last season even ended with the killing of an important character, a promise its creators kept. Every time, west world teases the audience with a journey into unknown territory.

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