Well, the first two months of the summer were pretty intense in terms of premieres, and we hope that August will not let us down either. There are also some very interesting projects. We offer them to you in our selection of 7 new movies and 7 TV series that you can watch in August.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
We don’t think it’s necessary to explain who the Ninja Turtles are, since the 1987 cartoon series was popular in Ukraine. But more interestingly, what do you get when you combine popular pizza lovers, Seth Rogen’s humor, and Spider-Man animation?
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but the animation looks very cool. The chosen animation style is meant to fully reveal the Ninja Turtles in terms of the spectacle of battles and action scenes. We also like the fact that the turtles look like real teenagers (Donatello’s voice hasn’t even changed yet), because in the previous movies and even the animated series, they definitely didn’t look like 15-year-olds, even though the word “teenager” was always in the title.
These are not the “6-foot Shrek kids” from Michael Bay’s movies, nor the puppets from the 1990s movies, nor the rather harsh versions of the 2007 cartoon, but children just learning about the world around them.
We expect cool action, funny humor and a worthy representation of cult heroes for the new generation!
The premiere took place on August 2nd.
2. Meg 2: The Trench
“The Meg 2: The Deep is the sequel to the popular 2018 blockbuster. Join Jason Statham and global action icon Wu Jing as they plunge into the uncharted depths to explore the darkest places in the world’s oceans. Their journey turns to chaos when an invading mining operation threatens to derail the mission, forcing the heroes to fight for survival. Facing giant sharks and eco-criminals, Statham and Jing’s characters must defeat dangerous and ruthless predators in a race against time.
The legendary porter, mechanic and philosopher Jason Statham will once again fight giant sharks and other bad guys. The actor hasn’t left his character for years, so we’re not expecting any depth from the movie. Instead, the project will be a great opportunity to hang out with a fun group of people.
The film will be available for viewing on August 3.
3. Rap Kings
Dima “Kazan” has just finished school in his village. He has many options how to develop and build his life. The most attractive, in his opinion, is to become a rapper. Together with his friend he writes lyrics and music and dreams of the big stage. The boys have already mastered some aspects of the life of the founders of this genre. Street fights, arrests by the police, and gaining credibility in the criminal underworld – all this they do not know from other people’s stories.
Judging by the trailer, Rap Kings will show us the difficult life of village boys who want to become cool rappers but have to deal with crime. We hope that the authors will develop the idea well, because the plot has great dramatic potential. Among other interesting things we can point out that the movie contains songs of such famous artists as Kalush, KAZKA, Crechet, Cepasa.
The crime drama premiered on August 3.
4. Gran Turismo
Gran Turismo is based on an incredible true story about a team of underdogs – an ordinary gamer (Archie Madekwe), a former failed race car driver (David Harbour) and an idealistic motorsport executive (Orlando Bloom). Gran Turismo is an inspiring and exhilarating story that proves nothing is impossible when it comes to achieving your dreams.
We already mentioned Twisted Metal in our article about the best movies and TV shows of July, and now it’s the turn of Sony’s very popular driving simulation series Gran Turismo. We can only applaud the creators of this movie, because it is a very difficult task to adapt racing games. Games of this genre often lack a plot, and Gran Turismo is no exception, so the authors decided to adapt the story based on real events.
Jann Mardenborough won the GT Academy competition (a television show that gave the best Gran Turismo players the opportunity to become real racers in the Nissan team, ran from 2008 to 2016), beating 90,000 participants, and later became a professional racer. The path to this profession is very unusual and therefore very interesting! The movie is directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium), so you don’t have to worry about the technical part of the movie. It will be a really exciting race!
On August 10, we will hear the inspiring story of a gamer who made his dream come true.
5. Blue Beetle
The movie tells the origin story of the Blue Beetle character named Jaime Reyes. When the protagonist goes to apply for a job at Kord Industries, he suddenly receives a scarab. This ancient relic of alien technology chooses Jaime as its master and bonds with him. It gives him a suit of armor with incredible powers and turns him into a superhero.
We were hesitant to include this movie in the list, but superhero movies always have an audience, and this month it is the only release of the genre in theaters. One of the last DC movies before James Gunn’s relaunch, based on the popular character of Blue Beetle. If you like superhero movies, you might like this project.
The movie is scheduled to premiere on August 17.
Doug, a drunkard, has been trying to get rid of his dog Reggie for a long time and finally succeeded. The dog finds himself alone in the middle of a big city. Reggie has no survival skills in the metropolis, so it’s a good thing he met other homeless people. Bug, Maggie and Hunter keep him company on his wanderings and introduce him to the simple joys of being a stray. When Reggie realizes that Doug never loved him, he decides to take revenge on his former owner.
A movie about stray animals who swear, drink beer, and want terrible revenge! Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Macho Man and the Nerd Dilogy, The First Lego Movie, Spider-Man) are the producers of this project, so you can at least expect a funny movie with a lot of trashy moments. Children should definitely not be brought to this movie, don’t be fooled by the poster with cute animals.
The fluffy revenge will take place on August 17.
7. The Equalizer 3
Robert McCall continues to stand up for the truth in everyday life and defend those in need. While in southern Italy, he learns that his friends are under the influence of local criminal authorities. As events escalate, McCall decides to stand up for justice by joining the fight against the mafia.
Director Antoine Fuqua made a really cool movie called Training Day in 2001, but then something went wrong and all of his subsequent works were one-hit wonders at best. The Righteous movie series was unfortunately no exception. The plot in the previous movies was simple and predictable, which is half the problem, but the action in contrast to “John Wick” is even a shame to compare.
This time the authors decided to copy the ending of their “colleague”, because the “last chapter” (for some reason they translated it that way, there is no hint of an ending in the original title) will take place in Italy. We hope that not only the location will be copied, but also the quality of the action, because after the tetralogy of John Wick and High Speed Train, we believe that Denzel Washington’s coolness is not enough to go to the movies.
The movie will premiere on August 31st.
If you didn’t find what you were looking for in the movies, there are plenty of cool new releases in the series section. As always, we only add original projects.
1. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
In a tragic event, a young girl loses both her parents and ends up living with her grandmother on a flower farm. Later, Alice will have to face the secrets of her family’s past.
The story will unfold over several decades, which will be covered in 7 episodes of the series. It looks like we’re going to have an interesting drama with a lot of color that will convey the emotions of the main character. Sigourney Weaver played the role of Alice’s grandmother, which is quite unusual to see her not in a science fiction movie.
It premiered on Amazon Prime on August 4.
The upcoming Netflix drama series documents the real-life stories of those affected by the massive opioid crisis since 1996. Inspired by Patrick Rudden Keefe’s New Yorker article “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain” and Barry Meyer’s novel “Painkiller: An Empire of Deception and the Origins of America’s Opioid Epidemic,” “Pain Pill” will highlight the origins and consequences of America’s largest opioid epidemic.
Purdue Pharma inappropriately promoted drugs that led to drug addiction and a massive increase in mortality in the United States. A detective named Eddie will investigate the company’s activities in the series. In particular, we will see the consequences of Purdue Pharma’s activities that have negatively affected the lives of many people.
The 6-episode drama starring Matthew Broderick and Taylor Kitsch will premiere on Netflix on August 10.
3. The Chosen One
Jody, a twelve-year-old boy from Santa Rosalia, Baja California, discovers after surviving a terrible accident that he has Jesus-like powers: he can turn water into wine, heal anyone, and possibly even raise the dead.
The series is based on the comic book by the legendary Mark Millar (author of the Kick-Ass comic book series) and Peter Gross, American Jesus. Contrary to the original source, the series is set in Mexico instead of the United States. A kind of “Bruce Almighty” for a more serious teenage audience. The phrase “With great power comes great responsibility” has never been more appropriate, as the main character will literally have the power of God.
The series will premiere on Netflix on August 16.
4. Depp v. Herd
This is definitely one of the most high profile and scandalous cases in Hollywood in recent years. Amber Heard accused Johnny Depp of domestic violence, but was later charged with defamation. The three-part series, which covers the trial that rocked Hollywood and caused an incredible reaction on the Internet, presents the testimony of both sides in parallel for the first time.
If you haven’t seen the original trial, this is a great opportunity to finally understand the situation and once again be happy for Johnny, who was unfairly fired from several roles, but now has every chance to redeem himself.
The documentary series will premiere on Netflix on August 16.
5. The Winter King
The show is based on the legends of King Arthur, who came a long way from being an outcast to the legendary leader of the British Isles. The story is told by one of Arthur’s former warriors, now a monk. It seems that the authors decided to justify the presence of some fantasy moments in the series in this way.
We await the movie adaptation of the legendary story on August 20th at MGM+.
Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) hunts down the evil Grand Admiral Thrawn in hopes that he will help her find the missing Ezra Bridger, a young Jedi who disappeared with Thrawn many years ago.
The long-awaited series about Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, is a spin-off of The Mandalorian and a continuation of the animated series Star Wars: Rebels. The character was created for the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and was very popular with audiences.
We saw the young version of Ahsoka in The Clone Wars, then her adult version in Rebels, and now we get to see her “live” version performed by Rosario Dawson. This is one of the biggest shows in August, and it’s definitely worth seeing if you’re a Star Wars fan! The only thing we hope is that the show will reintroduce the characters from the Rebels cartoon series so that viewers who have only seen The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett can understand the plot without having to watch 79 episodes of the original series.
A new chapter in “A Galaxy Far, Far Away” opens for viewers on August 23 on Disney+.
7. One Piece
One Piece takes place in the pirate era. The event that started the era was the execution of the “Pirate King”, Hal D. Roger. When Roger was given the last word, he announced that he had hidden all his treasure in one place. After that, thousands of people went in search of the treasure, called One Piece. Twenty-two years after Roger’s execution, the protagonist, named Monkey D. Luffy, sets sail to become the new “Pirate King”. To do this, he needs a good and loyal crew, and secondly, he needs to find One Piece.
The manga adaptation, which Eiichiro Oda (the author) has been drawing since 1997, has 1089 chapters at the time of this writing. It is a monumental work that impresses with its thoughtful and incredibly large plot, which has been getting better with each chapter for more than 25 years. We’ll discuss the manga and anime in a separate article when we have time and inspiration, but for now let’s move on to the series.
Attempts to transfer anime to the live-action format at Netflix have been very bad, only the lazy did not spit on Death Note and Cowboy Bebop, so I was really scared for Van Pees. This is one of the most difficult stories to adapt, not only because of the size of the original material, but also because of the size of the project.
For example, the saga of the Marinford War, if ever filmed, will give The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars a run for their money, and that is not even the middle of the story. When the first teaser was released, most fans were unhappy with the result, but after the second trailer was released, there was a little hope that the project could turn out well.
The actors are quite similar to the original characters, the action is good (especially the fighting styles of Zoro and Sanji), and the plot of the original source seems to be unchanged. Why is there a respect for the original this time, which we lacked in previous adaptations of popular Japanese works? The author of the original manga, Eiichiro Oda, seems to be making some final decisions in this project, as he considers it his “last chance to introduce One Piece to the world.
A controversial statement, because One Piece is literally one of the most popular literary works in the world. Volumes of the original manga have outsold Harry Potter books and Batman comics in the 80+ years of the character’s existence.
Nevertheless, the series is a great opportunity to get to know the story, because 1 season of 8 episodes is much easier to watch than 50 episodes of an anime or 100 chapters of a manga. But only if the adaptation is really good.
We are waiting for Luffy’s adventures on August 31st on Netflix.