When the bigwigs at Netflix HQ sat down to plan their streaming onslaught for August, we can only assume it was some kind of blindfold/dart situation.
It’s the only logical cause we can see for the mixed bag of content that is about to be unloaded on us in mass. Aliens, Paris Hilton, killer locusts, and an uncomfortable remake of a ’90s classic, what’s New on Netflix in August are truly chaotic, and we’re all for it. Strap in legends, here’s everything coming to Netflix in August 2021, from movies and series to documentaries and anime.
Best New Series on Netflix
Here we go. Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier is back on the small screen in this thrilling new Netflix series that tackles the big question, what if social media could kill? The Entourage star plays Nick Brewer, an average man whose life is derailed when he is kidnapped. A disturbing video surfaces online of him badly beaten holding a sign that says, “I abuse women. At 5 million hits, I die.” Is this a threat or a confession? Or both?” Throughout the series, we see eight different points of view providing tantalizing clues to the perpetrator of a gruesome crime fueled by social media. Get excited.
Release date: 25 August 2021
2. Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified
Chuck the chicken wings on and spark up some sticky-icky, aliens are back on the viewing schedule. In this totally-true-and-completely-not-made-up new series, we encounter those who have dedicated their lives to uncovering the truth.
Release date: 3 August 2021
3. Cooking With Paris
The queen is back. More than a decade after the masterpiece that was The Simple Life, heiress, and world-renowned DJ Paris Hilton is getting her own Netflix cooking show. Why? We’re not sure, but then again Chris Brown has his own Netflix doco so maybe we shouldn’t be complaining. Nevertheless, Cooking With Paris is an extension of the bizarrely entertaining YouTube series she started last year. It’s awkward, hilarious, and oddly captivating.
Release date: 4 August 2021
4. Brand New Cherry Flavor
Sex, magic, and revenge. This perfect ménage à trois of content sees a filmmaker head to Hollywood in the early ’90s to make her movie when things go awry. A horror of sorts, this limited release sees her tumbled down a hallucinatory rabbit hole into a dark abyss. Also, kittens for some reason.
Release date: 13 August 2021
5. Titletown High
FOOT. BALL. Yep, another reality series about the ‘the triumphs and defeats, the epic highs and lows…of high school football’. Playing out like a much less interesting Last Chance U, this sports reality series chronicles the lives, both on and off the field, of members of the Valdosta High School football team.
Release date: 27 August 2021
Best New Movies on Netflix
1. Sweet Girl
Aquaman is back at his best. In this hectic new action movie on Netlfix, Jason Momoa is kicking ass, raising a daughter a taking down big pharma, in that order. When a pharmaceutical company pulls a life-saving drug from the market resulting in the death of his wife, the devoted family man Ray Cooper vows justice. Insert shotguns and a badass Guns ‘n Roses guitar solo and you’ve got Sweet Girl in a nutshell.
Release date: 20 August 2021
Netlfix’s new favorite, John David Washington stars in this twisting thriller about an American tourist caught in the midst of a global conspiracy. After a tragic car accident in Greece, Beckett becomes the target of a manhunt, forcing him to run for his life. Probably a bit easier to follow than Tenet, but just as heart-racing.
Release date: 13 August 2021
Set six years after the Nigerian civil war, this new Netflix movie tells the untold story of Joseph Dewa, a young military officer from the Middle Belt, who gets into a romantic relationship with an O-level student, Suzy, from the South-eastern region. Issues with bigotry, class, and war threaten to tear them apart as Joseph is falsely accused of being a co-conspirator of the unsuccessful 1976 military coup that ultimately led to the assassination of General Murtala Mohammed. Proving his innocence and securing his release became dependent on the bravery of his pregnant wife. Heavy stuff.
Release date: 7 August 2021
4. The Swarm
Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned horror film? In this tale of environmentalism gone awry, a single mother who breeds locusts as high-protein food finds her bugs aren’t reproducing. In an effort to uncover why she suddenly realizes they have a taste for blood. A Netflix horror film of biblical proportions (geddit?).
Release date: 6 August 2021
5. The Kissing Booth 3
As someone who didn’t see the first two, this writer is going to go out on a limb and say The Kissing Booth 3 is the best of the trilogy. This assumption is based on absolutely nothing, but the trailer does allude to a homo-erotic beach volleyball scene that looks to be lifted straight from Top Gun. As far as the storyline goes, this new Netflix film sees Elle facing the hardest decision of her life: whether to move across the country with her dreamy boyfriend Noah or fulfill her lifelong promise to go to college with her BFF Lee. Argh, the options!?
Release date: 11 August 2021