Best Movies and TV Shows (July 22-24)
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Has anyone else felt the change in mood for the summer movie season? Of course, it’s obviously much better than 2020-2021, but apart from Top Gun: Maverick and (LOL) Minions: The Rise of Gru, what to talk about? Alright, you’re right, Austin Butler’s accent in Elvis. Maybe I’m greedy or maybe I’m just very excited for Nope, the new film by Jordan Peele, will be the fun and rowdy new blockbuster to kick-start the summer season. No pressure though. But if you want to stay inside, there are always new TV shows and movies to park it. Here are this week’s picks:
Yeah! After months of tantalizing questions like what exactly is Jordan Peele’s new movie about? Nope hits the big screen with a pretty fun summer blockbuster. Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer play OJ and Emerald Hayward, a brother and sister who try to shed light on the strange extraterrestrial happenings happening outside of their horse ranch in Hollywood. It’s tense, hilarious, and backed by great performances from Kaluuya, Palmer, and Steven Yeun. Even though the trailer is above, I highly recommend you go to Nope with a blank slate.
It’s been 15 years since hair spray, which is wild. The vibrant musical remake had such a hold on me that my mom must be sick. But it’s fun! He has a wonderful dance! And the cast is stacked with musical high school idol Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah, Amanda Bynes, Brittany Snow, Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta as Tracy Turnblad’s mother. We also can’t forget the perfection of James Marsden as Corny Collins.
Honestly, it’s hard to say how much the american horror story the franchise still is, but that must be enough to warrant a second season of this spin-off series. Whereas Story has a reputation for rarely landing the end, American Horror Stories avoids this problem by being a weekly anthology show. So if you don’t like the week-long story, no worries! The next episode will be something totally different.
If Issa Rae does it, chances are I’ll watch it. Rap shit! is Rae’s latest comedy about two estranged friends who come together to become a rap duo. “My art is not for the male gaze,” says Shawna (played by Aida Osman) in the trailer. “I want to do something relevant to women’s lives.” Well, I’m in.
There’s something in the past that can’t be shaken, huh. Ethan Hawke returns to the director’s chair to edit a riveting six-part docuseries about the love affair of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Made at the height of the pandemic, The latest movie stars features Hawke’s calls and conversations with other celebrities like his daughter Maya Hawke and the children of Newman and Woodward as well as recreations of Newman’s transcribed tapes with stars like George Clooney and Laura Linney. Like most old Hollywood stories, this will more than likely draw you in.
I’ve been stressed by reality TV with falling cakes, chef’s dishes not having the right ingredient and whether a house will be ready to see in time, but Soufflé takes care of the most delicate art there is: the blowing of glass. The series, now in its third season, invites glass artists to compete to win a cash prize. Pretty standard reality competition rules, but wow, it’s intense and fun to watch.
Also! Read our streaming recommendations from July 15 weekend. Vulture’s next weekend streaming picks list will go live on Friday, July 29.