12 Awesome Things We're Watching This August (Because It's Too F*cking Hot Outside)

Just when we thought Mama Nature was done slapping us in the face, she comes right back and slaps us again with a big ol' heat wave. 

So we're playing it cool (get it? GET IT?) by checking out the hottest stuff that streaming sites and cinemas are sharing. 

August brings us the last of the summer blockbusters, new seasons of our fav shows, and discoveries that make us feel grateful to live in the twenty-first century. 

There are goodies here for your inner child, nightmare fuel for your outer adult, and stuff that'll go well with a bucket of popcorn. 

Here's what we're watching this month.

1. Mr. Robot, Season Two

If you haven't seen the first season STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO WATCH IT. We'll be here. 


Seriously. Have you watched it yet? Good. Then catch up with the second season on USA. 

2. Kubo and the Two Strings

An all-star voice cast (McConaughey, Charlize Theron, George Takei, and Ralph Fiennes) plus fantastic animation? Sounds like a win to us. It's coming out August 19th.

We'll be in the front row, probably weeping silent tears of joy. 

3. The Night Of

This intense HBO crime drama (is there any other kind?) takes place in Rikers Island and follows Nasir Khan (wonderfully played by Riz Ahmed) on his journey through the prison system as he awaits trial for a crime he may or may not have committed.  

It's a little slow, but damn, it's pretty. Also, Michael K. Williams. Someday we'll talk more about how The Wire forever changed supporting actors in prestige dramas across all mediums, but for now, we'll just say, Omar's killin' it. 

4. Pete's Dragon 

Watch the original first, then fly to theaters on August 12th for this reboot. Sorry, we're really dragon on coming up with any good puns. 

After Jon Favreau's faithful delivery of The Jungle Book, David Lowery has a tough act to follow, but we're real psyched to revisit one of our childhood favorites. 

5. The Get Down

 We're pumped for this show. Like, SUPER pumped. Set in the Bronx, this 70s-music-scene drama brings together two things we love: NYC and good music. It hits Netflix August 12th. 

6. Batman: The Killing Joke

Pardon us while we take a moment to jump up and down and gleefully shriek.

There. That's better. This adaptation of Alan Moore's chilling graphic novel reunites Batman: The Animated Series actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, who will always be Batman and Joker to our ears.

You'll find it on Amazon, so do yourself a favor and savor what might be Mark Hamill's magnum opus in voicing the Clown Prince of Crime. 

7. Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie [Netflix]

Need a little politics to go with your politics, possibly with a side of politics?

We feel you, it's been exhausting. So turn off your brain and engage your funny bone with this gem. Funny or Die  initially released this in February on their website, but took it down less than a month later (#russianhackerconspiracy). 

It's got appearances by Doc Brown, K-Logs, and Kristen Schaal. Oh, and did we mention that Johnny Depp plays Donald Trump?

8. Stranger Things 

Ya damn right! Netflix, we love this one. Winona Ryder and David Harbour lead a stellar ensemble cast (including THE Matthew Modine) in this Super 8 meets Freaks and Geeks eight-episodes smorgasboard of 80s culture and Lovecraftian terror. 

It slithered onto Netflix back in July, so treat yourself right and bump this onto your cue. Of course, slow roll it. You don't want to be left with withdrawals. 

9. Suicide Squad - August 5th

DC has been killing it with their trailers for this one (editor's note: as of late, that's literally all they've been doing well, so take that for what it's worth...) Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, and Margot Robbie (among tons more) are busting loose on August 5th. 

And for realsies, Margot Robbie. Can we please talk about Margot Robbie for one second? From the trailers alone, we're thinking this role might enable her to move from superb scene-stealer to leading lady par excellence. 

10. Florence Foster Jenkins 

Meryl Streep's proven she can sing. Now she proves she can also feign tone-deafness with the best of us. Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg (Wolowitz from Big Bang Theory) co-star.  TBH, we're excited to hear Meryl's imitation of us on Karaoke Thursdays when the film comes out on August 12th. 

11. Bojack Horseman - Season 3

Do you require extra snark? 'Cuz Bojack be back. Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul lead this hilarious bunch through the third season, which has been on Netflix since July. 


Catch up on the latest with guest voices from performers including Jake Johnson, Angela Bassett, and Mara Wilson. 

12. Blue Is the Warmest Color 


Lea Seydoux (Spectre) and Adele Exarchopoulos won Cannes' Palm d'Or for their performances in this intense film about young love. When both leading ladies (and the director) take home the prizes at a huge film festival, it's kind of a big deal. Like, history-making big deal. And it's available on Netflix. 

[Feature Image Courtesy Tor.com] 

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